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Steve Crisafulli, Don Gaetz reminisce on politics, legislative successes in heartfelt farewells

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In both life and politics, the only thing that’s constant is change. While elections give voters a view of the future, it also provides some retiring politicians a chance to look back. As two influential Florida lawmakers say their goodbyes — former Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli — they reflect on changes, and legislative successes, during their respective careers in Tallahassee. Crisafulli — the first Speaker from Brevard County — gives his final thank you to Floridians in a Florida Today op-ed,…

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Experts say Christmas lasers a danger for pilots

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Experts say holiday lasers designed to light up homes could be dangerous for planes. Florida Today reports that the popular laser lights can shine miles away when not properly positioned. They can light up the cockpit of an aircraft or even hit a pilot’s eye. Scott Winter, an assistant professor of aeronautical science at Florida Institute of Technology, said it is important to make sure the lights are shining entirely on a house, wall, garage door or other surface. Winter…

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Personnel note: Gainesville Sun reporter Jeff Schweers joins Tampa Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau

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Award-winning Gainesville Sun education reporter Jeff Schweers is leaving Florida Gator Country to become Tallahassee Bureau reporter for the Tampa Tribune. Schweers, who has been with the Sun since April 2013, will be reporting primarily on higher education from the perspective of the Florida legislature, focusing on public colleges and universities. In 2014, he was recognized as a finalist in the Sunshine State Awards Competition for Environmental/Health/Science beat reporting. During his tenure at the Sun, Schweers reported on a number…

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