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Jambalaya cooks Ted Deutch in Press Club Bee

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Here’s a word Rep. Ted Deutch won’t soon forget: Jambalaya. The Boca Raton Democrat was the last politician standing at the annual Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. last week. The annual competition benefits the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute which, among other things, awards scholarships to the next generation of journalists. Deutch made it to Round 12, successfully spelling words like Des Moines (the capital of Iowa); permafrost (a layer of soil that is always frozen in…

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Mosquito trap maker can’t meet demand amid Zika outbreak

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The “enormous demand” created by the international Zika epidemic for traps used to monitor mosquitoes that carry the virus caught their German manufacturer off-guard, two company officials said Friday. According to Biogents’ only U.S. distributor, a backlog affects 1,950 traps ordered by governments and private businesses in Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and a few other states. “Yes, unfortunately, we have indeed a problem with the enormous demand of the traps due to the Zika outbreak,” Biogents board member Martin Geier confirmed…

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NextGen Climate brings Rick Scott’s gag order on climate change to the GOP presidential race

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A report published over the weekend says that under Rick Scott, officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have been banned from using the terms “global warming,” and “climate change.” The story has received massive media attention in the past 48 hours. Never one to let bypass an opportunity, NextGen Climate is seizing on the apparent censoring to ask fellow Florida Republicans (and potential presidential candidates) Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to respond to the report, and put them on the spot as to…

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