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Watchdog group claims hotel industry, FIU, teaming for anti-Airbnb research

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A watchdog group called the Checks & Balances Project is charging that the leading hotel industry association may be paying Florida International University to produce research for the industry’s lobbying against Airbnb and other home-sharing marketing companies.

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Yolanda Hood: The sacrifices we parents make — even when we don’t understand why

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One recent night I sat in a stadium — being eaten by mosquitoes — with my 14-year-old daughter and watched a women’s soccer game. Last summer, after saving for a year, I took my daughter to Canada two weeks for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I walked a mile from parking to the stadium every day, stood in long lines at security to have bags checked and, at times, even sat in the rain — all so I could watch…

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Tampa insurance company pays to play, gets burned, then sues

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A lawsuit filed last month by a Tampa-based insurance agency shows pay-to-play mentality may be alive and well in the industry. Brown & Brown of Florida is suing a former employee and her new employer for stealing clients. Insurance agent Shawna Elizabeth Gambill worked for Brown for 17 years before resigning in May. She now works at the Florida headquarters of another insurance company, Willis. Gambill’s employment contract with Brown required her to wait two years before contacting any Brown…

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