ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Boca Businessman Bringing Firetruck Filled With Ice Water to Douse People

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In case you haven't heard or if you have been trapped under something heavy, the latest internet craze has been the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. But this is actually a very cool and noble thing, as internet crazes go. It's all about raising awareness and money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The challenge was started by former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who has ALS. It entails someone dumping a bucket of ice water over their own heads and then challenging someone else to do it, or else donate to the ALS Association.

The challenge has been taken on by everyone from all walks of life -- from everyday folks, to celebrities, to pro athletes. And now, a local businessman has challenged his entire staff as well as other local business to take on the challenge.

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Uber Is Violating Palm Beach County's Vehicle-for-Hire Rules, Officials Say

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Uber, the app company that connects people with private car drivers at the tap of a button, is in violation of Palm Beach County's vehicle-for-hire rules, officials say. And if an Uber driver happens to get caught doing business in the county, he or she is going face big fines.

The penalties include a $500 fee and having their car impounded by the county.

Uber is basically an app with which you can request a private car with driver, then name your price. You can also rate the driver. This service has upended the traditional taxicab business in big cities where it has become popular.

But, county officials say, cabdrivers and other services that take people around town must pass inspections twice a year as well as undergo background checks and have additional insurance -- something local cabdrivers were concerned about when Uber first started making plans to expand into Palm Beach.

See also: Uber Comes to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

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Olivia Newton-John Selling Mansion Where Man Killed Himself

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Got an extra $5.6 million lying around? Because Olivia Newton-John just slashed the asking price of her 6,300-square-foot waterfront mansion on Jupiter Inlet Colony by $100,000.

It's big, it's beautiful, it's right on the water, and it's cheap.

Although you might want to know that a guy committed suicide there and that Newton-John once held an exorcism on the house to rid it of the bad dead-guy mojo.

Other than that, it can totally be yours today for $5.6 mil.

See also: Possible Suicide at Olivia Newton John's Home in Jupiter Inlet Colony

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VIPwink, New Broward-Based App Company, Could Be Game-Changer for Twitter

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Democracy is a great idea, sure whatever, but more money can be made if you have a velvet rope to cordon off your plebes from your patricians.

Social media is about the last place we have equal footing in the world. But a new app cooked up by a team in Fort Lauderdale is seizing on man's inherent urge to divide the world into business class and coach -- and if it takes off, it could shake up your social media experience, offering pay-to-play exclusivity in what's until now been a free-market exchange of info.

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Medical Marijuana Businesses in Florida Won't Be Able to Use Banks

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If medical marijuana rolls out in November, people with legal businesses related to pot will be living like they're in Breaking Bad. Until weed is legal on a federal level, it's not going to be easy for people to stick their profits from the biz into a Wells Fargo. Instead, they'll be stuck keeping tons of cash under the floorboards.

Sally Kent, a marijuana lawyer who practices in Colorado and Florida, says this legal lag poses a huge security risk.

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State Rep. Joe Gibbons, Critic of Current Florida Solar Policy, Has a Conflict of Interest on the Issue, Solar Advocates Say

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As we've told you earlier, there's a big, OK Corral-style showdown going on in Florida over the future of solar energy. On one side of the debate, you have a small yet scrappy band of private businesses who rig homes with solar; on the other, Florida's powerful utilities, who over the course of the summer have blocked the rooftop industry from sitting in on upcoming hearings of Florida's Public Service Commission that will likely shape new policy.

Last month, local State Rep. Joe Gibbons also stepped into the ring, criticizing the current solar policy in a Sun Sentinel op-ed. But the solar industry is now crying foul, claiming Gibbons has a conflict of interest on the issue.

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A Voyeuristic Look at Camming Con, the First American Industry Expo For Cam Girls (Video)

This past weekend, hundreds of cam girls -- or women who make a living chatting with or performing for fans online -- descended upon the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach. That's where CammingCon, the first-ever expo for this billion-dollar industry was held.

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Bootlegging in Broward: Marek Christopher Amann Arrested With a Still

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Marek Christopher Amann was busted last week for bootlegging.

OK, Prohibition ended long ago, but 32-year-old Amann had a still and a jug of homemade hooch as well as Mason jars for more, the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco reported Monday.

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The Alliance for Solar Choice Vows to Fight Florida Power Utilities

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Florida's solar industry might be up against the ropes, but it's vowing to fight on. As we reported a few weeks back, the small but feisty solar industry -- with an assist from the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a national group pushing sun energy -- is trying to outlive the kibosh coming from Florida's all-powerful utilities. And although it's lost an important bid to enter current state discussions on the industry's future, there's a growing grassroots push for more solar options.

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Stephen Ross Buys the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale

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Stephen Ross doesn't want to spend his own money to renovate Sun Life Stadium because he's apparently too busy buying hotels.

Specifically, Ross' New York-based Related Cos. Related Fund Management is dropping a reported $90 million to buy the W Hotel & Residences in Fort Lauderdale.

The group says the hotel will remain the W, instead of being renamed after a beer or a bank or something like that.

See also: Miami Dolphins "Put the Cart Before the Horse," Says House Speaker Will Weatherford

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