Ebola Czar Ron Klain Was a Big Player in the Florida 2000 Election Recount

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As it is with everything in life, Barack Obama's new Ebola Czar has a Florida connection. On Friday, Obama announced that former Al Gore chief-of-staff Ron Klain would be his new Ebola Czar.

Klain's objective is to basically be ahead of any new updates on the virus, as well as manage be on top of the way the U.S. responds to any such news, as well as trying to keep the public's panic-mode to a minimum.

Klain, who is not a scientist nor a doctor, is well known in Washington as a guy who can manage a crisis. He made his name as the lead lawyer for Gore during the 2000 Presidential election when Florida was caught up in its "hanging chad" fiasco (he would later be played by Kevin Spacey in a movie about the 2000 election recount).

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Broward Inmate Claims to Have Ebola; Courtroom Forced to Evacuate

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Well, this is one way to try to stall your sentencing.

A Broward County courtroom was forced to clear out Friday morning when an inmate told the judge he had Ebola during the morning bond court hearing.

Judge John "Jay" Hurley, who conducts the hearings with inmates over a video system and not in person, announced that the inmate, Joseph Britton, claimed to have the virus that's been making headlines as of late.

That's when everyone in the courtroom at Broward's Main Jail bolted, leaving Britton standing alone.

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Ebola: Rick Scott Tells CDC It Must Contact All Fort Lauderdale Frontier Passengers

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On Wednesday, news broke that a Dallas nurse who had tested positive for Ebola flew on a commercial airline that made a stop at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immediately told the media via a conference call that neither the nurse, 29-year-old Amber Joy Vinson, nor anyone else who had contact with her should have been on the Frontier flight.

The CDC then announced that it was trying to reach passengers on the flight. But on Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott urged them to expand that search to all passengers traveling on that specific plane for the full 24 hours after Vinson had been aboard it.

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Tommy Rosen, Yoga Teacher and Expert in Addiction Recovery, Coming to Davie

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Tommy Rosen is pretty smokin' hot, so it's hard to imagine him as a scraggly, cigarette-smoking, drug-addicted Deadhead. But the 47-year-old abused substances from the age of 13 and later suffered from a major gambling problem.

Most of us have some kind of addiction that's holding us back, Rosen points out -- not just drugs or alcohol but food, online shopping, or technology.

The reason that addicts frequently fall back and relapse, Rosen says, is very simple: "Because they are triggered and don't have a practice or ritual to help them deal with it, so they fall back to an old behavior."

But he makes the solution sound just as simple -- and desirable. Rather than looking at sobriety as a giving up of something pleasurable, he says, addicts need to find "upgraded forms of getting high."

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African Teenager Is Being Tested for Ebola in Miami

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Update 8:30 a.m. Monday: According to a statement by Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, the initial test by the Department of Heath came back negative. A second test is being sent to the CDC.


A teenager from West Africa is being tested for Ebola after exhibiting flu-like symptoms Sunday afternoon.

The teen first went to Mount Sinai hospital in Miami Beach and was transferred to Jackson Memorial in Miami.

Gov. Rick Scott's office released a statement stressing that the patient "did not meet the CDC case definition for Ebola" but that he was being tested as a precaution. The state ordered 30 additional Ebola testing kits also.

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Warnings About Flesh-Eating Ocean Bacteria Issued by Florida Health Officials

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So apparently there's a flesh-eating bacteria that thrives in warm saltwater and is living in our oceans, according to Florida health officials.

The bacteria, known as vibrio vulnificus, has caused 32 people to be hospitalized and killed ten in Florida. That was through a period of years, not all at once. Since 2013, there have been five cases of vibrio and two deaths in Broward County.

Still, it's enough of a risk that the Florida Department of Health issued new warnings on Monday. So if you plan on heading out to the beach for a swim, be aware that a flesh-eating bacteria is floating around out there.

Here's what you need to know about vibrio.

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South Florida Sees the First Local Cases of the Mosquito Virus Chikungunya

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So it begins. All summer, scientists and health officials have been biting their nails over a rare mosquito-borne virus that has begun showing up stateside from the Caribbean. So far, the 80 or so cases diagnosed of chikungunya have been found in people who were traveling abroad.

Now, it looks like our very own red, white, and blue bloodsuckers are also carrying. The health department confirmed yesterday that the first two locally acquired cases of chikungunya have been reported -- right here in South Florida.

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Florida Mosquito Virus Expert: "The Threat Is Greater Than I've Seen in My Lifetime"

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More than 100,000 cases have been reported in the Caribbean. About 53,000 have cropped up in the Dominican Republic. And South Floridians traveling to those two places might be responsible for bringing an epidemic home.

Chikungunya, the oddly named disease that's spread through mosquitoes, has infected 18 people in Florida so far. But with every victim, the likelihood of the virus going viral increases. Although it's rarely fatal, the symptoms of the disease can drag on like The English Patient or Jennifer Lopez's career. Some people experience joint pain and depression for years after a single bite.

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Jamaican University Fires HIV Researcher for Defending Anti-Sodomy Law in Court

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Although Belize is best-known as the birthplace of chewing gum, it's really similar to Jamaica in a lot of ways. Both are English-speaking Caribbean countries that used to be British colonies. And even though Great Britain legalized homosexuality in 1967, both have anachronistically retained their former oppressor's anti-sodomy laws. According to section 53 of Belize's penal code, which was written in 1988, sodomy is punishable by ten years in jail.

But in a case that hasn't gotten much attention in the U.S. media, Belize might be in the process of changing its stance. Activist Caleb Orozco took on the country's supreme court last year to overturn the law. He's still in the process of fighting the Catholic, evangelical, and Anglican churches, not to mention one very vocal pastor from Texas.

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Florida Woman Sets Record for Oldest Eggs Used to Give Birth Through In Vitro

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Belinda Slaughter's doctor set her chances at around 1 percent. The 46-year-old Orlando woman still harvested her eggs and fertilized them with her husband's sperm. Miraculously, one of the embryos is now a baby boy.

Jackson Slaughter was born last September. But an article just published in a journal for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine states that the dental assistant is the oldest woman to ever give birth through IV using her own eggs.

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