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Lynn inspired by lives of service

By Collier Rice
Contributing Writer

On Jan. 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the island of Haiti. The total destruction was covered by local and national media outlets.

The loss of life was staggering and far-reaching. In such close proximity, South Florida felt the aftershocks.

While many are scrambling to rebuild the nation, let us remember those who ventured to Haiti before the tragedy, to spread education, hope and love.

Lynn University in Boca Raton is a private school of approximately 2,400 students. A team of 14 students and faculty was in Haiti as part of “Journey of Hope” mission at the time of the earthquake. Eight were evacuated shortly after the quake and returned to campus. However, six were left unaccounted for.

Weeks went by as the search continued, each day becoming more difficult. As rescue workers sifted through the rubble of the Hotel Montana where Lynn students and faculty were staying, South Florida held its collective breath, waiting for answers.

On Jan. 27, Lynn University president Kevin Ross said it was time to grieve.
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Super Bowl brings party, revenue to West Palm

By Collier Rice
Contributing Writer

The Super Bowl is headed to South Florida again this year and local communities and businesses are looking to cash in on the action. Palm Beach County raked in approximately $42 million in 2007, when Super Bowl XLI (41) visited Miami.

“The economic impact of these events is quite positive,” said Roger Amidon, executive director of Palm Beach County’s Tourist Development Council.

This impact on a community is staggering. The average revenue generated for a Super Bowl host community is $350 million.

(via) Miami Herald

The county has scheduled 14 events this year as compared to one back in 2007. Local officials and businesses are hoping the increase in events will translate into an increase in revenue.

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Beacon News: State tackles teen tanning

By Collier Rice
Contributing Writer

Sunshine State tanning laws could become a little cloudier over the coming weeks. A bill banning teenagers under the age of 16 from indoor tanning and requiring in-person parental consent for 16- and 17-year-olds is working its way through the state legislature.

The national health group Aim at Melanoma approached Sen. Eleanor Sobel last year with the initiative to ban Florida teenagers’ use of ultraviolet light-emitting indoor tanning beds.

“People associate melanoma with older people, but it’s actually on the rise with young adults,” said Samantha Guild, executive director of Aim at Melanoma.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), melanoma is the third most common skin cancer and the most dangerous, especially among young people.
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