Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Each termite invaded Florida, probably through cargo shipments, several decades ago, but experts believed the colonies did not mingle because their above-ground mating swarms launched in different months. That is, until University of Florida researcher Thomas Chouvenc noticed something unusual: The two species were flying around looking for mates at the same time - and they were giving each other that look.
Animal rights groups that want a captive killer whale removed from Miami Seaquarium have asked federal appeals judges to send their lawsuit against the tourist attraction and the U.S. Department of Agriculture back to a U.S. district court. The case concerns an orca named Lolita that has lived at the Seaquarium since 1970. Last year, a federal judge in Miami dismissed a lawsuit filed by the groups, alleging that the tank that holds Lolita violates USDA standards for its care under the Animal Welfare Act.
Parker explores where Fleming would not, delving into Jamaicans politics and economy, the legacy of 300 years of colonial rule and the emergence of the island as a tourist destination, a development fueled partly by the glamour projected by Fleming and his friends. GOLDENEYE is an appealing Caribbean history dressed as pop culture, and Parker adds complexity to the James Bond legacy of vodka martinis, car chases and women in bikinis.
As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of a high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott cannot negotiate something new. In 2010, the state and the Seminoles signed a 20-year compact giving the tribe the right to operate slot machines at all its casinos in return for revenue sharing of at least a billion dollars over five years. The deal also gave the tribe the exclusive right to offer house-banked card games like blackjack, chemin de fer and baccarat, also in return for revenue sharing. However, that right expires July 31 unless the Legislature approves a renewal or revision, which would have to be negotiated with Scott. The annual legislative session opens Tuesday and ends May 1.