It is tempting to call cachaca a Brazilian rum and think of the caipirinha as another muddled tropical cocktail. The upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may change that. The national cocktail of Brazil and its unique distillation of sugarcane juice into a clear liquor are poised for the kind of worldwide exposure enjoyed by tequila after the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and Australian wines after the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. Leblon Cachaca President and CEO Steve Luttmann said: We Americans love to consume the Olympics and travel there without going there by drinking and eating and celebrating the culture of whatever the host country is, so I think a lot of people are going to be watching the Olympic Games with a caipirinha in their hands.
The Florida Department of Health announced Thursday that another Zika case potentially not related to travel was being investigated in Broward County. While the appearance of Zika in mosquitoes in the U.S. mainland is likely, health officials do not expect widespread outbreaks like those seen in Latin America and the Caribbean. Still, even suspected cases trigger costly responses, as inspectors sweep areas to eliminate their breeding sites, set traps and kill any mosquitoes they see. Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Operations Manager Chalmers Vasquez said: We try to get access to every backyard we can.
Health officials in Florida are investigating whether the Zika infection of a woman in the Miami area could be the first transmission of the virus from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. Lab tests confirmed the Zika infection, according to statements from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. Health officials said the case had no apparent links to recent travel outside the country. They did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions about ruling out other methods of transmission, such as sex.
A Helen Gurley Brown book about lesbians might be the most entertaining nonfiction that never actually got written. A proposal for such a book as a follow-up to her 1962 debut advice guide, Sex and the Single Girl, is almost a throwaway detail about halfway through Not Pretty Enough, a new biography of the legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor. It is just one of many illuminating details uncovered by Gerri Hirshey that link Brown to modern conversations about relationships, the workplace, branding, body imagery and the media.
A smelly, guacamole-thick muck is fouling a stretch of Florida beaches promoted as the Treasure Coast, where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis is fueled by freshwater flows controlled by Army officials to protect an erosion-prone dike. The blue-green algae is the latest contaminant featured in yearslong arguments over water flowing from Lake Okeechobee, which is critical to the water supply and flood control systems in South Florida.
Shavonte Zellous of the New York Liberty: Just having that support, that recognition, to know that you are not alone is a plus for not only me but every family that is in Orlando that lost someone or had someone that has been injured.
Eight dolphins that have spent their lives swimming in tanks will be retired from the National Aquarium in Baltimore into a seaside sanctuary. By announcing plans to move its dolphins into the ocean enclosure by the end of 2020, the aquarium sails into uncharted waters for the marine mammal industry. The aquarium has considered new options for its dolphins, including moving them to other institutions or renovating their tanks, for several years amid growing public distaste for live animal shows.