The US was the first country to land its astronauts on the moon in 1969
As Democrats and Republicans vie for domination of the US Senate come November's mid-term elections, two Florida politicians are vying to demonstrate who cares most about the solar system.
Gabriel Rothblatt wants to live on another planet.
The 32-year-old Democratic candidate is the son of a satellite radio pioneer, so Rothblatt grew up surrounded by cutting-edge theorists exploring possibilities at the edges of the cosmos. And he longed to be a part of it.
"I wanted to be one of the founders of human civilisation in space," he tells the BBC.
But colonies on the moon or Mars simply haven't transpired yet. And until then, Rothblatt aims to remove any political red tape stopping humans from making them a reality.
To that end, he has launched an aggressive campaign for a US House of Representatives seat in Florida's Eighth District against Republican Congressman Bill Posey - himself a former space industry employee who has spent much of his political career calling for greater extra-terrestrial investment.
The district - stretching along Florida's east coast - is home to Kennedy Space Center, which saw the launch of the first successful manned mission to the moon in 1969.
As a result, both candidates are keen to highlight their commitment to reaching for the stars.
Miami-based Related Group, expanding its ambitious development portfolio in Miami, closed on the acquisition of 1400 Biscayne Boulevard for $57.3 million.
Related plans to develop a mixed-use project with three towers, spanning nearly two million square feet of “luxury residential and prime retail” space on the 2.8-acre site that sits in front of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
“This location is a prime opportunity to be part of a strategic location between Brickell [and] the Design District, next to Museum Park,” Matt Allen, Related’s chief operating officer, said in a statement. “With the Arsht Center directly across the street and Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Science Museum nearby, our future residents will be in the very heart of Miami’s thriving arts and culture scene.’’
The seller was Espacio USA, the U.S. arm of Immobiliaria Espacio, a Spanish real estate firm, which purchased 1400 Biscayne Center in 2010 for more than $32 million. The site currently has a low-rise office and retail building. Espacio had itself been planning a major development on the site.
Related has led the charge in Miami’s latest condo construction boom. Its SLS Brickell project began construction this year and is set to be completed in 2016. Related expects to break ground on Hyde Midtown and SLS Lux this fall, and One Paraiso, the second of four planned towers in a cluster in Edgewater, is expected to break ground in November.
In Hollywood, Related broke ground last week at Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood.
Related said it also closed this week on the second phase of Doral View, a 360-unit apartment project, which it is doing with a joint venture partner, Rockpoint Group.
This week, The Related Group also closed on the second phase of Doral View with JV partner Rockpoint Group to develop 360 luxury residential apartment units.
The Related Group is currently developing a number of fast-selling properties between the downtown and midtown corridors, led by Carlos Rosso, President of The Related Group Condominium. SLS Brickell broke ground earlier this year and has a 2016 completion date; Hyde Midtown and SLS Lux both start construction this fall, and ONE Paraiso, the second of four planned towers within the Paraiso community, breaks ground this November. Further north, Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood broke ground last week.
Some boomers undergo cosmetic procedures to stay competitive on the job. Plenty of others wait until the rat race is over, and view a nip and a tuck as the ultimate reward in retirement. But does it make sense, financially or medically, to get some work done after you’re done with work?
Those 55 and over accounted for a quarter of all cosmetic-procedure patients in 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The total number of cosmetic procedures performed on this group—including minimally invasive treatments such as facial fillers as well as more involved surgeries—rose 4% from 2012 to 2013, to 3.8 million.
The five most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the 55-plus demographic, in descending order, were: face-lift, forehead lift, ear reshaping, hair transplantation and pectoral implants. (Among all ages, nose reshaping was the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in 2013.)
People over 50 go under the knife for all sorts of reasons, plastic surgeons report. While some are seeking a boost before re-entering the dating scene, some happily married or happily single patients want their looks to better reflect the way they feel, while others want their clothes to fit better. The common thread? “They finally have some time to focus on themselves,” especially if they’ve retired, said Dr. Larry Fan, the founder of 77 Plastic Surgery in San Francisco.
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A teen from the Chicago suburbs was arrested at O'Hare International Airport over the weekend and accused of attempting to provide aid to ISIS, the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois announced Monday.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
According to a criminal complaint, a round-trip ticket was purchased for Khan from Chicago to Istanbul.
In an interview with FBI agents and a letter to his parents, Khan indicated that he did not plan to return and was on his way to join ISIS.
Once he crossed security at the airport Saturday, federal agents stopped him and executed a search warrant at his home, where documents expressing support for ISIS and jihadists were recovered, the U.S. attorney's office said.
The teen was taken into custody without incident.
The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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Portland, Oregon-based Wells Fargo branch employee Tyrel Oates emailed the bank's CEO asking for a $10,000 raise for himself and his colleagues, the Charlotte Observer reported.
He also CC'd 200,000 other Wells Fargo employees on the email to CEO John Stumpf. Talk about some chutzpah!
Oates confirmed to The Oregonian that a copy of the letter posted on Reddit was authentic.
In the letter, Oates brought up the issue of income inequality. He pointed out that Stumpf took home $19 million in compensation for 2013.
He also made a request that the company raise every employee's salary by $10,000 to "show the rest of the United States, if not the world that, yes big corporations can have a heart other than philanthropic endeavors."
"My proposal is take $3 billion dollars, just a small fraction of what Wells Fargo pulls in annually, and raise every employees annual salary by $10,000 dollars. This equates to an hourly raise about $4.71 per hour. Think, as well, of the positive publicity in a time of extreme consumer skepticism towards banks," Oates wrote.
Oates told the Charlotte Observer that he had been with Wells Fargo for about seven years. He started out making $13 per hour. Now his hourly rate is $15, the report said.
Stumpf, 60, actually comes from humble beginnings, too. He grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. He didn't make good grades in high school and didn't have much money, so he ended up working as a bread maker after graduation. Eventually, he got into St. Cloud University and landed a job at First Bank in St. Paul as a repossession agent. He ultimately ended up getting his MBA from the University of Minnesota.
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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie is just “a few days” away from filing suit against organizers of the televised debates that begin this month in the race for Florida governor.
Wyllie was initially included in the Oct. 15 debate at Broward College. However, organizers have since dropped him from the program, claiming Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are the only candidates who qualify for a Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association debate.
Representatives from the groups said last month that Wyllie would not be included in the Oct. 15 debate unless a poll shows he has stronger support by the end of the month.
Candidates need at least 15 percent support in a credible poll, including the benefit of the poll's margin of error. A News13/UF Graham Center statewide poll conducted after the Aug. 27 primary showed that only 6.3 percent of likely voters would vote for Wyllie.
Wyllie's campaign said it would fight to be included in the debate and noted the same groups used to set 10 percent support in a poll as the qualifying number, plus the benefit of margin of error.
That was raised after a Reform Party candidate nearly won a court battle to participate in a 2006 gubernatorial debate.
“There was a set of benchmarks that we sent at the beginning of this campaign in order to win this election,” said Wyllie during a special taping of Political Connections on Thursday. “The final benchmark was getting into the televised debates. That’s where we are being blocked at this point.”
Wyllie has retained First Amendment lawyer Luke Lirot. He said during the taping Thursday that he expects to file a lawsuit against the debate organizers “in the next few days.”
“This is so critical to us having the chance at winning this election that we are willing to do whatever it takes,” said Wyllie.
The special edition of Political Connections featuring Adrian Wyllie will air Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Crist and Gov. Scott will also participate in respective shows, airing Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.