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Retirement brings in catch of the day

Published January 5, 2007


So far, retirement has been good to former National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield. The day after ending a 34-year career at the center, Mayfield landed an estimated 200-pound goliath grouper on a fishing trip in the Florida Keys. "When I was growing up in Oklahoma, I usually (caught) 2- and 3-pound bass," he said. "That goliath grouper is the biggest fish I've ever caught in my lifetime." Mayfield, 58, released the fish. He is undecided on his own future.

TIA to add another 5,600-space garage

There's no rest for the people who make sure you've got a place to park at Tampa International Airport. Just seven months after completing the remote economy garage, airport officials got the green light Thursday to start another 5,600-space garage immediately to the south. The airport governing board's vote means the new garage will be ready for Thanks-giving 2008, two years ahead of schedule. Passenger traffic is growing faster than projected, but the $7-a-day remote lot also is proving more popular than expected. "We didn't realize it would become the preferred parking," said spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan.

Merit pay shown to help students' scores

Maybe teachers like carrots better than apples. Two University of Florida economics professors have found that students at schools with merit pay score 1 to 2 percentage points higher on standardized tests than peers at schools that don't. Gains were biggest in high-poverty schools. Many teachers don't like merit pay, which rewards bonuses for gains in student learning. The Florida teachers union recently challenged a new $148-million state merit pay plan. The UF study will be published in the Journal of Public Economics.

The game, tailgating, the cool inventions ...

Don't accuse the University of Florida of forgetting it's more than just the nation's No. 2 ranked college football team. UF, proud of its status as a top research school, will take a "mobile showcase" of its research to Arizona, where the Gators will play the Buckeyes of Ohio State University on Monday night for the national championship. Among the showcased items: air-cooled shoulder pads for NFL players and a robotic car that last year raced across the Mojave Desert. And there's the big one: Gatorade.

[Last modified January 5, 2007, 01:19:13]

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