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Popular Twitter accounts like “Florida Man,” have helped to spread some of the Sunshine State’s strangest stories and encounters to readers throughout the country and even the world. The unusual (and sometimes criminal) exploits that occur here coupled with the dangers of hurricanes, sinkholes, shark encounters and lightning strikes have helped give the state a reputation that can make Florida seem like a national punchline and prompt outsiders to wonder why so many people continue to relocate to a place that seems bent on killing its residents.
Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine later today in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and meteorologist say it could intensify before landfall.
Serious algae outbreaks have hit more than 20 states this summer. Organisms are shutting down beaches in Florida, sickening swimmers in Utah and threatening ecosystems in California.The blooms are a normal part of summer, but the frequency, size and toxicity this year are worse than ever.And water managers are rattled."Everyone's on edge with the cyanobacteria," says Bev Anderson, a scientist with the California Water Resources Control Board.Emails reporting outbreaks of cyanobacteria — or...