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2022 midterm primary results in New York congressional and Florida races
Politics

2022 midterm primary results in New York congressional and Florida races

Florida voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose the Democrats who will take on powerful Republicans Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio, while some of the nastiest congressional battles in New York will finally be decided.The battle over New York's new congressional maps caused the primaries for U.S. House and state Senate to be pushed back until August. The final version of the map put several incumbents in the same districts.The most notable is in New York City, where the Upper West Side and Upper East Side were joined into one district, pitting two members of Congress with 30 years experience each against each other, Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler. The two powerful Democrats have extremely similar voting records, which has turned the race into a nasty personality battle....
Major rent surge pushing some Tampa residents toward homelessness: “It’s no different from a hurricane”
Business

Major rent surge pushing some Tampa residents toward homelessness: “It’s no different from a hurricane”

Tampa, Florida — Like any renter in Tampa, Kevida Gued knows it's a landlord's market. But the single mother of three's family needs an affordable three-bedroom fast, because their lease is ending Sunday. Gued told CBS News she's looked at more than 50 places and reached out to more than 200 "all over Tampa Bay, all over the state of Florida." On average, Tampa's rents ballooned 22% in the last year.Valerie Bannon's landlord in St. Petersburg hiked her rent by nearly 60% from $1,500 to $2,400 a month for a modest four-bedroom. Without options, the overnight auditor who is legally blind and earning under $20,000 a year moved her family into a hotel. A charity is paying the bill.  "It's no different from a hurricane or something disrupting your hou...
High gas prices sting millions who rely on driving for work
Business

High gas prices sting millions who rely on driving for work

High gas prices have Wallace Reid looking for a new career.Reid, who drives for Uber and Lyft in New York, fills up his Lexus at least three times a week. He pays around $95 each time, about double what he was paying last year. To make up for the increase, he's driving more often, but he's also applying for other jobs that wouldn't require a car."It's more hours, more stress," he said. "New York City is not an easy city to work and it's affecting our lives." Reid isn't alone. Millions of Americans who rely on their cars for work are changing their habits, signing up for carpools or even ditching their cars for bicycles as gas prices recently hit $5 per gallon for the first time ever. This week, it's averaging $4.95 per gallon nationwide, up from ...
Ann Turner Cook, Original Gerber Baby, Dies at 95 | Entertainment News
Entertainment

Ann Turner Cook, Original Gerber Baby, Dies at 95 | Entertainment News

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ann Turner Cook, whose cherubic baby face was known the world over as the original Gerber baby, has died. She was 95.Gerber announced Cook's passing in an Instagram post on Friday.“Many years before becoming an extraordinary mother, teacher and writer, her smile and expressive curiosity captured hearts everywhere and will continue to live on as a symbol for all babies," the company said.Cook was 5 months old when a neighbor, artist Dorothy Hope Smith, drew a charcoal sketch of her that was later submitted for a contest Gerber was holding for a national marketing campaign for baby food.The image was a hit, so much so that it became the company's trademark in 1931 and has been used in all packaging and advertising since.Political CartoonsFor decades, though, the identity o...
Battery Charge Dropped Against Florida Rapper Rod Wave | Entertainment News
Entertainment

Battery Charge Dropped Against Florida Rapper Rod Wave | Entertainment News

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A domestic battery charge against a 23-year-old Florida rapper who goes by the name Rod Wave has has been dropped, according to court documents.Prosecutors filed a notice Thursday in Osceola County court that the case against Rodarius Green was not suitable for prosecution.Green, whose song “Heart on Ice" broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in 2020, was arrested earlier this month following a traffic stop in St. Petersburg on a warrant out of Osceola County, officials said.According to an arrested warrant, Green's ex-girlfriend accused him of entering her central Florida home and choking her last month while their two children were in another room of the house. The former couple had dated for about four years, and the girlfriend told investigators that Green accused her...
Florida is the least affordable place to live in the U.S.
Business

Florida is the least affordable place to live in the U.S.

Sally Starkey thought moving from Chicago to Florida would be easy. The 33-year-old publicist moved to Naples, Florida, when her husband got a nearby job. Familiar with the area from friends and family who vacationed there, the couple was excited to move, she said. "We thought we would have no problem finding a place to live," Starkey said.She was wrong. The couple inquired into two dozen apartments before agreeing to lease a townhouse in north Naples — sight unseen. "It took us up until two weeks before we were out of our apartment in Chicago," Starkey said.  At $3,500, meanwhile, the rent on their two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse is about 20% more than what they paid in Chicago, although she considers herself fortunate given the alternatives. "I'm...