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Orlando -- Today, following the announcement that there will be no cost of living adjustment for Social Security benefits next year, Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, D-New Smyrna Beach (FL-24), released the following statement:

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This past Saturday night was Cruisers Night on Canal Street. If you missed it, you missed a great crowd, gorgeous cars and a beautiful evening. The Chamber and Visitor Information Center was open! The front
doors were standing wide open; we set up a table out front on the sidewalk with free coffee and bottled water.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- During her break, Bert Fish Medical Center case manager Karen Berkeley practices speaking Creole, rehearsing for her first trip out of the country and the wait is making her
anxious.

Berkeley is joining BFMC physician Dr. Regina Asihene on a 15-person medical mission to Haiti from Sunday through Saturday, Oct. 23. Also traveling with the team is Kelly Ann Green, 17, who learned about the trip from her mother, Eileen Green, also a BFMC employee. The teen is using her trip as the subject of her senior project.

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DELAND -- Stetson University's School of Business Administration has been named one of the nation's "Best 300 Business Schools" in a new guidebook released Tuesday by The Princeton Review.

The education services company compiles its guidebook of top business schools annually based on input from more than 19,000 students in Master of Business Administration programs accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, as well as statistical data received from the institutions.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 46 percent in September, compared with September 2009.

Airport officials attributed September’s traffic surge to competitive fares and increased capacity being offered by the airport’s two principal air carriers -- Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways.

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DELTONA -- A trafficking amount of cocaine was taken off the streets Monday by Volusia County Sheriff’s deputies during a special suppression operation targeting street crime in the Deltona area, an agency spokesman said.

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SOUTH DAYTONA -- In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3 – Oct. 9) the South Daytona Fire Department is hosting student safety tours at the fire station at 1672 S. Ridgewood Ave. through the first week of November.

Students from participating elementary and preschools are shown a safety video, play fire-safety games, get an up-close view of a fire engine and safety equipment and -- the highlight of the event -- take turns squirting a real water hose at a pretend fire.

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I have attended several of Marco Rubio's rallies. I finally feel after several years that I am around "my kind" of folks. Rubio offers a glimmer of hope for all Floridians because he is a candidate that shares the values of conservative Americans.

With his pledge to stop the stimulus, balance the budget, and keep the current tax cuts, we may become "The Single Greatest Nation" in history again.

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CBS Sunday Morning (Brighthouse channel 6 at 9 am) featured a story about kids’ letters from camp. It was laugh-out-loud funny and so familiar. Every kid who goes to camp wrote one during their first few days. It reminded me of the old song “Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder” (sung by Alan Sherman) which in my day was very popular, right on point and also funny unless you were that kid writing the letter.

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The life of an autistic child is a difficult one. Growing up is hard enough for the rest of us, can you imagine what they go through? The constant frustration and reminders of being academically behind, unable to communicate, and socially impaired, are the day-to-day factors in an autistic child's life. Continually, these children have to encounter rude behaviors, unfair treatment, and misunderstanding assumptions. All of these factors added together are the cause of the most frowned upon issue with autistic children: behavior.

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