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Florida softball league is 87 – many players are even older

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Irwin Abelson runs to catch a softball and puts on his glasses before throwing the ball to second base. Abelson’s arm is strong, and the man in his 80s on the opposing team is out. “My doctor said recently, ‘I’d never guess that you were 91 years old,’” shrugs Abelson, a former life insurance salesman and a player for the Kids & Kubs senior league in St. Petersburg. To be eligible, players must be at least 75 — so it’s…

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The Walking Warehoused

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For most of history, dying was an event. These days, it’s a “process,” and one that can go on for decades. It’s rough on families. And it’s a gold mine for those who had the cash and the foresight to invest in the burgeoning “assisted living” industry. Old folks’ homes are springing up here faster than mattress stores and burger joints. The Tallahassee Democrat’s TaMaryn Waters reports that 12 of these places are in the pipeline and, says AARP spokesman…

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Report: Rural hospitals get billions in extra Medicare funds

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A law that allows rural hospitals to bill Medicare for rehabilitation services for seniors at higher rates than nursing homes and other facilities has led to billions of dollars in extra government spending, federal investigators say. Most patients could have been moved to a skilled-nursing facility within 35 miles of the hospital at about one-fourth the cost, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report being released Monday. Hospitals juggling tough balance sheets have…

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Orlando Sentinel column: Why would Kendrick Meek oppose savings for Medicare

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Today, the Orlando Sentinel published “a column about waste, fraud, abuse and self-destruction by U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek.” The column outlines a bill to reduce costs to Medicare recipients and Rep. Kendrick Meek’s opposition to the bill. The column questions Meek’s opposition to the bill while he received tens of thousands of dollars from Medicare suppliers. “There is a clear pattern of Congressman Meek putting special interests ahead of the people’s interests: Meek has received money from big oil including…

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Updated: Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of congressional race, citing health reasons, immediately endorses Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent

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Hernando Sheriff Richard Nugent is running for Congress. His target: U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite. Nugent, a Republican, filed Friday, the last day for Congressional candidates to qualify for the Aug. 24 primary. He had not been listed on the state’s Division of Elections as a qualified candidate by 11:30 a.m. “It’s not a mistake,” Nugent said during a brief phone call with the St. Petersburg Times on Friday before excusing himself to return to a staff meeting. “I’ll have more to…

Keep Reading Is Florida still a political swing state?

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From I don’t know that I’d make too much of this Mason-Dixon poll in Florida which has very bad numbers for Democrats across the board — Mason-Dixon, although a strong pollster, has had a pretty significant red-leaning house effect for the past couple of cycles and there aren’t any recent trendlines to look at on the health care or Bill Nelson numbers. But, it would stand to reason that Obama’s 2012 strategy may not be able to bank on…

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