February 21, 1995 |
Philip Morris Cos. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. said Monday that they are seeking to bar a state agency from suing the tobacco industry under a law they claim is unconstitutional. The companies said they filed a petition seeking the action with the Supreme Court of Florida. The Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act, passed last April, makes it easier for the state to sue product manufacturers for injuries suffered by Medicaid recipients, a Philip Morris spokesman said.
December 28, 2004 |
Florida orange growers and juice makers asked the federal government Monday to impose tariffs on Brazilian processors, accusing them of selling orange juice in the U.S. at unfair prices. The Florida growers and processors also asked the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Commerce Department to conduct an investigation into the pricing practices of four juice producers. The agencies are likely to make a decision in the coming months.
January 22, 1985 |
The second record cold snap in two years froze oranges "as hard as baseballs" Monday and may have destroyed thousands of trees in the northern section of Florida's $1-billion citrus belt. "It looks like the damage will be extensive in both citrus and vegetables," said Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner. One grower reported a low of 11 degrees in a citrus grove near Mascotte, in Lake County.
January 14, 2011 |
With Mexican cruises slumping in popularity, two of the largest ships serving the Port of Los Angeles are pulling up anchor for more lucrative markets elsewhere. Royal Caribbean said its 3,100-passenger Mariner of the Seas, after a Mexican Rivera voyage that begins Sunday, will leave the Port of L.A. for South America and Europe, ending up in Galveston, Texas. Norwegian Cruise Lines will pull its 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star out of the port in May. The ship will eventually settle in Tampa, Fla. Cruise line officials and port officials say the moves stem from the sour economy and continuing drug-related violence in Mexico.
December 21, 2010 |
An insect known to carry a disease that has been devastating to Florida's citrus industry has been found in a bug trap in a citrus grove in Ventura County. The Asian citrus psyllid, which is the size of a fruit fly, feeds on the leaves of lemon and orange trees. It is also known to carry citrus greening disease, also called Huanglongbing or HLB, that ruins the taste of citrus fruit and juice and then kills the trees. The disease does not affect humans. This is the first time an Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Ventura County, a key producer of California citrus.
August 25, 2005 |
For more than 40 years, grapefruit grew juicy and ripe on this 1,200-acre grove inland from the Atlantic. Now there is little left but the jagged branches of torn-up trees, and spicy smoke fills the hot midday air as one by one, they are burned to powdery ash. "This just makes me sick," said John E. Quigley II, an environmental supervisor with the Florida Bureau of Pest Eradication and Control, who looked on as flames at least 15 feet high consumed yet another grapefruit tree.