Due to massive power outages and road damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, schools in several south Florida counties will be closed through at least Monday. Gov. Jeb Bush said he doesn't want to waive the state's 180-day school year requirement, and at this point can't say whether the Feb. 27 start of the state testing period will be delayed.
As officials gauge the destruction the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, details are emerging on the extent of the damage. Louisiana officials say wind damage was greatest to buildings four stories and taller; wood buildings just one or two stories had the worst flooding damage.
Travel companies and other businesses already are looking for seasonal workers to ensure adequate staffing for the holiday selling and service season. A recent survey shows 58% of businesses plan to hire for seasonal work from October through December.
Construction is expected to start on a 16-acre site in Fort Lee, N.J., for Centuria, a mixed-use project valued at $750 million. The project will comprise 242 hotel rooms, 126,000 square feet of retail space, 90,000 square feet of office space and 822 luxury condominiums.
Freedom Tower architect Daniel Libeskind sings the praises of skyscrapers, saying they offer ecological benefits and enhance a modern way of living. He predicts competition will once again mount to build the world's tallest skyscraper.