State braces for Matthew's assault

State braces for Matthew's assault

THE DAILY FRAY
October 6, 2016 9:36 am

“Environmental conditions appear favorable for continued strengthening today and Matthew is expected to become an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane while it moves over the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the east coast of Florida," the National Hurricane Center said Thursday. MORE-»
Ex-marijuana trafficker fields ballot measure for legalization

Ex-marijuana trafficker fields ballot measure for legalization

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
August 31, 2015 8:30 am

In Florida’s crowded field of marijuana ballot initiatives involving lawyers, doctors, teachers, political strategists, former elected officials, activists, law enforcement, and entrepreneurs, a Miami Beach semi-retiree stands out. For one thing, he can’t vote. MORE-»
Everglades, Hendry monkeys: Maybe too close for comfort

Everglades, Hendry monkeys: Maybe too close for comfort

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
June 12, 2015 3:15 pm

No one talks much about “Monkey Island” anymore. For a long time Key Lois was getting eaten alive by a colony of rhesus macaques that were living large before shipping out to medical labs. Catered meals. Lush red mangroves. Sex. What could be better? Probably the Everglades, primate experts say. MORE-»
Tampa science center to give world's first commercial AV a spin; sticker price $250,000

Tampa science center to give world's first commercial AV a spin; sticker price $250,000

THE DAILY FRAY
March 16, 2015 9:12 pm

Fore. The future in driving – driverless driving – is coming to Tampa and it looks like a souped-up golf cart. The French-made Navia by Induct Technology will be exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry and start tooling around this summer. Top speed: 12.5 mph. MORE-»
Udder chaos: A vegetarian calculator for fresh rumination

Udder chaos: A vegetarian calculator for fresh rumination

THE DAILY FRAY
March 12, 2015 8:44 pm

The strain on cows is awful. Bad for a healthy diet, the government says. A climate change villain. Water hog. Greenhouse gas belcher. Started Chicago's fire and blew up a barn last year in Germany. Now consider the Vegetarian Calculator. Or not. MORE-»
Bob Simpson: scientist who ranked hurricanes

Bob Simpson: scientist who ranked hurricanes

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
December 20, 2014 8:30 am

Bob Simpson was head of the National Hurricane Center in Miami when Camille bulldozed into Mississippi Aug. 17, 1969. Under his direction, an experimental computer model was predicting a monster storm surge. When the data was combined with a report from an Air Force WC-130 estimating winds near the eye at 190 mph, last-minute evacuations were ordered. The forecast is hailed for saving hundreds of lives. MORE-»
Monkey's mostly business, primate experts say

Monkey's mostly business, primate experts say

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
December 17, 2014 9:00 pm

Go monkey, go. The feral freedom fighter remains in hiding, presumably in the Tampa Bay area, a fledgling outlaw that lit up emergency switchboards Thanksgiving Day. Is the monkey hungry, thirsty? Does the monkey need any help? Is the monkey playing it smart? MORE-»
For Florida's exotics, it doesn't get any wilder

For Florida's exotics, it doesn't get any wilder

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
November 23, 2014 12:00 pm

Exotic pets in Florida fit into two categories: the known and the all-too-well-known. Sometimes there’s the unknown. The nonnative animal invasion was going strong in 2006 when the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program was formed. FWC workers roll around the state like a traveling zoo absorb an eye-popping menagerie of ecological evil-doers. MORE-»
For talk on captive dolphins, panel gets wild

For talk on captive dolphins, panel gets wild

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
November 11, 2014 7:36 pm

For a passionate dolphin advocate like Louie Psihoyos, the idea of a panel to discuss the future of captive dolphins was like a trick question. For a passionate dolphin advocate like David Yates, it probably felt that way MORE-»
Cousteau: Great film equals great purpose

Cousteau: Great film equals great purpose

By JOHN HOWELL The Daily Fray
November 6, 2014 9:17 pm

Celine Cousteau, the explorer, needed directions. The hallways and meeting rooms at the Hyatt in St. Petersburg can be tricky. Not tricky like a murky fork in a waterway in the Vale Do Javari in the Amazon, where she filmed “Tribes on the Edge.” But one wrong turn and, well, the next thing might be standing in line at the hotel’s Starbucks. MORE-»

Put your ocean voyage on cruise control