Did You Know...

Each week, cocowire will offer information that may not be well known at all. 

…That There’s a New Book About George Floyd?

Yes. George Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis and, as we approach the third anniversary of his murder, two journalists report on the life of the man whose death sparked a massive protest movement and a national conversation about race. Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa wrote the piece, drawing on hundreds […]
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…That a Young NFL Quarterback Was Killed On a South Florida Highway?

Yes. Dwayne Haskins, 24, the backup Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and a former standout at Ohio State University, was attempting on foot to cross the westbound lanes of Interstate 595 in Fort Lauderdale when he was hit by a dump truck on April 9, 2022. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been here […]
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…that the First African American Woman to Win a Speedskating Medal is from South Florida?

Yes. Erin Jackson, 29, is also the first female to win that speedskating medal and the first American to do so this Olympics season. It happened on Sunday, February 13 in Beirut, China. She is a native of Ocala and first began skating at age 8 in 2003, when she tried figure stating. She ran […]
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…that Maya Angelou is Now On A U.S. Quarter?

Yes. And she’s not just the first woman of color–though she is that–but the poet, writer and activist has become the first woman to appear on a U.S. quarter. The U.S. Mint released a coin featuring her likeness into circulation earlier this month; the coin was created as part of the American Women Quarters Program, through which […]
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…that there are now 3 Sales Tax Holidays in the Sunshine State?

Yep. Thanks to passage this Session by the Florida Legislature–including Senator Bobby Powell, whose District 30 includes most of Palm Beach County. It started in 2010 with a Back-to-School sales tax holiday but has now expanded to include Disaster Preparedness, which helps since June 1 starts hurricane season, and Freedom Week, which seeks to energize […]
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…that, after a century in downtown WPB, the ‘Edgewater’ was moved to the historic Northwest neighborhood?

Since the 1920’s, the Edgewater had sat at 316 Gardenia Street in downtown West Palm Beach, serving as a rooming house for area workers. In October, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (WPBCRA) moved the century-old structure to its new home in the historic Northwest neighborhood, nearly two miles away, an effort that took […]
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