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 March 8, 2012: Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivers his state of the 
state speech to the Florida legislature in Tallahassee.APTALLAHASSEE, Fla. 
 Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have 
ended permanent alimony in Florida.Scott vetoed the measure (SB 718) just 
four hours before the midnight deadline to approve or veto it. The 
bill automatically would have become law if Scott had done nothing by 
then.If it had become law, Florida would have become the fifth state 
to abolish permanent alimony.In a letter to Senate President Don Gaetz, 
Scott commended bill sponsors Ritch Workman in the House and Kelli Stargel 
in the Senate -- both Republicans -- and said there are "several 
forward looking elements of this bill."But alimony "represents an important 
remedy for our judiciary to use in providing support to families as 
they adjust to changes in life circumstances," Scott wrote. "As a husband, 
father and grandfather, I understand the vital importance of family."Scott 
could not "support this legislation because it applies retroactively and 
thus tampers with the settled economic expectations of many Floridians who 
have experienced divorce," he wrote. "The retroactive adjustment of alimony 
could result in unfair, unanticipated results."Florida law "already provides 
for the adjustment of alimony under the proper circumstances," Scott wrote. 
"The law also ensures that spouses who have sacrificed their careers to 
raise a family do not s June 23, 2011: Then-CIA Director-desigate Gen. David Petraeus testifies 
on Capitol Hill in Washington.APLOS ANGELES  David Petraeus' next tough 
assignment will be in the trenches of academia.The University of Southern 
California announced Thursday that the retired general and former CIA director 
is joining the faculty to teach classes and mentor ROTC members.Petraeus, 
who has a doctorate from Princeton University, says in a statement that 
USC is "a great university that prizes academic excellence."It's the second 
teaching appointment for the hero of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.It was 
announced last month that he'll be a visiting professor at the City 
University of New York.At USC, Petraeus will hold the title of Judge 
Widney Professor, which is named for the university's founder and is reserved 
for eminent teachers.Petraeus left the CIA in November after acknowledging 
an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
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