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Florida Textbook Law Lets Residents Challenge School Curriculum

A new law allows any Florida resident to question what's being taught in the state's public schools. A handful of complaints have been filed in school districts across the state since the law took effect in July. Previously, challenges to curriculum and instructional material could only be made by parents.

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Scientists breed dangerous animals in a wild, semi-tropical locale. They promise that they'll NEVER get out.

Sounds like the start of "Jurassic Park," right?

Actually, it's a plan by several Florida zoos, including Lowry Park in Tampa, to breed rhinos, elephants, giraffes and other hooved animals on land owned by the state of Florida.

St. Petersburg Times

They've been part of the Tampa Bay landscape for more than 50 years.  The three large smokestacks at the old P. L. Bartow Steam Power Plant will be imploded today.  Demolition crews plant to bring them down at 10:00 am.  They expect it to take all of ten seconds.

The plant is located on Weedon Island in St. Petersburg.  The old steam plant was closed in June 2009 and replaced with a natural gas-fired plant.

The original plant was dedicated in September 1958.  

We've known for a while that the Florida House was willing to spend money to save Hillsborough Correctional Institution (HCI). And now, the Senate has put up money for HCI as well.

Still unanswered is whether Gov. Rick Scott will keep the popular women's prison open.

Steve Newborn

LAKE PLACID - It all starts with the man who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. His grandson - John Roebling II - inherited more than 1,000 acres in Highlands County, and gave it to Richard Archbold, an aviator and explorer of exotic places such as Madagascar and New Guinea. It's now Archbold Biological Station.

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It could be the biggest performance ever for USF's "Herd of Thunder," as the band has been invited to march in the New Year's Day Parade in London, England, on January 1, 2013.

This week's University Beat on WUSF 89.7 talks to band members and officials, as well as parade executives and the Former Lord Mayor of Westminster, England (the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill).

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Florida's Board of Education is meeting tomorrow to debate changing the state's school grading system. The proposal has drawn criticism from educators and parents -- particularly a proposal to include students with disabilities in the formula.

Have you ever wondered how a seemingly popular bill dies anyway? That's what WLRN's Rick Stone explores in this story about a group of domestic violence victims and their quest in Tallahassee.

It's February 7, 2012 -- the midpoint of the legislative session -- and the Sisterhood of Survivors has come to the Florida capital for the first committee hearing on their bill.

It would allow domestic abuse victims who are being stalked at work to quit their jobs and still qualify for unemployment compensation.

St. Petersburg native Brad Snyder has earned an invitation to swim with the U.S. Paralympic Team in the London 2012 Games.

Snyder, a 2006 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and swim team captain, competed in his first swim meet this past weekend since being blinded by an explosive six months ago in Afghanistan. Swimming the 50 free at the Bobby Flowers Swim Meet in Colorado Springs, Snyder finished just 1.8 seconds off the paralympic blind division world record.

Yes, it was only a game. And with just one miss from freshman point guard Anthony Collins, it could have easily gone the other way.

But it was hard not to see the 46-45 win by USF over Cincinnati this weekend in the larger context of USF's recent budget fights.

Play Ball!

Feb 27, 2012
City of St. Petersburg

It was February 27th, 1998, when the brand-new Tampa Bay Devil Rays played their first spring training game.

It took place in St. Pete's Al Lang Stadium (which was officially renamed Florida Power Park on the same day.)  The Rays lost that first game to the Florida Marlins 2-1.

Today, the Tampa Bay Rays train in Port Charlotte.  They'll open up the season this year with an away game against the Minnesota Twins this Sunday in Fort Myers.

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