10:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:53 pm

It's probably the most oft-cited literary fantasy of all time: I'm talking about that passage in Catcher in the Rye where Holden Caulfield says: "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though."

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5:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida Students Talk About The State's Race-Based Education Standards

Credit Sammy Mack / StateImpact Florida

Students and civil rights activists are still asking Florida to hold black and Hispanic students to a higher standard.

It’s been a little more than a year since the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County filed a federal civil rights complaint against the state’s race-based academic goals.

There have since been a number of protests by activists who oppose lower expectations for minorities.

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5:07 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sen. Bill Nelson Says He'll Press Federal Agencies For Information On Oil Drilling In Florida

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told a group of local officials and activists Monday he’s going to press federal agencies to answer questions about oil drilling in Southwest Florida.

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5:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New State Scholarship Program Aimed At Keeping Top Scholars At Florida Schools

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Florida’s top high school graduates are getting a new financial incentive to go to Florida universities.

Tucked away in the state budget is a program aimed at rewarding Florida students designated as National Merit scholars, called the Florida National Merit Scholarship Initiative.

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Law & Order
4:32 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Florida's Sexual Violence on Campus Report

Demonstrators protest sexual assault on college campuses at the #YesAllWomen rally in solidarity with those affected by violence in Seattle on May 30, 2014.
Credit Alex Garland —Demotix/Corbis

Every year colleges and universities that receive federal financial aid must file a report of all crimes committed on campus to the Department of Education.

Based on the Department of Education figures, the University of Florida (UF), the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of South Florida (USF) are the  universities in the state with the highest numbers of sexual assaults reported.

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The Salt
11:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

A nutrient-dense diet may help tamp down stress. And these foods may help boost our moods (clockwise from left): pumpkin seeds, sardines, eggs, salmon, flax seeds, Swiss chard and dark chocolate.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:22 pm

Eat more when you're stressed? You're not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times.

And many of us are quick to turn to either sugary foods or highly refined carbohydrates such as bagels or white pasta when the stress hits.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Marching to His Own Drumbeat

Ronald and Bette Gregg
Credit StoryCorps

Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.

But it all had to start somewhere.

In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette about how he first came to love percussion, and what he hopes his drumming legacy will be.

“El Capitan,” by US Navy Band & Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell, from Sweatin’ with Sousa
“The Duke,” by Dave Brubeck, from Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits

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Making Sense of the Media
2:11 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Making Sense of Coverage of the World Cup's Biggest Loss

The 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil in the World Cup generated the most activity around a single sports game on Twitter ever.

Over 35-and-a-half million tweets during the game itself, and at peak volume, nearly 600,000 people were tweeting about it at the same time.

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2:13 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Nan Rich Touts Her Record in Battle With Charlie Crist

Nan Rich
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Nan Rich is frustrated. That much is clear.

But the lifelong Democrat and former Senate minority leader isn't backing down. Rich told a gathering of news executives and editors Friday that she will continue battling for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and trying to draw distinctions with opponent Charlie Crist --- despite many of the party's fundraisers and leaders lining up behind the former Republican Crist.

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Law & Order
10:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Bail Granted to Pasco Movie Theater Shooting Suspect

Curtis Reeves at his arraignment

A former Florida police captain charged in a fatal movie theater shooting has been released from jail.

Pasco County Judge Pat Siracusa set 71-year-old Curtis Reeves Jr.'s bail at $150,000 on Friday.

He said Reeves must remain at home except to go to church, the doctor's office or the grocery store. He also must surrender firearms.

Local news media reported that he was released Friday evening.

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4:07 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Senator Nelson Speaks Out Against E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette and e-liquid

Tobacco commercials were banned in 1971. However, nicotine has found its way back into the marketing game via e-cigarettes. Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says e-cigarette advertising should be banned and e-cigarette liquid containers need to be childproofed.

E-cigarettes contain a nicotine infused liquid that can be deadly when ingested.

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Health News Florida
12:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam


Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:30 pm

The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.

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12:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Judge: Florida Legislature Broke Laws on Maps

The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps adopted in 2012. In doing so Lewis rejected arguments from top legislative leaders that they had done nothing wrong during the process.

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Law & Order
12:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Man Executed for 1994 Rape, Murder of Lakeland Girl

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection Thursday for kidnapping, raping, and murdering his ex-girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter in Polk County in 1994.
Credit Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl in Polk County. It was the state's seventh execution this year.

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by injection at Florida State Prison at 6:43 p.m.

Davis, draped in a white sheet and strapped to a table with his hands covered in white material, declined to say any final words before his sentence was carried out.

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8:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Panel Told FL Child Death Reform Not Enough

Mike Carroll, interim director of the Florida Department of Children and Families
Department of Children and Families

Despite a new law revamping Florida’s child welfare system, the state still has far to go to stop child deaths from abuse and neglect, a federal panel heard Thursday.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities held a meeting in Tampa to review Florida’s policies and practices, as the panel is doing in other states, with an eye to making recommendations to President Obama and Congress.

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