Tuesday, May 27, 2008


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-Fort Lauderdale: Stonewall Library to mark new location Wednesday
The Stonewall Library and Archives will have a ceremony from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate its new location. The library is one of the nation's leading centers on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history and culture. The groundbreaking will take place at 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd.

-South Florida demand for hurricane supplies is tepid
With tax holiday gone, consumers show less interest
Signs of a fast-approaching hurricane season are missing this year:
retailers marketing deals to early-bird consumers and the state's tax breakon supplies.

From Chuck Williams, Arts United

-ArtsUnited will feature the photography of local artist Shannon McKenna ina solo exhibit from June 2 through 27, 2008 at the Stonewall Library andArchives, 1717 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. The exhibit opens witha reception to meet the artist from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Monday, June 2nd.
Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served. Most of Shannon McKenna's photographs are ofnature and landscapes in Florida. She is inspired by the natural art foundin the environment. She looks for interesting angles, curves, lines, formsand the intersection of objects within a scene. Shannon uses the colorswithin a scene to either enhance or soften the structure of the photograph.
She finds her best photographs are taken when she becomes "lost" in a place,and just soaks in the atmosphere.

Justin Flippen - Candidate for Wilton Manors City Commission
Cordially invite you to a neighborhood meet & greet campaign kick-off for:
Friday, May 30th 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Manor Grove Villages, Phase IV Clubhouse (beside Bldg. N)
320 NE 19 Court Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Come as you are and meet our city's next commissioner!
Suggested contribution: $25
Maximum contribution under Florida law: $500
For more information contact justin@justinflippen.com or 954-610-9100.

Miami Herald
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-A proposed solution for Fla. and Mich.
Here are two important neutral principles that should guide the DemocraticNational Committee's Rules Committee when it meets May 31 to decide whetherto seat the Michigan and Florida delegations - and, if so, how to allocatethem between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

-Governor says yes to healthcare `lite'
Gov. Charlie Crist wasted no time this week touting a new law that couldprovide low-cost healthcare coverage to the uninsured and givesmall-business owners a way to offer insurance to more employees. Thegovernor and state lawmakers have reason to be proud of the plan. In a yearwhen they were forced to reduce state spending by more than $5 billion,drastically cutting back on many essential services, Gov. Crist andlawmakers have come up with plan that could help small businesses and reduceFlorida's embarrassingly large uninsured rolls.

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-There's a difference in white and black voters' motivation
The other day, an interesting debate arose among friends about the successHillary Clinton enjoyed in winning the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries.

-Pay elusive in unjust convictions
When police broke down Luis Diaz's front door to arrest the notorious BirdRoad rapist, they found a wisp of a man - 5-foot-3 and 134 pounds.

-More superintendents are saying 'see ya'
Pinellas' Clayton Wilcox is not the only Florida school chief on the wayout. Fifteen incumbent superintendents will not seek re-election this year,and four appointed leaders are calling it quits. The turnover rate is"higher than anyone can remember," Jim Warford, of the Florida Associationof School Administrators, told Gradebook. Budget cuts appear to be a bigreason why. "It's not that superintendents are afraid of making toughdecisions," said Bill Montford of the Florida Association of District SchoolSuperintendents. "But I'm convinced that there comes a time in even asuperintendent's life when they say, 'Wow, should I continue down thispath?' "

-Texas district tries to lure Florida teachers
Along Interstate 95 in Jacksonville, the billboard beckons teachers: "Your future is in our classroom," it says.
In Texas. That's right. The Fort Worth school district needs teachers, and it has its eyes on Florida, a state usually known as a net importer of teachers that only two years ago launched a $2.5-million national recruiting drive of its own.

-Three of 10 students who start high school in Florida won't finish
Something is missing from high-school graduation ceremonies across Florida this spring. By even the most optimistic count, three of 10 students who started high school to earn a diploma won't cross the stage.


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