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-HIV, AIDS educator Ann D. Johnson Carter dies at 61
Ann Delores Johnson Carter, retired director and CEO of the Comprehensive AIDS Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, died April 29 while being treated for leukemia. She was 61. ''She helped bring winds of change to our community,'' said former U.S. Rep. Carrie Meek, who met Carter decades ago at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Miami. ``She was a teacher. She cared. She really taught our community about HIV and AIDS. And she did it in a caring way. That was her focus. She had tunnel vision when it came to teaching people.''
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-Ros-Lehtinen a lead co-sponsor of anti-bullying bill introduced Tuesday in Congress
News release from GLSEN:
GLSEN Lauds Anti-Bullying Bill Introduced Today in Congress
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is proud to join the National Safe Schools Partnership in supporting the Safe Schools Improvement Act, a federal anti-bullying bill introduced today in the House of Representatives by Calif. Rep. Linda Sánchez. Sánchez was joined by lead cosponsors Fla. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and N.Y. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy among the total of 40 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill requires schools that receive Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act funding to implement a comprehensive anti-bullying policy that enumerates categories often targeted by bullies, including race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and others. It also requires states to include bullying and harassment data in their state-wide needs assessments reporting. More . . .


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-Fort Lauderdale leaders want to relax drinking laws
Officials want to offer more lax environment on the beach during four upcoming big events: Boat Show, Orange Bowl, NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.
By Brittany Wallman
Get ready to say, "It's party time!" After years of strict enforcement against public drinking at Fort Lauderdale beach, city leaders are ready to loosen their ties, and offer a more lax environment. At least during four big events that are coming up.,0,2641216.story


Miami Herald
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-GOP must find the road to moderation
Jeb Bush hopes to change the GOP's tattered image from an immigrant-hating, privacy-meddling party of the Deep South to the national optimism of the Reagan years. The new National Council for a New America took its ''listening'' tour to a Virginia pizza parlor over the weekend to start the Republican Party's reformation. The group of mostly Southern governors (current and former) and Massachusetts' Mitt Romney did most of the talking. They took only four questions from the public.


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