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Ed Narain and Arthenia Joyner say there’s been “a level of justice” achieved after Rick Scott signs Dozier School for Boys bill

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The families of the more than 50 deceased children discovered from the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys will receive $7,500 for reimbursement of burial and grave marker expenses after Governor Rick Scott signed legislation on Wednesday. The bill also establishes a Dozier Task Force headed by the secretary of the Department of State to recommend creation of a memorial and permanent site for the re-interment of unidentified or unclaimed remains. The reform school, Florida’s first juvenile detention center for boys, was…

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Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

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The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

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Should Tampa Bay Times have done more to alert authorities about Capitol gyrocopter stunt?

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A Florida newspaper that knew ahead of time that a man planned to fly a gyrocopter into restricted airspace at the U.S. Capitol faced questions Thursday about whether its editors should have used the knowledge to try and stop the risky stunt. The Tampa Bay Times, which posted reporter Ben Montgomery in Washington on Wednesday to document postal worker Doug Hughes‘ self-styled protest flight that landed on the Capitol grounds, said that its responsibility was to cover, not change, the…

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St. Petersburg Times wins prestigious Dart award

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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, today announced the winners of the 2010 Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. The St. Petersburg Times received the Dart Award for “For Their Own Good” (Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore, reporters; Edmund D. Fountain, photographer; Kelly Benham, enterprise editor). This investigative series takes an individual and systemic look at trauma and its lifelong consequences for survivors, families and communities. It…

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