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Plucky kids and dedicated teachers work to save school news

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Facts may have died in 2012, but the obituary has yet to reach a handful of plucky high school kids who know that local news is important, and work hard to bring it to their classmates. The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Erica Breunlin takes a deep dive into the shallow pool of secondary school resources for kids who aspire to careers in truth-telling, or just want to learn how to be smarter consumers of current events. As usual, it’s the teachers who…

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For media training, Mom’s the word

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Too many public officials feel entitled to cut to the front of every line. This week, one of them had the misfortune of being caught on tape saying so. Daytona Beach City Commissioner Dannette Henry was close enough to see the shooting and beating of a young man as it was unfolding in her neighborhood last Wednesday. “They need to come to my damn house,” she yelled at the dispatcher on the receiving end of her 911 call. “Oh my…

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In violent homes, every night is Halloween

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On Halloween, Daytona Beach News-Journal reporter Katie Kustura brings us a timely reminder that for many women and children, every night is “dark, and full of terrors.” Domestic violence is a notoriously underreported crime, but available statistics place Volusia County near the top of what State Attorney R.J. Larizza calls an epidemic. Larizza is fed up, and is putting together a broad-based community task force to bring the numbers down. Abusers are adept at convincing victims that they are to…

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Florida man wants to replace strip club with senior housing

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The owner of a Daytona Beach strip club wants to help clean up the neighborhood by replacing Club Topic with an apartment building for senior citizens. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the plan is preliminary. But last week Will Bittorf removed the `For Lease’ sign outside the building where strippers once danced on a small stage. He says it only attracted people who wanted to open adult businesses. Bittorf says a 26-story 1,500-unit building would help spruce up East International Speedway…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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A healty dose of debate over health care, hunger and transportation can be found in Sunday’s editorial pages: St. Petersburg Times – Good social policy, good business: University of South Florida president Judy Genshaft served her institution and her community well last week in announcing that USF would extend benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. The announcement was but a small part of Genshaft’s annual “State of the University” address. But it marked a big step forward in…

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Sunday editorial pages

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Let’s just say Charlie Crist is an editorial writer’s dream… St. Petersburg Times – Crist serves himself, not state, with appointment: Gov. Charlie Crist could have appointed a former congressman, a former legislator, a former Jacksonville mayor, a former state attorney general, or even a former U.S. attorney to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. Instead, the governor chose his alter ego to keep the seat warm for 16 months as he campaigns for it. He might…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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The editorial pages along the I-4 Corridor this Sunday look at a wide range of issues, from the health care debate to space, from consumer protection to oil drilling. Here’s a summary: St. Petersburg Times – On Reform, Move Past Fears: “The American people should not spend this summer’s congressional recess succumbing to the fearmongering and outright lies that some House Republicans and special interest groups are using to erode public support for comprehensive health care reform. The stakes are…

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