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Today on Context Florida: A memorable year for black America, KISS and combating fraud

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With the passage of 2015, Chris Timmons notes that it was a memorable year in black America. From Michael Brown to Eric Garner to Sandra Bland to Tamir Race, the story of police brutality remained a constant in the news, a story more complex than either Fox News or the Black Lives Matter movement would have us believe. There was also Bill Cosby’s fall from grace, the thwarted redemption of NFL player Ray Rice and the rise of black “public” intellectuals, for better or worse, such as MSNBC pundit and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson.

“Keep it simple, stupid” (or KISS) is an adage that reminds us of the effectiveness of simplicity. From its origins in aeronautical engineering management, keeping it simple is usually good advice. But Dale Brill risks being labeled contrarian as he argues that sometimes things can be made too simple, especially where politics and economics intersect.

For Drew Breakspear, commissioner of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation, the New Year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on 2015 and use it as a foundation to set a strong course for the year ahead. The OFR is committed to serving Floridians, Breakspear says. He has discovered that listening to consumers and receiving information through the agency’s complaint system is one of the most valuable tools to combat fraud and financial crime, while ensuring that the best services are provided to customers.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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