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Today on Context Florida: Christmas music, kooky professors and making education fun

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Today on Context Florida:

There are two types of people: those who, the day after Thanksgiving, turn their radio to the all-Christmas music station, and the rest — Grinchy McGrinchersons. Heather Gibson offers her list of the good, the bad and the quintessential Christmas music.

Academe would be a dreary place without its occasional kooky professor, but for Martin Dyckman, James Tracy of Florida Atlantic University is simply too much. Hired to teach about conspiracy theories, he digressed into peddling his own, beginning with the claim that the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre three years ago was a hoax by the media and by the parents of the 20 children whom Tracy denies were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Tracy has been denying almost every mass murder since then, including the Boston Marathon bombing and the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, and in Sam Bernardino.

Bill Day’s latest:


Shannon Nickinson asks: What if everything you needed to know in life you really did learn in kindergarten, but none of it was evaluated on a state standardized test? Would it still count? A study released earlier this year and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hints that the answer is a resounding yes.

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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 [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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