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Today on Context Florida: Elston Edward “Steve” Roady, generational poverty and cyber-skimming

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Today on Context Florida:

Martin Dyckman writes that Florida lost one of its oldest and best citizens when Elston Edward “Steve” Roady, a professor emeritus of political science at Florida State University, died at Tallahassee last week, four months into his 96th year. He was one of Dyckman’s favorite professors there, long ago, and a good friend.

Nearly 1 million children live at or below the poverty line in Florida — roughly defined as having an annual income of about $24,000 for a family of four. Research suggests that most families need about twice that amount simply to meet their basic needs. Jeff Kottkamp discusses effective and cost-efficient ways Florida can break the cycle of generational poverty, such as after-school programs like those operated by Florida’s Boys & Girls Clubs.

Blake Dowling warns Florida consumers to be aware of cyber-skimming at the gas pump. The skimming device is a fraudulent keypad that sits on top of the actual credit card keypad. It allows you to run your fuel transactions, but then steals your credit card info.

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