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Today on Context Florida: Fantasy sports, Rick Scott’s lone success and Missouri protests & the First Amendment

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Peter Schorsch warns that banning daily fantasy sports, by putting it in the category of illegal gambling, might just be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Fantasy sports is as popular as Buffalo wings and cold beer. A report in Fortune shows that 57 million North Americans are betting $465 a year each on fantasy sports, making it a $27 billion business. But what does the holier-than-thou crowd want to do? Keep people from playing daily fantasy sports.

Improving Florida’s Division of Juvenile Justice just might be the one area where Gov. Rick Scott is not a complete failure, says Chris Timmons. More than five years ago, according to Christina K. Daly, the new secretary of DJJ in a Tampa Tribune op-ed, there were more than 75,000 young people arrested. Today, it’s down to 30,000. Furthermore, juvenile arrests are at their lowest in 30 years. The rate of “recidivism,” a fancy term for going back to the swagger of crime, is at 5 percent.

Bob Sparks notes events surrounding the University of Missouri centers on two important issues: One is the ugly specter of racism; the other is the right to protest and the role of the media. Racial issues have been well chronicled up to this point. While the on-campus events did not deteriorate into violence, they should have never reached the level they did. Protests, with the final impetus provided by a potential football team boycott and a hunger strike by a graduate student, led to the resignation of University President Timothy Wolfe. How many politicians and high-level government officials take “full responsibility” then do nothing? In other words, “I take responsibility, but am not interested in any consequences.”

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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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