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One for the Books: 20th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (October 16, 2012)
 
One for the Books: 20th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

For two decades, the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading has celebrated books with author talks, a street festival and book sale. This year's main event is Saturday, Oct. 20, at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Join Carson Cooper...

 
Deciphering Florida's Proposed Constitutional Amendments (October 9, 2012)
 
Panelists at St. Petersburg College's Seminole Campus

There's more than just the contest for president and local races on the ballot in November. There will be 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution. And every single one was put there by lawmakers in Tallahassee.

A panel...

 
Youth Caregivers Fight to Finish School (October 2, 2012)
 
20-year old Rachel Parks has been taking care of her mother since she was 17.

Why do students drop out of high school, and what can be done to prevent it?
One answer to that question is that they drop out to take care of sick family members. More than 22 percent of high school dropouts left school to take care of...

 
Florida Matters: 2012 Property Tax Amendments (September 25, 2012)
 

Florida’s property tax code resembles the finest Swiss cheese - it’s so full of holes - says one academic. And voters have an opportunity to add more property tax exemptions when they go to the polls November 6th.

Five of the 11 proposed...

 
The Future of the Gulf of Mexico (September 14, 2012)
 
Carson Cooper, left, with Steve Murawski, Gil McRae and Jackie Dixon

It's been just over two years since the Deepwater Horizon well was capped, ending the largest oil spill in U.S. history. But is it really over? The largest gathering of scientists since the spill met over the weekend at the Tradewinds Island...

 
A Conversation with Sam Gibbons and John F. Germany (September 12, 2012)
 
Sam Gibbons, left, with John F. Germany

Sam Gibbons was re-elected to Congress 16 times, and never lost an election. That came after he parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day in Normandy, during one of the most harrowing invasions of World War II. He was instrumental in getting the...

 
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