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Building Better Baby Brains: Just Say No To FAS

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is our most preventable form of disability.  Despite a growing focus on the hazards of prescription painkillers for newborns, drinking during pregnancy remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in children. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) encompass a wide variety of neurobehavioral and central nervous system disabilities related to alcohol use during pregnancy, including, but not limited to, developmental delays, growth retardation speech disabilities, and poor social skills. The classic physical characteristics of FASD, such as small head size, wide-set eyes and a thin upper lip, are not always present.  Read more at

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Crist courts Democrats for possible run for governor

September 8, 2013 - Crist said he is concerned about Scott’s commitment to education, considering he has cut $1 billion in his two-plus years on the job.

“Education is the key to our economy,” he said. He later noted that “we need common sense, instead of nonsense,” in Tallahassee.  Read more at

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TENTATIVE Ballot Mailing Schedule for November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announces that ballot mailings for the November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections are tentatively scheduled as follows for registered voters residing in the municipalities of Belleair Beach, Clearwater, Kenneth City and St. Petersburg.

Clearwater, Kenneth City and St. Petersburg:

September 20 – Mail ballots to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election.

October 1 – Begin mailing ballots to domestic voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires domestic ballots to be mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to an election.  Read more at

Additional mail ballot requests will be fulfilled as received. To request a mail ballot, visit, call (727) 464-VOTE (8683), or email

Daily ballot requests and ballot mailing updates are posted to the Supervisor of Elections Web site,, once mailings begin.

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David Fincher, Fox Set ‘Gone Girl’ Cast; Tyler Perry To Play Defense Attorney

September 5, 2013 - 20th Century Fox, New Regency and director David Fincher are firming up Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that will star Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and shoots this fall. Fincher has set Tyler Perry to play Tanner Bolt, the attorney who reps Affleck’s character after his wife disappears, and Neil Patrick Harris is near a deal to play Desi Collings, the wife’s former boyfriend. At the same time, Fincher has set Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon to round out the cast. Fincher is producing the pic with Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.  Read more at

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With few signs of rebound, Midtown yet to surface from housing bust

September 6, 2013 - Barbara Thomas knew she wanted to move to Midtown. If it was anything like the other neighborhoods around here, she figured she'd find a recovering market: better homes, higher prices and less junk left over from the bust.

But as the Gibbs High School teacher toured this largely black, low-income district south of downtown, the homes she found were dirt cheap, boarded up or falling apart.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg High honors Vyrle Davis

September 6, 2013 - A plaque dedicating the Vyrle Davis Media Building at St. Petersburg High School was unveiled Friday.

Davis served as the school's principal from 1973 until 1983 and was the first black area superintendent in the United States.  Read more at

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Pinellas plan to pay starting teachers $40,000 might start bidding war

September 7, 2013 - Let the bidding war begin.

The Pinellas County school system reached an agreement with the teachers union this week to increase starting teacher pay to $40,000 a year, vaulting the district to the top of the Tampa Bay region and outpacing the national average.  Read more at

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Ben Jealous, President Of NAACP, To Step Down In January

September 8, 2013 - In a surprise move, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, 40, has announced that he is stepping down from the position in January, 2014, reports USA Today. “Leadership knows when to step up and when to step down,” Jealous said. “This day I can say with pride that I’m prepared to step down and make room for the next person who will lead this organization to its next chapter.”  Read more at

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Michael Bloomberg Blasts Bill De Blasio Over 'Racist' Campaign

September 7, 2013 - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, accusing him of running a "racist" campaign.

In an interview with New York Magazine published Saturday, Bloomberg said de Blasio is "using his family to gain support."  Read more at

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Reflects The Constitution's 'Genius'

September 6, 2013 - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend's same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the "genius" of the U.S. Constitution.

Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities – be they women, blacks or gays – over time.  Read more at

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Facebook Encourages HIV Testing Among Minority Men, And More Health News This Week

September 6, 2013 - Facebook's popularity may be on the decline (thanks to teenagers who reviled the social networking site's increasing adult presence earlier this year), but it's gained favor this week among health researchers who found that it could be a useful tool in persuading people at high risk of HIV/AIDS to get tested for the disease.  Read more at

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George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman Divorce: Former Neighborhood Watchman's Wife Files To End Marriage

September 5, 2013 - Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's wife, has filed for divorce from the 29-year-old who was recently found not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman originally reported the development.  Read more at

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Don Lemon Just Wants To Enjoy His New Haircut In Peace (PHOTOS)

September 5, 2013 - All Don Lemon wanted to do on Tuesday was show off his brand new haircut:

Too bad the world wasn't ready to let the CNN anchor's tweet be the end of the story. Twitter was agog, simply agog! It was so agog that Bossip compiled loads of reactions to what it called Lemon's "struggly high-top Boosie fade."  Read more at

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Oakland Schools, Organizations Band Together To Help Black Males Graduate

September 5, 2013 - By the time they enter kindergarten, 1 out of 4 African-American boys in California expect to never be successful, according to last year’s findings by the state’s Assembly. In response, schools and various organizations in Oakland are focusing their energies to reverse the fortunes of young Black boys and men in the state.  Read more at

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Could crime in Newark derail Cory Booker’s Senate campaign?

September 6, 2013 - Executing emergency measures to combat a surge in homicides under their leadership are not the kinds of details candidates wants to talk about while on the stomp. But with a spate of violent killings making daily headlines, will Newark’s recurring crime waves haunt Cory Booker’s senate bid and also threaten his legacy as mayor?  Read more at

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Wal-Mart workers protest in NY over job conditions

September 6, 2013 - Three people participating in a New York City protest against Wal-Mart have been taken into police custody.

About 20 employees, former employees and supporters gathered Thursday outside a Manhattan building where a member of the company’s board of directors has an office. They delivered a petition calling for improved working conditions and reinstatement of workers they say were fired for engaging in labor activities.  Read more at

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Black Democrats Wary of Syria Strike

September 6, 2013 - Saying they still are gathering information, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus apparently are not ready to rubber-stamp President Barack Obama's plan to strike Syria, according to the Hill.

Black Democrats were among the most consistently vocal opponents of the Iraq war a decade ago, and they're now among the most reluctant to endorse a U.S. attack on Bashar Assad's forces in response to the Syrian strongman's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.  Read more at

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LeBron James Adds Executive Producer To His Resume

September 3, 2013 - LeBron James has teamed with the man behind shows like “The Cosby Show,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Roseanne” to create a new series for Starz.

According to the Associated Press, the Miami Heat star will executive produce the scripted half-hour show, tentatively titled Survivor’s Remorse, with producer Tom Werner. The comedy will take place in Philadelphia and explore “what truly happens when you make it out” of the hood.  Read more at

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Kanye West coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

September 6, 2013 - Brace yourself: Yeezus is coming to Tampa.

Kanye West announced a huge North American tour on Friday morning, and it'll include a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Nov. 30. According to concert promoters AEG Live, tickets for most dates on the tour (though not necessarily Tampa) will go on sale Sept. 13.  Read more at

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents New Series: ‘The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross’

September 6, 2013 - This fall, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series  The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.  Read more at

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