Florida education news: Obama's speech, state bird battle, swine flu scare and more
MOCKINGBIRD VS. OSPREY: Florida students voted last year to ask lawmakers to make the osprey the new state bird. The powerful head of the state NRA is fighting to keep the mockingbird.
TEMPEST IN A TEAPOT: Students across the Tampa Bay area listen to President Obama's speech with little fuss. Few in Hernando opt out. Leading columnist Sue Carlton to ask, so what were we so afraid of, anyway? And Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas to wonder whether Obama will follow through in policy on the message he delivered.
RECUSE ME: St. Petersburg College trustee Deveron Gibbons steps away from the school's president search because he's close to applicant Mayor Rick Baker.
MORE NURSES NEEDED: USF and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota combine forces to get federal grants to expand their nursing programs, the Bradenton Herald reports.
NEVER MIND: Palm Beach backs away from plans to buy a radio and television station, saying it needs the cash to fill a budget hole, the Palm Beach Post reports.
FLU ON THE RISE: South Florida college campuses see cases of swine flu on the rise, the Sun-Sentinel reports.