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IS IT RAINING YET? The threat of Tropical Storm Fay lingers for the Tampa Bay area, prompting school closures all around. Click on the links for information about Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando. Up to a third of all Florida districts plan to close today, the Palm Beach Post reports.

B2s_school081908_a_34610c SMOOTH FIRST DAY: Students headed back to classes Monday in Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco counties. Once Hillsborough got its busing schedule problems mostly ironed out, things went fairly well all over. (Times photo, Scott Keeler)

WAITING FOR THE OTHER SIDE: Hillsborough Community College wants to hear what developer Greg Neal has to say about allegations regarding his background and proposals before deciding whether to stick with him.

HAVE A DRINK: A group of U.S. college and university presidents propose lowering the drinking age to 18, saying it would help decrease binge drinking. University of Miami president Donna Shalala is among those who says the idea is ridiculous, the AP reports.

And money is pouring into campaign coffers from around the country, the Florida Times-Union reports.

IT'S NOT OVER: Amendment 5 might be off the November ballot for now, but opponents and supporters continue to debate the issues while awaiting a final decision from the Supreme Court, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.

SPECIAL ATTENTION FOR FRESHMEN: Collier high schools place all ninth-graders into "academies" separated from the rest of the students, so teachers can help them ease into high school more successfully, the Naples Daily News reports.

MORE CUTS: Tallahassee Community College looks to increased class sizes as one solution as it seeks to reduce spending by $2.5-million, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:53am]


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