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CRIST VISITS USF: The governor tells students he has talked to the university's president about "budget concerns" and about her keeping hours on the St. Petersburg campus.

LOOKING INTO THE 'GHOST PROFESSOR': Here's more on the state investigation into Florida A&M's law professor who got fired for doing no work almost two years ago. The case was an early indication that the school had management and money problems.

WORKING ON A STATE SONG: The music teacher and his students at Temple Terrace Elementary think they have the replacement for  "Old Folks at Home." 

ROBOT WARS: A group of robotics students from Middleton and Hillsborough high schools in Tampa head to national competition with Minotaur Team 1369. They just need the money to get there.

SEED MONEY: Florida's public universities invent things all the time. The Legislature wants to help get those things to market. A group of bills would put more than $50-million into the effort, the Palm Beach Post reports.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? They named the school Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks. One School Board member doesn't like it, says "HAMO" is not dignified. Another member dislikes the word "academy." A debate ensues over whether a school by any other name would teach as well, the Ocala Star-Banner reports.

IT'S NOT EASY: Getting into college grows more difficult, even for the best students, as the sheer volume of high school seniors explodes, Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews reports.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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