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TOUGHER THAN THE STREETS: Dan Hansen spent 31 years patrolling Pinellas Park. Now his beat is the 185-student Sanders School for the severely emotionally disturbed. It's a job that Hansen acknowledges many cops would never take. But he finds it rewarding.

The state university system Board of Governors asks for money to improve communication systems and to add police officers on campuses, as an immediate response to the Virginia Tech massacre. Lawmakers are expected to take up the issue during budget negotiations.

SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER? Those kids sure do know a lot as they prepare to enter middle school, contestants in a local version of the television contest find at Macfarlane Park School for International Studies  in Tampa.

ACTING UP: Student actors from across Florida fill the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for the state thespian festival.

COUNTING ON A SCHOLARSHIP: A Sarasota girl fulfilled all the requirements for a tuition and books scholarship offered by a local karate expert. But when she asked for the funds to help pay for the University of Central Florida, she found the donor had changed the rules and would not pay, Herald-Tribune columnist Tom Lyons reports.

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


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