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LIVING IN A BOX: A group of Carrollwood Day School fifth graders tried it to raise attention on the plight of the homeless. It wasn't that much fun. And then the police showed up.

ONE LAST THING BEFORE YOU GO: Pasco County high school 12th graders complete their senior projects, yearlong research efforts on topics of their choice. The subject matter at Land O'Lakes High ranged from the history of hip-hop to how to build a cabinet.

PLAGIARISM PENALTY FOR PRINCIPAL: You're reading that right. The principal of Springstead High in Hernando County claimed as her own a well known Chicago Tribune column for her speech to graduates. And the Education Practices Commission says ... $1,500 fine and a reprimand.

'PEOPLE WHO WILL DIE': That's not exactly the message folks in a school want to see these days, especially when it's written with names next to a drawn stick figure hanging in a noose. So a Pasco County teen who reportedly has been picked on is now in juvenile detention on felony charges of making written threats.

BB'S SHOT AT BUS: If threats don't make you nervous enough, how about BB-gun shots shattering a school bus window as it drives elementary students home. That's what happened in Clearwater, freaking out the 12 children aboard. No one was injured or arrested.

PARTNERSHIP FOR USF: The International Ocean Institute chooses USF-St. Petersburg for its first center in the United States.

GEORGIA LOOKS TO FLORIDA: Our neighbor to the north likes the state's McKay Scholarship voucher program for students with special needs so much it adopts one of its own, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Of course, they're not likely to name their initiative after the former Florida Senate president.

ALL THIS FOR $40,000: The ride - a stretch hummer. The dinner - chicken cordon bleu. The location - the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. No, not the wedding of your life. It's prom time in southwest Florida, as described by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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


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