Sunshine

28

February

Good morning. It's Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

Let's start with some words from Jon Silman:

In the early hours of July 25, 2010, a Hillsborough jail deputy snapped a routine booking photo of Meagan Simmons, who had been arrested on a DUI charge. In the picture, her head appeared slightly and seductively cocked. Her hair, tousled just the right way. Her eyes, hazel and piercing.

The mug shot turned out like a glamor shot, and it launched a thousand memes. "Guilty of taking my breath away." "This is what a model inmate looks like." "Arrested for breaking and entering your heart." On countless websites, Simmons, 28, became known as the "attractive convict."

In today's New York Times: Mr. Obama said the idea for My Brother's Keeper occurred to him in the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose death two years ago sparked a roiling national debate about race and class. He called the challenge of ensuring success for young men of color a "moral issue for our country" as he ticked off the statistics: black boys who are more likely to be suspended from school, less likely to be able to read, and almost certain to encounter the criminal justice system as either a perpetrator or a victim. "We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is," Mr. Obama told an audience of business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, young black men from a Chicago support program, and Mr. Martin's parents.

"With every ingredient we're asking ourselves, 'How does this relate to the history of the area?' " The opposite of a chain restaurant.

The power of German engineering is coming to Wesley Chapel.

David Jolly: "I think Alex Sink's comments reflect a bigotry that should disqualify her from representing the people of this community and should disqualify her from serving in the United States Congress."

Another bear attack. Not as bad of course as the Susan Chalfant incident.

Lizards, turtles, snakes ...

The pythons in the Everglades almost certainly won't eat you.

One thing we do do well.

And the Times continues to do good important work.

[Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 8:47am]

    

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