Links from the Times for May 24: Southside Fundamental Middle School band, beatbox video, Adam Putnam, Alonso High School baseball title
On May 20, the band at Southside Fundamental Middle School will play its last show, ever. Southside, one of the best schools in Tampa Bay, is closing after 83 years in south St. Pete, a victim of budget cuts. And despite anger and uncertainty about the future for hundreds of kids and dozens of teachers, the show must go on. View photo gallery of the band.
Tiffany White, a senior at Chamberlain High School, makes sounds with her mouth that cannot be put into words. When a song comes on the radio in her white Chevy Cobalt, Tiffany reproduces the beat. The lifelong singer can even sing and beatbox simultaneously, making her a one-woman show on songs from Yankee Doodle to In Da Club.
- View an audio report by reporter Dalia Colon
- Watch Tiffany perform in a YouTube video by Luis Santana
Q&A: U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam's interview with the St. Petersburg Times