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  1. Malia Obama is applying for college and here's what's known about her search


    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

    In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2014, President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington toward Marine One.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  2. Between consulting jobs and charters, couple's role in Hillsborough schools expands


    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School District has paid more than $35,000 to a consulting firm whose owner also is on track to oversee seven charter schools.

    Mel, left, and Rod Jurado of Temple Terrace own the Profitable Group.
  3. Area musicians delight students with Teach-In performance at Gulfside Elementary


    HOLIDAY — Looking back, Scott Myers figures he was pretty fortunate to grow up in Chicago during a time when arts programs were a given, right from the start.

    Gulfside Elementary third-grader McKenna Schmidt-Cole dances to the music of Souled Out during the Great American Teach-In.