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Tampa Bay Times Education Investigation: How Pinellas County is failing its black students

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  1. Culinary Institute of America adds sports as key ingredient to be a true four-year college


    HYDE PARK, N.Y. — The basketball team's starting center missed the home opener because he had to work at Bocuse, the on-campus French restaurant. A 19-year-old woman was a frequent starter at striker for the men's soccer team. And two years ago, the star of the women's cross-country team missed the conference …

    Adam Belward, left, Gabrielle Smith and Robert Yoakum in class at the Culinary Institute of America. Yoakum also plays for the Steels, the CIA's basketball team.  [Damon Winter |  New York Times]
  2. 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)
  3. 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.