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Columnist Hooper's sons fill in for their dad

Editor's note: Columnist Ernest Hooper's sons, Matthew, 16, and Ethan, 15, are subbing for their dad. He took the weekend off for Father's Day.

High school has always had its problems: fighting, drug use and truancy, just to name a few.

Now, there's a new problem: gambling.

We've seen it firsthand. Students bet on college and pro games, prep events and card games. People even wage $20 on Madden '09 video games.

Gambling has ruined the lives of people with college degrees. Who knows what it will do to kids who don't even have a high school diploma? …

Youth groups and Hillsborough County decisionmakers get together for a Youth Summit Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Children's Board, 1002 E Palm Ave.

Among the topics: transportation, bike paths, teen Web sites and discount cards. But we might go for the free Chipotle. …

We have seen every worthwhile summer movie and been left unimpressed. With the exception of the second Transformers, debuting this week, the remaining lineup looks dull. G.I. Joe has some potential, but we don't want to see Johnny Depp as a gangster (Public Enemies).

And a third Ice Age? Really? Did we even ask for a second one? Come on, Hollywood, get your act together. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Beat Plant.

If you're wondering who's favored to win the Class 4A state football title this season, it's Armwood High. The Hawks may not have as many Division I prospects as last year, but the 2008 playoff loss to Plant left a bad taste in their mouths. But we might be biased. We're on the team.

That's all we're saying. …

Columnist Hooper's sons fill in for their dad 06/21/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 21, 2009 10:04pm]

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