Thursday, June 21, 2018
News Roundup

Forgoing interviews for Mee a good call by her attorneys

It would have been a sad case of exploitation if "Hiccup Girl" Jennifer Mee was paraded before the national media today, one day before her murder trial begins Tuesday.

The Today show, Dr. Phil and Inside Edition were among those clamoring for interviews, and only an 11th hour decision by her attorney ended the possibility.

Mee's 15 minutes for having an odd malady six years ago should be a footnote, not a focus. ...

Magic Johnson comes to town Tuesday to promote a new insurance plan for the HIV/AIDS population. Johnson represents Simply Healthcare Plans, which has partnered with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, to provide care to those affected with the disease.

It's hard to believe it has been almost 23 years since Johnson announced to the world he was HIV positive. It's impressive that he's still affecting the issue. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Express My Individuality Through Mass-Produced Bumper Stickers. ...

Mark your calendar for the Oct. 3 premier of Stageworks' A Raisin in the Sun. Don't be the person who always talks about supporting local theater but never actually attends.

Wow, I just zinged myself. ...

I'm not sure older brothers realize the influence they have on younger siblings, especially when they're separated by six years. But so much — my taste in music, my love of football, my self-esteem — stems from those wonder year moments when my brother chose to lend a guiding hand instead of teasing me with a wet Nerf ball (it's a long story).

Anyway, the taller, better-looking Hooper celebrates a birthday today. Have a good one, Gerald.

That's all I'm saying.

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