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Hooper: Shift talk from problem of Ferguson shooting to prevention

Weekend rallies in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota reflect the anger and anguish rippling out of Ferguson, Mo., over the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown.

Debate rages over whether it was justified, but at some point the focus has to move toward how we prevent this from happening again. Too many want to dismiss the loss of life as just the way it goes, but no parent of young black people, myself included, should be willing to accept such a fearful status quo.

Respect and trust on both sides need to emerge and the onus can't fall solely on young people whose judgment isn't fully developed. Greater diversity and more training can help law enforcement lead the way. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: In a Time of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. …

St. Petersburg musician Linda Nash Stevenson has battled Hepatitis C for decades, and that battle has led to complications. Friends are helping with a benefit concert at 7:30 tonight at the Palladium. Learn more at igg.me/at/hopec/x/8409540. …

Tampa Theatre's sterling reputation has been built on many aspects, including popcorn. That's right, the theater's tasty popcorn is the stuff of legend, so it's no surprise it's rallying to get a new popper now that its original machine is on the fritz. Help out at tinyurl.com/qzkv94u. …

Twelve beauty contestants from a Swiss reality show arrived at Tampa International Airport on Edelweiss Air on Friday to do a weekend photo shoot at St. Pete Beach and downtown St. Petersburg. See, direct international flights lead to international exposure.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Shift talk from problem of Ferguson shooting to prevention 08/24/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:22pm]
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