Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Let's make this Eagle Scout more a norm and less of an aberration

Rashaun Alexander Evins inspired a room of well-wishers Friday — without saying a word.

Evins became the first Scout in 17 years at Tampa's First Baptist Church of College Hill to earn Eagle Scout rank, and the room swelled with pride as participants presented him with commendations and letters, including one from the president and first lady.

We celebrate Evins, an African-American, as an exception to all of the wayward young blacks who have chosen the wrong path, but we really need to challenge ourselves and ask: How do we turn his accomplishments into more of a norm and less of an aberration?

Stop painting black men with the broad brush of negativity. Instead of seeing Evins as an anomaly, cheer him as the potential start of a new trend and hope it won't take another 17 years for Troop 64 to produce an Eagle Scout. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: They Want You To Be Afraid. …

Gulfport celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday with a display of Art Walk memorabilia, a birthday cake to share with visitors, prize drawings and awards to participating artists. If you haven't been to the city's Beach Boulevard, treat yourself. …

This isn't the first time the Bucs have produced such a woeful season, but it's the most talented Tampa Bay squad to play so poorly. Fans have aimed their ire at Coach Greg Schiano because this team hasn't come close to fulfilling its potential. …

Credit the makers of the Rainbow Loom for all those cool rubber band bracelets you see tween girls sporting. It's the latest craft craze and I'm proud to have my own. Thanks, Madelyn.

That's all I'm saying.

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