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President echoes theme of Man Up seminar in Tampa

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama delivered a message that the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women and the Spring of Tampa Bay largely will echo at a special presentation Thursday.

"We've especially got to teach young men to show women the respect that they deserve," Obama said. "Those of us who are fathers have a special obligation to make sure every young man out there understands that being a man means recognizing sexual violence and being outraged by it."

The commission's Man Up seminar is at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building (W Palm Avenue and 14th Street). Educator Jackson Katz will rightfully challenge men to be proactive in ending sexual violence. We have to speak against the disrespect that seems normal in our culture.

Said Spring executive director Mindy Murphy: "Women cannot do this alone." …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Do You Follow Jesus This Close? …

If you reveled over the good times at Gasparilla, more power to you. But I found myself at the Kumquat Festival in Dade City Saturday enjoying a more relaxing experience. Kumquat pudding cake, a kumquat milk shake and learning how to eat nagami kumquats made for a good day. …

Kudos to the Second Time Arounders Marching Band for raising money for music scholarships with its sixth chili cookoff 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ferg's, 1320 Central Ave. …

Which reminds me, in an effort to avoid bad karma, I won't tweet Tampa Bay weather reports to the NFL this week as it battles cold temps at its New York/New Jersey Super Bowl.

But I'm oh so tempted.

That's all I'm saying.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: The Second Time Arounders Marching Band chili cookoff will be held Saturday, Feb. 1. An incorrect day was originally listed in this column.

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