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NO MORE PANTS ON THE GROUND, FOOL

Those of you who walk around with your behinds showing better buy a belt. Well, unless you want in-school suspension or other punishment school administrators see fit for your law-breaking.

The Florida Legislature passed the "saggy pants" law, HB 61/SB 228, prohibiting students from wearing clothes that show underwear or body parts. *We didn't know "General" Larry Platt, last year's American Idol crasher who rapped his disgust for "pants on the ground," was a lobbyist in Florida.

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Free 'Hire Me!' seminars

If you are looking for a summer job, raise your hand. Now, ask yourself these questions: Do you have the skills to get one? Are you applying at places that are likely to hire someone your age? Do you know what employers look for in a potential employee?

If not, the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has just the thing for you. In partnership with Bank of America and Junior Achievement, the library system is offering "Hire Me! Teen Secrets for Getting the Job" at several Pinellas County libraries through July. The free 21/2-hour seminars will show you how to build a resume and offer tips to help you make a good impression, including ways to effectively interview, communicate and work as a team.

The sessions include free meals. Schedule: May 28, 2-4:30 p.m., Palm Harbor Public Library; June 11, noon-2:30 p.m., St. Pete South Branch Library; June 14, 5:30-8 p.m., Seminole Public Library; June 25, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Tarpon Springs Public Library; June 28, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dunedin Public Library; July 9, noon-2:30 p.m., Oldsmar Public Library; July 14, 6-8:30 p.m., St. Pete West Community Library; July 16, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Pinellas Park Public Library; and July 23, 1-3:30 p.m. Clearwater Countryside Branch Library.

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Party! Poetry anniversary showFor four years, teen poets in the Tampa Bay area have been expressing themselves at monthly Heard 'Em Say Teen Poetry Nights. That's reason for a party, right? To mark the milestone, Heard 'Em Say will celebrate May 27 with its 4th Anniversary Show & Poetry Slam at the Gibbons Alumni Center on the University of South Florida campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Doors open at 7 p.m, show starts at 7:30 p.m. The show will include a live DJ, food and a showcase of dynamic teen spoken-word artists from across Florida. Some of the artists have been featured on HBO's Brave New Voices series. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for adults, with proceeds used to help send local teens to the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in San Francisco in July. For more information: (813) 833-4186 or wallybclark@hotmail.com,

Compiled by Molinseai Elcius, Lakewood High

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