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A hurricane proves need for local news

I am thousands of miles away, but I still turned to Chron.com, a website of the Houston Chronicle, to figure out what was going on in Texas this week. A widely shared video showing water pouring into the studio of KHOU, a Houston television station, was the first clue I had to the severity of the flooding. Even from afar, it was clear that local journalists were leading the effort to inform people on the ground, explaining how to get rescued, where to go and what to do. What if they hadn’t been there?

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Cross College Alliance: new goals, powerful network

In 2015, it was announced that six institutions — New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, Eckerd College and The Ringling/FSU — had come together to form the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4. While we are colleges, universities, and campuses with our own distinct identities and offerings, we share the common vision of building an educational network among the region’s educational organizations, one that amplifies and expands learning opportunities for our collective 18,000 students and the communities in which we live.

Video captures fatal "stand your ground" shooting

A video from the Circle A Food Store in Clearwater captures the Thursday afternoon "stand your ground" shooting that left one man dead. Deputies say the shooter acted in self-defense and charges will not be filed.