Life’s a beach – and then there’s “dead” trees

Life’s a beach – and then there’s “dead” trees

In a few years Beer Can Island may cease to exist. Affectionately known as “Dead Tree Beach” to students, the spot has been a popular place for hammock lovers and dolphin-watchers of all AOCs.   “Over the years, depending on...
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Selah Freedom supports policies that equate sex work with human trafficking

Selah Freedom supports policies that equate sex work with human trafficking

In a well-lit office building waiting room sits Laurie Swink, the co-founder of Selah Freedom, an anti-trafficking organization based in Sarasota, waiting for me to set up the recording device. She’s a blonde woman with piercing blue eyes and a...
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Sex workers march in Ybor on International Sex Workers Rights Day

Sex workers march in Ybor on International Sex Workers Rights Day

  “One, two, three, four. I’m a worker and a whore! Five, six, seven, eight. Masterbate and smash the state!” Syd Eastman said, rallying the crowd that stood before her composed of sex workers and their allies.   Eastman founded...
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Warhol at the Selby Gardens: a new spin on an old name

Warhol at the Selby Gardens: a new spin on an old name

According to Warhol’s landlord, the prominent Sarasota philanthropist Alfred J. Goldstein, the  “Factory” was having too many wild parties.     “We understand that they are generally large parties and are held after usual office hours,” a lett...
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Importing of trophy elephant tusks may soon be legal

Importing of trophy elephant tusks may soon be legal

“Selling a threatened animal’s life to raise money for ‘conservation’ is like selling a child on the black market to raise money to fight child molestation,” the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) concluded in a statement against...
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Students petition to give thousands the right to vote

Students petition to give thousands the right to vote

  “Can’t we find it in our hearts to choose to forgive and not forever condemn?” Governor Charlie Crist asked Florida’s Executive Clemency Board in 2007. He was attempting what Floridians are attempting to do still today: give a second...
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The Florida Project movie review

The Florida Project movie review

  Cara Buckley, in their article on the “The Florida Project” for the New York Times (NYT) uses the  inappropriate adjective “vituperative”–it means bitter and abusive–for one of the main characters, a mother named Halley played by Br...
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Songs you should should hear: Scorpio Season Edition

Songs you should should hear: Scorpio Season Edition

  College, in itself, is a tumultuous period of self-discovery. Especially for students in a sleep-away institution, like many U.S. colleges are. We learn so much about ourselves emotionally, socially and intellectually. The close quarters we are put in w...
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Trumping Trump: the Manafort Case and its context

Trumping Trump: the Manafort Case and its context

Allegations of collusion between the Trump administration and Russian forces is no longer news, but evidence is. “There is NO COLLUSION!” President Trump said on Twitter the same day Robert Mueller III, head of the Special Counsel’s investigation of Russ...
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Selby Gardens displays rare hybrid and natural orchids at the Orchid Show

Selby Gardens displays rare hybrid and natural orchids at the Orchid Show

(all photos by Azia Keever) Selby’s orchid show boasts a lush conservatory exhibit with countless species of orchids to sniff and admire.   Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis is an orchid that smells like rotting flesh. Unlike most other flowers, whose scent...
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