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Photography and journalism have made me a different person.

For the first time, I love telling stories because I can express myself through photos. It makes me want to come to school every day, and it has given me something that I’m really good at.

I like being able to tell stories without using words. I like being able to tell people things that are important in my life.

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— De’Qonton, an eighth grader at John Hopkins Middle School (who produced the report Fighting Chance? Students Investigate Middle School Violence) on how journalism has made a difference in his life and in his schoolwork.

(Source: studentreportinglabs.com)

Future home of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. 
Pan-o-ram-ah! (360 view taken by NewsHour man Travis Daub)

Future home of the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. 

Pan-o-ram-ah! (360 view taken by NewsHour man Travis Daub)

Why Florida’s “stand your ground” law could make filing charges against the shooter of Tayvon Martin more difficult

The law says that a person is justified in the use of deadly force if he or she reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or harm. 

Ray Suarez : This incident has brought new attention to Florida’s stand your ground law, which I understand had already had some controversy around it at the time that it was debated and passed…Is this getting a second look now?

Frances Robles, The Miami-Herald: We will see. I mean, people were real proud of that law when they passed it.

It’s been a real problem here. One of the things — one of the types of things that happens quite a bit is, for example, you’ll have a drug dealer shooting at another drug dealer, that other drug dealer shooting back, missing the first drug dealer, hitting the 3-year-old on the corner.

And then, when it comes time to file criminal charges, nobody gets in trouble, because drug dealer one didn’t kill the 3-year-old, and drug dealer two was legitimately defending himself. So this happens over and over again, where people are not getting — they’re either getting — not getting charged or they’re getting acquitted on cases where people are getting killed.

And everybody says, wait a second. Well, where is the justice here?

Full interview (including what neighbors thought of Zimmerman) and 911 calls here:

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A breakdown of Florida by ethnicity, foreclosure rates and past and present poll results.

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"And so it begins: What will Republicans say to appeal to Latino voters? Which way will they vote? Will Latino strategies offer a foretaste of campaigns to come when the primary calendar moves west? What will the candidates say about this country’s Cuba policy?
All very interesting, to be sure, but not determinative of anything much. There’s plenty to say about the Latino vote in 2012 … just not yet.”
-Ray Suarez on why the 2012 Hispanic vote doesn’t matter…yet.

"And so it begins: What will Republicans say to appeal to Latino voters? Which way will they vote? Will Latino strategies offer a foretaste of campaigns to come when the primary calendar moves west? What will the candidates say about this country’s Cuba policy?

All very interesting, to be sure, but not determinative of anything much. There’s plenty to say about the Latino vote in 2012 … just not yet.”

-Ray Suarez on why the 2012 Hispanic vote doesn’t matter…yet.

Dick the Dog waits for Newt Gingrich at a rally in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
(Tweeted by Judy Woodruff)

Dick the Dog waits for Newt Gingrich at a rally in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

(Tweeted by Judy Woodruff)

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Fighting Chance? School Violence Pushes Students Out

Students at John Hopkins Middle School in St. Petersburg, FL take an in-depth look at chronic fighting at their school.

“I do believe that schools are a microcosm of society, which means that if you put a school in the middle of a community, I can almost guarantee the things that are going on in that community will carry over into the school.” - Barry Brown, principal, John Hopkins Middle School

This video is part of our Student Reporting Labs program, which connects students with a network of public broadcasting mentors to produce original news reports for the PBS NewsHour Extra.

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Painkillers now cause more deaths in America than cocaine and heroin combined.
Painkiller ‘Epidemic’ Deepens in U.S.

Painkillers now cause more deaths in America than cocaine and heroin combined.

Painkiller ‘Epidemic’ Deepens in U.S.