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Florida Museum Calls Psychiatry “Industry Of Death”

“Think psychiatry has nothing to do with you? Think again. The whole field of psychiatry has gotten into every facet of your life.” That scary voice is just one of many you’ll hear when you walk inside the modest storefront museum in downtown Clearwater, sponsored by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The group, founded by the Church of Scientology, calls the museum “Psychiatry: Industry of Death.”
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Celebrate Your Own Florida Bookstore Day

Back in January, a date was set for the second annual Florida Bookstore Day. After the success of the first one in November 2014, they planned another for October 3rd this year. Unfortunately that enthusiasm seems to have fizzled. According to organizers, there wasn’t much buy-in from bookstores around the state that had participated the first time around – like Books & Books in Miami or the Oxford Exchange in Tampa. Maybe it’s not surprising – brick-and-mortar bookstores are struggling to survive. They don’t always have time to throw parties. So here’s a suggestion: Throw your own. Visit a bookstore and buy a book or three. Even better, choose books by Florida writers. A few favorites published this year: Find …
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Darryl Owens Perspectives

Darryl Owens: Juveniles Too Often Treated As Adults In FL Justice System

Some juvenile justice experts say a legal procedure called “direct file” makes Florida the toughest state to be a kid in the juvenile justice system…too tough. They’re coming together to try to change the process. Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens explains what “direct file” means and why he thinks it’s getting so much attention.
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At 95 years old, Norma Miller is the last remaining member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the dance group that put Lindy Hop on the map. Photo: Renata Sago.
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At 95 Years Old, the Queen of Swing, Norma Miller, Still Reigns

The 1920s gave birth to jazz, jukeboxes, and the dance career of Norma Miller. At 95 years old, Miller—known as the Queen of Swing—is the last remaining member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, the performance group that took Lindy hop, the original swing dance, out of Harlem’s dance halls and onto stages in Europe. Today, swing dancers around the world look to Miller for her expertise. When she isn’t sharing stories and dance steps, she’s living in Cape Coral, Florida. 90.7’s Renata Sago has more on her life.
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