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Advice to Florida's recent film school graduates: if you want to make a living, pack up and move to another state.

Two Florida film schools are on The Hollywood Reporter's list of 25 best in the country: the film programs at Florida State University and the Ringling College of Art and Design. But film industry advocates warn that if any more big-budget movies leave Florida, the negative impact on the state's film industry will be, well, epic.

For those of you who watch the presidential debates, you may remember this exchange a few months back between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.    

Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, said, “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden, and Norway and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.”

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The U.S. and Cuba may have normalized relations, but the cold war-style defection is still common for Cuban baseball stars who want to ditch communism for the U.S. big leagues. Another one took place yesterday – and it was a double-header.

Many Major League Baseball scouts consider Yulieski Gurriel one of the best players Cuba has ever produced. Even at the age of 31, he’s a coveted power-hitting infielder. So is his 22-year-old brother Lourdes, who can play just about anywhere on the field.

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The need to develop a diagnostic test for the Zika virus that’s spreading throughout Latin America and the Caribbean is evident.

The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne disease a global health emergency. Pregnant women in Brazil and elsewhere are increasingly worried about the possible link between the Zika virus and the birth defect known as microcephaly.

After School Programs Anticipate Changes in Funding

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  Long-standing after-school programs in Florida that help thousands of at-risk kids with homework, mentoring and gang prevention could face significant changes in how state funding is distributed to them.  

The state Senate's budget plan would increase funding from $22 million  to  $30 million, making more money available to more groups.

But prominent organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters depend on these funds that have been distributed to them for decades. The proposal would put the money up for grabs.

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On a recent Wednesday morning, a handful of 10th grade English students from Somerset Academy donned 3-D glasses and stepped into Elizabethan London.

Their tour guide warned them to watch out for rats carrying plague.

 

“This is so cool,” the students murmured as they stood outside the Globe Theater—a virtual rendering of it, anyway.

 

Theodor Koch-Grünberg

"I met Ciro Guerra when he joined a theater group I was directing at the National University of Colombia — years ago. He was very young," explains anthropologist Ignacio Prieto. "From the day he began, Ciro was interested in directing."

Today, Guerra is the director of Colombia's first-ever Oscar nominated film — Embrace of the Serpent — and he has Prieto to thank.

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The Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary play a key role in every presidential election cycle. Yet these states are remarkable for their comparative lack of diversity.

“The Latino population, for example,” explains Mark Hugo Lopez, Hispanic research director at the Pew Research Center, “in the case of Iowa, about five percent of that state’s population is Hispanic, and in the case of New Hampshire, it’s about three percent. So these are states that have relatively small Hispanic populations. Nationally, Hispanics make up about 18 percent of the population.”

Rubio's Take On Social Security And Medicare

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The first in the nation New Hampshire primary is Tuesday.  

 

During this week’s home stretch, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gave roughly the same remarks at all his events.

 

However, at his rally in Derry, New Hampshire Rubio cracked a joke about his home state to bring up an issue.

 

“You might not know this, this is not well known,” he said. “In Florida there are a lot of people on Social Security and Medicare.”

 

The crowd laughed at his reference to his home state.

 

Jeb's Last Call To Voters

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Voting is under way in New Hampshire in the first in the nation presidential primary.  And candidates are still doing everything they can to get these highly valued votes.

 

Monday night, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush held his last Town Hall event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His final pitch started out by embracing the Bush dynasty.

 

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