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JUST OVER HALF OF FLA STUDENTS PASS FCAT
Results released Friday show that slightly over half of Florida’s students have passed the state’s standardized math and reading exams. Education Commissioner Pamela Stewart says the changes, while small, are significant. This is the last year of the FCAT. Students will take a new exam aligned with the Common Core starting next year.
9-YEAR-OLD FLORIDA BOY WITH LEUKEMIA PLAYS SUPERHERO FOR DAY
A South Florida 9-year-old boy stricken with leukemia played superhero for a day. The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled Jaylen Hyde’s desire to become “Striker Boy” on Friday. He “defused” a fake bomb, got a helicopter ride, “fought” a fire, and “arrested” the green-faced Sneaky Pete for stealing a puppy and even took him to jail.
MIAMI HEAT DROP GAME 1 OF NBA FINALS
The San Antonio Spurs took the first game of the NBA Final in a sweltering arena, thanks to the air conditioner blowing out. The Miami Heat were leading in the fourth quarter when LeBron James left the game suffering from cramps. The Heat never recovered, losing 110-95 on Thursday night. The next game is Sunday.
FOUR FLORIDA BEACHES RANK AMONG TOP 10 IN THE NATION
The Top 10 Beach List for 2014 has ranked four Florida beaches among the best in the nation. Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked second. The annual list bases the ratings on 50 criteria including beach material, water temperature, sand softness, smell, trash, safety record, and algae in the water.
EVENTS ACROSS FLORIDA MARK 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY
Events across the state are marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In Tallahassee, a ceremony is being held at the World War II Memorial outside the Leon County Courthouse. In Miami, consul generals from France, Britain and Canada will join U.S. military officials at a remembrance service at Trinity Episcopal Church. And in Tampa, World War II veterans are gathering at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.