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Forward thinking

By COLETTE BANCROFT
Published May 7, 2007


BACKWARD TO 'SEPARATE BUT EQUAL'?

The U.S. Supreme Court may rule as soon as today in two cases involving integration programs in school districts in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle that were designed to combine a degree of parental choice with racial balance. With a conservative-intensive court, the decisions could strike a major blow to integration efforts and have repercussions in school districts nationwide, including those in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Your mother told us to remind you

Sunday is Mother's Day. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. Planning to treat your mom to a fancy meal? The best time to make your reservation is . . . three weeks ago.

Moms want some peace, aren't quiet

Speaking of Mother's Day, it wasn't invented by restaurants, florists and card companies, but by Julia Ward Howe also known for writing The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Howe proposed Mother's Day in the aftermath of the Civil War, as a day for mothers to promote peace. Some moms are still at it. Thousands of members of CodePink will rally in Washington, D.C., this week behind one of the nation's most politically powerful mothers, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, in her efforts to bring American troops home from Iraq.

The sweet sounds of poetry slams

One of the most vital forums for poetry these days is spoken word performance, and you can revel in it starting Thursday at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg. Say What?/ Di Que? kicks off that night with a party featuring Nation of Poetry artists; the rhyming continues with youth poetry workshops, slams, films and more, leading up to a contest between the Charlotte, N.C., Slam Team and the Tampa Bay Slam Team on May 18. Go to www.thestudioat620.com for information.

In pursuit of truth, or truthiness

Three accomplished TV journalists - two of them real - celebrate birthdays this week. Today, Tim Russert of Meet the Press is 57. On Wednesday, 60 Minutes veteran Mike Wallace turns 89. And on Sunday, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report will be 43.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, (727) 893-8435 or bancroft@ sptimes.com

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