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July 31, 2000

finally, a home
[Times photo: Dirk Shadd]
There were many houses, but never one to call her own. A girl who has bounced around the foster care system for 11 of her 14 years finds a haven at last. Story

'I am a foster child'
Editor's note: Following are excerpts from a speech given by Carrie, 14, who has lived in 20 foster homes since she was 3. Carrie, whose story appears today on Page 1D, made the presentation at a meeting of the Junior League of St. Petersburg last fall. The Junior League subsequently voted to support the Family Visitation House for foster children and their families.

Books kids are picking up
There's still time to get in some summer reading, and if you're looking for some good titles, about 20,000 fourth- through 12th-graders across the country have recommended books that "have changed their own way of thinking about the world." Their choices come out of letters written to authors in the Weekly Reader Letters About Literature 2000 contest.

What do I want to be . . . and do?
First of two parts

Kids' takes
They give thoughtful spins on PETA's tactics, rapper Eminem and a boy wearing a baseball cap a certain way in the mall.

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Students bring Broadway to Tampa
The Broadway Theatre Project proves quality musical theater is a genre alive and well.

Pianist puts own stamp on music
Brian Ganz gives unforgettable sound and feeling to Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor.

Shows miss chance to explore realities of race
PASADENA, Calif. -- After 50 minutes listening to his circuitous arguments and childish taunts, I was tempted to dismiss William "Will Mega" Collins, the first contestant voted out of CBS's Big Brother house, as an overblown publicity hound.



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