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Law Week winners travel to Tallahassee Law Week winners travel to Tallahassee Brown v. Board of Education took center stage the weekend prior to its 50th year anniversary as children from ages 7-17 shared their thoughts about the decision at the Florida Supreme Court.As part of the annual Law Week celebration, student winners of the statewide essay and poster competitions came to Tallahassee with their families and teachers to present their winning entries and receive awards. The students and their guests participated in a mock oral argument at the Supreme Court. The event was organized by the Florida Law Related Education Association.Justice Fred Lewis hosted the children and their families and gave them a behind the scenes tour of the court.Students also participated in an awards luncheon program where they presented their entries and received their Supreme Court trophies.“Our legal system defended equality in the Brown decision,” fifth grader Ryan Patrick O’Neill from Miami Lakes Elementary said. “They solved the problem of unfairness for Linda Brown and those who came after her. That’s how we do things in America.”Erica Emas, a 10th-grade honors law student at Miami Killian Senior High, won the high school essay division. She told the Law Week audience, “We as Americans have actually made little progress in the integration of society. Today, children of every race walk through the same schoolhouse doors, but they often walk down different halls, congregate in separate areas, eat at separate tables, and even sit in different parts of the bleachers at school games.”“The same can be said of adults,” Emas said. “While the law requires integration in our public lives — such as school — during the weekdays, in our private lives and in our private choices — such as church — Americans continue to live segregated and separated lives.”Emas’ father is Judge Kevin Emas of the 11th Circuit.Justice Lewis closed the Law Week ceremony by sharing a personal experience. Never having been exposed to issues of discrimination and segregation in the small town he grew up in, Lewis went to a laundromat when he first moved to Central Florida in the early 1960’s. There were two signs outside. One read “white” and one read “colored.” Having always been told to separate his laundry into whites and colors, Lewis proceeded to put his white clothes into the washers by the white sign. When he went to put his other clothes into the washers marked “colored,” he was stopped by an elderly black lady who told him, “Son, you don’t want to put your clothes in there; they will hurt you.”Lewis said that was his introduction to segregation.Teacher Lorraine Silverstein told the Law Week audience that she tells her students at the beginning of every school year that they will have the experience of their lives if they win Law Week. She posts pictures and trophies won by former students in her classroom.“These students go on to do great things,” Silverstein added. July 1, 2004 Regular News read more
(REUTERS)-Andrea Belotti scored twice as Italy made light work of Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier yesterday, scoring four first-half goals on the way to a 4-0 win.Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva were also on target as Italy stayed level with Spain at the top of European Group G. Both teams have 10 points from four games although Spain lead on goal difference.Italy were quick off the mark when Alessio Romagnoli headed down a corner and Belotti turned the ball in from close range in the 11th minute. Belotti turned supplier one minute later when he headed a long pass forward into the path of Immobile who ran on and thumped his shot past Peter Jehle.Italy, playing with a new 4-4-2 formation, sliced their way through the home defence and Candreva turned in the third in the 32nd minute after Mattia De Sciglio pulled the ball back from the byline.Belotti had a backheeled goal disallowed but was not to be denied and added Italy’s fourth one minute before halftime when he ran onto Giacomo Bonaventura’s chipped pass over the back and scored from a narrow angle.Italy continued to dominate in the second half but the final pass repeatedly let them down to the clear frustration of coach Giampiero Ventura on the touchline. Liechtenstein stayed bottom of the group after their fourth straight defeat. read more