Sh*t happened 2/19/15: Standardized education, ferry future and Vanilla Ice is a looter


We all make choices in life. We may try to chalk them up to fate, or to powers beyond our control, or to blind chance. It's easy to equivocate. But really, you don't have to listen to us make fun of what happened yesterday. Best to move on, yes?

Amid ongoing debate regarding the best way to educate the state's children, Florida governor Rick Scott has deemed one standardized test among many — a high-school English assessment — unnecessary and redundant. "You don't need to hit the round peg with that mallet another time, guys — it's far enough into the square hole at this point, and besides, looks like the frame is cracking a bit." FIXED THAT FOR YA.

Hillsborough County commissioners voted to continue their relationship with a couple of companies looking for a way to create ferry service connecting the southeastern reaches of the county — i.e. the Apollo Beach area — to MacDill Air Force Base, in an effort to keep momentum for the project from waning while also showing state and federal legislators (and possible grant money) that the area is serious about alternative concepts for commuters. I gotta tell you, I'm shocked that a project that only benefits full-time residents and doesn't connect one tourist draw to another has such trouble moving through the local governmental bureaucracy. I really am.

And finally, former pop-rap superstar, "actor" and reality TV home-improvement slot-filler Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, was arrested in Palm Beach County and charged with burglarizing an abandoned house next to one of the homes he was renovating. Apparently his rhymes were not analogous to a drug, and he was unsuccessful in selling them by the gram.

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