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Pick of the day: Back to school in Florida

By Christian Davenport

It's still a habit when traveling to check out the local paper--and not just rely on the hotel's complimentary USA Today. And so this morning, because I'm in Tampa on a quick reporting trip, I get treated to the St. Petersburg Times (though I admit, I'm reading it online), which has a wonderful back-to-school story about colleges putting kids up in a Hilton because there isn't room in the dorms.

The author, Stephanie Hayes, has a nice touch, and includes this great description of one student's hotel abode: "The room is hot and smells of boy. The beds are messy. Monster energy drinks sit on the elegant side tables, cans of soup in the garbage, Xbox 360 by the TV. ... [The student's] face is obstructed by an unruly beard, curly hair and a hat — a study in contrasts with the businessmen in expensive suits at the hotel."

By Christian Davenport  | September 3, 2010; 9:19 AM ET
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