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Editorial: Scott has heard the science, now he should act

Details Gov. Rick Scott gets credit for listening this week to climate scientists from Eckerd College, Florida State University and elsewhere describe the ways humans are affecting climate change, the impact of global warming on the state and ways for government to respond. That is more than other skeptics have done, and the Florida Cabinet and the …...

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Editorial: Stuck on the tracks

Details The people at CSX Transportation need a new watch. Twice in the past six weeks, crews stopped freight trains on tracks in Dade City, blocking traffic and public safety access to the east side neighborhoods, an industrial park and a school in the city of 6,500 people. The reason? CSX employees had reached the end of their 12-hour shifts and were...

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Editorial: Finances out of order — so is appointment

Details It ought to be routine for Pinellas County commissioners to check whether people they want to appoint to county boards have paid their county taxes. But it isn't, and that is why prominent developer Roger Broderick, who has a host of financial problems and owes delinquent taxes, is sitting on the Pinellas Housing Finance Authority board. …...

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Thursday's letters: Drivers, look out for pedestrians

Details Reducing pedestrian fatalities | Aug. 16, editorialDrivers, look out for pedestrians...

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Ruth: Visions of sugar dance in legislators' heads

Details It's merely an idea, but perhaps the oath of office for our state's elected panhandlers should be rewritten to read: "I do solemnly swear that I will support, protect and defend the sugar industry interests of the state of Florida; that I am duly compromised to hold office under the legalized bribes of various vested interests in this state,...

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I'm a cop. If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me.

Details A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America....

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Column: A message to the people of Ferguson

Details Since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, the nation and the world have witnessed the unrest that has gripped Ferguson, Mo. At the core of these demonstrations is a demand for answers about the circumstances of this young man's death and a broader concern about the state of our criminal justice system....

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Editorial: Stronger stand needed against racial discrimination, remarks

Details There should be zero tolerance in government for employee harassment — particularly from a supervisor. Yet in St. Petersburg last year, a white supervisor kept his job after spraying a black subordinate with white spray paint and making a reference to the Ku Klux Klan. The incident and lax punishment occurred under the former mayor, but...

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Editorial: Make room for Tampa cabs

Details Taxi regulators were right to clamp down on filthy cabs and unprofessional drivers operating in the bay area. But cabdrivers have some valid complaints that officials should also quickly address. Chief among them is the dearth of cabstands in downtown Tampa. As the city continues to grow, cabdrivers need legal places to park and await fares....

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Wednesday's letters: Flip-flopping can be a good thing

Details Campaign 2014 Flip-flopping can be a good thing One of the most popular derogatory terms used in today's political campaigns is "flip-flop." It is used to describe any politician who has changed his mind on a particular subject. It doesn't matter if the change is more conservative or liberal....

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I'm a cop. Just do what I tell you.

Details A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America....

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A cop's advice: Agree or not, it's best to obey an officer

Details A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America....

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Column: Perry indictment nothing more than Texas politics

Details WASHINGTON There's nothing like Texas when it comes to treating what most consider the normal business of politics as a major crime, especially when the prosecutor is of the opposite party persuasion....

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Column: Nation divided by race on Ferguson

Details Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the protests and violence that followed, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. (An aside: 54 percent of blacks are following the news closely; only 25 percent of …...

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Column: Money talks as orcas' plight revealed

Details SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales....

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Editorial: Charters' backstop — traditional schools

Details The abbreviated opening of a new St. Petersburg charter school underscores that when Florida's experiment with school choice fails, it's traditional public schools that fill the gap. The Pinellas County school system is reconsidering the language in its charter school contracts in hopes of preventing such future surprises. But state lawmakers,...

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Editorial: Transparency key to trust in authorities

Details Ten days after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, tensions remain high and public skepticism about the integrity of the investigation has increased. Law enforcement officials have fueled that mistrust by offering conflicting accounts of the shooting and by failing to timely release basic …...

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More Jobs Are Open, but Employers Are Slow in Filling Them

Details There are now more jobs available — but unfilled — in the United States than there were before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. And employers are firing fewer workers than they did when times were good. But they are also hiring fewer people....

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A story of family, commitment - and Ebola

Details FORT WORTH, Texas On July 26, I was having dinner with friends in San Antonio when an international call came in. I answered to hear the calm, tired voice of my friend Kent Brantly, who had phoned me eight days earlier to see if I knew anyone who could go to Liberia and help at a hospital in Monrovia for a few weeks....

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Missouri police killing highlights broader problem

Details Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? Black men have an existential fear of the police....

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Tuesday's letters: Voters key to change in Florida

Details Key legislator took trip | Aug. 18Voters key to change in Florida...

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Editorial: Reducing pedestrian fatalities

Details For the second time this year, the Tampa Bay area has earned the dubious distinction of being among the most deadly places for pedestrians in the nation. As bay area leaders craft proposals to improve public transportation, they should make sure that pedestrian safety is a prominent, well-funded part of all plans. Installing more crosswalks,...

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Colburn: What Scott vs. Crist tells us about Florida politics

Details For the past few months, it has been apparent that Florida's gubernatorial contest will pit Republican Gov. Rick Scott against former Republican governor, now Democrat, Charlie Crist....

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Saturday's letters: Stop the pot bashing

Details Medical Use of marijuana requires more research | Aug 14, columnStop the pot bashing...

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Ruth: The Hillary Doctrine

Details A few months ago, the New York Times published a massive graphic depicting the overlapping circles of advisers, minions, apparatchiks, confidants, gofers, supernumeraries, pals, cronies, gray eminences, fundraisers, public relations flacks, consultants and enablers who have signed up in the fawning service of Hillary Clinton's …...

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Sunday's letters: Drug therapy and liability

Details Why two Americans got Ebola treatment | Aug. 10, PerspectiveDrug therapy and liability...

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Monday's letters: No one looking out for ratepayers

Details Coalition pressures utilities | Aug. 15 No one looking out for ratepayers...

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Ruth: The Hillary Doctrine (w/video)

Details A few months ago, the New York Times published a massive graphic depicting the overlapping circles of advisers, minions, apparatchiks, confidants, gofers, supernumeraries, pals, cronies, gray eminences, fundraisers, public relations flacks, consultants and enablers who have signed up in the fawning service of Hillary Clinton's …...

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Editorial: Improving struggling schools

Details Nowhere today in Pinellas County is the promise of a new school year more urgent than in a handful of south St. Petersburg schools where students have consistently struggled to learn to read. Pinellas superintendent Michael Grego has high hopes that this could be the year that trend lines reverse at the five elementary schools and has a host of...

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