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Editorial: Pot policing needs fresh look

Details A recent analysis of arrests for marijuana possession in at least two Tampa Bay counties revealed a disturbing trend. Blacks and whites use marijuana at virtually the same rates, but law enforcement is at least six times more likely to arrest a black person for possessing the drug. The disparity raises questions about whether blacks are being...

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Column: Blundering Secret Service needs to step up its game

Details Last year, the White House was breached twice....

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Editorial: Secret Service chief inspires little confidence

Details Secret Service director Julia Pierson gave a remarkably weak performance Tuesday before a House committee examining a series of security breaches at the White House. She provided no good answers to why the Secret Service failed to stop an armed intruder from breaking into the White House in September, and she was at a loss to explain how the...

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Wednesday's letters: Climate future looks grim

Details Florida: down the drain | Sept. 26, commentaryState heading toward dire future...

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Black Americans lose their true champion: Holder

Details Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation is bad news for President Obama's racial justice legacy. Obama has done little to address race during his presidency, beyond the actions of his Justice Department. With Holder's exit, that track record suggests the president is now done with race. And that's a shame, because Holder is leaving with much...

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Column: The good order

Details When she was writing, Maya Angelou would get up every morning at 5:30 and have coffee at 6. At 6:30, she would go off to a hotel room she kept — a small modest room with nothing but a bed, desk, Bible, dictionary, deck of cards and bottle of sherry. She would arrive at the room at 7 a.m. and write until 12:30 p.m. or 2 o'clock....

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Column: Why rumors outrace the truth online

Details It's no surprise that interesting and unusual claims are often the most widely circulated articles on social media. Who wants to share boring stuff?...

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Column: 'One country, two systems' idea frays

Details When I was in Hong Kong last year, I wrote about what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in the "one country, two systems" arrangement between Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China....

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Editorial: PSC again favors Duke Energy over common sense

Details It's bad enough that Duke Energy customers have to pay more than $1.5 billion for costs tied to a nuclear power plant that never got off the drawing board. To rub salt into the wound, the Florida Public Service Commission is expected this week to reject an effort to refund customers $54 million for nuclear parts that were never produced and …...

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Tuesday's letters: Prepare now for rising sea levels

Details Florida: down the drain | Sept. 26, commentaryPrepare now for rising sea levels...

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Editorial: Early mentoring helps youth succeed

Details At-risk children need innovative solutions to propel them toward success. Eckerd Community Alternatives has launched a program to engage children in the foster care system with paid mentors who will partner with them from grade school to graduation. The program's laudable goal is to make a long-term investment in the bay area's neediest youth...

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Column: Here we go again in the Middle East

Details The bombs are dropping, and how can we not watch?...

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Column: Expansion's gains flow to the few

Details WASHINGTON Expansions are supposed to be the good times, the periods in which incomes and living standards improve. And that is still true, at least for some of us....

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Column: Lesson plans, left and right

Details Here's a fascinating chart from the Pew Research Center that sheds some light on why education policy can be such a polarizing topic....

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A domestic abuse survivor's wish

Details Someone who makes the effort not to judge but to care is all it takes to make a difference....

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Join in the standing craze? Nah, I'll sit this one out

Details "Stand up, if you want to live." This seems to be a theme, lately, among health writers. If you stand more and exercise more, you will be healthier than if you simply exercised more. Stand up. Stand up right now. Keep standing up. Write everything standing. It lengthens your telomeres and, as far as we can tell, lengthening your telomeres …...

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Drop the earbuds a second and heed advice from a boomer

Details OK, so we're leaving you with a few bills to pay....

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Ruth: For whom the roads toll

Details In the early 19th century the Transcendentalist poet-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, sadly finding himself in Tallahassee, observed the city was "a grotesque place, rapidly settled by public officers, land speculators and desperados" before quickly getting out of the den of mendacity while he still had a few pennies left in his pocket....

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Ruth Marcus: Ezekiel Emanuel's death deadline defies life's arc

Details WASHINGTON My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family....

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Editorial: Killings put new spotlight on DCF

Details The killings of six children in the Gilchrist County town of Bell is the first major test for a retooled Department of Children and Families that has pledged to be open and transparent about child fatalities. Bolstered by new state money and stronger laws to protect children, DCF now has the opportunity to make good on its promises. The agency...

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Editorial: No 'secret plans,' Mr. Mayor

Details For a mayor who has gone to such lengths to engage the public on planning the Pier's future and creating a downtown waterfront master plan, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman should recognize that openness and public input applies to day-to-day government operations as well. He should know better than anyone that the last mayor who had a secret...

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Column: Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you

Details Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent....

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Climate action plan can help economy, too

Details Forty years ago, scientists at the University of California uncovered a global threat. From deodorants to refrigerators, chemicals in our everyday lives were destroying our ozone layer — Earth's natural shield against the sun's cancer-causing radiation....

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Doubt as a sign of faith

Details Certainty is so often overrated. This is especially the case when it comes to faith, or other imponderables....

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Editorial: Renewables out West, but not for Florida

Details Capitalism has proven once again in Wyoming and Utah that when governments demand alternatives, American enterprise can find a solution. But the irony in this classic tale: One of the main players in the $4 billion wind farm and storage facility that is expected one day to be able to power all of Los Angeles is the very same utility that has...

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Column: Emergency care safety net frayed

Details Emergency departments are the health care safety net for everyone, not just the uninsured. In Florida, more than 7 million people were cared for by emergency physicians last year....

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Monday's letters: Tone of governor's campaign a disgrace

Details Ad war tops $50M | Sept. 23Tone of the campaign a disgrace...

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Hooper: Build a thriving, home-grown tech community

Details When I think about the mission of Hillsborough County's Economic Development Innovation Initiative, I see a specific vision of director Lindsey Kimball....

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Editorial: Thumbs down on fair development plan

Details The governing board of the Florida State Fair will decide Monday whether to continue negotiating with a private firm to redevelop a piece of fairground property. The fair has plenty of land at its Tampa location that could be put to better use. But this proposal is piecemeal and underwhelming, and the fair authority should reject it and move...

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Editorial: Holder leaves behind a mixed record

Details Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation Thursday was not unexpected, given the constant battles he has fought with congressional Republicans over nearly six years and the stresses of the job. The nation's first African-American attorney general will leave behind a mixed record, with his advocacy for voting rights and fairer criminal …...

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