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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016

Joe Brown Columns

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Somewhere Minoso is smiling

In the Oscar-winning movie “Forrest Gump,” the protagonist develops an incredible talent for table tennis while rehabbing the wound he suffered in battle. He becomes so good at it he joins the U.S. Army team and competes against Chinese...
Updated one month ago
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Pioneers of flight and civil rights

If past patterns are repeated, as many as 200,000 people might be attending the Air Fest at MacDill Air Force Base this Saturday and Sunday. While the U.S. Air Force’s elite acrobatic group The Thunderbirds will be the major attraction, there ...
Updated one month ago
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Another suit, same issues at schools

In 2007, when Pinellas County schools were about to end decades of court-ordered busing, many black residents feared a return to the bad old days when black schools were shamefully and deliberately underfunded. During a number of community meetings, ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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‘Pastor protection’ bill moot

Since last year’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land, many state legislatures have passed “religious freedom” bills designed to provide legal cover to clergy who refuse to marry gay coup...
Updated: 2 months ago
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The impact of spring training

While much of the focus of baseball fans in the area has been on a new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays, tourism officials and two mayors recently urged Pinellas County commissioners not to forget about spring training, which got underway last week. T...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Governing is easier said than done

Last week, Florida’s Division of Elections revealed that the total number of eligible voters in the Sunshine State has risen to just over 12 million. There are now more than 4.27 million registered Republicans, with 82,000 of them joining the ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Focus on education, not integration

Last week, on the New York Times opinion page, two writers from The Century Foundation wrote an essay titled “The Secret to School Integration.” According to Halley Potter and Kimberly Quick, “By most measures, America’s p...
Updated: 2 months ago
Lee’s ‘Mockingbird’ a lesson in moral courage, but not without controversy
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Lee’s ‘Mockingbird’ a lesson in moral courage, but not without controversy

Last summer, during a national wave of anti-Confederate-symbol activity after the killing of nine black church members by a white man who wrapped himself in the rebel flag, a group of students went before the Hillsborough County School Board and sugg...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Not buying ‘hate crime’ premise

The other day, 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler pleaded guilty to making threatening phone calls to mosques in Pinellas County in November following the attacks in Paris by the Islamic State that killed 130 people.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Let everyone vote in the primaries

The local man being interviewed Monday on a News Channel 8 story shocked me when he said, “I haven’t voted in a presidential election since 1988.”
Updated: 2 months ago