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Column: Itís time for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to process concealed weapons licenses

It is hard to believe that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs didnít discover for a year that an employee could not log into an account needed to see results of background checks that examined, among other things, whether applicants f...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Column: I survived a suicide attempt and hereís what you should know

Column: I survived a suicide attempt and hereís what you should know

Twenty-five years ago, I was a reporter at WTSP-TV, out in the field covering Tampa Bayís Independence Day celebrations. I expected an easy assignment talking about families and fireworks. Then the newsroom called with an urgent message: I needed to ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Column: Letís explore safe, offshore drilling off Floridaís coast

Column: Letís explore safe, offshore drilling off Floridaís coast

Letís face it: With 21 million residents and more than 110 million visitors annually, Florida uses a lot of energy. From our air conditioning to cool our homes and businesses, to our gas tanks so we can drive to work, our entire economy and way of li...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Editorial: A court victory for protecting Floridaís environment

Editorial: A court victory for protecting Floridaís environment

A Tallahassee judge has affirmed the overwhelming intent of Florida voters by ruling that state lawmakers have failed to comply with a constitutional amendment that is supposed to provide a specific pot of money to buy and preserve endangered lands. ...
Published: 06/18/18
Updated: 06/19/18
Column: Fane Lozmanís long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Column: Fane Lozmanís long fight to criticize Riviera Beach may go on, Supreme Court rules

Fane Lozman, a consummate citizen-critic of local government affairs, exercised his First Amendment right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." The government in this case was the city of Riviera Beach.He was led off in handcuffs ...
Published: 06/18/18

PolitiFact Florida: Have more students been killed in schools than soldiers in combat zones?

After a student gunman killed 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas, a claim circulated widely on social media that compared the number of deaths in the military with the number of deaths in school shootings.One of the politicians who shared it on social medi...
Published: 06/18/18
Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border

Editorial: Trump should stop taking children away from parents at the border

Innocent children should not be used as political pawns. That is exactly what the Trump administration is doing by cruelly prying young children away from their parents as these desperate families cross the Mexican border in search of a safer, better...
Published: 06/17/18
Updated: 06/19/18
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

The new grass-roots effort to put a transportation package before Hillsborough County voters in November faces a tough slog. Voters rejected a similar effort in 2010, and another in 2016 by elected officials never made it from the gate. But the lates...
Published: 06/15/18
Column: My dad didnít know how to get fit. Iíll do better for my kids.

Column: My dad didnít know how to get fit. Iíll do better for my kids.

On a June afternoon 28 years ago, in the last inning of my Little League teamís annual parents-and-kids game, my father hit a game-winning grand slam. Judging from the uncertain way he ran the bases and his inexplicable head-first slide into home pla...
Published: 06/15/18
Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Column: What happened in the Trump-Kim meeting and why it matters

Even the most informed observer might struggle to know what to make of the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea.Colorful theatrics, such as a four-minute video that Trump showed Kim, gave the event an air of su...
Published: 06/15/18