Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation

Some of the world’s largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa.Mohair, made from the hair of Angora...

Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date

SAN JOSE - At Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to the social networking platform, from a function to allow users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them to a new dating...

Hometown Pinellas

Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart...

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Hurricane politics: When Andrew Gillum and Rick Scott clashed

Hurricane politics: When Andrew Gillum and Rick Scott clashed

When Hurricane Hermine in 2016 became the first storm to hit Florida in more than a decade, it was atypical in several ways. The Category 1 storm ended a hurricane-free 10 years after the spate of storms in 2004 and 2005.It also locked onto the state...
Published: 09/17/18
One debate set between Gillum and DeSantis in race for governor

One debate set between Gillum and DeSantis in race for governor

The general election race is in full swing and there is finally one debate set between Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum, with likely more to come.The two men have both accepted lists of debates across the state, but so far the only one that that o...
Published: 09/17/18
Andrew Gillum campaign says attacks casting him as anti-Israel are ‘irresponsible’

Andrew Gillum campaign says attacks casting him as anti-Israel are ‘irresponsible’

Painted by conservative outlets and his Republican foe as anti-Israel, Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, is stressing his opposition to a movement to financially punish the state of Israel and explaining his position on the ...
Published: 09/17/18
Florida took away his right to vote — but it took 30 years to find him

Florida took away his right to vote — but it took 30 years to find him

Clifton Sanders Jr. was really looking forward to having his say in the 2018 election.That is, until the state of Florida caught up with him and took away his right to vote, nearly 30 years too late.Sanders, 69, is a retired minister living with a wi...
Published: 09/17/18
Ron DeSantis raises more than Andrew Gillum in week two of campaigning

Ron DeSantis raises more than Andrew Gillum in week two of campaigning

During the first week of September, money poured into the Florida governor's race for the second week in a row.Each major party candidate, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, raised seven-figure sums in a race that's drawn national at...
Published: 09/17/18
DeSantis says he won’t accept sugar money. He was endorsed by a group fueled by it.

DeSantis says he won’t accept sugar money. He was endorsed by a group fueled by it.

Normally it would hardly be noteworthy that the Associated Industries of Florida endorsed the Republican candidate for governor. The powerful business group endorsed all the Republicans running for statewide cabinet positions last week.But campa...
Published: 09/17/18
Ron DeSantis veers into the absurd in bid to raise fear and doubt on Andrew Gillum

Ron DeSantis veers into the absurd in bid to raise fear and doubt on Andrew Gillum

After months of limiting his contact with Florida voters and reporters, Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis this week turned into a ubiquitous and pugnacious presence on the campaign trail.He also jumped head-long into the realm of the absu...
Published: 09/16/18
Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the weekAmendment 4.  The ballot initiative to automatically restore the voting rights of ex-felons who have completed their sentences (not murderers or sex offenders) has produced a virtual miracle in today's political climate: C...
Published: 09/16/18
At Tampa event, March for Our Lives works to keep up momentum ahead of 2018 election

At Tampa event, March for Our Lives works to keep up momentum ahead of 2018 election

TAMPA — There's a routinely-violated rule in Christopher Zoeller's family: No politics in the house.Zoeller, 16, a junior at River Ridge Academy, has been deeply personally affected by gun violence. His grandmother died by suicide with a gun ye...
Published: 09/15/18
Trump again harps on Hurricane Maria death toll as Florence kills in the Carolinas

Trump again harps on Hurricane Maria death toll as Florence kills in the Carolinas

With the deadly remnants of Hurricane Florence still pounding the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took to Twitter again late Friday night to question the number of deaths in Puerto Rico attributed to last year's Hurricane Maria.Having already ...
Published: 09/15/18