Friday, October 19, 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...

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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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9 days after Hurricane Michael, Florida’s death toll a mystery

9 days after Hurricane Michael, Florida’s death toll a mystery

TALLAHASSEE — It's been nine days since Hurricane Michael slammed the Panhandle and decimated whole cities, from the coastal beach towns to the rural, wooded communities north. Since the Category 4 storm hit Oct. 10, at least 27 people have bee...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Andrew Gillum on Ron DeSantis in St. Petersburg: ‘If I have to go there, I’m going to go there.’

Andrew Gillum on Ron DeSantis in St. Petersburg: ‘If I have to go there, I’m going to go there.’

ST. PETERSBURG — A few things you're sure to hear when Andrew Gillum addresses a crowd: References to his grandma. Generous sprinklings of "ya'll." Lots of crowd laughter."That's a shame," Gillum, at St. Petersburg College Friday, said of teach...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Joe Biden is coming to Florida next week to rally for Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson

Joe Biden is coming to Florida next week to rally for Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson

Former Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Florida next week for three rallies for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, just in time for the start of early voting.Biden, one of the biggest names in Democratic politics and a po...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida governor: Ron DeSantis is a textbook candidate for Republicans. But will it be enough?

Florida governor: Ron DeSantis is a textbook candidate for Republicans. But will it be enough?

When he was growing up in the middle-class pocket of Dunedin in Pinellas County, Ron DeSantis was moved to the back of the class by his first-grade teacher. It wasn't because he was unruly."He was bright. He was very, very attentive," said Dee Centin...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Sean Shaw, Ashley Moody to debate Tuesday in attorney general’s race

Sean Shaw, Ashley Moody to debate Tuesday in attorney general’s race

The two candidates for Florida attorney general, Democrat Sean Shaw and Republican Ashley Moody, will hold their only public debate Tuesday night, televised live on Bay News 9.The one-hour debate will start at 7 p.m. Moderators will be Holly Gregory ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Democrats in key Florida congressional races raised eye-popping sums in August and September

Democrats in key Florida congressional races raised eye-popping sums in August and September

Florida Democrats picked up some major fundraising momentum in August and September, with candidates out-raising their Republican opponents in seven key Congressional races during that time.Democrats raised more money than Republicans in the rac...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Florida Insiders: ‘The red tide and blue wave ran headfirst into a category 4 hurricane’

Florida Insiders: ‘The red tide and blue wave ran headfirst into a category 4 hurricane’

We published the latest Florida Insider Poll Thursday, and it focused on the political effects from Hurricane Michael. What follows are comments made by the veteran politicos surveyed.We allow anonymity in these surveys because many of the parti...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Andrew Gillum begins his closing argument in St. Petersburg

Andrew Gillum begins his closing argument in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum gingerly steps back onto the campaign trail Friday with a St. Petersburg College town hall meeting that ties the devastation of Hurricane Michael into the closing argument of his c...
Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18
State lifts voting restrictions in eight Panhandle counties hit by hurricane

State lifts voting restrictions in eight Panhandle counties hit by hurricane

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday that eases voting restrictions in eight Panhandle counties where election plans have been severely disrupted by Hurricane Michael.The storm left more than 400,000 people without p...
Published: 10/18/18
Updated: 10/19/18
Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw

Bloomberg’s gun safety group to spend another $1.8 million on Nikki Fried, Sean Shaw

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Thursday that in addition to throwing $2 million behind Democratic candidates seeking Florida Cabinet positions, it will be dedicating $1.8 mill...
Published: 10/18/18