Wednesday, September 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...

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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In role reversal, Ron DeSantis engages with voters while Andrew Gillum disappears from trail

In role reversal, Ron DeSantis engages with voters while Andrew Gillum disappears from trail

We've written a lot about how Ron DeSantis mainly campaigned for the Republican gubernatorial nomination from a Fox News studio, rather than mixing it up with Florida voters.  So we should note that this week Democratic gubernatorial nominee And...
Published: 09/15/18
Andrew Gillum demands three debates; Ron DeSantis wants “probably more”

Andrew Gillum demands three debates; Ron DeSantis wants “probably more”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has accepted invitations to two televised debates in October — one hosted by Univision 23 in Miami, the other by Leadership Florida in Davie — and the campaign said in a statement it "insis...
Published: 09/15/18
Florida prisoner kills cellmate, gouges out eyes, wears ear on necklace

Florida prisoner kills cellmate, gouges out eyes, wears ear on necklace

An inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution's annex was able to strangle and mutilate his cellmate, gouge out his eyeballs, wrap his blood-soaked body in a sheet and walk into the prison's chow hall wearing the dead inmate's ear strung around his ...
Published: 09/14/18
Updated: 09/15/18
A desperate place left far behind in Rick Scott’s economy

A desperate place left far behind in Rick Scott’s economy

MARIANNA — The line forms early at the local food pantry.By 8 a.m. three days a week, two dozen people are standing in the heat and humidity, swatting away gnats while they wait for bags of free beans, rice, cereal and grits. They have no jobs ...
Published: 09/14/18
Jeb Bush to teach at the the University of Pennsylvania

Jeb Bush to teach at the the University of Pennsylvania

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be spending time with students at the University of Pennsylvania. The Ivy League school in Philadelphia announced that Bush has been named a non-resident Presidential Professor of Practice for the 2018-2019 academic ...
Published: 09/14/18
Sierra Club endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Sierra Club endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

The Sierra Club endorsed Andrew Gillum for governor Friday, citing in part his position on climate change and clean energy and his selection of primary rival Chris King as his running mate.The endorsement, which dinged Republican rival Ron DeSan...
Published: 09/14/18
Locked in legal battle, Rick Scott’s office and health vendor trade charges

Locked in legal battle, Rick Scott’s office and health vendor trade charges

Gov. Rick Scott's office and a health care provider are locked in a dispute over public records and whether the vendor would end its legal battles against Scott's office if the state would extend its contract.Scott's office says yes. The vendor's law...
Published: 09/14/18
Rick Scott says Democrats should forego pay while campaigning

Rick Scott says Democrats should forego pay while campaigning

CLEARWATER — Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Democrats running for statewide office should follow the lead of Ron DeSantis and forgo their taxpayer salaries while campaigning.DeSantis resigned from Congress last week to focus on his race for g...
Published: 09/14/18
National Democrats now believe Carlson can beat Spano in race for Ross’ old House seat

National Democrats now believe Carlson can beat Spano in race for Ross’ old House seat

The national Democratic Party has added the Congressional District 15 seat in Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties to its "Red to Blue" list of districts where it believes it has a strong chance of taking over a Republican seat.The move follows relea...
Published: 09/14/18
Was the Iraq War a mistake? With George Bush in town, it took Rick Scott 75 words to not answer.

Was the Iraq War a mistake? With George Bush in town, it took Rick Scott 75 words to not answer.

Former President George W. Bush will hold two fundraisers today for Gov. Rick Scott's Senate campaign, including a luncheon in Tampa.So we asked Scott what he thinks about one of the lasting legacies of Bush's presidency: the Iraq War. Does Scot...
Published: 09/14/18