Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Floridian

Six animals teaching scientists about limb regeneration

Wouldn't it be amazing if a person who lost a limb could simply grow it back? It happens all the time in the animal kingdom. Sea Cucumbers, for instance, don't need to die when they lose internal organs. They simply grow new ones in a process called ...
Updated: 2 years ago
Florida's craziness connected to Kafkaesque treatment of our mentally ill

Florida's craziness connected to Kafkaesque treatment of our mentally ill

In 1979, when I was in college, the Florida Legislature did something totally ridiculous. (I hope you're not too shocked.) The state board that licensed psychologists rarely went after quacks who were ripping off patients. So rather than try to refor...
Updated: 2 years ago
Lealman woman featured in food addiction story is on the road to recovery

Lealman woman featured in food addiction story is on the road to recovery

LEALMAN — In July, the Tampa Bay Times ran a story about a woman struggling with food addiction. Cheryl Dixon, 44, shared how she sometimes ate 14 times a day and struggled to stop herself from topping 300 pounds.The day the story was published...
Updated: 2 years ago
After bullying, St. Petersburg teen stumbles on a purpose, and the perfect viola

After bullying, St. Petersburg teen stumbles on a purpose, and the perfect viola

From the first days of middle school, the bullies at John Hopkins in St. Petersburg were cruel.They teased him because he had worn-out shoes. He didn't understand why. You just put on shoes and walk in them. What is the big deal?They said he looked l...
Updated: 2 years ago
Baking cookies helps Tampa couple start to heal after the stillbirth of their son

Baking cookies helps Tampa couple start to heal after the stillbirth of their son

When their son was stillborn, a Tampa couple spent years in pain. Then they drew on a family legacy of baking to help them start to heal.
Updated: 2 years ago
After Hurricane Katrina, he stayed as society collapsed

After Hurricane Katrina, he stayed as society collapsed

Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight. This one provides an intimate glimpse into what wound up being one of Eddie Comp...
Updated: 2 years ago
True life cartoon: A ride with two dogs goes really wrong

True life cartoon: A ride with two dogs goes really wrong

A simple Saturday morning drive around the block with two dogs turns into rolling canine combat.
Updated: 2 years ago
Florida Found: Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

Florida Found: Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park

It would be easy to drive past Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park. Nestled in the sleepy town of Taylor Creek, a few hundred yards from the northern shore of Lake Okeechobee, this National Historic Landmark has no signs at its main entrance. ...
Updated: 2 years ago
Mutant mosquitoes could fight Zika in Florida, but misinformation spreads

Mutant mosquitoes could fight Zika in Florida, but misinformation spreads

The threat of the Zika virus ravaging South Florida is real. There is a way to blunt its spread. But in Key West — the gatekeeper of this technology — residents fear the cure more than the disease.
Updated: 2 years ago
Hey, Florida, show us your guns!

Hey, Florida, show us your guns!

Over the years, a lot of people have suggested that Florida's shape resembles various objects: a frying pan, a chin, a uvula (look it up.) A handgun has become the most common comparison, which is apt because we have so many guns that some people cal...
Updated: 2 years ago