Good morning. It's Friday, April 4, 2014.
Here's this dog-racing-related quote from Senate President Don Gaetz from Niceville: "The taxpayers of Florida are functionally subsidizing races that almost nobody is watching."
Purposeful juxtaposition: Says here in today's Times the attendance at the Trop for the Rays' first game on Monday was 31,042. The attendance for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, combined, was 31,492. Joe Smith points out: Thursday's attendance (9,571) was the lowest at the Trop since April 30, 2012, vs. the Mariners (9,458).
"They're turning everyone into worrywarts," one of those 9,571 people told the Times during the new, more stringent Trop security process.
Second purposeful juxtaposition: "This is about self-defense. It's one more step forward for people to protect themselves."
More sports: Why did the investigation take so long, and has his accuser been able to present her side?
Speaking of Florida State, see the new logo? Fans evidently are riled up about this. "'Fear the Spear.' How are we going to do that without the spear? It just doesn't make sense," said an FSU sophomore.
"... we have dads showing up in sagging pants," a South Florida school board member said this week. "It's hard for me to tell a child not to show up for school with hair curlers, pajamas or short shorts if they see parents wearing them. Parents need to lead by example." Do watch the video. I once wrote about sagging pants. Hasn't everybody?
Attendance is down at SeaWorld (was, too, at the state fair, partly because of rampaging teens), an elderly woman in Port St. Lucie took to feeding an alligator cereal and calling it "Puppy Puppy," and a pig named Chris P. Bacon is starring in a documentary about bionic pets.
Big picture. Everything's connected. "If you plant sea oats, you protect the dunes. If you protect the dunes, you protect the bay … and that's where the fish are." Click.