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Good morning. It's Tuesday, April 15, 2014, which means it's Tax Day, and unfortunately I need to be quick because I have a flight to catch.

Let's start with John Romano scratching his head:

I have a difficult time following the game plan of our super-smart state leaders when it comes to public education. Try as I might, their logic escapes me.

They insist accountability is the key to all that is magical in education, then steer students and tax money to private schools that have no formal accountability.

You saw the Times won a Pulitzer yesterday?

This is pretty Florida. So is this.

University Press of Florida's Essential Florida Bookshelf! Click.

The quote of the morning? "One day, I hope to actually get a better job to get back into doing what I used to do, which is traveling the circus and performing with wild cats." Click.

One of the most expensive cities for renters is Miami, where rents, on average, consume 43 percent of the typical household income, up from a historical average of just over a quarter. Click.

Considered an important feature of Florida's landscape, the freshwater springs are reeling from decades of population growth, the spread of agriculture, lawn fertilizer, septic tanks, outmoded wastewater treatment facilities and periods of drought, the New York Times' Lizette Alvarez wrote from Chiefland in today's paper.

Carl Hiaasen: California, which has twice the population of Florida, had only 10 doctors in the top 100 Medicare billers, compared to our stellar 28.

Keep an eye on the snakes and alligators and fire ants, but it's the sun that's gonna get you in the long run. And 13 other indisputable truths about Florida from Jacksonville's Times-Union.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:33pm]


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