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Pasco County elementary school students.


Pasco County elementary school students.



Good morning. It's Monday, April 21, 2014.

Did you read Drew Harwell's piece on the Sunday front? In the Tampa Bay area, he reported, the average household's spending on rent is near its highest point in the last three decades. Tenants here pay 32 percent of their income toward rent and utilities, compared to 27 percent in 2004.

Just something I underlined in yesterday's paper: The octopus-like development of South Florida has no real hub, with its strip malls, subdivisions and used car megastores multiplying like melaleuca in all directions.

... 37,000 tar balls ...

So what did they name the gator ... ?

(Less) Bright Futures. Click.

"The first time I looked at Florida's data, it was hard to believe. That's a lot of deaths." Click.

Bears being where people are and vice versa? I've never seen it put quite like this: "Our habitat is better than theirs." Which is of course not their fault.

For sure worth the read in today's New York Times: His business endeavors are a largely overlooked chapter in a postgovernment biography built around his reputation as a policy maven, nonprofit leader and moderate voice in Republican debates on immigration and education. But as he explores a White House bid, friends said, Mr. Bush's lucrative career is an unspoken but potent factor in his decision making. Entering the 2016 Republican field would inevitably require dismantling the business empire that he has assembled — an empire that now employs his son Jeb Bush Jr.

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