Links from the Times for April 22: Back from Somali pirates' reach
Ken Quinn holds his 3-year-old son, Jason, as hundreds cheer the second mate's safe return on Tuesday to Main Street in Lakewood Ranch near Bradenton. Quinn was part of the crew that fought off a hijacking by Somali pirates earlier this month on the Maersk Alabama. The attack and subsequent rescue of the captain, Richard Phillips, cast Quinn and the rest of the crew into the spotlight. [WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times]
Notable donor targets vaccine
Gary Kompothecras, parent to two autistic children, believes early-childhood vaccines containing ethyl mercury are to blame for their condition. Other parents of autistic children share his belief. But Kompothecras, a millionaire chiropractor best known for his "1-800-ASK-GARY" lawyer-medical referral service, is not just any parent. He is a major political donor whose connections and influence are helping him push controversial legislation that would change childhood vaccination requirements.
Special report: Debate rages over vaccine | Two sides unable to bridge the gap | Interactive: Compare the data
Annexation reversal is killed
A Florida House committee on Tuesday stripped out language in a bill that would have voided St. Petersburg's controversial annexation of a sliver of Tierra Verde. The bill, which now moves to the full House, still requires municipalities to take all of the island instead of just a portion in any future annexations. It also would put any annexation up for a referendum.
Previous coverage: The annexation of Tierra Verde
Cathi Martin returns to the Pasco School Board
After missing more than a month of meetings, resigning and unresigning, Pasco School Board member Cathi Martin came back to the boardroom Tuesday. | Read: The text of Martin's letter to Gov. Crist.
Double dip bill passes key committee
A bill designed to eliminate the most egregious abuses of a state pension system that allows officials to collect a salary and a pension was resurrected Tuesday by members of a Senate committee.
Special report: Our searchable database of elected double-dippers