Links from the Times for Jan. 8
Nice or Nasty? Did they pass the test?
This week, the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee kicked off its “Put Your Game Face On” campaign, urging locals to be extra nice to visitors in town for the Super Bowl. Be helpful when someone asks you for directions, no flipping the bird when an out-of-towner cuts you off on the Howard Frankland. Stuff like that. But are we really so uncouth that we need a reminder to be polite? Reporter Dalia Colon and videographer Catriona Stuart hit the streets to find out. In a hidden camera experiment, they tested the patience — and map skills — of unwitting Tampa Bay residents. Find out: Did they pass our Nice Test?
Jett Travolta: A revealing video
A video from last November may reveal more about Jett Travolta than all the speculation. The encounter between paparazzi and the Travolta family takes place outside a Paris restaurant. A St. Petersburg mother of an autistic child says, “A parent like me can spot an autistic kid a mile away.” She notes Jett's distant look, his hand gestures and the parents' protectiveness. | Watch video. | Steve Persall: What if Jett Travolta died differently.
Exposing hidden lead, an omnipresent poison
Recently, lead has made a comeback. It arrived quietly in a place we would least expect it — our kids’ toys. Dozens have been recalled, toys with trusted names like Fisher-Price and Mattel. But you may be surprised at all the other places lead might be lurking in your home. Or the everyday items that contain lead. Or the impact some say it can have on a child’s IQ. | Special report
Grand jury to review Sansom's deals
Jan 8: House Speaker Ray Sansom's troubles deepened Wednesday when a North Florida prosecutor said he will ask a grand jury whether it wants to investigate the lawmaker's dealings. Here are some earlier stories about Sansom and the airport hangar deal:
- Jan. 7: Sansom arranges meeting on airport hangar
- Jan. 6 editorial: Sansom resigns; questions remain
- Jan. 6: Sansom resigns job with college
- Dec. 18: House speaker builds record of finding cash for college
- Dec. 21: Documents link House speaker, friend and college facility
- Dec. 22: House speaker's college job not unique
- Dec. 28: When new employer asked, lawmaker delivered
- Dec. 30: Sansom hires attorney Richard Coates to handle ethics complaint