Links from the Times for Oct. 16: Florida Hispanics' frustration with president starts with jobs, Photo gallery Dan Wheldon
President Barack Obama's approval rating is 49 percent among Hispanics, down from 60 percent in January and far from its 82 percent peak in May 2009. Nationally, frustration over the president's failure to enact immigration reform (he blames Republican opposition) has gotten a lot of attention. But the concern that hits all Americans is rocking Hispanics even harder: jobs. The unemployment rate among Latinos is 11.3 percent, more than 2 points higher than the general population. That's not good news for the president in an election when Hispanic voters could determine the outcome.
IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, a St. Petersburg resident, was killed Sunday during a huge 15-car wreck early in Sunday's event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wheldon, a native of Emberton, England, moved to St. Petersburg shortly after joining the IndyCar series in 2002. He won the inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2005 and went on to win not only the 500 but the series championship that year. Here is a photo gallery of images from Wheldon's career.