Links for the Times: Special session on drilling; Dog hunts for bed bugs
Gov. Charlie Crist said Thursday he's calling a special session of the Legislature in less than two weeks and will ask lawmakers to consider a proposed constitutional amendment to ban offshore oil drilling. His proclamation sets the session dates as July 20-23.
At a hastily-called news conference, Crist said the session would be devoted to one issue — "a rifle shot," he called it — to give the voters of Florida a say on drilling. But in doing so, he violated a cardinal rule of Tallahassee politics by calling for a special session without a consensus with legislative leaders.
"I feel a compelling duty to protect Florida," Crist told reporters. "And I'm going to be governor for about six more months, and I think I wouldn't be doing my duty as governor if I did not call for this special session."
John Dickerson wrote a lengthy profile of Gen. James Mattis at Slate.com. In A Marine General at War, Dickerson said Mattis thinks about when, and how, American troops should put their lives at risk
A Seminole company has Hunter, a beagle trained to sniff out bed bugs. He's the only such dog in the bay area certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association.