Thursday, August 16, 2018

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H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation

Some of the world’s largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa.Mohair, made from the hair of Angora...

Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date

SAN JOSE - At Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to the social networking platform, from a function to allow users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them to a new dating...

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Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart...

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Dem Poll: Philip Levine edges ahead of Gwen Graham for lead

Dem Poll: Philip Levine edges ahead of Gwen Graham for lead

A just-released Aug. 11-14 poll of likely Democratic primary voters finds Gwen Graham no longer the strong frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, but actually slipping behind Philip Levine.The live caller poll by the respect firm SEA Polling & St...
Published: 08/15/18
Here’s another legal challenge for Florida’s constitutional amendments

Here’s another legal challenge for Florida’s constitutional amendments

Six of the eight amendments placed on the November ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission require voters to "pay a price for the right to vote for or against them,'' retired Florida chief justice Harry Lee Anstead argued Tuesday in a lawsuit ...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Here’s who Florida newspaper editorial boards are recommending for governor

Here’s who Florida newspaper editorial boards are recommending for governor

With less than two weeks until the Aug. 28 Florida gubernatorial primaries, editorial boards around the state have started to announce their recommendations.Although many of the biggest news shops in Florida have said they won't be rec...
Published: 08/15/18
Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional place.Standing ...
Published: 08/15/18
After condemning U.S. Sugar’s influence, Ron DeSantis to visit toxic green algae

After condemning U.S. Sugar’s influence, Ron DeSantis to visit toxic green algae

Congressman Ron DeSantis is scheduled for a quick visit to southwest Florida on Wednesday, adding himself to the long list of state and federal officials who have traveled to see the green, "guacamole-like" toxic algae for themselves.But there is one...
Published: 08/15/18
Buckhorn ready to serve as lieutenant governor. If he’s tapped, Reddick would take mayor’s seat

Buckhorn ready to serve as lieutenant governor. If he’s tapped, Reddick would take mayor’s seat

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn is sounding more and more like a serious candidate for lieutenant governor, especially when he speaks about the prospect himself."There's nobody who has the track record that is as good as mine," Buckhorn said in an i...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Labor union launches ads targeting Gwen Graham over the American Dream mega-mall

Labor union launches ads targeting Gwen Graham over the American Dream mega-mall

A major labor union says it's launching a six-figure ad buy against Gwen Graham, targeting the Democratic front-runner for governor over her family's involvement in the American Dream Miami mega-mall.UNITE HERE, which represents more than 2...
Published: 08/15/18
Nelson not likely to meet with SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh until after hearings

Nelson not likely to meet with SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh until after hearings

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson is not likely to meet with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee until after confirmation hearings begin, his office says.Nelson had offered next Wednesday, when contacted, but Brett Kavanaugh's team said that wo...
Published: 08/15/18
Bernie Sanders to campaign for Andrew Gillum in Tampa on Friday

Bernie Sanders to campaign for Andrew Gillum in Tampa on Friday

It's the Democratic version of the Trump Factor.Call it "Feeling the Bern."Like President Trump, Bernie Sanders is very, very popular with a large segment of the base, this one on the left.Like Trump and Ron DeSantis, Sanders has endorsed someone who...
Published: 08/14/18
Scott on Nelson: ‘If he does have classified information how did he get it?’

Scott on Nelson: ‘If he does have classified information how did he get it?’

Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday continued to question the motive and origin of Sen. Bill Nelson's vague warning over Russian hacking."If he does have classified information how did he get it? I don't think he's entitled to it, and why would he release it ...
Published: 08/14/18