Boucher's scar is an enigma
I know it may be rude to ask but I have always wondered about the scar on Lightning coach Guy Boucher's cheek. How was it caused?
The Times' Tom Jones wrote about this when Guy Boucher (pronounced GEE boo-SHAY) was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning last June.
In a short bio about the hockey team's new coach, Jones wrote:
"About the scar: Boucher is coy about how he got the prominent scar on his right cheek, saying only it's not hockey-related. 'I didn't tell anybody back home (what it's from), so it's like this little enigma,' he said, laughing. 'My kids don't even know.' "
Bill could limit smoking more
What is it going to take to get Florida to finally join the more than 14 other states that ban smoking not only inside but also outside in restaurants? Those of us nonsmokers (which are now the majority) would also like to enjoy the benefits of living in the vacation state while enjoying a drink or a meal on the outside deck. Unfortunately we can't, because the smokers outside spoil our meals while also putting our family and children in harm's way.
What it will take is for the Legislature to pass a bill that would further restrict smoking.
A bill in the House, HB211, filed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, a Republican from Naples, would amend the Florida Clean Air Act, which does not allow local governments to make laws regulating smoking that are stricter than the state's. A companion bill, SB1070, was filed in the Senate by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla.
The change would allow the state to regulate only indoor smoking. Smoking enthusiasts worry such a change could lead to some local governments placing additional restrictions on outdoor smoking in public areas. A spokesman for Passidomo confirmed that was the intent of the bill.
The law, if passed, takes effect July 1.
'The Ethicist' will be your friend
What happened to "The Ethicist" column that appeared every Sunday in the Times? Haven't seen it lately.
On Sunday, Feb. 20, the Times moved syndicated "The Ethicist" column, written by Randy Cohen, from the Floridian section to the Perspective section.
In an unrelated development the following week, Cohen ended his authorship of the column, writing:
"I have written The Ethicist for 12 years: 614 columns. This is my last. . . .
"I am sorry to leave The Ethicist but eager to work on 'A Question of Ethics,' a program in development for public radio. If you'd like to find out about my next endeavors, please 'like' me on Facebook. That sounds so desperately Sally Field, and I don't mean it that way. Or do I?"