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The revelation that three people in Pinellas County have contracted the measles virus should be a wake-up call to everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t been — and to implore parents to immunize their kids. Contagious diseases such as measles can...
A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report this week about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was devastating and heartbreaking. The stories are despicable; even more troubling is the church’s refusal to address problems immediately, its systemic patterns o...
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock — an ever more appealing prospect this summer — you have no doubt noticed the televised election campaign being waged for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court.Oops, Freudian slip there. Supreme...
There’s an old saying. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people aren’t plotting against you.And that brings us to Alex Jones. He has been reigning over Infowars for nearly 20 years, spewing one conspiracy theory after another across a wide ar...
It is real news that the Hillsborough County School District said this week it will accelerate testing for lead in drinking water and release the results after the Tampa Bay Times reported testing would take years and that until we asked families wer...
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Drain the swamp. That’s the rallying cry, right?More term limits, fewer career politicians. A ruling class of regular folks. There’s just one small problem. The average Floridian is more dangerous than whatever you’ll run into in a swamp. Other place...
The state has a challenge: How to spend a windfall from the Volkswagen diesel-gate scandal. The German manufacturer agreed to pay $2 billion to promote zero-emission vehicles and spend billions more to buy back or modify most of the cars. Nearly $3 b...
The environmental crisis in South Florida has fast become a political crisis. Politicians in both parties are busy blaming one another for the waves of toxic algae blooms spreading out from Lake Okeechobee and beyond, fouling both coasts and damaging...
The worst job in Florida is available, once again.Mike Carroll has announced his pending resignation as secretary of the Department of Children and Families, giving someone else the privilege to be an underfunded, second-guessed punching bag. For no ...
One small island of sanity in the generally insane ocean of American gun culture is the near-complete federal ban on civilian possession of fully automatic weapons — machine guns.The nation got a bitter taste last year of what we’d be facing on a reg...
I am beginning to worry that when I die, the highlight of my obituary will be that I was once called "a dog" by Donald Trump.Hey, it was long ago, but it still comes up. Particularly now that we’re making lists of all the women our president has ever...
When Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s internal security service, told me during an early August 2016 phone call that Russia wasn’t interfering in our presidential election, I knew he was lying. Over the previous several years I had grown wea...
It remains our biggest economic enigma: Sluggish wage growth despite low unemployment. In a robust job market, pay rises as the supply of available workers shrinks. At least that’s the way it normally works. This time around, the ingredients appear ...
Local governments across the land can find plenty of reasons to go after the drug industry over the crisis of opioid addiction.Hillsborough County can find more reasons than most.• In 2016, the county led the state with 579 babies born addicted to dr...
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PolitiFact Florida: Bill Nelson claims detained immigrant parents charged $8/minute to call their children. Is it true?
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