Saturday, August 18, 2018

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Editorial: Habitat for Humanity still has questions to answer about selling mortgages
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Joann Salas and her husband John Clay, 83, helped build their Habitat for Humanity home 15 years ago. Theirs was among the mortgages Habitat\u2019s Hillsborough affiliate recently sold to a company with a history of buying and flipping foreclosed houses.
A good reputation can vanish overnight, which is why Habitat for Humanity of Hills-borough County made a smart decision by announcing it would seek to buy back 12 mortgages it sold to a Tampa company with a history of flipping properties. The...
Times
Governor Rick Scott and his wife, Ann, have invested at least $3 million in a credit fund for All Aboard Florida\u2019s parent company, and it could be much more. The federal financial disclosures Scott was required to file as a U.S. Senate candidate show Ann Scott\u2019s holdings to voters for the first time.
Editorial: Did Rick Scott’s wallet affect his epiphany on rail line?
Associated Press
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, speaks before Mass at St. Matthew\u2019s Cathedral, Wednesday. A Pennsylvania state grand jury report released on Tuesday accused senior church officials, including Wuerl, of systematically covering up sexual abuse complaints.
Column: Christians have repair work to do following Catholic sex abuse scandal
Washington Post
Since President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee July 9, the campaigning has been heavy.
Column: Are we now electing Supreme Court justices?

Top Editorials

Editorial: Vaccinations are safe way to prevent measles

Editorial: Vaccinations are safe way to prevent measles

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...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Ruth: Knocking Alex Jones off social media is not censorship

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...
Published: 08/11/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

Editorial: Journalists are friends of democracy, not the enemy

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...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Editorial: Why stand your ground has to go

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a handicap parkin...
Published: 08/13/18
All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

All the Times candidate recommendations in one place

Here is a complete list of the Times recommendations for the Aug. 28 primary.U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 12, Democrats: Chris Hunter District 13, Republicans: George Buck District 15, Democrats: Kristen Carlson District 15, Republicans: Nei...
Published: 08/13/18

Editorials

This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

This week in deals: Pub subs on sale, and the best savings at Publix, Winn-Dixie for Aug. 16-23

I’m going start with it: Chicken tender Pub subs are on sale this week. It’s like a Florida holiday when Publix chicken tender subs are $6.99. Suddenly, offices across the Sunshine State are filled with the aroma of Buffalo sauce as everyone brings b...
Published: 08/16/18
Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

Joe Henderson: Schools have catching up to do on revelations about lead in the water

At the Hillsborough school board meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Jeff Eakins unloaded on the Tampa Bay Times.The normally affable Eakins was steaming about the Times report that the district knew some schools had high levels of lead in the drinking w...
Published: 08/15/18
Updated: 08/16/18
Romano: Con artist or Florida politician? You decide

Romano: Con artist or Florida politician? You decide

Decorum matters, and so the attorney’s language was appropriately measured.In seeking to have a constitutional amendment thrown off the ballot, a motion filed in Leon County used words such as "misleading’’ and "ambiguity’’ and "wordsmithing.’’That’s...
Published: 08/16/18
Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Column: The real numbers from the Rosewood killings and why they matter

Florida’s former secret, the Rosewood racial atrocity, has haunted me for 36 years. Back in the mists of 1982 — before email, cellphones or GPS — I was the revealer of that long-lost secret, unveiling it in an investigative exposé f...
Published: 08/16/18
Editorial cartoons for August 16

Editorial cartoons for August 16

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/30/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Ernest Hooper: Goody Goody stars in latest documentary by Tampa’s video historian

Ernest Hooper: Goody Goody stars in latest documentary by Tampa’s video historian

I don’t know if she can outrace a giant boulder, navigate perilous pitfalls to capture a hidden idol or beat back Nazi soldiers intent on evil.I’m not even sure if she can deftly handle a whip, or fit a fedora over her salt-and-pepper hair.Yet in man...
Published: 08/14/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Editorial cartoons for August 15

Editorial cartoons for August 15

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Published: 07/30/18
Updated: 08/14/18

Who’s afraid of Nancy Pelosi?

Normally, a party that gives away $2 trillion without worrying about where the money will come from can buy itself at least a few votes. But Donald Trump’s tax cut remains remarkably unpopular, and Republicans barely mention it on the campaign trail ...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/14/18
Daniel Ruth: Angry words, Facebook and a handgun add up to a recipe for violence

Daniel Ruth: Angry words, Facebook and a handgun add up to a recipe for violence

Today’s lesson will address: How to make an imbecile cocktail. Ingredients: One part Facebook. One part firearm. And one heaping dash of stupid. Mix well. Serve. Call your lawyer.It might well be a toss up as to what was the most dangerous weapon her...
Published: 08/15/18
Want to feel wealthy? It will take $2.4 million.

Want to feel wealthy? It will take $2.4 million.

What would make you feel wealthy?A lot of people struggle with that question. It’s hard to know how you would feel about something you’ve never had, like say a robust stock account or a mortgage-free house.To help, Charles Schwab has come out with a ...
Published: 08/14/18
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