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Columns, Perspective

  1. Ruth: Medicaid expansion needs new name to win GOP appeal

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    Sorry to ruin your day, but starting Monday the fate of nearly 20 million Floridians will be in the hands of the 160 members of the Florida Legislature, which is a bit like relying on a shark for swimming lessons.

  2. Graham: Fight to save the Everglades

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    On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry Truman was in Florida to celebrate the end of a 30-year struggle and to warn us about the future.

    In November, 75 percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 1. This support for Everglades restoration and land acquisition is a clear mandate, and we should not tolerate a failure to act.
  3. Gardiner: The Florida Senate's Medicaid expansion plan works for Florida

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    When the Florida Legislature convenes in special session on Monday, the Senate will do more than simply meet our constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget. We will advance a long-term, Florida solution to the critical health care challenges facing our state.

    Under President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, the Florida Senate has brought to the table a compromise plan to offer health insurance coverage to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.
  4. Perspective: Some food for future thought

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    Science fiction isn't the only source of comically weird predictions about what we'll be eating in the future. Great (and not-so-great) minds in journalism and science have also spent a century forecasting the demise of meat and vegetables and the rise of foods in a pill — which always seem to be 50 to 100 years …

  5. Perspective: Sunni vs. Shiite isn't what you think

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    It's tempting to explain the seemingly endless Middle East strife in sectarian terms. In Iraq, for example, it's Sunni extremists vs. Shiite moderates. In Syria, it's Shiite President Bashar Assad vs. Sunni rebels. And in Yemen, it's a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.

    Earlier this year, Iraqi army soldiers and volunteers prepared to launch mortar shells and rockets against Islamic State militants 80 miles north of Baghdad. What actually happened 1,000 years ago is not nearly so important as what people today claim happened 1,000 years ago as an attempt to explain and justify what is going on now.
  6. Perspective: How not to drown in a sea of Big Data

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    Big Data will save the world. How often have we heard that over the past couple of years? We're pretty sure both of us have said something similar dozens of times in the past few months.

    Billy Beane, who as the Oakland A’s general manager was the main character in Moneyball, points out that human scouts counted as much as Big Data.
  7. Perspective: Drawing political conclusions

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    Like many people trapped in endless meetings, U.S. presidents tend to doodle. Their sketches and scribbles on documents such as memos and White House stationery have long been fodder for analysts seeking deeper meaning. Here are nine presidents and several presidential doodles. See if you can match up who drew what. Go …

  8. Hillsborough School Board teaches wrong lesson

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    I don't know about you, but if I had a daughter enrolled at Ben Hill Middle School in Carrollwood, I would have her transferred to another campus faster than you could say, "The Hillsborough County School Board is populated by complete dopes."

  9. Changed climate, doomed planets

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    Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is home to almost 300 billion stars, and over the last decade, astronomers have made a startling discovery — almost all those stars have planets.

    Among the billions of stars in the Milky Way are untold planets. Why haven’t we heard from anyone? One theory: The way advanced civilizations use energy eventually leads to their demise.
  10. Column: A new era in U.S.-Cuba relations

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    Negotiators from the United States and Cuba met in Washington last week to finalize an agreement on re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. When they adjourned on May 22, they were so close to final agreement that Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the chief U.S. negotiator, said …

    A security guard stands outside the U.S. Interests Section in Havana as people line up to apply for visas. The restoration of full diplomatic relations is expected to be finalized soon.
  11. Dockery: An outline for a smart state budget

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    I'm willing to bet most Floridians are not eagerly awaiting the upcoming 20-day special session of the Florida Legislature. In fact, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of the state's residents don't even know it is occurring.

  12. Tampa needs to address demand for downtown parking



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    When business starts to pick up at Frank Grebowski's European Wax Center in downtown Tampa, some of his best employees pick up and leave.

    They have to.

  13. As Belleview Biltmore goes, so goes a piece of Florida history

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    If you could sit shiva for a building, you would not find a more worthy decedent than the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair. The end has come after a long and anguished death throe. Cause of demise: terminal neglect.

  14. Ruth: Paying more to do less for Florida's jobless

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    Only in the Potemkin village of speciousness that is the Rick Scott administration would an apparatchik overseeing the Rube Goldberg machine of state bureaucracies ask the Florida Legislature for more money to fail on an even grander scale.

  15. Column: Catholics lead the way on same-sex marriage

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    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common.

    Carmelite sisters leave a polling place in Malahide, Ireland, on Friday after voting on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The referendum passed with 62 percent of the vote.
  16. Column: Tax credit scholarships don't hurt public education

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    Throughout my public career — as a City Council member, state representative and secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice — I worked to help children follow a path to success in life and, in particular, to restore hope for young black men. That explains the Florida Council on the Social Status …

  17. LeMieux: Pacific trade deal good for nation and for Florida

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    The U.S. Senate passed fast-track trade authority last week to give President Barack Obama the tools to negotiate a free trade deal with 11 Pacific-area nations. If successful, the agreement would encompass countries that preside over 40 percent of the world's economy — from Peru to Singapore, Mexico to Japan.

    Walt Handelsman   |   Tribune Media Services
  18. Cold cases are solved with teamwork and dedication

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    The stories of missing people strike an emotional chord with me. They represent the tragedy of broken dreams.

    Investigator Brenda Stevenson and Jim Previtera, St. Petersburg assistant police chief, talk about the Janice Marie Young case Thursday.
  19. Column: Financial incentives help Florida attract jobs

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    This week the Enterprise Florida board of directors will meet in Tampa to discuss a host of economic development issues, including how to diversify our state's economy. The Tampa Bay area, like much of the state, has made good progress rebounding from a long and deep recession that hit the region hard.

  20. Photo gallery: Make time today for Memorial Day's true meaning

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    I have no idea where I will be at 3 p.m. Monday, when a national moment of remembrance takes place, but Memorial Day will be very much on my mind.

    Iraq war veteran, retired Pvt. Rocky Bishop is embraced by his daughter Cyndney, 6, while visiting the grave of his grandfather, Korean War veteran James Bishop, on Monday with his other daughter Hannah, 4, at Georgia National Cemetery for Memorial Day  in Canton, Ga. [Associated Press]