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Perspective: What personal hardship did to my faith

A week before my daughter was born, my husband lost his job. It was unexpected. I don't remember much about what happened then, other than that at some point I pulled so hard on the medal I was wearing — a miraculous medal, imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary — that the clasp broke. When I gave birth a few d …

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  1. Column: Florida's worst year? Try 1919 or 1895

    Perspective

    Historians put events into perspective. I am one, and I know that not every event is HUGE!

  2. Column: What were King's guiding lights?

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    Editor's note: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 today. This essay is adapted from a talk that retired professor Tom Rose will give at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg on Friday.

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
  3. Tilikum the orca entertained us, but he was born to be wild

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    As a summer whale-watching guide leading hundreds of tours, I have been witness to the wonder of orcas living as they were meant to live: swimming up to 100 miles a day, jumping for the sheer joy of it, and even responding to humans in ways that can't be explained by science alone.

    A female member of J-Pod breaches into the air near the San Juan Islands, Wash. Orcas breach for a variety of reasons, including communication and just plain fun. Everything they do, from play to language to hunting, is learned behavior. Females are in charge.
  4. PolitiFact: Fact-checking Donald Trump's first press conference as president-elect

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    In his first press conference since winning the presidency, Donald Trump vehemently denied unverified opposition research reports that he has been compromised by the Russian government and scolded media organizations that published the information.

    President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news cenference at Trump Tower on Wednesday in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  5. Feeling my way into blindness

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    Blindness is enveloping. It's beyond belief to step outside and see so little, just a milky haze. Indoors, a smothering dark. It means that you can't shed a mood of loneliness with a brisk walk down the street because you might trip, fall and break something. Nor will you see a passing friend, the sight of whom could be …

  6. For fact-checker Snopes, a bigger role brings more attacks

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    SAN DIEGO — The last line of defense against the torrent of half-truths, untruths and outright fakery that make up so much of the modern Internet is in a downscale strip mall near the beach.

    Brooke Binkowski, the managing editor of Snopes, a fact-checking website, at the office in San Diego. When Snopes joined a coalition of websites, including PolitiFact, that will work with Facebook to identify and flag suspicious content, slurs and allegations poured forth.
  7. Florida's felon vote: Destroying lives and wasting taxpayer dollars

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    Editor's note: The political left and right seldom meet in the middle on anything anymore, but that is increasingly the case on the felon vote issue. Here, Martin Dyckman, former associate editor of the Tampa Bay Times and a liberal, joins forces with Darryl Paulson, emeritus professor of government at …

  8. Perspective: What personal hardship did to my faith

    Perspective

    A week before my daughter was born, my husband lost his job. It was unexpected. I don't remember much about what happened then, other than that at some point I pulled so hard on the medal I was wearing — a miraculous medal, imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary — that the clasp broke.

    Rosaries matter to Catholics, but for a convert like me it was the found medal of the blessed Virgin Mary that gave me both hope and fear. Where was God? And my faith?
  9. Column: The Florida that was, is no more. Let's look to the future together

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    As we welcome in 2017, this may be a good time to reflect on Florida's spectacular transformation in recent decades.

    David
Colburn
  10. Scientists scramble to outwit malaria mosquitoes

    Perspective

    IFAKARA, Tanzania

    In a rural town 175 miles west of the Indian Ocean, a group of young researchers are pitting their wits against a new twist in an ancient disease.

    Typical rural Tanzanian families, like the Ndumbalis, largely live outdoors where they remain vulnerable to mosquitoes carrying the malaria parasite.
  11. How the present might look from the future

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    In this, the Year of Trump, we know we're living through history. We just don't know how it will play out. When our grandchildren and their grandchildren look back on this year, what might still matter? For fun, we once again pick an event for each month that might seem significant when our future selves look …

    illustration by Cameron Cottrill
  12. Column: Driving is driving me nuts

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    Driving a car is one of the basic activities of everyday life that is unquestionably getting more and more unpleasant. There is no argument about it. There's no blaming Obama, Clinton, Trump or Kanye West. The fault is in ourselves. We have allowed our addiction to devices and little screens to turn us into incompetent …

  13. Perspective: I was a victim of a Russian smear campaign; I understand fake news

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    We were told in June that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked by Russians. We were told in October that material subsequently passed on to WikiLeaks came from the same source and that President Barack Obama was considering a response.

  14. Perspective: The moment when people stopped talking on the phone

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    The phone call is a thing of the past.

    Not entirely of the past, of course; phone conversation lives on in roughly the same way that swing dancing lives on, or Latin declension, or manual transmission. You can still find it, but you have to look a lot harder, because it's no longer a way of life.

  15. PolitiFact: Fact-checking global development efforts in Congress

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    You've heard it before: Congress is broken, gridlocked, polarized, partisan, do-nothing, can't-do-anything, won't-do-anything. But the deeply unpopular governing body is actually, well, governing in one policy area: global development.

    A farmer shows off her paprika peppers in Mang’alali village, Tanzania.
  16. Column: America planned for the rural vote to have a disproportionate slice of power

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    In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in the urbanized United States than in the countryside. This hasn't been a rural nation ever since.

    Census taking in the Dakotas sometime in the 1880s. The Dakota Territory was divided into two states, worth twice the political power, as part of a plan by Northern Republicans to dissipate the power of Southern Democrats.
  17. Perspective: The United States of Economics: what the map should really look like

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    State boundaries matter for all sorts of reasons. The state you live in determined how much your vote counted in the 2016 election. It shapes what kind of benefits your employer might offer you, what taxes you pay, what kind of schools you can attend, and much more.

  18. Column: Why I'm trying to preserve federal climate data before Trump takes office

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    When it comes to climate science, President-elect Donald Trump has been a purveyor of conspiracy theories for years. He's called human-caused climate change a Chinese hoax and refused to acknowledge the existence of the California drought, promising farmers there that, as president, he would "open up the water." He's …

  19. Column: Red states are finally going to be able to turn themselves into poor, unhealthy paradises

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    In 2004, the journalist and historian Thomas Frank wrote an insightful and prescient book, What's the Matter With Kansas?, in which he tried to puzzle out why voters in his native state backed Republicans whose policies undermined their own economic interests.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his office at the U.S. Capitol this month. Both men are from red states.
  20. PolitiFact: Taking stock of a bruised election

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    Faith in elections goes to the core of the American idea of democracy. That faith has been challenged before, but this year, the attacks came from many directions.

    Ballots are unloaded during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Mich., on Dec. 5. A judge ordered a hand recount of Michigan's presidential results. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)