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Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / CarltonWard.com | Special to the Times)

Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

TALLAHASSEE Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagr …


  1. The Republican Party is an embarrassment. It will come back strong sooner than you think.


    Does this year's hilariously slipshod Republican National Convention represent the death knell of a party that is too old, too white and too right-wing to survive in the years to come? Assuming Donald Trump loses in November, as seems more likely than not, one can certainly imagine the GOP descending into a civil …

    People don’t generally think of themselves as craven opportunists, and the author is pretty sure that Rudy Giuliani believed everything he yelled at the assembled delegates on Monday night.
  2. Column: A black son, his white parents and 'the conversation'


    The conversation has been coming for years now. It has been coming since Tamir Rice, and before that, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and before that, Trayvon Martin, when our son was only 2. But he is almost 7 now, and my wife wanted to have the conversation long ago. Not yet, I said; he's only 4, he's only 5, he's only …

    The author’s wife and son with a police hat in 2014. He wants to be an officer.
  3. What the president can't do for you


    This year's presidential candidates, like all candidates before them, have talked endlessly about what they'll do to boost the economy if they make it to the White House.

    Supporters await the arrival of Donald Trump for a New Orleans event earlier this year. A president’s control over the economy can be surprisingly limited.
  4. PolitiFact: The economic divide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton


    The battle of economic agendas between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a showdown of wonk vs. CEO.

    PURCHASE, NEW YORK - MARCH 31:  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is introduced at SUNY Purchase on March 31, 2016 in Purchase, New York. Clinton gave a speech to both students and supporters that covered a host of domestic and international issues. New York will hold its primaries on April 19.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  5. What to do when you feel as though 'no lives matter'


    “It's coming to the point where no lives matter."

    A police officer takes part in a candlelight vigil at City Hall this month in Dallas.
  6. PolitiFact: The immigration divide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton


    Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken opposite roads on their quest for immigration reform. Trump calls for mass deportations, migrant bans and a wall to keep away people from coming into the country, while Clinton wants a pathway to citizenship, immigrant integration and protection from …

    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump films a town hall meeting for MSNBC with Chris Matthews at the Weidner Center located on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus on March 30, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisc.
  7. It's our water, and we need to take ownership


    And so it has come to this. What was once Florida's family secret is now in full view for all the world to see.

    A plume of tainted water from Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River laps the shore of Captiva, left, and Sanibel Islands off the southwest coast of Florida in Feb. 2016.
  8. Square watermelons and other misconceptions about GMOs


    In passing a bill that would require most foods containing genetically engineered ingredients to be identified as such, Congress is moving Americans closer to what they have said they want: more transparency about how the genes of foods they are about to eat have been manipulated. But dispelling confusion over so-called …

    A director at a luxury fruit shop in Tokyo shows off watermelons shaped like squares, pyramids and hearts. They are obviously the result of GMOs, right? Nope, they were simply grown in boxes shaped like that.
  9. Imagine a future society where everything is perfectly logical. What could go wrong?


    "Scientism" is the belief that all we need to solve the world's problems is, you guessed it, science. People sometimes sub in the phrase rational thinking, but it amounts to the same thing. If only people would drop religion and all their other prejudices, we could use logic to fix everything.

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center and Hayden Planetarium, shown in a 2004 photo made at the planetarium in New York, hosts NOVA's four-part miniseries "Origins," airing Sept. 28 and 29 on PBS. (AP Photo/WGBH, Daniel Deitch)
  10. PolitiFact: Fact-checking donations to the Clinton Foundation


    For Republicans, the Clinton Foundation offers endless opportunities to cast Hillary Clinton as too cozy with the world's elites. The multimillion-dollar charity has ties to governments and the ultra-wealthy around the globe.

    At the Clinton Global Initiative 2014, former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton talked with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
  11. Biggest Danger For Trump Is Florida


    If demographics are destiny, Donald Trump's political fate could very well be sealed in Florida.

  12. Column: What white America fails to see


    We, black America, are a nation of nearly 40 million souls inside a nation of more than 320 million people. And I fear now that it is clearer than ever that you, white America, will always struggle to understand us.

  13. Helpless to prevent cancer? Actually, a lot is in your control


    Americans seem very afraid of cancer, with good reason. Unlike other things that kill us, it often seems to come out of nowhere.

  14. Column: Why Trump makes me scared for my family


    “Don't go anywhere near a mosque," I told my mother. "Do all your prayer at home. Okay?"

    "We're not going," she replied.

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  15. PolitiFact: Donald Trump has floated big tariffs. What could the impact be?


    It hasn't gotten the same amount of attention as some of his more controversial comments, but one of the policy proposals Donald Trump has floated — imposing double-digit tariffs on goods from such countries as China and Mexico — is quietly giving a lot of economists heartburn.

    In this June 10, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
  16. Column: Should your driverless car hit a pedestrian to save your life?


    Editor's note: A fatal crash in Williston of a Tesla electric car in "autopilot" mode, news disclosed late last week, is thought to be the first death involving a self-driving car.

    At the University of Michigan, a pedestrian crosses in front of a car as part of a test of driverless vehicles. How will they be programmed to respond?
  17. Column: Barack Obama, the president of black America?


    It was a crucial speech, high-stakes even for a man used to giving important speeches: The first black president of the United States had to acknowledge, and then bind up, the nation's racial wounds. A year ago, after the massacre of nine souls at prayer at the Emanuel AME Church, President Barack Obama traveled …

    President Barack Obama listens to reporters’ questions during a news conference.
  18. Researchers have found that war has a remarkable and miraculous effect


    Twenty-five years ago, civil war erupted in the coastal African nation of Sierra Leone. Civilians were massacred, mutilated and gang-raped; children were kidnapped and injected with drugs to make them fight. By the end of the conflict, which lasted more than a decade, more than half the population had fled their homes, …

  19. PolitiFact: Fact-checking attack speeches from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump


    In dueling speeches this week, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attacked each other on character, judgment and policy in some of the sharpest exchanges of the general election.

    Clinton attacked Trump on his business bankruptcies (Mostly True), his thoughts on wages (she neglected his nuanced statement), his plans to deport illegal immigrants (“they have go”) and to end Obamacare (yes, he does).
  20. The rise and fall of Europe, in maps


    Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, its departure from the geopolitical bloc will have seismic consequences. The concerns are legion: Will a Brexit — as Britain's exit from Europe is called — trigger an economic meltdown? Will Scotland choose to abandon a Britain unshackled from Brussels? …