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  1. The one fight to have before your wedding

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    Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.

  2. Column: Job Corps punches ticket into middle class

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    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson made good on his promise of a "War on Poverty" with the Economic Opportunity Act. As he signed the new law, he declared that it "will strike at poverty's roots" in a way that "is prudent and practical … consistent with our national ideals."

    Students in the construction program at the Pinellas County Jobs Corps Center assemble an outdoor bench shelter at the center in 2012 in St. Petersburg.
  3. Column: Protecting what is precious in Florida

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    We are blessed to live in a state abundant in environmental riches, including more than 600 miles of beautiful beaches, over 900 freshwater springs, more than 11 million acres of wetlands and, our own national treasure, the Florida Everglades. Our waterways and natural spaces are not just objects of beauty but …

    Over the past two years, the Florida Legislature has made the first significant dedicated investment to restore our freshwater springs.
  4. Column: On Labor Day, 10 truths about day jobs

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    To celebrate Labor Day, here are 10 truths about day jobs:

  5. Column: Computer science grad couldn't find a job

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    HARRISBURG, Pa.

    When I graduated from Penn State a year ago, I thought I was perfectly prepared to succeed in the business world. I'd worked hard, graduated at the top of my class in computer science and managed to acquire lots of experience with the sorts of industry software that I was sure hiring managers were …

  6. Reading files: the worst high school quarterback and why Putin might fall

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    Toward a post-Putin Russia

    Writing for Project Syndicate, professor Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, wonders if it's the "Endgame for Putin in Ukraine?" Read his essay in full at tbtim.es/endgame. Here's an excerpt.

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  7. Column: Good teachers, memorable lessons

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    Another school year is rolling along. The latest crop of books and articles about what's wrong with American education are being hotly discussed by all the right authorities. The usual critics are heaping the usual contempt on teachers and their unions, and teachers are saying the usual things in defense of …

  8. Column: For many, no recovery

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    Take a look at these charts. They show everything you need to know about why Americans are still so down on the economy.

  9. Column: The mental virtues

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    We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We've seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a …

    Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone with a memo or your computer? Sure.
  10. Nickens: Greenlight needs a push

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    My crystal ball on Greenlight Pinellas is cloudy.

    A rendering from Greenlight Pinellas shows a conceptual view of a light rail line running down the median of Roosevelt Boulevard where the road crosses U.S. 19 in Clearwater.
  11. This is why I love and hate football

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    We are living in the end times of football.

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58) on a four-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in San Francisco. Smith had a concussion from the play. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT.
  12. Ruth: Strap on the mudflaps

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    Let the lame begin. For we who are about to sigh refute you.

  13. A Little Perspective

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    Tweeting to tweak an adversary

    Amidst a serious potential escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with evidence emerging that Russian troops are engaged in combat in the country, the good folks at the Canadian NATO delegation decided to go on the snark offensive, firing off this tweet (above left). …

    Highly magnified view of Enterococcus faecalis, a bacterium that lives in the human gut.
  14. Tear gas illegal in warfare but not for police

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    Law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Mo., used tear gas extensively in the wake of the police-shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American. The conflict in Ferguson led one PolitiFact reader to ask us to check the accuracy of a social-media meme now circulating that addresses the legality of …

    Police often used tear gas in the Ferguson, Mo., protests. Though treaties ban its use on the front lines — in part because it’s hard to distinguish one gas from another in the fog of war — it is allowed for domestic police use.
  15. Column: Medicare not such a budget-buster anymore

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    You're looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the U.S. economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. The latest …

  16. Column: Why I let my children walk to the corner store

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    Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer — swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle's commercial salmon fishing boat, endless popsicles — the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

  17. Column: Deny Islamic State a safe haven

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    In 2002, my aircraft carrier battle group was conducting retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan when I was directed to move into the Persian Gulf and begin precursor combat operations against Iraq. While meeting with the fleet commander, I told him we were ready to go. But when asked my opinion of the impeding war, I …

  18. Ruth: Florida environment needs more Roger Stewarts

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    In his time as a civil servant, Roger Stewart's business card may well have indicated his official position as the director of Hillsborough County's Environmental Protection Commission. In reality, he was actually the community's professional (and quite effective, too) pain-in-the-tuches.

  19. Ruth: Duke Energy gives nod to solar, so why can't Gov. Rick Scott?

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    You might remember the scene a few days ago when Florida Gov. Rick Scott grudgingly relented and sat down with a group of scientists for a briefing on the effects of climate change, mankind's role in the looming environmental crisis and what might be done to help the state avoid being turned into a giant flume ride in …

  20. Column: Learning doesn't end with school days

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    Local schools are back in session, and perhaps it's a good time to contemplate the actual process of learning. I hope we can all agree that regurgitating facts and figures on a standardized test is not proof of true learning. So what exactly is learning?