Columns, Perspective

  1. I'm a cop. Just do what I tell you.

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    A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.

  2. Column: Money talks as orcas' plight revealed

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    SeaWorld's stock took a dive last week in the backlash against its treatment of captive killer whales.

  3. Column: Perry indictment nothing more than Texas politics

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    WASHINGTON

    There's nothing like Texas when it comes to treating what most consider the normal business of politics as a major crime, especially when the prosecutor is of the opposite party persuasion.

    Gov. Rick Perry called his indictment by the Austin prosecutor’s office a “farce.”
  4. Column: Nation divided by race on Ferguson

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    Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the protests and violence that followed, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. (An aside: 54 percent of blacks are following the news closely; …

  5. More Jobs Are Open, but Employers Are Slow in Filling Them

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    There are now more jobs available — but unfilled — in the United States than there were before the Great Recession began at the end of 2007. And employers are firing fewer workers than they did when times were good. But they are also hiring fewer people.

  6. A story of family, commitment - and Ebola

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    FORT WORTH, Texas

    On July 26, I was having dinner with friends in San Antonio when an international call came in. I answered to hear the calm, tired voice of my friend Kent Brantly, who had phoned me eight days earlier to see if I knew anyone who could go to Liberia and help at a hospital in Monrovia for a few …

    Kent Brantly is recuperating in an Atlanta hospital.
  7. Missouri police killing highlights broader problem

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    Do police officers have an existential fear of black men? Black men have an existential fear of the police.

  8. Colburn: What Scott vs. Crist tells us about Florida politics

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    For the past few months, it has been apparent that Florida's gubernatorial contest will pit Republican Gov. Rick Scott against former Republican governor, now Democrat, Charlie Crist.

    The looming electoral confrontation between Charlie Crist, left, and Rick Scott stands as one of most extraordinary in Florida political history. There has never been a gubernatorial contest like it.
  9. Ruth: The Hillary Doctrine (w/video)

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    A few months ago, the New York Times published a massive graphic depicting the overlapping circles of advisers, minions, apparatchiks, confidants, gofers, supernumeraries, pals, cronies, gray eminences, fundraisers, public relations flacks, consultants and enablers who have signed up in the fawning service of …

  10. PolitiFact: Clearing the air on coal issues (w/video)

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    President Barack Obama's second-term promise to tackle climate change has clashed with election-year politics.

    In coal-rich Appalachia, Republicans — and even some Democrats — have lashed out at the Obama administration, saying in ads that a “war on coal” will close down mines and power plants across the region.
  11. Column: Flabbergasted by gadgets that sometimes go on strike

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    I used to know how things worked. Now I don't have a clue.

  12. Column: Don't Dismiss the Humanities

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    What use could the humanities be in a digital age?

  13. Depression, success and lies of the mind

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    If you've never suffered from depression, or had a public career, the suicide of a successful person like Robin Williams simply makes no sense. It's the same reason why an artist quitting or breaking his band up makes no sense — you wanted something, and you've finally grabbed it, so why would you ever give that …

  14. Hit the reset button to relax your brain

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    This month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our …

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  15. Column: Uncomfortably unfiltered

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    A photograph is never sufficiently proportional to truth. The truth — the full story, the context of things — is too large and complicated to be encompassed by any single image. So from Ferguson, Mo., we get only photographic data points.

    From top left: A protester holds a Molotov cocktail; a family photo shows Michael Brown; police stand watch atop an armored vehicle; protesters hold a sign at a demonstration; Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson speaks to the media; and images from surveillance cameras seem to show Brown on the day he was shot by police in Ferguson, Mo.
  16. A little perspective: Songs really do have more meaning when we're teens, and other matters

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    Teen songs really do have more meaning

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  17. Perspective: One six-term may be enough for a president

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    Disillusionment with Washington has rarely run higher. Congress is unable to act even in areas where there is widespread agreement that measures are necessary, such as immigration, infrastructure spending and business tax reform. The Obama administration, rightly or wrongly, is increasingly condemned as ineffectual.

    The second term, cursed: George Bush had the disaster of  Katrina ...
  18. Perspective: Which picture would you pick?

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    When Tyler Atkins heard about the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., he posted on Twitter a picture of himself in a tuxedo, with a saxophone around his neck, next to a photograph of himself dressed in a black T-shirt with a blue bandanna tied around his head and his finger pointed …

    Tyler Atkins tweeted these pictures and suggested the media would select the one on the left to depict him if he were shot.
  19. Column: The reading files — Where in the world are we Floridians from?

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    The New York Times Upshot feature has an interactive graphic that allows you to see historically where residents of any state have come from. Look at the graphics in detail at tbtim.es/wherefrom. Here is how the Times introduces the feature — and then what it …

    Screen grab of NYTimes.com report on "Where We Came From, State by State"
  20. Column: Duke Energy coverage tells only half the story

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    Editor's Note: Duke Energy Florida president Alex Glenn responds to Sunday's news article, "Duke eager to build, not buy, power plants," and Tuesday's editorial, "Duke's plans should face real scrutiny."

    Photo of R. Alexander "Alex" Glenn, the incoming president of Duke Energy subsidary Progress Energy Florida in St. Petersburg. Glenn, 47, most recentley serves as Progress Energy Florida general counsel. He will succeed the retiring Vinny Dolan as president at the end of this year. The transition was announced on Aug. 8, 2012.