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Columns, Perspective

  1. Column: Florida farms bursting with innovation

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    In Vance Whitaker's office in Wimauma, a philodendron vine drops out of the ceiling, seemingly from nowhere. The vine is older than he is.

  2. Ruth: Florida's redistricting scam

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    It's oh so very nice to think of our democracy with visions of fifes and drums, the Founding Fathers founding stuff and American eagles soaring to the patriotic heavens. After all, don't we all love a nice fairy tale now and then?

  3. Column: Eckerd president's advice to students

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    Eckerd College had two horrific sexual assaults of freshmen this August. I have worked and worried every day since to attempt to make our campus safer.

  4. Column: Hope and opportunity at HCC

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    Growing up in Tampa, I remember my mother going off to work at the gypsum plant in Port Tampa in her steel-toe boots and hard hat. She put in long hours for little pay and did the very best she could for us.

  5. Darren Wilson explains why he killed Michael Brown

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    On a hot August day, Officer Darren Wilson drove down the street and spotted two young black men walking down the middle of the road. One wore a black shirt. The other held cigarillos. The details of a robbery earlier that day, blared out on a police radio, clicked into Wilson's head. Were they suspects? He told the two …

  6. Column: Law enforcement needed to protect Florida's vulnerable children

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    We at the Children's Campaign applaud the call in your recent editorial for "lawmakers, child protection workers and the entire community to redouble efforts to save the most vulnerable children." Increased vigilance for vulnerable children is something we must all jointly claim.

  7. Column: Their major was ID theft and tax fraud

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    Remember when students working their way through college would bus tables at Red Lobster or flip burgers at McDonald's?

  8. Perspective: Colleges mishandling rape charges

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    Our strategy for dealing with rape on college campuses has failed abysmally. Female students are raped in appalling numbers, and their rapists almost invariably go free.

    Potbelly’s is the club in Tallahassee where a woman met Jameis Winston, now Florida State’s star quarterback, and later accused him of sexual assault. After a delayed investigation, authorities in the end brought no criminal charges.
  9. Column: Love and gravity

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    Most Hollywood movies are about romantic love, or at least sex. But in Christopher Nolan's epic movie Interstellar there are slightly different kinds of love, from generation to generation, and across time and space.

  10. Ruth: Bruised but unbowed after a bitter campaign

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    This was probably the tipoff that Judithanne McLauchlan was not going to be your typical candidate. After all, what glad-handing office seeker says stuff like: "Well, I think my pedagogy has been experiential learning."

    McLauchlan
  11. Perspective: Health care and the GOP: a primer

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    Though the Affordable Care Act passed into law in 2010, conservatives continue to fight it at every opportunity: in the courts, in state legislatures, and in Congress. It's a safe bet that as the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination kicks off, a cavalcade of Republican hopefuls will torment innocent Iowans with …

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  12. Perspective: The story of Bush's old DUI

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    AUSTIN, Texas

    Finally, 38 years later, we're getting details about George W. Bush's 1976 DUI arrest. The info comes from his drinking buddy that night — former tennis great John Newcombe. Thanks, Newk.

    The Australian tennis star John Newcombe was Bush’s drinking buddy and was being “eyed off.”
  13. Fact-checkers worldwide check the G20 summit for a #G20factcheckathon

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    World leaders gathered recently in Brisbane, Australia, to talk about ways to lift employment in their countries and around the world. Some of their public comments included a good bit of spin. So fact-checkers around the world went to work.

    Renzi, Davutoglu and Kirchner were checked on claims they made at the G20 conference.
  14. Property owners should be sure to apply for homestead, other exemptions

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    Our office recently sent out tax notices to homeowners in Pasco County advising them of the amount of property taxes they must pay for the current tax year. We are finding that a significant number of people are not aware of, or have not applied for, the homestead exemption or any of the other property tax exemptions …

  15. Don knows how to stop a rapist: Bite him

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    CNN's Don Lemon, who famously wondered if Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 had been swallowed by a black hole, has struck again. Tuesday night, in an interview with Joan Tarshis, the fifth named woman to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her, Lemon decided to Monday-morning quarterback her self-defense when Cosby …

    Don Lemon
  16. Ruth: Democrats navel-gaze, Republicans win

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    Get ready for a rash of navel-gazing rivaling the Beatles heading off to "Ohmmmmmmmm!" away with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

  17. Column: Terrorism on the rise

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    Last year saw the highest number of terrorist incidents since 2000, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index released by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Worldwide, the number of terrorist incidents increased from less than 1,500 in 2000 to nearly 10,000 in 2013. Sixty percent of attacks last year occurred …

  18. Column: Obama off the rails

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    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The postmidterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. President Barack Obama has racked up some impressive foreign policy accomplishments, but, domestically and politically, things are …

    President Barack Obama met with House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders after the midterms, but the White House has not privately engaged with Congress on areas where there could be agreement.
  19. Column: Citizens will communicate better with policyholders

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    Since its creation, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has worked hard to balance its dual mission of providing quality insurance coverage to policyholders who do not have private market options while minimizing the financial risk to all Floridians who must pay up following a major storm or series of disasters.

  20. Why did no one believe Bill Cosby raped me?

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    In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify. Cosby had drugged and raped me, too, I told them. The lawyers said I could testify anonymously as a Jane Doe, but I ardently rejected that idea. My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I …