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  1. Ruth: Norman betting voters have short memories

    Columns

    A political campaign may have a smidgen of a public relation problem when the candidate has been reduced to producing a lie-detector test to convince voters he has not done anything wrong.

    Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman is positioning himself for a 2016 run.
  2. Column: Our radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia

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    The Washington Post ran a story last week about some 200 retired generals and admirals who sent a letter to Congress "urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security." There are legitimate arguments for and against this deal, but there was one argument expressed …

  3. Column: Renewing half-cent sales tax for schools will benefit our children and our county

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    Hernando County kids need your help. In January, the half-cent sales tax for schools expired, resulting in a loss of $8 million per year in sales tax revenues. We need to bring it back. The Hernando County School Board recently voted to hold a special election to reinstate the half-cent sales tax. Please support this …

    Lodato
  4. LeMieux: Recognizing Trump before it is too late

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    Last week, a reporter of 30 years and one of America's most respected journalists, Jorge Ramos, was ignored, denied the ability to ask questions and physically removed from Donald Trump's news conference. At one point, Trump told Ramos with indignation to "go back to Univision."

  5. Column: Hurricane threats intensify

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    Last weekend, amid an already record-shattering Pacific tropical cyclone season boosted by a potentially historic El Niño, three simultaneous Category 4 hurricanes lined up like a string of deadly pearls across the Pacific. Such a configuration has never occurred before, at least since the 1850s when reliable …

    Three hurricanes lined up last week in the Pacific Ocean, from left: Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena.
  6. Column: Restore fairness in flood insurance

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    In the words of Yogi Berra, it's deja vu all over again. Florida is facing another episode of rising flood insurance premiums. Homeowners again risk foreclosure due to unaffordable coverage. This should sound familiar; it is the same crisis we faced in 2013 after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act to fill the $24 …

    Federal action is needed to restore fairness in the National Flood Insurance Program, whose rate increases are excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory.
  7. Column: Ocean acidification threatens Florida's economy

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    I'm an angler and surfer. I spend every moment I can spare on the water with my two sons, who fish and surf with me in Florida's beautiful offshore waters. They're developing a strong love for the ocean, which makes me proud and allows me to share a culture with them that ties us closely to the water.

  8. Opinion: The way forward for schools in Pinellas County

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    Four key voices on public education in Pinellas offer next steps to help kids in failing St. Petersburg elementaries.

    After being dropped off by his grandmother, kindergartner Tyree Parker sat outside Maximo Elementary last year, waiting for school to begin. Maximo is one of the five lowest-performing schools in Pinellas. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  9. Ruth: Big Macs, Whoppers and world peace

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    With apologies to John Lennon, can't we please give peace a chance — but hold the onions?

  10. Column: Pinellas school leaders are focusing on the achievement gap

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    The school district is sharply focused on this urgent need

    Pinellas schools superintendent Mike Grego
  11. Rick Davis: In five years, little or no progress has been made on Pinellas black student achievement

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    Little or no progress has been made

    Rick Davis is president of the Concerned Organizations for Quality Education for Black Students.
  12. Deveron Gibbons: Look to community for Pinellas school solutions

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    Schools fail our students

    The recent scrutiny of Pinellas County schools has sparked a long-overdue conversation about an unavoidable fact: Our schools are failing our students and need major revamping.

    Deveron Gibbons is a member of the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees.
  13. Rick Kriseman: School solutions must be emphatic, immediate

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    We all must change this story right now

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
  14. No, you don't need 8 glasses of water a day

    Perspective

    If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink eight glasses of water a day.

    A man sells bottled water in New York, capitalizing on Americans’ tendency to carry a bottle here, there, everywhere. Yet there is no science behind a formal, one-size-fits-all requirement of daily water consumption.
  15. Perspective: Yes, some things are actual true facts

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    Nearly half a century ago, in what passed for outrage in pre-Internet times, people across the country became incensed by the latest edition of Time magazine. In place of the familiar portrait of a world leader — Indira Gandhi, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ho Chi Minh — the cover of the April 8, 1966, issue was …

  16. PunditFact: Why we fact-check political cartoons

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    As fact-checkers of pundits and media, we try to stay on top of where people are getting their information, constantly mining the usual places — TV and radio shows, columns, and Sunday shows, Facebook and Twitter — for ideas. Every so often, we scope out a source that isn't as intuitive but is just as valid: …

    In terms of inflation-adjusted dollars, the cartoon’s numbers add up, but the majority of money to Afghanistan was for the military, not reconstruction. The Marshall Plan’s rebuilding of Europe put more of a strain on the U.S. economy than did the war in Afghanistan.
  17. Perspective: Learning to think critically for yourself

    Perspective

    In the last year, in Ferguson, Baltimore, Staten Island and Cincinnati, an unarmed black male died at the hands of a police officer in each city. In June, nine African-Americans who gathered for Bible study in Charleston, S.C., were murdered.

    Charles Blow
  18. Column: Expanding Medicaid would have been wrong move

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    The debate over Medicaid expansion was among the most contentious in recent Florida history — and it shows no signs of ending any time soon.

  19. Dockery: Court should redraw congressional districts

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    They came, they wrangled and they adjourned — without congressional maps.

    Party: Republican - Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties Provided by Legislative Aide / Scheduler Laura L. Rodriguez
  20. Ruth: Deal with HART could drive common sense into Uber feud

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    It has to royally rankle the oh so self-important Victor Crist to be taken so lightly by his arch nemesis, the ride-sharing company Uber.