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Columns, Perspective

  1. Ruth: The iPhone 6 crisis

    Columns

    Is it too late to bring back the hand-crank phone?

  2. Column: Arrests of blacks for nonviolent offenses skyrocket

    Columns

    Here's a pretty astonishing chart on the skyrocketing number of arrests of black Americans for nonviolent drug crimes. Brookings' Jonathan Rothwell lays it out:

  3. Column: Blundering Secret Service needs to step up its game

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    Last year, the White House was breached twice.

    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, questions Secret Service director Julia Pierson at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday.
  4. Column: The good order

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    When she was writing, Maya Angelou would get up every morning at 5:30 and have coffee at 6. At 6:30, she would go off to a hotel room she kept — a small modest room with nothing but a bed, desk, Bible, dictionary, deck of cards and bottle of sherry. She would arrive at the room at 7 a.m. and write until 12:30 p.m. …

  5. Column: Why rumors outrace the truth online

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    It's no surprise that interesting and unusual claims are often the most widely circulated articles on social media. Who wants to share boring stuff?

  6. Column: 'One country, two systems' idea frays

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    When I was in Hong Kong last year, I wrote about what seemed to be a glaring contradiction in the "one country, two systems" arrangement between Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

    A student protester uses an umbrella to block pepper spray from riot police during a demonstration Sunday at government headquarters in Hong Kong.
  7. Column: Here we go again in the Middle East

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    The bombs are dropping, and how can we not watch?

    This still image from video released by the United States shows a structure in Tall Al Qitar, Syria, moments after a U.S. airstrike.
  8. Column: Expansion's gains flow to the few

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    WASHINGTON

    Expansions are supposed to be the good times, the periods in which incomes and living standards improve. And that is still true, at least for some of us.

  9. Column: Lesson plans, left and right

    Columns

    Here's a fascinating chart from the Pew Research Center that sheds some light on why education policy can be such a polarizing topic.

  10. Ruth: For whom the roads toll

    Columns

    In the early 19th century the Transcendentalist poet-philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, sadly finding himself in Tallahassee, observed the city was "a grotesque place, rapidly settled by public officers, land speculators and desperados" before quickly getting out of the den of mendacity while he still had a few pennies …

  11. Ruth Marcus: Ezekiel Emanuel's death deadline defies life's arc

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    WASHINGTON

    My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family.

  12. Column: Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you

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    Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.

    FILE -- A customer pours a glass of sangria at Vintage Enoteca wine bar on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, May 22, 2014. Many people who profess to value wine break out bottles only on special occasions, or on weekends. But people who really love wine think of it as an ordinary part of their meals, like salt or bread. (Emily Berl/The New York Times) XNYT64
  13. Climate action plan can help economy, too

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    Forty years ago, scientists at the University of California uncovered a global threat. From deodorants to refrigerators, chemicals in our everyday lives were destroying our ozone layer — Earth's natural shield against the sun's cancer-causing radiation.

  14. Doubt as a sign of faith

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    Certainty is so often overrated.

    This is especially the case when it comes to faith, or other imponderables.

  15. Column: Emergency care safety net frayed

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    Emergency departments are the health care safety net for everyone, not just the uninsured. In Florida, more than 7 million people were cared for by emergency physicians last year.

    In Florida, more than 7 million people were cared for by emergency physicians last year.
  16. The business of dyinghere Chronicle Extra Light

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    In their last days, patients are increasingly likely to be shuttled among hospitals, hospices and nursing homes in pursuit of Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Most die in an institution, rather than at home. "Dying in America," a new report by the federally funded Institute of Medicine, calls for a fundamental overhaul …

  17. Adam C. Smith column: The case for Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    Why should you vote for Charlie Crist to serve another term as Florida governor? First and foremost, because he's not Rick Scott.

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  18. Adam C. Smith column: The case for Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    Why should you vote for Rick Scott to serve a second term as Florida governor? First and foremost, because he's not Charlie Crist.

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  19. Hooper: Build a thriving, home-grown tech community

    Columns

    When I think about the mission of Hillsborough County's Economic Development Innovation Initiative, I see a specific vision of director Lindsey Kimball.

  20. Perspective: A poet's hope for her baby girl

    Perspective

    Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a poet from the Marshall Islands, which is suffering the effects of climate change and rising sea levels. Last week, at the opening of the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Summit, she performed this new poem entitled Dear Matafele Peinem, written to her daughter.

    Dear …

    Mother to daughter: “We won’t let you down. You’ll see.”