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  1. Column: Politicians aren't scientists, but they are responsible

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    When an editorial board recently asked Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about climate change, he said he wasn't a scientist. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, both Republicans, have said the same thing.

  2. Column: The quality of fear

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    There's been a lot of tutting-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in …

  3. Ruth: Lots of talk, very few answers

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    Do you have the sneaking suspicion that if you asked Gov. Rick Scott to name the color of an orange he would answer with a rambling discourse on his Dickensesque childhood, accusations that Charlie Crist pals around with Boardwalk Empire's Nucky Thompson and the Castro brothers are terrorists?

  4. Survey is just silly to call Tampa snobby

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    Dear Editors at Travel + Leisure magazine,

  5. Column: Make red snapper fishery work for everyone

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    I provide fishing access to Florida anglers and visitors from across the country as a charter captain in Clearwater. I have many customers who want to go fishing, and I want to be able to take them out as often as I can. Weather conditions wreak enough havoc on my business without unpredictable regulations that keep me …

    Florida anglers who rely on charter boats to go fishing had only nine days this year to fish for red snapper.
  6. Column: Rich slackers do as well as poor strivers in U.S.

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    America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

  7. Column: Documenting with dignity in the Ebola zone

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    I have taken pride over my 40-plus years as a photojournalist in offering dignity to subjects I photograph, especially those who are sick or in distress while in front of my camera.

    Esther Tokpah, an 11-year-old orphan, cries as a doctor tries to console her before she is released last month from an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. Both of Esther’s parents died from Ebola.
  8. Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason

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    Since 2009, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Department of Journalism and Media Studies has hosted dozens of African journalists each year through a national program named for Edward R. Murrow. But a few days ago, word went out that this year's program is canceled. The given reason: Ebola. The real …

  9. Dirty rotten (camera) scoundrels

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    All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics.

  10. Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

    State Roundup

    For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

    If you own a TV, you get the picture.

  11. Ruth: Fan dance in Broward

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    If Rick Scott goes down in defeat two weeks from now, he might well attribute his electoral misfortune to a bizarre night in Davie when the Florida governor had his very own "He-Buffoon" moment.

    Charlie Crist, and his fan, had the stage to himself for a bit.
  12. The Reading Files: Ebola and the ethics of stolen Jennifer Lawrence selfies

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    Not a scandal, a crime

    Jennifer Lawrence, one of the Hollywood stars from whom hackers stole private naked photos and then posted them, gives an extensive interview to Vanity Fair in which she addresses the emotional fallout and the legal ramifications of the hack. Read more at

    An Ebola reading file

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    An Ebola reading file

    An antidote to panic …

    At the website io9, Robbie Gonzalez praises Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a clear-eyed rebuke of hysterical commentary on the Ebola outbreak. Read "Fox News' Shepard Smith Says Not to Panic About Ebola. He's Right" in full at

    Day: Workplace equality doesn't mean putting dreams on ice

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    Silicon Valley titans Facebook and Apple now offer to cover the expense of freezing and storing their female employees' eggs. A sign of progress? Only if the goal is to further Corporate America's hostility to work-life balance.

    TP_356291_ALLE_Day  (06/29/2012 TAMPA) New staff headshots for Sherri Day.[WILLIE J. ALLEN JR., Times]
  13. Perspective: Trying to be diplomatic in Iraq

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    In his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy, Christopher Hill, a career diplomat who was ambassador to Iraq, recalls one-on-one meetings with a dictator, high-stakes negotiations and America's aggressive interventions. Here is an excerpt.

  14. Perspective: Want privacy? Stop oversharing

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    Imagine a world suddenly devoid of doors. None in your home, on dressing rooms, on the entrance to the local pub or even on restroom stalls at concert halls. The controlling authorities say if you aren't doing anything wrong, then you shouldn't mind.

  15. Perspective: When the course is human events …

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    WASHINGTON — With the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools. But if we want students to understand what is happening in Missouri or the Middle East, they need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to …

  16. Column: Ebola didn't have to kill my uncle

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    On Friday, Sept. 25, 2014, my uncle Thomas Eric Duncan went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He had a high fever and stomach pains. He told the nurse he had recently been in Liberia. But he was a man of color with no health insurance and no means to pay for treatment, so within hours he was released with …

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  17. Ebola! Science! A slippery slope

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    There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science.

  18. Ruth: Of gridirons and gray bars

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    At this rate of cavalier indifference to irritating stuff like, oh, evidence, you have to wonder if the Tallahassee Police Department could figure out who shot Lee Harvey Oswald.