Sorry to ruin your day, but starting Monday the fate of nearly 20 million Floridians will be in the hands of the 160 members of the Florida Legislature, which is a bit like relying on a shark for swimming lessons.
On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry Truman was in Florida to celebrate the end of a 30-year struggle and to warn us about the future.
When the Florida Legislature convenes in special session on Monday, the Senate will do more than simply meet our constitutional obligation to pass a balanced budget. We will advance a long-term, Florida solution to the critical health care challenges facing our state.
Science fiction isn't the only source of comically weird predictions about what we'll be eating in the future. Great (and not-so-great) minds in journalism and science have also spent a century forecasting the demise of meat and vegetables and the rise of foods in a pill — which always seem to be 50 to 100 years …
It's tempting to explain the seemingly endless Middle East strife in sectarian terms. In Iraq, for example, it's Sunni extremists vs. Shiite moderates. In Syria, it's Shiite President Bashar Assad vs. Sunni rebels. And in Yemen, it's a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.
Big Data will save the world. How often have we heard that over the past couple of years? We're pretty sure both of us have said something similar dozens of times in the past few months.
Like many people trapped in endless meetings, U.S. presidents tend to doodle. Their sketches and scribbles on documents such as memos and White House stationery have long been fodder for analysts seeking deeper meaning. Here are nine presidents and several presidential doodles. See if you can match up who drew what. Go …
I don't know about you, but if I had a daughter enrolled at Ben Hill Middle School in Carrollwood, I would have her transferred to another campus faster than you could say, "The Hillsborough County School Board is populated by complete dopes."
Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is home to almost 300 billion stars, and over the last decade, astronomers have made a startling discovery — almost all those stars have planets.
Negotiators from the United States and Cuba met in Washington last week to finalize an agreement on re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. When they adjourned on May 22, they were so close to final agreement that Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the chief U.S. negotiator, said …
I'm willing to bet most Floridians are not eagerly awaiting the upcoming 20-day special session of the Florida Legislature. In fact, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of the state's residents don't even know it is occurring.
When business starts to pick up at Frank Grebowski's European Wax Center in downtown Tampa, some of his best employees pick up and leave.
They have to.
If you could sit shiva for a building, you would not find a more worthy decedent than the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair. The end has come after a long and anguished death throe. Cause of demise: terminal neglect.
Only in the Potemkin village of speciousness that is the Rick Scott administration would an apparatchik overseeing the Rube Goldberg machine of state bureaucracies ask the Florida Legislature for more money to fail on an even grander scale.
Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common.
Throughout my public career — as a City Council member, state representative and secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice — I worked to help children follow a path to success in life and, in particular, to restore hope for young black men. That explains the Florida Council on the Social Status …
The U.S. Senate passed fast-track trade authority last week to give President Barack Obama the tools to negotiate a free trade deal with 11 Pacific-area nations. If successful, the agreement would encompass countries that preside over 40 percent of the world's economy — from Peru to Singapore, Mexico to Japan.
The stories of missing people strike an emotional chord with me. They represent the tragedy of broken dreams.
This week the Enterprise Florida board of directors will meet in Tampa to discuss a host of economic development issues, including how to diversify our state's economy. The Tampa Bay area, like much of the state, has made good progress rebounding from a long and deep recession that hit the region hard.
I have no idea where I will be at 3 p.m. Monday, when a national moment of remembrance takes place, but Memorial Day will be very much on my mind.