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Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / CarltonWard.com | Special to the Times)

Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

TALLAHASSEE Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagr …

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  1. Column: The shady history of Big Sugar

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to publish a study blaming fat and cholesterol for coronary heart disease while largely exculpating sugar. This study, published in the prestigious New England Journal …

  2. Column: How intelligence and rationality differ

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    Are you intelligent — or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those cognitive attributes actually are.

  3. A fact-checker's advice to debate moderators

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    Do you yell at the TV when you see an interviewer letting a politician get away with spinning the truth? I know I do. But let's admit the reality: Questioning candidates on live TV is harder than it looks. And moderating a presidential debate is probably the hardest.

    Hofstra University on Long Island will host the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The format will consist of six segments of 15 minutes each with no commercials, giving the candidates time for a deeper discussion of major topics.
  4. Every generation deserves its own music and its own Ybor City

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    In 1977, Ybor City was in steep decline. Few of the original inhabitants of this once-vibrant ethnic community remained. Seventh Avenue was a shadow of the thriving commercial center of years past — and ghost-like at night. But to a young historian, this weathered and wearied enclave was a dreamland.

    Courtesy of Burgert Brothers Collection, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library
The cantina of El Centro Espa?ol in Ybor City in the 1930s. The cantinas bustled with domino players and card games, as well as countless cups of caf? con leche, caf? carajillo or caff? corretto (coffee with brandy).
  5. Syrians recall a year of hope and trepidation as Germany swelled with migrants

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    The German government's prediction spread quickly: 1 million refugees were expected to reach the country by the end of 2015. Only a month earlier, official estimates had put the number at 450,000 at most.

    Clockwise from top left: Tamara Nahar is an artist in T?bingen, Germany. Enana Asr talks in her one-room apartment in Berlin. Sakher al-Mohammad takes part in a pro-refugee demonstration in Cologne, Germany, after a sexual harassment incident occurred there. Nader al-Mahmoud appears at a facility in Stuttgart regarding the decision from the immigration office to grant him refugee status in Germany.
  6. Alicia Keys and the #nomakeup movement

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    It was the Friday before Labor Day, and Alicia Keys, the 35-year-old pop star, was on the Today show performing for the program's summer concert series — she's about to release a new album, and she wrote the theme song for the film Queen of Katwe, out next week. There was a lot to talk about. But …

    A year ago, Alicia Keys was dolled up for the fifth annual Social Good Summit in New York.
  7. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the Clinton Foundation controversy

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    A former president travels the world, mingling with the global elite, generating million-dollar partnerships, acting as the face of an organization that bears his name and employs a number of his political allies — all while his wife is secretary of state.

    Bill Clinton spoke at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, a part of the controversial Clinton Foundation, in Denver.
  8. Column: The power of reading for pleasure

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    As a professor of literature, I have noted a trend that helps explain the decline of the humanities as an object of reverence in this country: Students are less prone to read for pleasure than they used to be.

  9. Perspective: Politics, and public health

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    The growing mosquito-transmitted Zika outbreak in Florida — with more than 400 confirmed cases, dozens of them locally transmitted, not travel-related — reminded us of a similar threat to the public health when we were young doctors, and the politics that put people at risk.

  10. Hillary Clinton's first 100 days

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    Should she win the presidency, Hillary Clinton would quickly try to find common ground with Republicans on an immigration overhaul and infrastructure spending, risking the wrath of liberals who would like nothing more than to twist the knife in a wounded opposition party.

    Demonstrators hold banners during a immigration a rally on the National Mall in Washington in 2013, calling on the House Republican leadership to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
  11. Trump's first 100 days

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    A Border Patrol agent drives near a border fence in New Mexico. Trump promises a bigger one.
  12. Paul Tash: Between ships, fighter jets, tanks and helicopters, the most impressive part of the U.S. military apparatus is its men and women

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    The protective suit for the Air Force bomb squad goes on a piece at a time — pants, boots, jacket, helmet — for a total of 65 stifling pounds. But there are no gloves.

    Using live ammunition and explosives, Army special forces work their way from room to room in a building designed for training exercises at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  13. God is not a white man from the West

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    Editor's note: William P. Young was an office manager and hotel night clerk in Gresham, Ore., before he wrote The Shack, a Christian novel originally privately published by a pair of former pastors near Los Angeles. It went on to sell 10 million copies and spend more than 100 weeks atop the New York …

  14. PolitiFact: Four claims from Donald Trump's first general election ad, fact-checked

    Doom and gloom will befall the nation under a Hillary Clinton administration, implies Donald Trump's first TV ad of the general election.

  15. Perspective: Why some women won't support Hillary Clinton

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    ATLANTA — Some years ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to Midge Wilson, a professor at DePaul University and co-author of Divided Sisters.

    Protesters from Latino and community groups made their way to East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, Calif., in May to demonstrate against Hillary Clinton. Some don’t care that she’s a woman; others expect more of her because she is.
  16. When driving a semiautonomous car becomes harder than piloting a semiautonomous plane

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    Slip into the cockpit of an airplane today and you might feel a little left out. Much of flying amounts to typing your route into the computer, pushing buttons, twisting knobs and watching the controls move as if they were being operated by invisible hands. Colorful displays show you the status of the airplane's systems …

  17. Is the 'lesser of two evils' an ethical choice for voters?

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    Every election cycle, there are citizens who don't like either of the candidates nominated by the two major political parties.

  18. Perspective: The first company that wanted to 'connect the world' wasn't Google or Facebook

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    CEO Mark Zuckerberg attracted a lot of attention — including from some telecom regulators — with his pronouncement that Facebook would "connect the world" by bringing limited Internet access to the unconnected in countries like India. His plan and others like it generally raise the hackles of government …

    Wireless inventor Guglielmo Marconi wanted a monopoly of the airwaves. However, treaties kept them open.
  19. Warning: Those lottery dreams may endanger your future

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    If you've noticed that colossal lottery winnings are becoming almost common this year, it's no accident. Four of the 10 biggest jackpots in U.S. history have already occurred in 2016, an engineered outcome intended to generate mind-bogglingly big winners.

    Instead of playing Powerball like these gamblers, if you were to invest ticket money in a mutual fund, you might accumulate a nest egg of $150,000.
  20. Perspective: Trump is making America meaner

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    FOREST GROVE, Ore. — All across America, in little towns like this one, Donald Trump is mainstreaming hate.

    A Donald Trump supporter yells outside the Democratic National Convention during its second day in Philadelphia last month. The author worries that in November, after the ballots have been counted and the crowds have gone home, America will a harsher and more fragile society because of Trump’s campaigning today.