Angelina Jolie. Brad Pitt. Batman. Hulk Hogan. Britney Spears.
None of those characters have anything to do with this column. But just because their names are included in it, thousands of Internet surfers who rely on the World Wide Web for their celebrity news may click on this and read along until they realize they have been fooled.
It makes no difference that they will move on in seconds. Their "hit" on this Web site will have been recorded, and hits are the latest way newspapers measure readership these days. (Actually, they no longer call it "readership"; now it's "audience.")...
Sherry Pedonesi said husband Tony woke her with a question: "How brave are you?" he asked. Then he handed her a newspaper article about flooding in the Midwest.
A few hours and phone calls later, the Brooksville couple were packing their Lincoln Towncar for an uncharted road trip to America's heartland, where they would spend the next week doing what they could to help strangers whose homes and businesses were just a levee break from ruin. ...
In case you missed it, which most of you certainly did because public broadcast access is limited, here's the no-kidding version of the hot-button issue from Tuesday's Hernando County Commission meeting.
Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the county Builders' and Realtors' associations asked the commissioners to approve a 25-percent reduction in impact fees on new construction. They claim it will help lower-income people obtain state aid and also jump-start Hernando County's economy, which is overly dependent on the construction industry. ...
The June 20th headline read Error lets rapist avoid sex offender label.
Okay, I thought, mistakes happen. And, probably like you, I kept reading.
It seems a sentencing slip-up by a judge in Pasco County, which was overlooked by the prosecutor who had cut a plea bargain for Shady Hills resident Thomas Wolverton in 2004, resulted in this degenerate not being labeled a sexual offender, even though he molested three children. ...
I suppose it was only a matter of time until Assistant County Attorney Kent Weissinger found a way to blame the messenger for his lapse in judgment.
Less than a week after the Times wrote a story that revealed Weissinger was the host of a Web site called Hernando News Source Live, and that he had been posting comments there and on other media sites while at work, Weissinger has now declared that the media in Hernando County "need a watchdog as much as … government." The inference is that he is just the man for that job. ...
That's long enough to watch a child be born and graduated from high school.
It's enough time to have voted for president of the United States four — almost five — times.
Seventeen years ago, Richard Williamson (4-15) was coaching the Bucs, the only devil rays we knew were still in the water and lots of folks were still wondering if that Internet thingy was really going to catch on. ...
Who's calling the shots at the Spring Hill Fire Rescue District?
I'm not sure, but whoever it is, he/they are doing it without a majority consensus of the fire commissioners, and he/they are making poor decisions to boot.
On April 23, the fire commissioners instructed their attorney and Chief Mike Rampino to attend the next Hernando County Commission meeting to get clarification on the process for creating an independent district. Specifically, the fire commissioners were concerned that if voters approved independence in November, the state Legislature still would have to pass a bill in January that ratified the non-binding referendum, and that the district would not be truly free of county oversight until that law takes effect July 1, 2009. Even then, another referendum would have to be held so voters could determine the tax millage rate that the new independent district could levy....
It would be premature to comment on whether Eric Riggins had inappropriate interaction with students at Hernando High School. Administrative and criminal investigations have not been completed, and, as it is important for everyone to remember, even if he is charged with a crime, he deserves his day in court.
As it turns out, court is a place with which Riggins is familiar.
And that is the point....
Elsewhere in this section of the newspaper today, you may read a story about how the Hernando County School Board is on the verge of requiring all elementary and middle school students to wear uniforms on campus. The board is doing so at the recommendation of superintendent Wayne Alexander, who apparently thinks this is an important issue as it relates to educating the children in his charge.
I happen to disagree. There is a perfectly adequate dress code already in place if it enforced, pardon the pun, uniformly. That has not happened because teachers and principals don't like being the Clothes Police, and because they, as humans are inclined to do, bring their own interpretations and biases about what attire is unacceptable. For those reasons, many agree that a dress code is unenforceable....
If all goes according to plan, today I am tooling down the interstate in a loose frame of mind and a tightly packed rental truck.
There is a select lifetime of memories to my rear and a cooler full of bottled water and Saran-wrapped sandwiches to my right.
There is an iPod in my ear, a song on my lips and a cushion under the only part of my middle-aged anatomy that apparently is immune to weight gain....
I called Ron Schultz to talk about booze. (More on that later.) But by the time we had wandered on to other subjects, it was apparent that the most sobering realization about his first 10 months in Tallahassee had more to do with perspective than pina coladas.
"I have 30 years in local government," said the former property appraiser in Citrus and Pinellas counties. But since being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in a special election last June, Schultz said he is "perceiving a fundamental difference between local and state governments." ...
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and its ugly cousin, the No Child Left Behind Act, are contrived cookie-cutter creations that attempt to measure progress in a world where learning no longer has much to do with financial success or professional fulfillment. And tying funding to schools based on that ill-advised assessment method makes even less sense.
Feel free to disagree with that opinion; many do. ...