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Lawrence Mower - Times-Herald Tallahassee bureau staff writer

Times-Herald Tallahassee bureau staff writer

How did I end up in Florida’s capital city? I’m a Las Vegas native (yes, they do exist), and that’s where I got my journalism chops, working the night cops beat for my hometown paper. I covered enough celebrity arrests and police shootings there to make it to the investigative team at The Palm Beach Post, where I wrote about bizarre lottery winners and even weirder elections. I like stories and ideas that challenge what we think we know about the world. Got one? Let me know. Just don’t screen your calls from a 702 area code. Chances are it’s not a vacation offer — it’s just your friendly Capitol journalist.

  1. Richard Swearingen, Florida's Commissioner of the Department of Law Enforcement, testifies before state lawmakers on Monday.
    But law enforcement officials are getting behind a “threat assessment system.”
  2. A view of the I-275 northbound Sunpass lane at the Skyway Bridge.
    The lost money is from unpaid tolls stemming from problems with the vendor Conduent State & Local Solutions.
  3. Female driver texting on mobile phone while driving.
    Police are choosing to issue warnings instead of tickets — so far.
  4. This satellite image shows Hurricane Michael on Oct. 9, 2018, as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall near Mexico Beach in the Panhandle as a Category 5 storm. [Photo courtesy of NOAA]
    Nearly a year after the storm, 18,000 claims are still open.
  5. Florida Senator Tom Lee, R- Thonotosassa. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    Tom Lee chairs the Florida Senate’s Infrastructure and Security Committee, which has been tasked by the Senate president with coming up with a response to the most recent spate of mass shootings.
  6. From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro are introduced Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    It’s the the third time the Democratic presidential candidates met to debate, and the first time that all three front runners, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, shared the same stage.
  7. Attorney General Ashley Moody. [BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times]
    It’s the third constitutional amendment Attorney General Ashley Moody has come out against this year.
  8. A cop car and police tape help form a perimeter outside of a mass stabbing at Dyke Industries in Tallahassee on Wednesday morning.
    A suspect is in custody, according to police.
  9. House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, left, and Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton.
    The chamber tells the state Supreme Court that the challenge aims to protect voters.
  10. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody answers reporters questions during the 2019 legislative session. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    Attorney General Ashley Moody will be at a press conference in Washington today.