Thursday, September 20, 2018

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H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation

Some of the world’s largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa.Mohair, made from the hair of Angora...

Facebook’s mission to connect people now includes helping them date

SAN JOSE - At Facebook’s annual developer’s conference, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to the social networking platform, from a function to allow users to delete information Facebook has gathered on them to a new dating...

Hometown Pinellas

Florida Court Public Information Officers recognizes retired PIOThe Florida Court Public Information Officers recently recognized Ron Stuart of Clearwater for his work with the association. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Stuart...

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Poll: Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis, Scott and Nelson neck-and-neck

Poll: Andrew Gillum leading Ron DeSantis, Scott and Nelson neck-and-neck

A new poll released Wednesday shows Andrew Gillum ahead of Ron DeSantis by seven percentage points in the race for governor, while the U.S. Senate race is still in a dead heat.The poll was conducted by Thompson Reuters, Ipsos and the University ...
Published: 09/19/18
In Tampa stop, Gillum running mate Chris King touts plan for billion-dollar schools investment

In Tampa stop, Gillum running mate Chris King touts plan for billion-dollar schools investment

Chris King gathered with local leaders outside South Tampa's Plant High School on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his ticket's plan to invest $1 billion in Florida schools.But the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor – running mate of nomi...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
A bumpy bus tour comes to a close for Rick Scott

A bumpy bus tour comes to a close for Rick Scott

Rick Scott's "Make Washington Work Bus Tour" came to an end Tuesday in Orlando. It was a bumpy ride — not the smooth and carefully scripted event that Floridians have come to expect from the always-on-message governor.Could the 10-day bus tour ...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
Rick Scott accused of flouting public records law; governor blasts law firm’s ‘dirty tactics’

Rick Scott accused of flouting public records law; governor blasts law firm’s ‘dirty tactics’

TALLAHASSEE — A state judge is being asked to levy fines of $1,000 a day on Gov. Rick Scott for not complying with a court order to turn over copies of his calendar and future travel plans.The law office of Steven Andrews filed an emergency mot...
Published: 09/18/18
Ron DeSantis on Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Timing is ‘dirty pool on the part of the Democrats’

Ron DeSantis on Brett Kavanaugh allegations: Timing is ‘dirty pool on the part of the Democrats’

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis is blaming Democrats for mishandling allegations raised against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.At an education event Tuesday in Tampa, the former congressman said Democ...
Published: 09/18/18
Rubio says Kavanaugh accuser should be heard

Rubio says Kavanaugh accuser should be heard

If Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh turn out to be true, Marco Rubio says it would disqualify President Donald Trump's pick for the lifetime seat.But Rubio also wants to hear what Fo...
Published: 09/18/18
Rubio wants Justice Department to investigate John Kerry’s recent dealings with Iran

Rubio wants Justice Department to investigate John Kerry’s recent dealings with Iran

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for the Justice Department to investigate former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with high-level Iranian officials after leaving his position when President Donald Trump took office.Kerry, the ...
Published: 09/18/18
Conservative publication to Marco Rubio: Don’t harass constituents on Twitter

Conservative publication to Marco Rubio: Don’t harass constituents on Twitter

A Marco Rubio tweet from Monday night may have been a little too salty for The Weekly Standard.The conservative publication's Ethan Epstein wrote a column Tuesday arguing that Rubio's tweet, which listed the phone number of a Miami  restaur...
Published: 09/18/18
Rick Scott says Kavanaugh accuser should testify, but criticizes Feinstein for delay

Rick Scott says Kavanaugh accuser should testify, but criticizes Feinstein for delay

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the Senate Judiciary Committee should allow the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago to testify, potentially lengthening or derailing the confirmation process for Donald Tr...
Published: 09/18/18
Adam Putnam hired a donor’s 27-year-old son to a $91,000 job. There’s a Publix connection.

Adam Putnam hired a donor’s 27-year-old son to a $91,000 job. There’s a Publix connection.

Clay Hollis won a plum assignment when he was named director of external affairs in Adam Putnam's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last year.When he was hired for the $91,000-a-year job, Hollis was 27 and working as a legislative assis...
Published: 09/18/18