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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

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COLUMN

It’s time to care enough to call

Last Saturday, Sharon Darns Watkins became Tampa’s 21st homicide victim of the year. Her crime: being inside her home, in her bedroom, when bullets pierced a window and tore through her body. Police don’t believe she was the intended ta...
Updated: 5 hours ago
COLUMN

What happened to the $1.8 billion surplus in Florida?

Now that some time has passed since the Florida Legislature produced a budget and the governor cut $461 million from it, we’re starting to see the results.
Updated: 9 hours ago
COLUMN

Sometimes juries get it wrong in death penalty cases, and then what?

There is no sanitized way for the state to kill a human being.
Published: 07/01/15
Nothing less than title will do for U.S. women’s soccer
COLUMN

Nothing less than title will do for U.S. women’s soccer

Here we are again, at another major moment for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Published: 06/30/15
COLUMN

Confederate flag debate hides our real problems

About the time I read they wanted to start moving Confederate bodies, along with monuments and statues, I figured it might be time for everyone to pause for a little while and consider what we are doing, which is hiding our past from ourselves.
Published: 06/30/15
Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood
COLUMN

Battle lines are drawn and Rick Scott drew first blood

Last week was an extraordinary one in state politics. Usually, the political fights are between competing parties, but this time the actions of Gov. Rick Scott took direct aim on some fellow Republicans.
Published: 06/28/15
COLUMN

Supreme Court ruling on marriage was inevitable

The annual St. Pete Pride parade and festival is taking place this weekend, and it’s no longer a big deal. I don’t mean in attendance, which runs in the tens of thousands. I mean the outcry expressed by some before and after the first e...
Published: 06/28/15
Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights
COLUMN

Historic week ends with overdue decision on gay rights

The Confederate flag is coming down. Obamacare passes a second court test. And now same-sex marriage is legal across the land. They will teach classes in the future about the things that have happened over the last few days, writes columnist Joe Henderson.
Published: 06/27/15
After 40 years, Tampa man hears sound of love
COLUMN

After 40 years, Tampa man hears sound of love

Coming down the corridor of the medical tower and leading his own entourage headed by daughter Olivia and wife Katie, Davelis (D.C.) Goutoufas looked like a prize fighter headed for the ring. The difference: D.C., grinning from ear to ear and wearing...
Published: 06/27/15
Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)
COLUMN

Supreme Court rules, and it’s time to move on (but they won’t)

Opponents have hated the Affordable Care Act in the five years since it became the law of the land. They shriek, they scream for repeal, invent lies about bureaucratic death panels that want to send grandma to an early grave. They’ve got every...
Published: 06/26/15