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COLUMN

Plot twists find home in Pasco

Never more than a “last call” announcement removed from reaffirming its reputation as Jerry Springer’s green room, Pasco County has in recent weeks presented a cavalcade of sinister human curiosities worthy of a greatest hits rev...
Updated: 4 hours ago
COLUMN

Commissioners change of heart on registry step in right direction

I won’t presume to say for sure what motivated four Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday to switch from “no” to “yes” on the issue of creating a domestic partner registry.
Updated: 4 hours ago
COLUMN

As 2016 nears, it’s Florida, Florida, Florida again

Every day the 2016 presidential election draws closer is another day Florida’s national prominence increases. Hence, the political mixed martial arts cage match between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. Both parties understand wh...
Published: 09/18/14
COLUMN

Scott loves STEM — but scientists not so much

Instead of completely blowing off concerns of climate change and global warming, Gov. Rick Scott has adopted the strategy of replying to that line of questioning with a rather dismissive “I’m not a scientist.”
Published: 09/18/14
COLUMN

Spankings teach fear, not discipline

I learned at an early age that when my father had a certain look and started fumbling for his belt, it would not end well for me.
Published: 09/17/14
COLUMN

President should pop by for sandwich, advice

It’s always an honor when the president of the United States comes to town. It also gives me a chance to check the stories of the reporters who follow him around, curious to see whether they say that he visited “Tampa” or “...
Published: 09/17/14
COLUMN

Outsiders not best source of transit advice

Back in 2001, I was awarded a fellowship by the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and attended a week-long seminar on urban issues at the University of California at Berkeley. I, along with a few other journalists, joked that it was th...
Published: 09/17/14
Jeter remembered for grace and how the Yankees great played the game
COLUMN

Jeter remembered for grace and how the Yankees great played the game

Fans cheered Derek Jeter for the baseball gift that kept on giving, Martin Fennelly writes. He was a winner with class and passion, and that never went away off the field, either.
Published: 09/17/14
Jeter's heart, home plate remain in Tampa
COLUMN

Jeter's heart, home plate remain in Tampa

Derek Jeter's farewell tour with the Yankees has come to St. Petersburg for the final time, but he's about to be Tampa's - ours and all ours - forever and ever, writes columnist Martin Fennelly.
Published: 09/15/14
Updated: 09/16/14
COLUMN

National debt is the big problem nobody’s talking about

Those Americans who are fortunate to have a job in these uncertain times are doing more than their fair share to fund our nation. Even though a record 92 million Americans remain shut out of the work force, those still carrying the load paid a record...
Published: 09/16/14