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Saturday, Jul 04, 2015

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American spirit must be preserved

I’ve got a Yankee Doodle Sweetheart, and even though I was born 20 days too late — on the 24th of July — I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy, do or die ... like the rest of us.
Updated: 4 hours ago
Driven to succeed, St. Louis leaves his mark with Lightning
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Driven to succeed, St. Louis leaves his mark with Lightning

TAMPA — He was listed at 5 feet, 8 inches, but we knew he wasn’t that tall. When he left, the way he left, he looked even smaller. But I always come back to what he did here. That’s what towered over more than a few hockey nights...
Published: 07/03/15
Happy birthday to Dr. Pat, and a salute to his amazing life
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Happy birthday to Dr. Pat, and a salute to his amazing life

I know one thing for sure. This column will be incomplete. The life of Gerald “Pat” Patterson can’t be fully captured in the space I have. Saturday is his 90th birthday — born on the Fourth of July, of course. Without tryi...
Published: 07/03/15
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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...
Published: 07/02/15
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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.
Published: 07/02/15
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
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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
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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