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As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path

TALLAHASSEE — For nearly six months, the death chamber at Florida State Prison has remained empty. No prisoners have been executed, not since Jan. 15, when Johnny Kormondy — conv …

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City officials keep funding for MLK events in place, despite unanswered questions

ST. PETERSBURG — Event organizer Sevell Brown dropped off a city sponsorship application earlier this year knowing it was missing a few details — namely, specifics on how to spend mone …

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Multiple factors at work as many brace for higher health insurance premiums in 2016

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Brazilian referees confirm everything you've heard about soccer players

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  1. Editorial: A bad bet on tying SAT scores to teacher raises

    Editorials

    Florida education policy has become even odder, thanks to last-minute budget meddling by lawmakers. The Legislature that preaches fiscal prudence allocated $44 million in the state budget that took effect last week to "reward" teachers for high SAT scores — not their students' scores, their own. This is another …

    The Legislature that preaches fiscal prudence allocated $44 million in the state budget that took effect last week to “reward” teachers for high SAT scores — not their students’ scores, their own. This is another case of good intentions being implemented with bad policy, and the money could have been better spent to promote teaching as a professional career.
  2. Sunday's letters: U.S. needs major transportation bill

    Letters

    June Letter of the Month

    June's winning letter is from Gail Shaw, who wrote about Florida House members' health plans.

    House uses 'socialized' medicine

  3. Editorial: The next step for ending discrimination against gay residents

    Editorials

    The Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage was a victory worthy of nationwide celebration. But there is more work to be done to ensure fair treatment of all Americans. It is illogical that states can no longer ban gay marriages but gay residents still can be discriminated against in employment and housing …

  4. Editorial: Florida Legislature should reform Baker Act

    Editorials

    Floridians gained an important new right under the Baker Act last week: A little-noticed new law requires schools, police officers and hospitals to notify parents when children are institutionalized for a psychiatric exam. But the Legislature should not stop there. Juvenile commitments to mental hospitals are rising …

    Floridians gained an important new right under the Baker Act last week: A little-noticed new law requires schools, police officers and hospitals to notify parents when children are institutionalized for a psychiatric exam. But the Legislature should not stop there. Juvenile commitments to mental hospitals are rising rapidly amid broken families, depression and substance abuse. Authorities need new legal tools, training and funding to ensure that juvenile Baker Act commitments are appropriate and effective.
  5. Saturday's letters: A narrow view of single parents

    Letters

    Broken families, damaging results | June 29, letter

    A narrow view of single parents

    Donna Karan in her studio upstairs from Urban Zen in New York, Feb. 21, 2014.

    Donna Karan steps down from her own brand

    Everyone bust out your 90s graphic block lettering DKNY shirts!...

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    As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path

    No prisoners have been executed, not since Jan. 15, when Johnny Kormondy - convicted of fatally shooting a Pensacola banker in 1993 and raping his wife - was given a series of three injections and breathed his last breaths....

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    James Loney to return from DL on Friday

    The Rays' offense is about to get a much-needed boost....

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