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Trump isn’t serious about delaying the election. He’s deadly serious about destroying its legitimacy

Abe Lincoln didn’t do it. And he was busy trying to hold the Union together.FDR didn’t do it. And he was leading the nation...

FL’s homely gopher tortoises: ‘It’s kind of questionable how long they can persist,’ biologist...

Gopher tortoises are homely creatures. They have a face that only another gopher could love.I saw one once that gave me the most baleful...
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Amid a public health crisis called COVID-19, our schoolchildren will be left behind

In the days of “No Child Left Behind,” part of the George W. Bush-era effort to improve America’s public schools, particularly for low-income and...

Oh, for a return to the days when the Grand Old Party was actually...

Younger readers may find it impossible to believe, but many Republicans used to be perfectly reasonable people.Some of them were even what you might...

Is a big phosphate company using legal tactics to scare FL environmentalists?

I want to be clear about one thing, right up front. This is all perfectly legal.In an area of Florida where water use has...

This Crisis Won’t Wait, So Neither Should Congress

There are now nearly 370,000 COVID-19 cases in Florida. These are uncertain times, particularly for families with low income and few resources, as the...

Bush v. Gore and 36 days of sheer chaos in 2000: Could it happen...

In the 55 years I have spent witnessing and writing about news in Florida, there is one scene that stands out more than any...

The thought of going without those sweet and salty Apalachicola oysters for five years...

One thing that makes Florida such a special place is our food. The divine Key lime pie served in the Keys, the savory croquetas...

Trump has dragged America back to full-on Lost Cause craziness

The surrender at Appomattox was Fake News.The white South was just playing possum, lying low till another John C. Calhoun (who called slavery “a...

‘Continuing to build in vulnerable areas does not make sense’

Six months ago, back when we could still safely leave the house, I drove down to Key West to give a talk about books....

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