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Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / CarltonWard.com | Special to the Times)

Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

TALLAHASSEE Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries. Seagr …

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  1. Postcards from a pierless St. Petersburg

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    ST. PETERSBURG

    When I moved to St. Petersburg in 1982, downtown was on a downward slide.

  2. Who's who as Trump begins to stock his Cabinet

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    President-elect Donald J. Trump is meeting with more candidates for administration jobs. The New York Times has compiled this list of Trump's selections so far.

    Treasury Secretary

    Requires Senate confirmation

  3. PolitiFact: Flint water still has problems, but Michael Moore minimizes progress made

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    After Michigan turned away from Barack Obama in 2012 and toward Donald Trump in 2016, Michael Moore, the liberal filmmaker and activist, said he understood voters' frustrations.

  4. Column: Why I left white nationalism

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    I could easily have spent the night of Nov. 8 elated, surrounded by friends and family, thinking: "We did it. We rejected a multicultural and globalist society. We defied the elites, rejected political correctness, and made a statement millions of Americans have wanted to shout for decades."

  5. Column: Flossing and the art of scientific investigation

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    It's bad enough that expertise is under attack these days from populist political movements that dismiss specialist opinion as just another establishment ruse. But lately expertise is being criticized from another direction, too — from would-be defenders of science.

  6. Hed news offlead

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    Yuck, don't touch that screen

    Your phone is pretty much a high-tech bucket of germs. Thousands of microscopic bugs crawl around on its surface. Your hands have smeared hundreds of chemicals across its surface. Scientists recently swabbed the hands of 39 people, and their phones, producing hundreds of …

  7. Hear the echoes of history at America's only museum just about slavery

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    WALLACE, La.

    Some evenings, when the sun is setting behind the sugar cane fields and willow trees on this old slave plantation, Dr. Ibrahima Seck will walk the grounds alone and listen to the dead.

  8. A liberal leader from Tallahassee's past praises Corcoran's call for change

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    BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Richard Pettigrew knows a thing or two about shaking things up in the state Capitol in Tallahassee.

    He did it — 45 years ago.

  9. Was it a wave election? Roll, Republicans, roll

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    Election 2016 turned out to be pretty dismal for the Democrats. But how dismal?

  10. The Rust Belt was turning red already. Donald Trump just pushed it along.

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    Donald Trump won the presidency by turning the Rust Belt red.

  11. Column: How data failed us in calling an election

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    Tuesday was a rough night for number crunchers. And for the faith that people in every field — business, politics, sports and academia — have increasingly placed in the power of data.

  12. Column: Keep on fact-checking!

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    It's been an extraordinary year for political fact-checking. America now has 52 separate fact-checking operations, up by 15 since last November. The avalanche of falsehoods from Donald J. Trump became a major narrative in 2016, but there was lots more important work: Candidates for governor, the Senate and even state …

  13. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's key campaign promises for the first 100 days

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    Donald Trump won the presidency in a historic upset, and will take office with Republican majorities in Congress. That means Trump has a real opening to get his agenda passed.

  14. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's key campaign promises for the first 100 days

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    Donald Trump won the presidency in a historic upset, and will take office with Republican majorities in Congress. That means Trump has a real opening to get his agenda passed.

  15. Lucy Morgan: The Janet Reno I knew so well

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    The best description of Janet Reno can be found in one word: intimidating.

  16. Florida has been red,it has also been blue,now that it's purple,what will it do?

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    Since 1928, Florida has voted for the winning presidential candidate all but twice — 1992 and 1960. Not a bad track record. It was a solidly Whig state the first time it voted, in 1848, when fewer than 8,000 citizens cast ballots. Then a sesquicentenary later, it was as purple as statistically possible in the …

  17. Lighting up the night skies

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    Imagine if you could put on radio goggles to see the clouds of energy billowing from quasars or the lighthouse blasts from pulsars. Or X-ray visors to see the spitfire from black holes. Astronomers from the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research, in Perth, Australia, have produced what they call the …

  18. A quick history of Florida's presidential politics, from Whigs to wigged out

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    Florida has long been viewed as fundamentally unique among the Southern states. Manning Dauer, one of Florida's most revered experts on politics in the Sunshine State, called it "the different state." V.O. Key, Jr., in his seminal work on Southern politics, Southern Politics in State and Nation, titled his …

  19. PolitiFact: Fact-checking the top campaign ads of 2016

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    In this unusual presidential election, one political tradition has remained intact: flooding the airwaves with campaign ads.

  20. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's top 10 most misleading claims

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    Donald Trump's "truthful hyperbole" fueled his rise to the top of the Republican ticket — and a surge of interest in fact-checking. PolitiFact has been documenting Trump's statements since 2011, when he was toying with a 2012 White House bid. Since then, we've fact-checked more than 300 Trump claims. About 71 …