| Jul 10, 2011
When pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in Syria this spring, President Obama offered Syrian President Bashar Assad one more chance to embrace reform. "He can lead that transition [to democracy] or get out of the way," Obama said in May.
| Jul 12, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Last week's resolution on climate change by the General Synod of the United Church of Christ has garnered mostly admiring attention from the news media. But I must admit to a degree of perplexity and sorrow over the document, which seems to place the...
| Jul 10, 2013
We are in the eye of the storm of social issues. Between last November's presidential election and next year's mid-term, a lot of messages are coming at us from many different sides. Those messages will sway opinions and plot the course to victory for a...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 1:56 PM
A lot to talk about in today's edition of Friday files, starting with the latest group of people getting hosed by Tallahassee — the mentally ill.
To be fair, it was probably their turn.
Florida politicians have already gone after the disabled,...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 4:55 PM
“The Last Werewolf” by Glen Duncan, Alfred A. Knopf, 293 pages, $24.95.
At the start of Glen Duncan’s excellent thriller, Jake Marlowe is tired. At the age of 167, his human friend, Harley, has told him that he is the last living...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 3:42 PM
In today's Friday Files, we have scary new poll results for Gov. Rick Scott and a few other politicians, praise for a new cop program and more.
But first, it's time to check back on some of the controversial late-night arrests in downtown Orlando....
| Jul 15, 2011
| 9:27 AM
2.5 stars (out of 4)
Besides his not-insignificant role in Rage Against the Machine as one of the most innovative guitarists of the last 20 years, Tom Morello has had a long history as an activist. It’s part of his family’s DNA; his...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 3:51 PM
If Rick Scott could create 1,000 jobs by barbecuing manatees, sea pigs would be roasting on a spit tomorrow.
They apparently taste like elephant.
Just how much outrage would that cause?
I'm beginning to wonder.
The green glory days are coming to an...
| Apr 4, 2012
| 1:20 PM
ATHENS -- It all started Wednesday morning when a man in Constitution Square reportedly shouted that he didn't want to leave his children in debt and then fatally shot himself in the head.
The man, a 77-year-old retired pharmacist, instantly became a...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 7:43 PM
Only time will tell whether Special Prosecutor Angela Corey got it right in charging George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
As I've said before, there's no sense trying to second-guess that call without all the facts.
But the Republican state...
| Oct 12, 2011
News media depict presidencies as long-running soap operas. The story doesn't end, but it goes through changes.
In this, President Barack Obama's autumn of discontent, a new and potentially disastrous media narrative is emerging about him: He's the...