Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

More than 10,000 women participated in the study, the largest to date on early stage breast cancer. By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark… Read more »

Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought

By Alexis R. Santos-Lozada, Pennsylvania State University “If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That statement concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera’s press conference before Hurricane Maria. As of Dec. 29, the Department of Public Safety had certified 64 deaths due to Hurricane Maria. Pesquera was one… Read more »

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John Morgan: smokable medical marijuana appeal is Rick Scott putting politics over people

On Friday a judge ruled that Florida’s ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional; but the state is appealing the ruling. During a conference with reporters Tuesday, attorney John Morgan said he hopes Governor Rick Scott will stop putting politics over people and end the appeal. Morgan says the constitutional amendment he spearheaded included a… Read more »

Bill Nelson says he intends on holding back from spending on TV until the fall

Bill Nelson is aware that there are growing concerns from his fellow Florida Democrats that he’s in danger of being (re)defined by Rick Scott’s early barrage of negative television ads currently on the airwaves, but he says that he’s not that concerned as the unofficial beginning of summer commenced this holiday weekend. “It’s early. Most people… Read more »

Women In Politics & A New Beguiling Voice on Life Elsewhere

While yet another major celebrity is accused of sexual misconduct, the President’s alleged scandalous peccadilloes although continually in the news have so far not impeded his standing. This leads to the question why politicians (of all parties) enable such a misogynistic climate. Our conversation with Lucia Graves from last year provides some answers to an unsettling… Read more »

MidPoint for Thursday, May 24 – Barry Edwards and what to do about making making Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa safer

The city of Tampa has announced that beginning as early as Friday, it will begin posting signs indicating that the speed limit has been reduced on Bayshore Blvd. from 40 mph to 35 mph for the entire 4.5-mile stretch from Gandy to Platt Street, in both directions. In addition, they will begin installing rectangular Rapid… Read more »

Florida CFO candidate wants employees of the governor to wait six months before taking another state job

Term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed some of his staff members to other government jobs as he prepares to leave the office early next year; the Times/Herald reported that some Scott staffers ended up at the Florida Department of Revenue in jobs they may not have been qualified for. Now, a Democrat running for… Read more »

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Environmentalist wary of Mosaic moving corporate headquarters to Hillsborough

The giant fertilizer company Mosaic announced last week that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Minnesota to Hillsborough County; the announcement by the Fortune 500 company was greeted by many local leaders with delight. But environmentalists, like Suncoast Waterkeeper Andy Mele, accuse Mosaic of being a detriment to the community. “I think Mosaic’s… Read more »

Hillsborough County School District officials believe a discussion about a referendum is due

School districts across Florida this year are increasingly looking at the idea of raising taxes to make up for budget deficits. Manatee County voters approved a measure earlier this spring raising property taxes to give raises to teachers and other employees, and officials in districts as diverse as Broward and Hernando County have also recently discussed… Read more »

Alt-America: The Rise Of The Radical Right In The Age Of Trump

Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found… Read more »

MidPoint Thursday – Talking about ranked choice voting & the 2019 Tampa mayoral election

A recent survey shows that former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor has an overwhelming lead in the early going for the 2019 Tampa mayoral election. Her 37-point advantage over her next closest competitor (former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik) prompted a conversation about how competitive the election will ultimately be when Tampa voters go to the… Read more »

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Anti-racists protest Waffle House in New Port Richey

Recently there have been several incidents at Waffle House restaurants across the country in which Black customers have felt they’ve been discriminated against or treated badly. In response, Wednesday morning, an activist group held signs outside a restaurant in New Port Richey to protest Waffle House. WMNF News interviewed Dan Callaghan, a member of the Florida… Read more »

Friend and Biographer of Sen. Ted Kennedy Reviews New Film Chappaquiddick

In July of 1969 then US Senator Edward Kennedy and friends and associates had attended a nighttime party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. At some point during the evening Kennedy left the party along with a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne who had worked for his late brother Robert who had… Read more »

Chris King says his ‘bold and progressive’ plan as governor now includes abolishing the death penalty and legalizing recreational marijuana

Labeling it as “incredibly bold,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King unveiled a criminal justice reform package on Tuesday that included a call to end the death penalty and full support for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida. “These issues are big and bold and progressive and they’re going to be hard to acccomplish, and… Read more »

Alternative Facts! Fake news round-up

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week By The Associated Press A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real… Read more »

Businessman Starts Petition Drive to Ban Assault Style Weapons in Florida; And David Straz Runs for Mayor of Tampa

There are two efforts to let Florida voters decide whether or not to ban assault style weapons. One campaign is being led by South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch. He wants to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would restrict the sale of AR-15 style rifles. Getting a referendum on the 2020 ballot to… Read more »

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Remodeled Riverfront Park is backdrop for Bob Buckhorn’s State of the City address

Tampa unveiled its newly-remodeled Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Friday morning for Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s State of the City address. Buckhorn praised the $35 million renovation and the city staff who worked on it. Before his speech, the City showed a polished video with the theme “Finish Strong” that looked back at a tough year… Read more »