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June 7, 2002

Cameras in planes add security
JetBlue, an innovative, startup airline out of New York, isn't waiting for the U.S. Transportation Department to make up its mind about requiring cameras in passenger planes. The carrier has begun installing video cameras in its cabins, so that pilots can keep an eye on passenger activity. That will help pilots know when they can open the cockpit door for a bathroom break and whether trouble in the cabin is air rage or an attempted hijacking.

Remove every abuser
Making distinctions in sexual abuse cases offends morality and justice. Catholic bishops should not tolerate any abuse.

It's everyone's responsibility to protect America
A big cloud of dust has been stirred up of late by all the activity within the FBI and police departments regarding security checks. You and I hardly ever get to see or hear much of the information that they gather, and we are probably better off for it.


Columns today
Howard Troxler
Oval Office truths strange as fiction
It's all real through today's date.

John Romano
Preaching strength of body equal to that of mind
ST. PETERSBURG -- A secret like this is bound to get out. A man of this stature cannot hide his feelings forever.

Ernest Hooper
Heroes on stamps, one scary on-ramp
First in line this morning to purchase a new stamp that honors the heroes of Sept. 11 will be a group of Tampa firefighters.

Robert Trigaux
Batten down the wallets, HMOs want more money
Sure, it's the start of hurricane season. But just as scary, it's also HMO pricing season.

Jan Glidewell
Institute offers hope of a cure for racism
You don't think about it while you drive around Citrus County, down oak-shaded lanes in Old Homosassa and among neatly trimmed lawns in Beverly Hills.


Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.

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