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November 26, 2002

Editorial: Reform the Baker Act
Changing the law under which mentally ill people are involuntarily hospitalized to allow court-ordered treatment could have a dramatic impact.

Editorial: The bond between man and dog
Recent research into dog ancestry offers some interesting insights into man's best friend. Dogs may have their own Eve -- a female, domesticated wolf that was the progenitor of all of today's dogs. Dogs in the New World did not originate here but were probably brought over by the earliest settlers using the land bridge across the Bering Strait before the last Ice Age.

Letters: Let's hear Arabs raise their voices against terrorism
Re: Arab students face hardships post-9/11, by Bill Maxwell, Nov. 20.


Columns today
Ernest Hooper: Arteries, obsessions, quitting time and recipes
Friends familiar with the acerbic wit of Tampa Tribune columnist Dan Ruth can't help but give him a dose of his own medicine as he recovers from triple bypass surgery this week.

Jan Glidewell: Crown Hotel deserves a future born of its past
The Crown Hotel in Inverness might be on its way back to at least some of its former glory, and nobody is happier than I.

John Romano: Parity stains UF-FSU rivalry
So this is what parity looks like.


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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