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March 1, 2003

Editorial: Group safety
The recent tragedies in Rhode Island and Chicago should put nightclub owners and patrons on alert.

Editorial: Tampa's cautious contenders
You'd think Tampa's mayoral candidates would take advantage of any opportunity to say something -- anything -- to the large undecided vote. But Pam Iorio, Bob Buckhorn and Frank Sanchez have been doing the opposite, refusing to stake ground or to challenge their opponents on their record or their plans for the city. For example, at a televised debate last weekend, it was left to the two candidates regarded as trailing in the polls, Don Ardell and Charlie Miranda, to show any personality or sense of conviction.

Letters: Concentrate on education, not on racial ratios
Re: Burden still on black students Feb. 22 and Balancing the choices, Feb. 19.


Columns today
Sandra Thompson: What's not said about Pam speaks volumes
Maybe you've noticed this already, but underneath the stale responses to the same old questions, there's something refreshing about this campaign for mayor.

March 1, 2003: An inspiring wake-up call; a new Fox TV fix-up audition
Accountant Anne Nymark finally got me to attend a Brandon Rotary Club meeting Friday.

Lucy Morgan: Session will bloom into garden of discontent
For better or worse, Florida lawmakers arrive in the state capital this weekend for a last round of partying and fundraising before their annual session begins Tuesday.


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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