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March 7, 2003

Editorial: A question of fairness answered
During Thomas Joe Miller-El's murder trial, Texas prosecutors used their peremptory challenges to eliminate 10 of the 11 potential African-American jurors. Miller-El, a black man, was later convicted and sentenced to death. And for the next 17 years he tried challenging the fairness of a trial before a jury stripped of African-Americans. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court finally gave him a friendly ear.

Editorial: Medicare disservice
The president's latest approach to Medicare reform still lacks the reasonable kind of prescription-drug benefit retirees need.

Editorial: Unwelcome surprise at Perkins
One of the reasons Pinellas school officials have met with public resistance to choice student assignment is that the original plan was put together by attorneys in closed-door meetings, divorced from the needs of schools and the desires of parents. As the district prepares to notify students where they will attend school in the fall, not much seems to have changed.

Letters: Law school at FAMU will be racially diverse
Re: Jim Crow is given a new outfit, by Bill Maxwell, Feb. 2.

 

Columns today
Howard Troxler: Picking up city's litter, tossing aside its red tape
They call themselves the "Snell Isle Streetwalkers." Six mornings a week for the past 25 years, these St. Petersburg women have met, crossed the bridge over to the mainland, walked down to the North Shore Pool and then turned around.

Ernest Hooper: A riff with real reverberations
I laughed, I cried and I cheered at the Hillsborough County Bar Association's 17th annual Law Follies Thursday night.

Robert Trigaux: Going private is a very public affair for Coast Dental
Does going to the dentist make your knees weak? Imagine what the long-suffering investors in Tampa's Coast Dental Services Inc. must feel.

John Romano: Two athletes, one nation, with liberty, justice for all
You may recall Pat Tillman. An NFL player so deeply affected by the war on terrorism, he walked away from a $3.6-million contract last spring to enlist in the Army with his younger brother.

Jan Glidewell: Welcome to Pasco. It's time to pay up
We are in a developer's office somewhere in Pasco County around the year 2010, and a recent arrival is eagerly waiting to close.

Eric Deggans: MSNBC shouldn't give voice to Savage
He doesn't have the media profile of Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly. And his television show won't debut until Saturday evening.

 

Perspective
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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