Wakulla Springs Restoration Gets a Kick Start: State to spend $7.8 million

August 8th, 2017

A Little Blue Heron flies just above the Wakulla Springs Thursday, April 3, 2008.

Gov. Rick Scott and the water management districts have agreed on how to spend $50 million statewide on springs protection. The iconic Wakulla Springs, used as the backdrop for Tarzan movies and The Creature  from the Black Lagoon is in line for nearly $8 million. It is part of the effort to restore what may be the world’s largest fresh water spring. The story, photos and more here

Cooking up resistance

August 4th, 2017

Tallahassee Trump opponents appear on street corners weekly.  Story and video click here.

Tallahassee gives up a dam for the sun

August 3rd, 2017

The City of Tallahassee is placing a power bet on solar to generate electricity. It’s walking away from a 90-year-old hydroelectric facility on Lake Talquin at Jackson Bluff as it prepares to triple its solar generating capacity within two years.   Story and video click here

White House Boys want paid for beatings and sexual assaults

August 3rd, 2017

The White House Boys were not among the 34 claims bills filed Tuesday by lawmakers for the 2018 legislative session. Instead, a general bill will be filed in both the House and Senate to pay the now elderly men for the brutal abuse they endured as teens while held in state custody at a Marianna reform school.  Story and videos are here.

Bernie Sanders’ Tallahassee grass roots

August 13th, 2015

 

20150625_190350Bernie Sanders is doing something that was unimaginable to many  – he’s leading Hillary  Clinton in a poll in a key state. Sanders tops Clinton 44 to 37 percent among New Hampshire voters, according to a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll. The Hill called the result stunning.

Although the New Hampshire primary is six months away, Sanders is looking less like a protest candidate and more like a legitimate challenger to Clinton, who according to a CNN poll, 57 percent of voters find untrustworthy.

I’ve been watching Sanders’ growing campaign because of an interest in grass-roots politics. Two weeks ago I walked into the Leon County Public Library and found myself emceeing a meeting of more than 70 Bernie Sanders’ supporters.

The story continues here.

Charleston downs Auburn with four home runs

May 29th, 2015

It was Ervin Roper’s day. The College of Charleston catcher sent a two-out pitch over the right field fence in the 11-th inning Thursday, giving the Cougars a 7-6 victory over Auburn in the Tallahassee NCAA Baseball Regional.

 Ervin RoperHe’s definitely the player of the day,” said Cougar second baseman Blake Butler about Roper’s 4th home run of the season.  Roper’s blast traveled 330 feet, cleared a 30-foot high fence and was his second hit tie-breaking hit of the day. Charleston will face the winner of the Florida State Mercer game Saturday.

The story is here.

Cowherd Calls for FIFA boycott, pull your money if you care about people

May 28th, 2015

“It’s disgusting,” is how Colin Cowherd described the conditions workers face building World Cup facilities in Qatar. Cowherd Thursday called for a corporate boycott of FIFA. The former Colin Cowherd ESPN RadioTampa sports reporter and current host of a midday program on ESPN radio called on Coke, McDonalds and other U.S. corporations to pull sponsorship money from FIFA in response to the 1,200 deaths already tallied in building stadiums and hotels for the 2022 World Cup.

Human rights violations in the Mid-East nation are well documented, here.  And the Human Rights Watch 2014 report is here.  It details how employers often confiscate passports and other documents of “guest workers” and then subject them to slave-like conditions.

“Talk is cheap,” said Cowherd. “Corporate America, you should pull out of soccer if you deeply care about people.”

ESPN insiders can hear Cowherd’s remarks here.  Talk of a boycott begins at about the 20 minute mark in the first hour of the May 28 program.

BECK: Liberals were right about Iraq

June 18th, 2014

blogs_beck_dementia_5553_709160_poll_xlargeOld protesters may have recalled the Buffalo Springfield song about it not being exactly clear what is happening when Glenn Beck said the “liberals were right” about the Iraqi war.    The former Top40 DJ turned pundit led off  his radio show on Tuesday morning with a stirring monologue about all the ways he believes the left and right can come together to “heal” America. As part of that, Beck said he regrets supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Talk about the right being in turmoil or has broadcasts’ anger/hate mongers begun to lose their audience? Here we have one of the more demented rightwing loudmouths who used anger and distortions and myths to make millions of dollars while making a mockery of a civil society now calling for liberals and conservatives to  join hands and work together.

I know, it’s hard to stop laughing. It’s like a coal company expressing interest in worker safety or clean air.

After listing the Veterans Affairs Department scandal and the fight against Common Core standards as two ways in which the left and right can unite, Beck asserted that “maybe we could come together now on this nightmare in Iraq.”

We’re talking about Glenn Beck here, so who knows what it means but you can click here to read more

 

Tallahassee Observer: Chapter 2

June 12th, 2014

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me (2)People tell me things. It could be because I ask questions, often with a microphone and recorder in hand. And remarkably, people tell me things. And then I tell other people what they said. It’s how I make a living. Is this a great country or what?

I’ve been doing this for about 25 years.  Telling stories about north Florida.; writing about its wildlife,  Florida State football  and Tallahassee activists.

These days, I spend my time wandering around the Florida State Capital Complex. Recently I was terminated as the managing editor of an on-line publication focused on the Florida Legislature.

Funny story, I was promoted. My staff was fired. A week later my position was eliminated.  You can read about it here.  I spent the past year writing for a south Florida blog, and then it happened again. I find myself  out of work.

Why do I have philosophical differences with publishers – #!^# those Jesuits on the philosophy faculty at Youngstown State University. I mean, I’m starting to feel like a Frank Zappa song.

Which means as an underemployed writer I am firing back up the blog I created in 2008 when I realized Charlie Crist was a bit different than other politicians.  Just look two, three entries down on this page to see what I mean or explore my archives for stories from when Crist was governor .

I’m the Tallahassee Observer and you can read more here.

House focuses on teen sex slaves,

February 20th, 2014

Rep. Gayle Harrell, chair of the Florida House Healthy Families Subcommittee, wants a “continuum of care” for children rescued from an underground commercial sex industry.  The Stuart Republican said an organized criminal element rotates children between the ages of 12 -17 into the state to work as prostitutes. One expert told the committee if not rescued most of the kids die within seven years.  The story is here.