opinion Kelly R. McKinney Opinion contributor Published 2:32 PM EDT Oct 12, 2018 Since well before dawn, first responders from across the nation have rushed into a devastated landscape, in a desperate bid to reach stranded survivors. In just a few hours, a monster transformed the lush cypress and pine forests, the quaint beach towns and family-friendly attractions of Florida's Panhandle. Hurricane Michael has propelled people out of their orderly and familiar reality into a new one that is anything but. This new reality is not just a variation of everyday life. It is not just some fast-moving time — one end of the spectrum, with daily life being the other. The world Michael left behind is fundamentally different, unearthly and strange. It is a parallel universe. The most important work, by far, in the parallel universe is done by those police officers, firefighters and rescue workers all across the disaster zone. This is known as the tactical level, or … [Read more...] about Hurricane Michael: Emergency workers in Florida need national relief
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WASHINGTON — Florida and Mexico are having a food fight over tomatoes and other fresh produce. Will farmers in California and Washington get caught in the crossfire? That’s one question that swirls around the final negotiations between the Trump administration and Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Growers of tomatoes, strawberries and peppers in Florida and the Southeast say they’ve been hammered by cheap imports of these crops from Mexico, particularly during winter months. They’ve lobbied the Trump administration to make it easier for them to bring “anti-dumping” and “countervailing duty” cases against Mexico in an updated NAFTA agreement. But growers on the West Coast fear such a provision would prompt Mexico to retaliate, making it harder for them to sell south of the border. Mexico is the United States’ No. 1 market for apples, pears and sweet cherries. Washington state is the nation’s No. … [Read more...] about Food fight divides growers in Florida and West Coast
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByPatricia Mazzei Aug. 6, 2018 STUART, Fla. — A few steps away from the St. Lucie River, which has been choked lately with thick blue-green algae that made neighbors sick, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida sat solemnly with a group of elected officials, scientists and activists who had anxious questions about the toxic bloom. A day earlier, Mr. Nelson’s political challenger, Gov. Rick Scott, had begun airing an eye-catching television ad that blamed the senator and the federal government for failing to prevent the environmental crisis. The meeting on Friday was Mr. Nelson’s second visit in a month. And this time, he declared, he was fighting back — not against the algae, but against the governor. “I was playing nice-nice when I was here before, but I’m going to lay out … [Read more...] about Meet Bill Nelson, the Under-the-Radar Senate Candidate in Florida. He’s the Incumbent.