By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
During the 1967 football season, two missions consumed Jake Gaither, Florida A&M’s legendary coach. The first one, visible to any sports fan, consisted of leading the Rattlers to a championship after several subpar years. And in the second, conducted entirely behind closed doors, Gaither was trying to use his beloved sport to break the stranglehold of segregation.
BY SEBASTIAN A. ARCOS
In late January, Cuba announced it had decided to freeze funds linked to the terrorist groups al Qaida and the Taliban. Signed by President Raúl Castro, the decree stressed that the sanctions demonstrated Cuba's “commitment in the fight against money laundering, financing terrorism and the proliferation of weapons.”
BY TIM PADGETT
Mexico's nightmarish, decade-long drug war seemed to start in 2001, when Joaquín Guzmán escaped from a Guadalajara prison inside a laundry truck.
BY FRIDA GHITIS
Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympics to showcase his New Russia — strong, competent, self-assured, like him. The Sochi Olympics ended peacefully and the games unfolded without any significant problem. Better yet, Russian athletes topped the medal count. Bravo!
BY CARLOS MIGOYA, FRANK SACCO, AND FRANK NASK
Imagine being a high-school freshman. Your grandparents believe it’s important for teenagers to have part-time jobs, so they make an offer: For every dollar you earn at work, they’ll give you another dollar toward college.
BY ANN MCFEATTERS
Sometimes the federal government makes us a tiny bit nervous. Actually, sometimes the government seems completely bonkers.
BY DAVID GUEST
To anyone who has spent much time in Florida, the decline of our fresh water springs is heartbreaking.
BY EDUARDO J. PADRÓN
For DREAMers, “life” seems to happen a lot more. The unexpected circumstances, the twists and turns of everyday life appear to occur more frequently and affect more severely our undocumented youth. These life challenges occur at the same time they are facing an immigration policy in need of reform, one that leaves them in limbo with their futures on hold.
By T. WILLARD FAIR
I was just finishing the ninth grade in Winston-Salem, N.C., when Brown v. Board of Education struck down the false belief, and consequently the policy structure, that schools could be racially separate but equal.
MICHAEL DUNN TRIAL
BY HELEN AGUIRRE FERRÉ
A dog can really steal your heart. Who could resist smiling upon learning that the Davie Fire-Rescue, police and sanitation workers worked for hours to save Sugar, a 2-month-old Pomeranian who fell into a pipe in the yard.
By CRIS ARCOS
Nearly two decades after Canada, Mexico and the United States created the world’s largest free-trade zone with NAFTA, there are two simple, overarching testimonies to its resounding success.
By SHERRI DAY
When I was pregnant, I worried that I would have a boy. As it turned out, we had a girl. Then came pregnancy No. 2: twin boys. The pregnancy was difficult, but even after our boys were born healthy there was a nagging fear.
By MALIKA SAADA SAAR
Would you call Tami a child prostitute?
AL AND JUDY WARRINGTON
By BERNIE MACHEN
Friday night, Al Warrington, a UF alumnus, an accomplished businessman — and a Miamian — along with his wife, Judy, pledged the single largest gift ever to the University of Florida.
BY URI DROMI
Recently, at the Jerusalem Press Club, I hosted Marcella Rosen, the author of Tiny Dynamo: How One of the Smallest Countries Is Producing Some of Our Most Important Inventions. Amazon advertises this book as a fascinating collection of 21 stories detailing Israel's inventions that benefit all of mankind. From desalting the ocean to the tiny PillCam that videos your insides, the Flash Drive to spinal surgery robots, watering the desert with drip irrigation, blasting breast tumors and curing major diseases: Israel is a hotbed of start-ups and idea incubation wildly disproportionate to its tiny size.
BY CARL MEACHAM
The past two weeks have seen the explosive escalation of protests — some violent — across Venezuela. And with new developments surfacing — including Tuesday’s surrender of opposition leader Leopoldo López to Venezuela’s police on trumped-up charges — the end is not immediately in sight.
BY MARGARET CARLSON
Traffic is the new sex. Stick with me. Sen. David Vitter, who recently announced that he is running for governor of Louisiana, is ahead in a recent poll. You may recall Vitter’s apology in 2007 after his phone number surfaced during an investigation of the prostitution ring run by the notorious “D.C. Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who later committed suicide.
BY JOY-ANN REID
In the wake of the verdict in the case of Michael Dunn, convicted of three counts of second-degree attempted murder and of firing 10 shots at a car containing four teenagers, state Rep. Alan Williams underlined the need to repeal Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
BY PATRICIA MARTINEZ-GORMLEY
It will soon be that time again — no, not tax time, or Easter, or even the end of the school year, but County Budget Season. The time of year when a young bureaucrat’s fancy turns to thoughts of property taxes, reduced services, laid-off employees and shuttered county facilities leaving a hole in our communities.
BY STEVE BOUSQUET
The state of Florida is in the business of driving people into poverty.