Get a grip, soccer fans, look at the bright side

    I’m as speechless as any sports fan on this planet. Seven-to-one. That’s how badly Germany defeated – no, demolished – Brazil in the semi-finals of the soccer World Cup on Tuesday.


    Florida makes progress in caring for troubled kids

    Every day, the most vulnerable children in our communities rely on the state’s child-protection system to make decisions and investments that will positively change the course of their lives. For some, these decisions can mean the difference between life and death — literally. During the past several months, the Legislature has focused significant attention on child welfare reform and, just recently, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 1666, a critical starting point as we work toward improving this vital system of care.


    Migrant children are fleeing violence, but so are ours

    Incensed by President Obama’s plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the United States illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the president. Many protests have included children. At one, a young boy can be seen carrying a sign that reads, “No deportation of children fleeing violence and poverty.” Photo Gallery Available


    Is there a field of dreams for them?

    As we watch the thrills and tears of the closing rounds of the World Cup passion in Brazil, we are not only distracted from our daily challenges here, in Brazil or across the world, we are also inspired by some of the super achievements of our favorite underdog teams.


    Lawsuit not about gay marriage — the fight is for marriage equality

    It was a moment of stark contrasts the other day at the Dade County Courthouse: gay vs. straight, well-to-do vs. working class, secular humanists vs. evangelicals, gay lovers vs. homophobes.

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    Leonard Pitts Jr.: Louis Zamperini was a hero — and then some

    Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.


    Israelis’ cries of pain met with Arab cheers

    In the last few weeks, Palestinians, most likely members of Hamas, kidnapped and then murdered three Israeli teenagers. In an apparent act of revenge, someone, probably a group of extremist Israeli Jews, grabbed an Arab boy in Jerusalem and brutally murdered him.

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