from The Great Debate:

The Bush boys: No sibling rivalry, but maybe something deeper

By Peter Wolson
May 21, 2015

US President Bush bids farewell to his brother in Tampa

President George W. Bush (R) bids farewell to his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as they step off Marine One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, May 9, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

from Alison Frankel:

Tobacco plaintiffs’ firms say Lieff Cabraser botched 11th Circuit appeal

By Alison Frankel
May 7, 2015

(Reuters) - The plaintiffs' firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, working with regular appellate counsel Samuel Issacharoff of New York University School of Law, submitted a compelling petition last week at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the appellate court to reconsider a three-judge panel's ruling in Graham v. R.J. Reynolds. In that April 8 decision, the 11th Circuit held that Florida smokers' strict liability and negligence claims against tobacco companies are implicitly preempted because Congress has imposed federal regulation on cigarettes but has not banned them. Lieff Cabraser's brief argues not only that the 11th Circuit opinion is at odds with a previous 11th Circuit decision based on the same basic facts and case law but that it's also contrary to U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

from The Great Debate:

Time to end special privileges for Cuban immigrants

By Susan Eckstein
January 6, 2015

Cuban refugees hold up empty jugs as they beg for water while floating on the high seas in home-made..            

President Barack Obama has taken initial steps toward overhauling the broken U.S. immigration system and failed Cuba policy. It is also time to bring Washington’s Cuban immigration policy in line with other foreign-born people. Cubans enjoy unique immigration privileges that are no longer justifiable.

from Photographers' Blog:

Special delivery in Florida

August 1, 2014

Florida Keys, United States
By Wolfgang Rattay

I was pretty much tired of looking at thousands of soccer pictures every day at our Miami office where we edited the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

from The Great Debate:

Obama takes on the presumption of thuggery that permeates Martin case

By David Dante Troutt
July 24, 2013

Everyone looks to their president for protection against calamity, and black voters are no different. One little discussed fact of the Obama presidency is how it has been a singularly disastrous economic period for the first black president’s most loyal constituency: black people.

from The Great Debate:

The two trials of Zimmerman: ‘The Wire’ v. ‘CSI’

By Neal Gabler
July 15, 2013

Now the jury has spoken on the question that riveted the public and filled cable news to the gills: Whether George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, murdered a black teenager Trayvon Martin because he happened to be a black kid in the wrong place at the wrong time and in the wrong outfit.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Zimmerman: A trial that was all about race

By Nicholas Wapshott
July 14, 2013

Will George Zimmerman’s trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin and the all-too predictable acquittal change anything?

from Photographers' Blog:

Closing the chapter on the space shuttle

By Joe Skipper
June 11, 2013

Cape Canaveral, Florida

By Joe Skipper

The decades-long assignment started with covering the first space shuttle launch, Columbia, on April 12, 1981. A recent visit to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A wrapped up the story for me. Often we cover assignments not knowing how long it will take, and my part in coverage of NASA’s space shuttle program seemed as if it would last forever. With the landing of the shuttle Atlantis on July 21, 2011, however, we thought the assignment was over.

from Photographers' Blog:

Ashes to ashes; dust to dust

May 11, 2013

Gainesville, Florida

By Steve Johnson

“Ashes to ashes; dust to dust.”

Its origins come from Genesis 3:19 (King James Verison): “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

from Full Focus:

Training child survivalists

February 22, 2013

Photographer Brian Blanco gained rare access to a group of survivalists in Florida led by Jim Foster, 57, a retired police officer. The North Florida Survival Group trains children and adults alike to handle weapons and survive in the wild. The group passionately supports the right of U.S. citizens to bear arms and its website states that it aims to teach "patriots to survive in order to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemy threats". Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, the group are getting increased interest from people looking to sign up. Foster says he now gets about one person signing up per day. Read Brian's personal account here.