| May 20, 2011
| 4:34 PM
CLEARWATER — It took two weeks, inquiries of dozens of potential jurors and several crises threatening the administration of justice, but by late Friday a jury was sworn in for Casey Anthony's first-degree murder trial.
A group of 12 jurors and...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 5:43 PM
Mike, revenge is served deliciously cold. Casey will definitely get the needle. Many of us will celebrate her death.
Mac was responding to my column on why Casey Anthony does not qualify for the death penalty.
I hate to spoil the celebration...
| Jun 28, 2011
The backdrop for my favorite science-fiction novels, Frank Herbert's "Dune" series, is something called the Butlerian Jihad. Some 10,000 years before the main events of the story take place, humanity rebelled against "thinking machines" —...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 2:19 AM
Tropical Storm Arlene strengthened slightly as it neared landfall Thursday morning along Mexico's eastern coast, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Arlene, the first named storm of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, was moving west at about 9 mph,...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 10:03 AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Mission Juno satellite launched into clear blue skies Friday, beginning a five-year journey to the largest planet in our solar system - Jupiter.
NASA launched the $1.1 billion satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 12:25 p....
| May 4, 2011
| 11:32 AM
Four Florida panther cubs were killed at Big Cypress National Preserve this week as a huge wildfire swept over their den.
Their mother, fitted with a radio-collar for tracking, survived and returned repeatedly to look for her cubs, National Park...
| Apr 5, 2011
After seven Afghanistan embeds, a romantic overture from the president of Pakistan and the oddly liberating experience of sporting her first burqa, Kim Barker knew she had a book to write.
"The Taliban Shuffle" (Doubleday, $25.95) is part war memoir,...
| Jan 28, 2011
| 6:05 PM
State Farm Florida Insurance, the state's largest private property insurer, wants to raise rates by a statewide average of 28 percent.
Although Florida has dodged a direct hit by hurricanes the past five years, the company says the increase is needed...
| Jan 27, 2011
| 10:39 AM
While some Florida legislators talk of setting up Las Vegas-style casinos in a few years, others suggest there's a way to immediately raise gambling revenues with a click of a mouse.
They want to allow horse and dog tracks and jai-alai frontons to have...
| May 23, 2011
| 10:56 AM
With nine days remaining before the official start of hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance in the Atlantic 650 miles southeast of Bermuda.
For now, the disorganized blob of low pressure doesn't appear to be a threat...
| Oct 1, 2010
| 11:54 AM