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  1. PolitiFact: Did Confederate symbols gain prominence in the civil rights era?

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    A major catalyst in the run up to the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., was the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

    Tom Lever, 28, and Aaliyah Jones, 38, both of Charlottesville, put up a sign that says "Heather Heyer Park" at the base of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee monument in Emancipation Park on  Aug. 15 in Charlottesville, Va.  (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)
  2. Legally, St. Pete mayoral race is nonpartisan. Truthfully, party matters

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The job of mayor, Rick Kriseman said in a 2013 video announcing his candidacy in St. Petersburg, is to be a problem solver. "And best of all, unlike those in Tallahassee and Washington, it's a job where policy takes precedence over partisanship."

    This campaign flier sent by the Florida Democratic Party pits Rick Baker and President Donald Trump against Rick Kriseman and Barack Obama, trying to emphasize the partisan differences in the St. Petersburg mayoral race.
  3. Perspective: Watch Clarence Thomas take over the Supreme Court on behalf of Trumps

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    There's a reason Clarence Thomas writes so many solo dissents and concurrences. The second-longest-tenured justice on the Supreme Court has spent more than 25 years staking out a right-wing world view that can generously be described as idiosyncratic.

  4. Goats want to hang out, but not because they like you

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    A few years ago, employees at Glacier National Park noticed that mountain goats were hanging out with visiting tourists, far from the goats' cliffside habitats. Now researchers have figured out why. First: Where there are people, there are fewer predators like bears. Second: Where there are people, there also is pee.

    Mountain goats licking salt off a fence at Glacier National Park in Montana. 
  5. PolitiFact: Separating fact and speculation in Seth Rich case

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    People who work in politics and suffer violent death are not often left in peace by conspiracy theorists. These aides and staffers don't simply die, the theories go — they die for a reason.

    Seth Rich, a Democratic party worker, was fatally shot a year ago.
  6. Hidden threats to a secretive species

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    The platypus is legendarily weird. It looks a bit like a toothless beaver, but instead of a nose, it has what looks like a rubber flipper.

    In a handout photo, a female platypus sits on a log beside a river in Australia. With indications that populations are declining, Australian scientists have embarked on an initiative to see how the platypus is faring. (Doug Gimesy via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH SCI WATCH BY JOANNA KLEIN FOR AUG. 1, 2017. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --
  7. 10 years and 13,524 fact-checks later, what we've learned at PolitiFact

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    Ten years ago, I was a reporter assigned to a new fact-checking website no one had heard of. "Politi-What?" press secretaries would say when I called. "Politi-FACT," I would say. Then I'd have to spell it.

    The Truth-O-Meter, as imagined in 3-D by Tampa Bay Times systems editor Martin Frobisher. (Bill Adair, Special to the Times)
  8. By the hour, money can buy happiness

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    If you were given $40 on the condition that you had to spend it on something that would make you really happy, what would you do with the money? Some people might go shopping, others would treat themselves to dinner or a movie, a few might even donate to a cause. But what about using that $40 to "buy" yourself more free …

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  9. PolitiFact: How expensive would a single-payer system be?

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    During remarks at the White House this month to a group of Republican senators, President Donald Trump pushed the visiting lawmakers for repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act.

    President Donald Trump makes a statement on health care while standing with "victims of Obamacare" at The White House on July 24 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images)
  10. Perspective: Why I ride the bus in mass-transit-challenged Tampa Bay

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    "Mark, do you need a ride?" the concerned driver asked. "Get in," he said, gesturing to the front seat of his large Suburban, a waft of cool air from his humming air conditioner tempting me to accept.

    At least on this bus ride the author isn’t drooping in a drenched starched white shirt. He says: “I hear the frustration in the voices of those who ride it to work daily. I experience their pain, as a trip which would take 10 minutes by car, stretches into a hour or more by bus.”
  11. Cuban diplomat reflects on U.S. relationship: 'Cuba was treated horribly'

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    Few topics are more controversial in Florida than Cuba, a nation that has held fast to communism despite lying 90 miles from the shores of a capitalist superpower. It's a place where startling poverty results from either a longtime U.S. trade embargo or a half-century of communism, depending on one's point of view. …

    Carlos Alzugaray spent a half-century as a scholar and diplomat for the Cuban government, including a stint as ambassador to the European Union.
  12. PolitiFact: 4 questions on the fight over Obamacare and what happens next

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    When Republicans retook the House of Representatives, one of their first votes was to repeal Obamacare. The date was Jan. 19, 2011.

  13. Adam Smith: Here's the path to a Gov. Jack Latvala

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    CLEARWATER — Jack Latvala, the wily Republican state senator and longtime fixture of Tampa Bay politics, probably will announce his candidacy for governor on Aug. 16. He said as much to the more than 100 friends at his vacation home in Maine last weekend.

  14. Column: The Russia scandal dots are never going to connect

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    Joshua Yaffa, a New Yorker correspondent reporting from Moscow and a New America fellow, has been writing for months about Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the Russia scandal, which seems to get more interesting by the day. Recently, he wrote about the frustration many Russia journalists feel over the American …

  15. Perspective: Qatar opens its doors to all, to the dismay of some

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    DOHA, Qatar — Take a drive in Doha, leaving behind the mirrored skyscrapers and palm-fringed avenues of this gas-rich city, and the protagonists of myriad conflicts are in easy reach.

    Migrants gather in a park at sunset in Doha, Qatar, this month. In recent decades, Doha has transformed into a gleaming metropolis of global ambition fueled by petro riches, but assertions that it is furthering dissent and terrorism have led to a blockade from four of its fellow Arab states.
  16. Perspective: I got the wrong drug. And $2,500.

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    I hadn't eaten a big or particularly spicy dinner, so I was surprised to be awakened at midnight by a severe burning in my sternum. I'd dutifully taken — so I thought — Omeprazole, an anti-heartburn drug prescribed for me two years ago for a hiatal hernia. As night wore on, the glass of milk didn't help and …

    Illustration by Na Kim, New York Times
  17. A Little Perspective: Interesting items from near and far

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    Our sun may be special to us, but among all the stars in the galaxy, it's not unique. According to a study published this month in the journal Science, our beloved star can be classified as an ordinary "solar-type" star, meaning that the internal processes that control its activity are similar to those seen in …

    Hadza children are part of a hunter-gatherer community in Tanzania whose sleeping habits were studied by researchers. Someone was always awake.
  18. Perspective: Real men might get made fun of

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    A few weeks back, some old friends invited me to appear on their podcast. They are two stand-up comedians in their mid-30s — I know, the podcast comes as a shock — and their show is a kind of micro focus group, investigating how to be better straight white dudes by picking the brains of guests who don't fit …

    FILE ?€š€” Demonstrators gather on the National Mall during the Women's March in Washington, Jan. 21, 2017. Customers flocked to buy poster board and other materials for signs ahead of women?€š€™s marches, a consumer research company says. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
  19. Perspective: Is sleeveless appropriate for Capitol Hill? The problem is no one knows what ‘appropriate’ means

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    By Robin Givhan

    WASHINGTON — It’s surprising that in 2017 there are still places in Washington where the powers-that-be feel it’s wise and worthwhile to play fashion police. But up on Capitol Hill, the fashion savants in the House still deem sleeveless dresses, sneakers and open-toe shoes verboten.

    First lady Melania Trump is applauded as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, for President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  20. A little perspective:

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    Corals are pretty and colorful and fluorescent. They produce their vibrant colors because they don't live alone, which is also what keeps them alive.

    These deep-sea corals’ proteins soak up scarce sunlight and shine it back out as red-orange light that penetrates deep inside their tissues to provide light for photosynthesis for the algae.