The Salt
11:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

A nutrient-dense diet may help tamp down stress. And these foods may help boost our moods (clockwise from left): pumpkin seeds, sardines, eggs, salmon, flax seeds, Swiss chard and dark chocolate.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:22 pm

Eat more when you're stressed? You're not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times.

And many of us are quick to turn to either sugary foods or highly refined carbohydrates such as bagels or white pasta when the stress hits.

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StoryCorps Tampa Bay
8:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

StoryCorps Tampa Bay: Marching to His Own Drumbeat

Ronald and Bette Gregg
Credit StoryCorps

Ronald Gregg has drummed nearly his entire life, playing with musicians all over the world and for the U.S. Army Band.

But it all had to start somewhere.

In this installment of Storycorps Tampa Bay, Ronald tells his wife Bette about how he first came to love percussion, and what he hopes his drumming legacy will be.

“El Capitan,” by US Navy Band & Lt. Comm. A. Mitchell, from Sweatin’ with Sousa
“The Duke,” by Dave Brubeck, from Dave Brubeck’s Greatest Hits

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Making Sense of the Media
2:11 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Making Sense of Coverage of the World Cup's Biggest Loss

The 7-1 victory by Germany over Brazil in the World Cup generated the most activity around a single sports game on Twitter ever.

Over 35-and-a-half million tweets during the game itself, and at peak volume, nearly 600,000 people were tweeting about it at the same time.

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2:13 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Nan Rich Touts Her Record in Battle With Charlie Crist

Nan Rich
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Nan Rich is frustrated. That much is clear.

But the lifelong Democrat and former Senate minority leader isn't backing down. Rich told a gathering of news executives and editors Friday that she will continue battling for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and trying to draw distinctions with opponent Charlie Crist --- despite many of the party's fundraisers and leaders lining up behind the former Republican Crist.

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Law & Order
10:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Bail Granted to Pasco Movie Theater Shooting Suspect

Curtis Reeves at his arraignment

A former Florida police captain charged in a fatal movie theater shooting has been released from jail.

Pasco County Judge Pat Siracusa set 71-year-old Curtis Reeves Jr.'s bail at $150,000 on Friday.

He said Reeves must remain at home except to go to church, the doctor's office or the grocery store. He also must surrender firearms.

Local news media reported that he was released Friday evening.

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4:07 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Senator Nelson Speaks Out Against E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette and e-liquid

Tobacco commercials were banned in 1971. However, nicotine has found its way back into the marketing game via e-cigarettes. Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says e-cigarette advertising should be banned and e-cigarette liquid containers need to be childproofed.

E-cigarettes contain a nicotine infused liquid that can be deadly when ingested.

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Health News Florida
12:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam


Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 5:30 pm

The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.

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12:22 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Judge: Florida Legislature Broke Laws on Maps

The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state's congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps adopted in 2012. In doing so Lewis rejected arguments from top legislative leaders that they had done nothing wrong during the process.

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Law & Order
12:04 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Man Executed for 1994 Rape, Murder of Lakeland Girl

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection Thursday for kidnapping, raping, and murdering his ex-girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter in Polk County in 1994.
Credit Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement

Florida prison officials on Thursday executed a man convicted of the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl in Polk County. It was the state's seventh execution this year.

Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by injection at Florida State Prison at 6:43 p.m.

Davis, draped in a white sheet and strapped to a table with his hands covered in white material, declined to say any final words before his sentence was carried out.

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8:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Panel Told FL Child Death Reform Not Enough

Mike Carroll, interim director of the Florida Department of Children and Families
Department of Children and Families

Despite a new law revamping Florida’s child welfare system, the state still has far to go to stop child deaths from abuse and neglect, a federal panel heard Thursday.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities held a meeting in Tampa to review Florida’s policies and practices, as the panel is doing in other states, with an eye to making recommendations to President Obama and Congress.

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7:01 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Florida's Piece of Greece Gets National Traditional Cultural Designation

Nicholas Toth makes rings for a sponge diving helmet at his Tarpon Springs workshop in 2010.

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:30 pm

A Florida community with the highest concentration of Greek people in the country has been recognized as a Traditional Cultural Property by the National Park Service. Locals hope the designation for the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District brings tourists to the area.

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5:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

New Book Puts Crist in the Hot Seat

Peter Golenbock's new book gives former GOP chairman Jim Greer's side of the story, and puts Charlie Crist in the hot seat.

Former Republican Party chairman Jim Greer was sentenced to 18 months in prison last year for stealing party money. But according to St. Petersburg author Peter Golenbock, Greer chose to plead guilty rather than opting for a trial that could have exposed party officials.

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5:09 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Gov. Scott, Crist Target Hispanic Voters

The Republican Party of Florida released a new Spanish-language TV ad, “Los Pasos.” The ad highlights the Vilariño family, owners and operators of a successful small business.
Credit Republican Party of Florida

The latest week in the governor's race ought to put to rest any shred of doubt about the importance of the Hispanic vote in this year's election and also give Floridians a glimpse into what they have to look forward to (or shrink from) over the next four months.

Florida Democrats and state Republicans both released Spanish-language television ads this week in an ongoing appeal to Hispanic voters, considered crucial for a November win.

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3:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett Reaches Ethics Deal

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett
Credit Gina Jordan/StateImpact Florida

Former Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett will pay a $5,000 fine as part of a proposed deal with Indiana ethics investigators, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press.

Bennett admits using state resources for his 2012 reelection campaign. But Bennett was also cleared of any ethics violations related to changes he sought to Indiana’s school grading formula in 2012.

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12:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Libertarian Could Help Determine Florida’s Next Governor

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The 44-year-old computer consultant refuses to carry a driver’s license in protest of a federal ID law he views as overly intrusive, a decision that already led to one short jail stint this year. That comfort with confrontation and his potential to draw supporters from other candidates makes Wyllie a wild card in Florida’s 2014 governor’s race. Having been told he cannot address a campaign forum at a gathering of Florida news organizations Thursday, Wyllie vows he will speak or be dragged off by force. But his presence in the race could prove disruptive in more consequential ways, with some predicting he might swing a close election by pulling votes from one of the major party contenders, most likely Republican Gov. Rick Scott, experts say.
The bold slogan splashed across Adrian Wyllie's campaign materials urges Floridians to "Take a Stand!" It's a motto the state's Libertarian candidate for governor takes seriously. Driving through Bradenton recently in a black Chrysler 300 bearing Libertarian bumper stickers, Wyllie was prepared to be arrested at any moment.