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Ringling to retire elephants early; protests still planned

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Animal rights groups have scored a major victory against the Greatest Show On Earth, but that isn’t stopping the protests. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, America’s best-known circus, announced Monday it will relocate all its elephants to a conservation center here in Florida by the end of May. That pushes up the retirement date for circus pachyderms by more than a year. The Ringling announcement comes after years of protests from animal rights organizations who’ve long accused…

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Today on Context Florida: Judicial term limits, bring back the clowns and balance billing reform

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Today on Context Florida: Term limits have spelled disaster for the Florida Legislature, says Martin Dyckman; it erases experience, dumbs down the process, and leaves lobbyists even more firmly in control. It was the achievement of people who preferred to weaken government rather than improve it. Florida being Florida, he says, it figures that some people now propose to do the same to the judiciary. As a child, Marc Yacht loved the circus. Back then, they were still pitching tents. The…

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