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Mitch Perry Report for 11.23.15 – “Spotlight” sparkles

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A good (and finally, chilly) Monday morning to you all. Over the weekend I saw Spotlight, the superb new film that depicts The Boston Globe‘s investigation regarding allegations of sexual abuse by hundreds of clergy in the Boston archdiocese (Special props to actor Mark Ruffalo, sporting the best bowl haircut seen in a premium film in years). The time depicted is 2001, when there was a lot less blogging going on in journalism. The Globe’s reporting ultimately led to their winning a public…

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Jeb Bush’s ill-starred campaign follows track set by earlier Florida governors

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As Jeb Bush struggles to win the Republican nomination for president, it’s a reminder that he’s sadly following a string of other successful Florida governors who came up far short of capturing the party’s brass ring. Every Florida governor from 1967 to 1979 ran for president, but none of their candidacies went anywhere. Claude Kirk, elected in 1966, was seriously considered as Richard Nixon‘s running mate in 1968 but lost out to Maryland Gov. Spiro Agnew. Kirk lost the governorship…

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Judicial history that changed government and life

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At a Wednesday night book signing for “50 Years of Justice,” a look at the history of the Federal Court Middle District of Florida, author James M. Denham noted that the district, which stretches from Jacksonville to Fort Myers with federal courthouses in Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando Tampa and Fort Myers, has been responsible for numerous rulings that changed government and society. A meticulous researcher, Denham is professor of history at Florida Southern College in Lakeland and is director of the…

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