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Joe Henderson: Cutting through the maze of political blame over Zika

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There was an interesting news release Monday on the Florida Department of Health website. The agency issued a lengthy rebuttal to a Miami Herald report last month that its data on the state’s Zika problem was wrong, late or both. “This story is misleading and the claims made in it are inaccurate,” the agency said. It added, “The Department is absolutely committed to transparency as our state continues to combat the Zika virus. … On a daily basis, our staff…

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Florida residents outside Zika zones express pesticide fears

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Backlash over aerial spraying of the insecticide naled in South Beach is prompting other Florida residents to question how it’s used. Miami-Dade County plans another spraying of naled early Sunday over South Beach, the first place on the U.S. mainland where the Zika virus was isolated in mosquito samples. The first round of aerial spraying in Miami Beach was completed early Friday. The Naples Daily News reports that the Collier Mosquito Control District is receiving an increasing number of calls from…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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