Today on Context Florida: Lauren Tannehill, MLK and Florida, and pot petitions

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Today on Context Florida, the story behind Lauren Tannehill (wife of Miami Dolphin’s QB Ryan Tannehill) and a misplaced AR-15 assault rifle just doesn’t add up, writes Tom O’Hara. Tannehill left the rifle in the back of a rental car that she had rented for only two hours.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. think of Florida in 2014, Daniel Tilson asks. The economic recovery, highly touted by Gov. Rick Scott and other GOP candidates, has not been felt equally among all Floridians — especially the poor and middle class.

Andrew Skerritt celebrates the fantastic news for supporters of Florida’s medical marijuana initiative. United for Care has so far collected 1.1 million ballots, more than enough for the nearly 700,000 needed to get the measure on the ballot.

Death penalties are just that, they are not meant to be pain free, says John Grant. Family saw the slow execution of convicted Ohio killer Dennis McGuire as “torture,” but the death penalty is a response to “extreme crimes” and does not have to be painless, Grant writes.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.