Today on Context Florida: Pennsylvania pipeline, Southern Baptists, new focus on pot and Lorax & the FDOT

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Today on Context Florida: With departure of Florida State University President Eric Barron, and the leaving of former State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan, both to Pennsylvania, Ed Moore wonders if there is an educational pipeline between Florida and the Keystone State.

A survey of the Southern Baptist Convention found that most Florida Baptists affirm “inerrancy,” which says that the Bible is without error and to be taken literally, writes Cary McMullen. But they are also notoriously independent and more than half (54.9 percent) disagreed or totally disagreed that dinosaurs lived with Adam and Eve.

Gary Stein says it’s time that we shift the medical and judicial focus regarding marijuana. Florida is already growing a $10 billion illegal crop that is being sold and delivered, in the underground market, to anyone, including youth and felons – two groups that greatly concern amendment opponents.

Dr. Seuss’ Lorax would have a thing or two to say about the way the Florida Department of Transportation clear-cut a stand of live oaks in the expansion of Interstate 10 late last year, says Shannon Nickinson.

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