Today's issue of my South Florida Sun-Sentinel carries a front page story headlined: New reports of HIV soar in Florida. And, in its first paragraph the story reports The number of HIV cases in Florida has jumped 23 percent so far this year, the biggest increase in a continuing upward trend that began in 2012 after several years of decreases. Inside, on page 16A, the paper reports Since hitting a low of 4,512 news cases 0f HIV in 2012, the number of new cases in Florida rose 18 percent in 2013 and 11 percent in 2014. Further, in an example of solid journalism, the Sun-Sentinel noted 78 percent of all new HIV cases involved male-to-male sexual contact -- while heterosexual sexual contact represented 15 percent of Florida's new HIV cases. However... Absent from the story was any meaningful context - like : Florida Population - 2104 Total HIV 19.8 million104.5 thousand White 56% 29% Black 17% 49% Hispanic 24% 20% Anyhow... What we have here is yet another unfortunate example of how and why Bill Moyers, a recognized expert on the nation's news media, says: Too often, journalists are paid to explain things they don't understand. Thus... The newspaper's readers were left to wonder if they needed to worry about the increase in the number of HIV cases reported in Florida. Oh yes. As for Sun-Sentinel as "the most valued information provider in South Florida"... Hi-Ho!
What is man that Thou are mindful of him? Thou has made him a little less than angels.
Duck killer sentenced to jail
by Mark Freeman Staff writer
He intentionally mowed over nine ducklings.
Now the landscaper responsible for the Muscovy massacre in May has landed a jail sentence. Jason Scott Falbo II, 24, pleaded guilty Thursday in Palm Beach County court to nine counts of felony cruelty to animals.