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Rosaries matter to Catholics, but for a convert like me it was the found medal of the blessed Virgin Mary that gave me both hope and fear. Where was God? And my faith?Getty Images

Perspective: What personal hardship did to my faith

A week before my daughter was born, my husband lost his job. It was unexpected. I don't remember much about what happened then, other than that at some point I pulled so hard on the medal I was wearing — a miraculous medal, imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary — that the clasp broke. When I gave birth a few d …

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  1. Column: Can we travel back in time to change history?

    Perspective

    As a theoretical physicist with a lifelong research interest in the nature of time, I am often asked by people: Can time travel really be done? The short answer is, yes — in a sense.

  2. A little perspective on ketchup on steak and teens' smartphones as a drug of choice

    Perspective

    Even Trump voters are appalled by ketchup on steak

    A man places a rose on a memorial for Eric Garner at the site of his fatal encounter with police in Staten Island. A study shows non-blacks think blacks are bigger and stronger than they are.
  3. PolitiFact: Donald Trump's stalled campaign promises on health care

    Perspective

    President Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to replace the Affordable Care Act with "something terrific." The American Health Care Act is the first iteration of that plan.

    President Donald Trump makes remarks during a visit at the American Center for Mobility near Ypsilanti, Mich., on Wednesday. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
  4. Massive scale of CIA's digital efforts revealed

    Perspective

    WASHINGTON — On his workplace bio, he describes himself as a "malt beverage enthusiast," a fitness buff fond of carrying a backpack full of bricks, and a "recovering World of Warcraft-aholic."

    The documents contain references to hundreds of CIA hacking tools. One dubbed “Hammerdrill” is designed to get data from devices that are not connected to the Internet.
  5. Clearwater native starts fake news website as a joke, gets 1 million views within 2 weeks

    Perspective

    James McDaniel, a 28-year-old Clearwater native, said he created a fake news website last month as a joke to see just how naive Internet readers could be.

    James McDaniel is a Clearwater native.
  6. A Marine explains what we're fighting for in Iraq, beyond

    Perspective

    When his convoy was ambushed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, First Lt. Brian Chontosh ordered his Humvee driver to head straight into the oncoming machine gun fire. They punched through, landing in a trench full of heavily armed Iraqi soldiers. Chontosh and his Marines leapt out and he ran down the trench firing away, …

    U.S. soldiers shield a wounded comrade from debris kicked up by a rescue helicopter descending on Qubah, Iraq, in March 2007. At left with the blue gloves is U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Harriman, a paratrooper/medic who was injured himself two days after the photo was taken.
  7. Adam Savage busts myth of art vs. science: 'They are the same thing... story telling'

    Perspective

    A simple entertainment story of mine went viral two years ago when Adam Savage of the hit show MythBusters said to me: "If you want the kids' test scores up, bring back band and bring back shop and get kids actually learning stuff instead of teaching them how to take a test."

    Adam Savage, best known from the hit show MythBusters, has a new way to make science entertaining called Brain Candy Live, coming to the Mahaffey Theater on March 15. (Brain Candy Live)
  8. Playing poker with World War II and Vietnam veterans

    Perspective

    NINE MILE FALLS, Washington — I enjoy a poker room. The stakes for which I play are so low, often as not everyone at the table cashes out within $10 of his buy-in. The players tend to be older men, retired, on fixed incomes, widowers or divorced and nowhere near getting on that horse again. The dealers call them …

    Illustration by Bill Bragg for the New York Times
  9. John Steinbeck's road map for resisting Donald Trump

    Perspective

    A recent blog post of the National Book Critics Circle asked members "at this time of cultural shift" in the dawning era of Donald Trump to identify their "favorite work of resistance literature." The writer Paul Wilner identified John Steinbeck's "quietly furious" strike novel In Dubious Battle as his personal …

    President Donald Trump salutes as he stands on the tarmac after disembarking Air Force One as he arrives Sunday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from Mar-a-Largo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  10. Column: Dismal results from vouchers surprise researchers as DeVos era begins

    Perspective

    The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation's highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a proponent of school vouchers, is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as her husband, Richard DeVos Jr., holds the Bible.
  11. FOR A BETTER FLORIDA

    Perspective

    The Legislature begins its annual session on Tuesday, and the Republicans are completely in control. But that doesn't mean GOP leaders have agreed on priorities or agendas. To help you sort through the key issues, we bring you "For A Better Florida," the Tampa Bay Times preview of the session. Published every …

  12. For a Better Florida: The battle over Florida's free market

    Business

    This spring, some leading lawmakers in the Florida Legislature are smitten with a searing desire to inject more "free market" principles into Florida's economy.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, of all people, has been portrayed of late as a big lefty spender by the House speaker.
  13. For a Better Florida: An education checklist for the 2017 session includes raising up Florida's universities, reducing testing, fixing teacher bonuses

    Education

    Florida spends 51 percent of all the tax revenue it collects on education — which, if you ask folks in the education world, is a blessing and a curse when it comes to the Legislature.

    Just more than half of state tax revenue goes to education, bringing a lot of attention and a tendency to tinker.
  14. For a Better Florida: Liquid heart of Florida is in trouble and Legislature split on what to do

    Essays

    The liquid heart of Florida is in trouble. It's causing problems for both coasts.

    Algae laps along the shoreline of the St. Lucie River last year, when heavy rains forced the release of tainted water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie esturaries. The releases spawned massive blue-green algae blooms. The House and Senate have very different ideas about how to solve the problem.
  15. For a Better Florida: Florida Insider Poll predicts Richard Corcoran to dominate state politics for next two months

    State Roundup

    In any normal year, the governor is the most important elected official in Florida.

    This is no normal year.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, is expected to dominate the 2017 legislative session, according to a new Florida Insider Poll. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump

    Perspective

    When Carl Hiaasen speaks on March 5 at the Straz Center in Tampa, he says, "I'll probably talk about the headlines, politics, Florida's role in the national death augur."

    Hiaasen: “What’s going on in Tallahassee is laughable, too, but it has a bigger impact. ... Did you hear that Rick Scott has started tweeting? And now he’s doing robocalls. Well, look at him — what other kind of call could he do?”
  17. Column: The big mistake some anti-Trump protesters could be making

    Perspective

    Five weeks after President Donald Trump's inauguration, protests against his administration and other figures who gained increasing prominence during the Trump era already have featured a diversity of protest tactics.

    Protestors took to the streets by the campus of the University of California at Berkeley in demonstrations that devolved into violence this month.
  18. BILLIONS & BILLIONS

    Perspective

    According to Bloomberg's running index of the world's richest people, these are the wealthiest of them all. All of the top 10 are self-made. The world's richest woman comes in at No. 14.

    1. Bill Gates

    $85.1 billion

    Co-founded Microsoft,

    ARTEIXO, SPAIN: Uruguay’s President Jorge Battle (R) chats with the manager of the company Zara, Amancio Ortega (L), in Arteixo, near Coruna, northwestern Spain, 04 February 2004. Battle is in Spain on a one-week official visit. AFP PHOTO / Miguel RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
  19. Are liberals helping Trump?

    Perspective

    Jeffrey Medford, a small business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump. As a conservative, he felt the need to choose the Republican. But some things are making him feel uncomfortable — parts of Trump's travel ban, for example, and the recurring theme of his apparent affinity for Russia.

    On Inauguration Day on the National Mall, a supporter of President Donald Trump takes it all in. Moderate conservatives say that harsh liberal criticisms are chipping away their middle ground, pushing them closer to Trump.
  20. Column: Students, don't repeat my mistake of comparing disagreement with your ideas to suppression

    Perspective

    WATERVILLE, Maine — Conservative media outlets have built a cottage industry of outrage on the premise that conservative students are victims of a "tyrannical" campus left. I know this message well, because over a decade ago, as a conservative student at Bucknell University, I helped devise and spread it.