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From the Archives: Bending the rules at Piney Point, a $140-million mess

From the Archives: Bending the rules at Piney Point, a $140-million mess

In a 2003 story, a top state regulator called Piney Point “one of the biggest environmental threats in Florida history.”, Julie HausermanCandace RondeauxPublished July 6, 2003The warning signs were clear: The Piney Point fertilizer plant was headed for disaster.State regulators knew in 1995 that the owner, Mulberry Corp., was struggling. If it went under, the state would be stuck with hundreds of millions of gallons of highly acidic wastewater in towering gypsum stacks perched on the edge of Tampa Bay.A review of hundreds of files by the St. Petersburg Times found that the state, instead of...

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Greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

Greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

Concerns about the dogs’ welfare and declining betting revenue have led tracks across the country to close in recent decades.A version of this story appears in the of National Geographic magazine.It’s 8:30 on a Saturday night in August. A gibbous moon hangs low in the sky, its glow no competition for the neon sign proclaiming GREYHOUND RACING and DERBY LANE.About 300 people are scattered in the grandstands here in St. Petersburg, Florida, that once held thousands, murmuring as loudspeakers play big band and rockabilly. They fall silent when Frederick Davis leads the parade of dogs.“TNT...

October 1, 2020
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