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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governor's Race Poll

Mar 20, 2013
Originally published on March 20, 2013 3:33 pm

Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.

Thanks to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's continuing unpopularity, both of the leading Democratic candidates hold double-digit leads in hypothetical matchups in a new Quinnipiac University poll. Alex Sink, the former state treasurer who narrowly lost to Scott in 2010, leads him by 11 points, 45-34. And Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor who has now returned as a Democrat, leads Scott by 16 points, 50-34.

Scott remains upside down in his job approval ratings. And perhaps even more ominously for Florida Republicans, their months-old campaign to paint Crist as a political opportunist does not appear to be working. Florida voters by a 50-40 margin believe Crist's switches from Republican to independent and independent to Democrat are positive signs that he is a pragmatist.

Both Sink and Crist have said they are thinking of running for governor, but neither has declared a candidacy.

Crist as a Republican in 2008 helped Arizona Sen. John McCain win the Florida presidential primary, and was later a contender for McCain's running mate choice. In 2010, Crist abandoned the Republican party after polls showed him trailing Marco Rubio in the Senate primary, and then lost to Rubio that November anyway as an independent. Crist last year endorsed and campaigned for President Obama's re-election, and in December announced his move to the Democratic Party.

The poll was released Wednesday and sampled 1,000 Florida registered voters from March 13 through 18. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

S.V. Dáte is the congressional editor on NPR's Washington Desk.

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