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Romano: State agency plays bully when it doesn't get its way in Florida

Here's an interesting story about a government agency in action. And depending on your point of view, that action could either be described as playing hardball, or crossing the line into dec …

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Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

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Invest 99L will drench South Florida, but what about Tampa Bay?

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Alan Grayson endorses Darryl Rouson in tight senate race

    Blogs

    Democratic Senate candiidate Alan Grayson endorsed Daryl Rouson in what appears to be a neck and neck state senate Democratic primary  in Tampa Bay between Reps. Rouson of St. Petersbiurg, Ed Narain of Tampa, former state Rep. Betty Reed and trial lawyer  Augie Ribeiro. Grayson's endorsement should …

  2. Invest 99L will drench South Florida, but what about Tampa Bay?

    Weather

    Even if Invest 99L doesn't graduate to a depression or tropical storm, Florida still won't be off the hook.

  3. State's driver database ripe for misuse

    Public Safety

    After relations with his girlfriend grew cold last year, Ryan Elliott Butler stalked her and set fires along the way, torching her car and damaging the home of her friend, prosecutors say.

    The state’s Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) is intended to provide information to certified users in law enforcement. Some officers have misused it, sometimes inadvertently.
  4. Elia supporters silent as Hillsborough School Board members vie for re-election

    K12

    TAMPA — When four Hillsborough County School Board members voted to fire former superintendent MaryEllen Elia last January, Tampa's politically powerful promised retribution once they faced election again.

    Bill Person, candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, District 1
  5. Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

    K12

    Michelle Rhea knew her daughter, Berlynn, was at risk to repeat third grade — not because the girl couldn't read at grade level, but because she planned to skip the state reading test.

    Michelle Rhea, of Orange County, is one of several parents who are suing the state education department and six counties over Florida's policy of moving to retain third grade students who don't pass the state reading test. The state's current testing system, she says,  "doesn't tell anyone anything." [Family photo]
  6. Romano: State agency plays bully when it doesn't get its way in Florida

    Environment

    Here's an interesting story about a government agency in action.

  7. For starters: Rays at Astros, on Snell's day

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:51: Franklin is here, saying he feels fine after what was his third concussion, and Cash said he will get plenty of opportunity over the final month. ... Here is the Astros lineup:

  8. Miami Hurricanes dismiss two football players for violating NCAA rules

    Blogs

    The Miami Hurricanes have dismissed senior linebacker Jermaine Grace and redshirt junior defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad for violating NCAA rules, the school announced Saturday.

    Here's the statement UM released:

  9. Meet Friday night football's instant celebrity: Alonso's Malik Johnson

    Blogs

  10. Police look for suspect in Sunbay Motel shooting in Tarpon Springs

    Crime

    TARPON SPRINGS — Police are looking for a man they say shot and killed his 27-year-old neighbor at the Sunbay Motel early Saturday morning.

    Tarpon Springs police were looking for Fredrick Alvin Bentley, 39, on Saturday. Investigators say he shot and killed a neighbor at a motel where both men were living. (Tarpon Springs police)

Alan Grayson endorses Darryl Rouson in tight senate race

Democratic Senate candiidate Alan Grayson endorsed Daryl Rouson in what appears to be a neck and neck state senate Democratic primary  in Tampa Bay between Reps. Rouson of St. Petersbiurg, Ed Narain of Tampa, former state Rep. Betty Reed and trial lawyer  Augie Ribeiro. Grayson's endorsement should help bolster Rouson's liberal cred....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, on Snell's day

UPDATE, 5:51: Franklin is here, saying he feels fine after what was his third concussion, and Cash said he will get plenty of opportunity over the final month. ... Here is the Astros lineup:...

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Bucs offense embracing the scramble with Winston

Bucs QB Jameis Winston piled up 259 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Tampa Bay pulled away to a 27-3 lead on the Browns, and some of the biggest throws were extended plays where he stayed alive until a target came open....

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