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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is asking the Pinellas County Commissionfor for $26 million in tourist tax dollars, but the Church of Scientology says the facility doesn't deserve it. The church sent a complaint to local and state officials, alleging the aquarium has a number of financial problems and should be denied the money. Aquarium director David Yates says the church's allegations are unfounded. The aquarium last week sold a prime piece of downtown land to the city, against the church's wishes. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has launched a statewide campaign blasting the ethics and financial practices of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a move that follows the aquarium's recent decision not to sell the church a prized downtown property. On Monday, one day before the Pinellas County Commission gave  …

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Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities....

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Florida Young Democrats to hold convention in Ybor

From a release:

Young Democrats across the state of Florida will convene at The Italian Club, located in historic Ybor City, just outside downtown Tampa, on May 19-21, 2017. The Florida Young Democrats (FYD) is the official statewide federation of the Young Democrats of America. FYD is a political organization dedicated to building the future of our party by developing the next generation of Democratic leaders and ensuring youth turnout in local, state and national elections....

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund responds to Campbell Park Elementary principal's email

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has long represented plaintiffs in a 50-year-old federal desegregation case against the Pinellas County school district for shortchanging black students, issued a statement Thursday in response to an email that instructed school staff to keep white students together in class in a predominantly black school....

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