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Saturday, Jan 21, 2017
State officials unveil a new vision for the future of the Howard Frankland Bridge
A waterspout over Tampa Bay in the area of the Howard Frankland bridge seen from the southbound lanes of I-275 in June 2016. After proposing to replace a free lane with a toll lane last year, state officials reversed course. On Thursday the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled a new vision for the future of the bridge: There will be two bridges with a total of eight free lanes and two express toll lanes that drivers will have to pay to use. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
TAMPA — State officials unveiled a new vision for the future Howard Frankland Bridge on Thursday. It will look far different from what commuters are used to driving today:There will be two bridges with a total of eight free lanes and two...
Cuban artist Santiago Hermes shows Saraota travel company owner Al Ferguson his painting, “The Four Musketeers,” honoring Edward Sotomayor, an employee of Ferguson's killed in the Pulse night club shootings. 
Ferguson visited Hermes in Cienfuegos, Cuba, during late December. [Courtesy of Al Ferguson]
Artist in Cuba memorializes local Pulse shooting victim, 'Top Hat Eddie'
Gov. Rick Scott, shown at a jobs announcement in Riverview last November, did not note Florida's loss of 700 jobs month-to-month in announcing the jobs report for December. Florida lost 2,700 private sector jobs between November and December, with the addition of government jobs cutting into the overall job loss.
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Florida

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Politics

Voting rights advocates seek to rein in Kansas election laws
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Home built by Obama's great-great-grandfather renovated
Schedler asks Trump to reverse Obama action on elections
GOP, Democratic postures on Christie's legacy emerging
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Sports

Ricky Rubio will miss Nuggets game for personal reasons
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Sanders hits game-winner for Rutgers' 1st Big Ten win
Sydney stays unbeaten in A-League after 16 rounds
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Fisher-Davis scores 19, Vanderbilt tops No. 19 Florida 68-66
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Offbeat

Texas judge cited after allegedly making obscene gesture
A state district judge in El Paso is accused of shaking his middle finger at another judge in a fit of anger and now has a court date after being charged with disorderly conduct
Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later
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