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Rick vs. Rick: St. Petersburg sewage crisis edition

Rick vs. Rick: St. Petersburg sewage crisis edition

ST. PETERSBURG — For nearly two years, the political stench of a sewage crisis has permeated City Hall.The city's dilapidated sewer system has released up to 186 million gallons of waste into Tampa Bay plus local waterways and streets. The cris...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.In a "scorecard...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld. The Orlando Sentinel reported that new SEC filing disclosures released Friday show that agencies are asking for comments that executives and the company ma...
Updated: 6 hours ago
'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.But to residents of mostly rural Jackson County...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida Democrats surging with grass roots enthusiasm, but 2018 reality is grim

Florida Democrats surging with grass roots enthusiasm, but 2018 reality is grim

After Donald Trump's election, so many people started showing up at monthly Pinellas County Democratic Party meetings, the group had to start forking out more money for a bigger room.The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee changed venues to ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

TAMPA — The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is back on the market for $3.45 million after a brief hiatus.The Mediterranean-style home built on a canal in 2007 and purchased by Yzerman and wife Lisa in 201...
Published: 06/23/17
Updated: 06/24/17
Lego T-rex and scores of other brick sculptures free to see in Tampa

Lego T-rex and scores of other brick sculptures free to see in Tampa

TAMPA — Envision the effort that went into building a basic Lego model with your kids. Now imagine arranging the same toys to look like the Mona Lisa or an 80,020-piece Tyrannosaurus rex. Visitors can see both at the "Art of the Brick," a free ...
Published: 06/23/17
Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.Lawmakers passed the measure, SB 8A, in a special session after failing in their...
Published: 06/23/17
Eckerd Kids: Teens in group foster homes must be allowed to keep phones

Eckerd Kids: Teens in group foster homes must be allowed to keep phones

TAMPA — For many teens still reeling from being taken into foster care, a cellphone is a lifeline, child advocates say.It's their one connection to the world they left behind, a link to friends, romantic interests and reassuring emojis.Yet many...
Published: 06/23/17
Joe Henderson: Teaching profession in Florida degraded, devalued

Joe Henderson: Teaching profession in Florida degraded, devalued

There was an eye-grabbing headline across the top of the front page in your Tampa Bay Times last Monday. It declared, "Fewer learning to teach."Tampa Bay Times staff writer Claire McNeill detailed how the University of South Florida and other places ...
Published: 06/23/17