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Madeira Beach recall is off; city to pay commissioners’ legal fees

Madeira Beach recall is off; city to pay commissioners’ legal fees

MADEIRA BEACH — The effort to recall two sitting commissioners is over. Bob Preston, chairman of the committee seeking to recall Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley confirmed Wednesday that, despite the support of more than 600 voting reside...
Published: 04/12/18
Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Smith: Adam Putnam knows Florida, but that might not be enough today to become governor

Here is a little secret among reporters who regularly interact with Gov. Rick Scott:Reporters know it rarely matters if they happen to miss one of the governor’s periodic and brief question and answer sessions. He almost never says anything.How shou...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/13/18
Carlton: Jane Castor now says biking-while-black tickets were wrong

Carlton: Jane Castor now says biking-while-black tickets were wrong

Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor faces a simmering and pointed question in her who-doesn’t-already-know-she’s-running bid to be the city’s next mayor:What about the police department’s controversial and disproportionate ticketing of black bicycl...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18
Friction breaks out over Clearwater Council member’s dual role as County Commission candidate

Friction breaks out over Clearwater Council member’s dual role as County Commission candidate

CLEARWATER — For almost a year, Doreen Caudell has doubled as a sitting City Council member and a Pinellas County Commission hopeful.She announced her campaign last June to challenge incumbent Democrat Pat Gerard for the at-large District 2 seat in t...
Updated one month ago
Zuckerberg says company working with Mueller probe

Zuckerberg says company working with Mueller probe

WASHINGTON — Apologetic Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told senators Tuesday it had been "clearly a mistake" to believe the Trump-linked data-mining company Cambridge Analytica had discarded data that it had harvested from social media users in an atte...
Published: 04/10/18

"I’m sorry:" Zuckerberg opens Senate hearing with an apology

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg began a two-day congressional inquisition Tuesday with a public apology for a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant he founded more than a decade ago. Zuckerberg opened his remarks before the...
Published: 04/10/18
Facebook told two women their pro-Trump videos were ‘unsafe’

Facebook told two women their pro-Trump videos were ‘unsafe’

Two sisters famous for praising President Donald Trump say Facebook has deemed their videos dangerous.Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson are better known as "Diamond and Silk" to their hundreds of thousands of fans - one of whom is Trump.The si...
Published: 04/10/18
Trump cancels overseas trip to address Syria threat

Trump cancels overseas trip to address Syria threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the U.S. response to Syria’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians. White House spokeswo...
Updated one month ago
Hillsborough commissioners are concerned about sprawl, until this guy shows up

Hillsborough commissioners are concerned about sprawl, until this guy shows up

TAMPA — Hillsborough County is running out of vacant land to develop. It is running out of money for new fire stations, roads and water lines. And it is running out of time to stop the culprit: sprawl. County commissioners heard this message t...
Updated one month ago
Alleged chemical attack strikes rebel-held Douma in Syria

Alleged chemical attack strikes rebel-held Douma in Syria

BEIRUT — An alleged gas attack killed at least 40 people in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, local responders said on Sunday. Syrian state media, meanwhile, reported that rebels there have agreed to give up their last foothold in the area. First resp...
Updated one month ago