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Pinellas Suncoast fire district spent more than 10 times budget for lawyers

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Case closed, but family still wonders how toddler was left on Alafia River island

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Interview: Poet laureate Robert Pinsky on his work and the world

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Will your favorite color get the boot? Crayola retiring crayon shade Friday

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  1. Trump taps Christie, not Pam Bondi, to head opioid panel

    Blogs

    As it's becoming abundantly clear, Pam Bondi still doesn't have a job in the Donald Trump administration. 

    Chris Christie to head Trump opioid abuse commission
  2. Beside the vice president, a 'prayer warrior' stands

    National

    During the first of Vice President Mike Pence's two unsuccessful races for Congress, he rode a single-speed bicycle more than 250 miles around his district, much of it accompanied by his wife, Karen, along for the journey.

    Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, applauds as she speaks to a crowd at NAS Meridian in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 27, 2017, honoring military spouses at a reception observing Women's History Month. [Paula Merritt | Meridian Star via AP]
  3. Tampa clears industrial site near Hillsborough River for redevelopment

    Local Government

    TAMPA — What's remarkable about the 12 acres that the city of Tampa owns near the Hillsborough River is not what's there now:

    Leo Rausenberg gives Mayor Bob Buckhorn instructions on how to operate a bulldozer at the city's water and waste water maintenance yard on Wednesday.Once the 12 acres is cleared, City Hall plans to seek proposals from the private sector to buy it and build apartments on it. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  4. Woman drives into Capitol Police cruiser; shots fired; not considered terrorism

    Public Safety

    WASHINGTON — A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.

    A woman, center, is taken into custody on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. [Associated Press]
  5. Bill Nelson defends decision to filibuster Gorsuch

    Blogs

    Sen. Bill Nelson defended his decision to join a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch despite opposing one a decade ago for Samuel Alito.

    Sen. Bill Nelson
  6. Florida's Freedom Caucus: Yoho, DeSantis, Posey

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON — Still livid over the collapse of the Obamacare replacement, President Donald Trump jumped on Twitter and shook Washington out of bed Tuesday.

    Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Gainesville
  7. Will your favorite color get the boot? Crayola retiring crayon shade Friday

    Business

    In two days one of the iconic colors in Crayola's 24-pack of crayons will be no more.

    A 24-count box of Crayola crayons are shown, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in New York. On National Crayon Day, Friday, March 31, Crayola is scheduled to announce the retirement of a color from the pack during an event in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
  8. Like Trump, Richard Corcoran accused of admiring Moscow-style leadership

    Blogs

    That's the tongue in cheek charge from Miami Beach mayor and likely Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine, a staunch critic of the Florida legislature's efforts to bar local governments from -- Richard Corcoran accused of Soviet-style leadership

  9. A 'Star Trek'-inspired gizmo could win its inventors $9 million

    Business

    PAOLI, Pa. — Basil Harris is an emergency-room physician who holds five degrees. Yes, five, including a doctorate in engineering.

    Brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris examine prop tricorders from the Star Trek series. The Harris siblings named their team Final Frontier Medical Devices. [Courtesy of XPrize]
  10. Sally Nichols who got the ball rolling December on finally searching for husband Jimmy's birth family. They soon learned the family had been looking for him, too, and they reunited in New York. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times]
Chris Christie to head Trump opioid abuse commission

Trump taps Christie, not Pam Bondi, to head opioid panel

As it's becoming abundantly clear, Pam Bondi still doesn't have a job in the Donald Trump administration. ...

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile plays catch during an open workout at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

More roster moves for Rays: Sucre makes team; Casali, Maile optioned

UPDATE, 10:08: With Tolleson "on the outside looking in,'' the Rays have competition for final bullpen spots among Jumbo Diaz, Chase Whitley and prospects Jaime Schultz and Austin Pruitt. ... Cash said he expects both Marks and Moreno to help the Rays at some point this season....

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Geunmin Kang, left, and Hyunmin Cho started the Tampa Sandwich Bar in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.

Remember the 'Tampa Sandwich Bar' in Korea? They're coming to Tampa to make Cubans

Last year, we told you about Geunmin Kang and Hyunmin Cho, the proprietors of Tampa Sandwich Shop, located in Seoul, South Korea. ...

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