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Sewage crisis' latest twist: State official investigating St. Petersburg applies for city sewage job

ST. PETERSBURG — A state environmental official helping investigate the city's beleaguered sewer system has applied for a job with the very city department at the center of St. Petersburg's …

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Medical marijuana in Florida could top $1B in three years

 

 

Romano: It's December, can we please stop whining about Trump?

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  1. Citing cost overruns, Trump says Boeing's contract to build Air Force One should be canceled

    National

    President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that Boeing's contract to build the next Air Force One should be canceled because of cost overruns.

    President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Orlando International Airport on Thursday, June 16, 2016. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Orlando to meet with families of those killed in the mass shooting that left 49 dead at the Pulse nightclub in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  2. Fond farewell: Lennie Bennett retires as Times art critic after 14 years

    Visual Arts

    Lennie Bennett has been known to walk around the newsroom toting hefty art books, despite her diminutive frame. The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture. Art in Vienna. Dalí.

    Lennie Bennett at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in February 2016.
  3. A worker at a San Francisco medical cannabis clinic prepares packets of marijuana buds for sale in San Francisco. When sales of medical marijuana begin in Florida, the industry could be worth $1 billion in three years. [Associated Press File Photo]
  4. Lobbying report: Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings

    Blogs

    It's the most wonderful time of the year - if you like rumors, speculation, jumped-to conclusions and, undoubtedly, some outright fabrications about your baseball team and favorite players. That being said, we'll filter as best we can and present some of the chatter we're hearing in the hallways, media room and, of …

  5. 2016 Grammy nominations: Adele, Beyonce, and a few surprise new faces

    Blogs

    As expected, it’ll be Adele versus Beyonce for Album, Record and Song of the Year at next year’s Grammy Awards.

  6. Warren names litigation, real estate lawyers to top state attorney jobs

    Blogs

    Gary Weisman, a Tampa civil litigation lawyer, will be chief of staff for newly elected Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, and Rena Frazier, a Brandon real estate lawyer and unsuccessful candidate for the District 59 state House seat, will be his chief of policy and communications, Warren will announce …

    Andrew Warren, incoming Hillsborough State Attorney, has named two top office administrators
  7. Officials: 'Pizzagate' shows potential for violence from fake news troubling

    National

    WASHINGTON — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

    Meighan Stone places a support banner with flowers outside the door of Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A fake news story prompted a man to fire a rifle inside a popular Washington, D.C., pizza place as he attempted to "self-investigate" a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there, police said. [Associated Press]
  8. Motorcyclist, 19, killed in St. Petersburg crash

    Accidents

    A 19-year-old St. Petersburg motorcyclist was killed Monday night when the driver of another vehicle turned into his path, according to St. Petersburg Police.

  9. Medical marijuana in Florida could top $1B in three years

    Blogs

    Florida is on track to log more than $1 billion in medical marijuana sales by 2019, according to an industry report released Tuesday.

  10. Florida education news: Bus rides, feeder patterns, computer coding and more

    Blogs

    WALK TO SCHOOL: The Hillsborough School Board will discuss curtailing courtesy bus rides for nearly 7,500 students.

Medical marijuana in Florida could top $1B in three years

Florida is on track to log more than $1 billion in medical marijuana sales by 2019, according to an industry report released Tuesday....

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Mike Evans, among the NFL leaders in touchdown catches, receptions and yards, wasn't among the top five at receiver.

Bucs players lagging in early Pro Bowl fan voting

Bucs stars like receiver Mike Evans and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy are probably headed to this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando, but the team has only a modest presence in the early fan voting for the game....

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This year's ICE theme is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A theme park Christmas: Busch Gardens, Universal, Disney and more get festive for the holidays

The first few weeks in December are just about the best times to visit Florida's many theme parks to enjoy the holiday lights, shows and Christmas characters.
The weather is mild and the crowds are much lighter than, say, the week of Christmas, when tourists and relatives flock to the Sunshine State.
Even though you won't have to worry about snow flurries or icy roads, the parks are still cheerfully bedecked for the holidays.
We checked out attractions around Tampa Bay and beyond that offer holiday festivities, from Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
Here's what to expect if you go....

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