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Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee

For generations, Florida's farmers and ranchers have used their land to grow oranges, sugar, tomatoes and beef cattle, among other things. But now they've added a highly profitable new crop: …

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Meet Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the conservative threat to Jeb Bush (w/video)

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HBO documentary 'Going Clear' tackles the question: Why Scientology? (w/video)

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  1. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    Nation

    OMAHA, Neb. — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

    Edmund and Enna Chester and their daughter, Patricia, arrive in Cuba on a flight from Florida. When Fidel Castro's government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies in 1959, the Chesters lost an 80-acre farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock. [Photo courtesy of Carolyn Chester via AP]
  2. Tampa Pride returns with LGBT parade and street fest in Ybor City

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Ahead of the floats with rainbow tutus and dazzling drag queens, Tampa police Chief Jane Castor tossed magenta beads to hungry hands.

    "Chief Castor!" one man shouted, waving.

    Parade participants march down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City during the Tampa Pride Parade on Saturday. This was Tampa’s first gay pride parade in 13 years, and Tampa police Chief Jane Castor, who is gay, served as grand marshal.
  3. With Riverwalk open, Tampa welcomes a day decades in the making

    Growth

    TAMPA

    From the day in 1976 that then-Mayor Bill Poe sold the first wooden plank, the challenge of building Tampa's Riverwalk has been marked by big ambition and a high degree of difficulty.

    Pedestrians use the new Riverwalk segment near Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Friday in downtown Tampa. It’s part of a continuous trail from the Channel District, around the Convention Center and north to the Straz Center. See map, Page 11A.
  4. Tell Me About It: Greedy co-worker makes gifting difficult

    Relationships

    Q: A co-worker of mine is getting married and invited me to her wedding. I sent what I thought was a nice gift off her registry that cost about $60. We are in the same role at our office and make approximately the same amount of money (and are fairly well compensated). However, my husband is out of work, and we …

  5. Openly gay athletes challenge NCAA's culture of silence (w/video)

    College

    Taylor Emery was in seventh grade at Grayslake Middle School outside of Chicago when she first wondered about her sexuality. But as soon as the thoughts entered her mind, Emery immediately pushed them out.

    Freedom High School senior Taylor Emery came out when she was in middle school. The Tulane commit says her future college is supportive of her being gay and she remains unfazed that some may not agree with her sexual orientation. [LARA CERRI | Times]

    LB Brandon Magee, waived by Bucs, heads to spring training

    Linebacker Brandon Magee, who had six tackles on special teams for the Bucs last season, is headed to spring training as a Red Sox prospect today after being waived by the team on Tuesday night....

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    Obama golfing in Florida

    President Obama this afternoon is at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, continuing his love affair with the sport....

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    For starters: Rays at Red Sox

    UPDATE, 8:53: LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) said he continues to feel better and though his scheduled is set "in pencil" he expects to be back pitching for the Rays sometime in April, and there would have to be a setback for him not to be....

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