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Clearwater driver scheduled to go before judge for alcohol-fueled police chase

CLEARWATER — Ryan Michael Stiles, the 27-year-old who live-streamed himself drinking and driving up Clearwater Beach on Thursday, is scheduled for his first appearance before a judge in Pine …

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'The Little Couple' star Jen Arnold talks about return to St. Petersburg's Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

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5 ways officials are trying to stop Pinellas' teenage car thieves

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Top Things to Do This Weekend

Top Things to Do This Weekend

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Free and cheap fun: Photo class, 'Iron Giant' and more

Free and cheap fun: Photo class, 'Iron Giant' and more

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Bar Review: Drink here for great downtown views

Bar Review: Drink here for great downtown views

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What to see, and avoid, at theaters: 'Dunkirk,' 'Valerian,' 'Girls Trip'

What to see, and avoid, at theaters: 'Dunkirk,' 'Valerian,' 'Girls Trip'

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  1. Editorial: Reasonable clarity on gambling in Florida

    Editorials

    Gambling expansion strategies — and misfires — are nearly an annual ritual in Florida. There were the eight counties that voted to allow slot machines but were blocked by the Florida Supreme Court. There was the governor's $3 billion deal with the Seminole Tribe in 2015 that was never approved by the …

    Gov. Rick Scott agreed to a much simpler deal with the Seminole Tribe that embraces the status quo instead of expansion. And that’s a good thing.
  2. Amid U.S. real estate buying binge by foreign investors, Florida remains first choice

    Real Estate

    Foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate recently skyrocketed to a new high with nearly half of all foreign sales happening in Florida, California and Texas.

    A National Association of Realtors annual survey found record volume and activity by foreign buyers of U.S. real estate. Florida had the highest foreign investment activity, followed by California and Texas. [National Association of Realtors]
  3. Editorial: Hillsborough smartly embraces diversion program for youths

    Editorials

    Children who commit minor crimes can pay for their mistakes for a lifetime — losing a chance to attend college, join the military or obtain credit and a good job. That is unjust to the individuals and a burdensome cost to society, and Hillsborough County is taking the right new approach by giving some juveniles a …

    Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has announced an agreement between law enforcement agencies and the courts that will allow first-time offenders who commit nonviolent crimes as juveniles to be issued civil citations rather than face an arrest and prosecution.
  4. Local officials say a more generous homestead exemption could reduce government services

    Local

    TAMPA -- Local government officials bemoaned the likely effect of a voter-approved increase in the homestead tax exemption — even a Florida TaxWatch spokesman opposed it — in a Tampa Tiger Bay Club forum Friday.

  5. Editorial: Putnam aims to be Florida's gun governor

    Editorials

    The National Rifle Association owns the Florida Legislature lock, stock and barrel. It should not own the next governor. Yet the leading Republican candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, supports the NRA's absurd push for guns to be allowed on college campuses and openly carried in public places. That is the …

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
The leading Republican candidate for governor, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, supports the NRA's absurd push for guns to be allowed on college campuses and openly carried in public places.
  6. For starters: Souza not in lineup vs. Rangers

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  7. Editorial: Storm clouds over flood insurance fixes

    Editorials

    It's that time of the year when Floridians must keep one eye on hurricane forecasts and the other on congressional reforms for flood insurance. Both can be devastating for homeowners. The National Flood Insurance Program is New York Times
The National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire on Sept. 30, and Congress is still stuck in endless debate. It's time for a bipartisan solution that moves the program toward solvency without disproportionately punishing Florida.

  8. Remember that famous Fred McGriff TV commercial? He's back, in a parody

    Blogs

    If you've ever seen Fred McGriff's TV commerical for Tom Emanski's Defensive Drills video it will always be fresh in your mind, with the deadpan delivery and famously ill-fitting cap.

  9. Fennelly: Is Charlie Strong the anti-Freeze?

    College

    The Hugh Sleaze era at Ole Mess is over.

    Hugh Freeze resigned as head football coach Thursday to avoid being fired by Mississippi school officials. For those of you who had NCAA violations and investigations in the pool, you were wrong. Nor was it the defamation lawsuit filed against the school by former Rebels …

    FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2016, file photo, Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze pauses during a timeout in the team's NCAA college football game against Florida State in Orlando, Fla. Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. The school confirmed Freeze's resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) NY176
  10. Editorial: Just another crazy week for Florida government

    Editorials

    This is your state government at work this week:

Rubio confident GOP will pass health care bill

WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio says he's confident the GOP will eventually pass a health care bill....

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For starters: Souza not in lineup vs. Rangers

The Rays, fresh off a 4-2 West Coast trip, begin six-game, two-team homestand tonight with the first of three against the Rangers....

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Yvonne Orji and Issa Rae in Insecure.

What to watch this weekend: 'Ozark,' 'Insecure,' 'Midnight, Texas'

This side of Hell: Midnight, Texas

I don't know about you, but I've been itching for a good supernatural show (besides Supernatural) since The Vampire Diaries and True Blood ended. Enter Midnight, Texas on NBC. It's got all the great supernatural characters (vampires, angels, psychics, ghosts) and some new ones I don't have a name for yet (is it a were-tiger?). The series follows Manfred (Francois Arnaud), a powerful psychic who finds safety in Midnight, a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. He finds friends in Bobo (Dylan Bruce), the local pawn shop owner; Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley), a witch who owns a Wiccan shop; Olivia (Arielle Kebbel), a talented assassin with a store of weapons to match; Joe (Jason Lewis), a sweet angel who knows quite a lot of secrets; Lemuel (Peter Mensah), a wise vampire; Creek (Sarah Ramos), an aspiring writer; and the Rev. Emilio Sheehan (Yul Vazquez), who gets a little crazy during the full moon. Oh, and the town sits on a veil between the living and hell. Sounds like a great vacation destination. 10 p.m. Monday, NBC....

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