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Scott vetoes money for controversial water-farming projects

Florida legislators, some of whom got helicopter rides and hefty donations to their political action committees, approved millions of taxpayer dollars for a water-farming project that critics comp …

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Hills­borough schools chief promises focus on graduation rates, individual attention

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Shot fired at SWAT scene in Clearwater

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  1. Hernando Events for July 3

    Events

    Events

    3 Saturday

    Jazzercise for the Troops: Classes benefit Gifts from Home, run by Linda Kidwell, which sends needed items to the troops serving overseas. Classes start at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Dress to exercise. 9 to 11 a.m. Donation for the troops. Jazzercise Spring Hill, …

  2. Apple Music is fine, but I'm not about to pay for it

    Pop Culture

    Apple released its new music service into the wild Tuesday, along with an update of its mobile software called iOS 8.4. So I tried it and made my own personal judgment: After this three-month free trial is up, I won't be paying for Apple Music.

    Apple Music in the iPhone
  3. Editorial: New leader, direction for Hillsborough schools

    Editorials

    Hillsborough County's new school superintendent began his first day on the job Wednesday by establishing a markedly different tone and direction for the nation's eighth-largest school system. Jeff Eakins was in part channeling the School Board majority that ousted his predecessor, MaryEllen Elia, in January. But his …

    Hillsborough County’s new school superintendent began his first day on the job Wednesday by establishing a markedly different tone and direction for the nation’s eighth-largest school system. Jeff Eakins was in part channelling the School Board majority that ousted his predecessor, MaryEllen Elia, in January. But his promise to bring greater attention to career education, graduation rates, racial disparities in achievement and teacher training also makes for a well-rounded, ambitious agenda.
  4. Review: 'The Overnight' swings between intimate and uncomfortable

    Movies

    Movies about swinging haven't changed much since Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice got cold feet in bed together, way back in '69. From The Ice Storm's key party to A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, swapping sexual partners is usually portrayed as either shameful or a source of nervous laughter.

    Adam Scott, left, and Taylor Schilling play Alex and Emily, married parents newly moved from Seattle to Los Angeles. 
The Orchard
  5. Editorial: Progress toward new era on Cuba

    Editorials

    The reopening of embassies by the United States and Cuba is another historic step toward normalizing relations between the two nations and ending a half-century of the failed foreign policy of isolation. It should benefit the citizens of both countries, and it should help bring more positive changes to the island. The …

    These are a few of our fav-o-rite things.... okay, I'll stop singing and talk about summer sandals.

    What we're loving for July

    Wednesdays are when you are trying to swim from the United States to Cuba but get tired halfway through and are too far from either shore to save yourself....

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    New judge to take over abortion restriction lawsuit

    Add this to the twists and turns of the debate over a judge blocking a 24-hour, mandatory waiting period before abortions: The case has been handed over to a new judge....

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    Alex Colome (3-3, 4.50) will start for the Rays in what could be his last (or second to last) start before Jake Odorizzi returns, possibly taking Colome’s spot in the rotation.

    For starters, Rays vs. Indians

    DEVELOPING: After recording five hits in the last two games, the Rays will try to find some offense tonight when they host the Indians in the third game of a four-game series. ...

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