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Prominent Tampa attorney admits in plea agreement to helping hide drug money

TAMPA — For more than three decades, attorney Joe M. Gonzalez was a fixture of Tampa's civic scene, rubbing elbows with politicians and everyday citizens as he sought to honor the city's his …

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Trigaux: Auditor PwC settles $5.5 billion lawsuit as Taylor, Bean mortgage fraud case enters eighth year

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Last year's cuts can be this year's stars for recycling Bucs

 

  1. Romano: You cannot buy trust when it comes to poverty

    Local Government

    The plan is too big to be reduced to a single word, but I will do it anyway.

  2. Mylan to offer a generic EpiPen at half the price

    Business

    In its latest move to quell outrage over its price increases, the maker of the EpiPen has resorted to an unusual tactic — introducing a generic version of its own product.

    Since acquiring the EpiPen in 2007, Mylan has raised prices to $600 a pair.
  3. The location of Pinellas County's first local Zika case is a secret. Good idea or bad?

    Health

    Maps issued by the Florida Department of Health pinpoint right down to street level where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus in South Florida.

    This 2016 digitally-colorized electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus, in red, about 40 nanometers in diameter. Officials announced Pinellas County's first locally transmitted case of Zika on Aug. 23, but haven't said where the infected person was found. [CDC photo via AP]
  4. Takata troubles worsen as truck explodes, kills Texas woman

    Autos

    DETROIT — Airbag maker Takata's troubles worsened Monday as it confirmed that a truck carrying its inflators and a volatile chemical exploded last week in a Texas border town, killing a woman and injuring four others.

    A truck carrying Takata inflators and a volatile chemical exploded in Quemado, Texas, killing a woman and injuring four others.
  5. New rules on small drones kick in: What you need to know

    Business

    For companies that want to use small drones, a new era began Monday.

    A loosening of regulations means businesses won’t face as many hurdles to operate drones, which could lead to more usage for commercial purposes such as real estate and photography.
  6. Castor to file bill allowing premium cigarmakers to donate stogies to troops

    Military

    TAMPA — Premium cigar makers who want to donate stogies to U.S. troops serving abroad should be exempt from federal rules that prohibit charitable contributions of tobacco products.

  7. Kids who defied Florida's third-grade testing rules hit roadblocks as they return to school

    Testing

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County parents felt flush with victory Friday after a Leon County judge ruled that their children, and others across the state, had been wrongly held back in third grade.

    Hailey Everett, Maddison Hohman and Madelynn Kinkade wait in the office at Chocachatti Elementary, a Brooksville magnet school, on Aug. 29, 2016. The children arrived with their parents expecting to begin fourth grade. They had been held out of school during a legal challenge to Florida's third-grade testing rules. Despite a judge's ruling in their favor, the children and their parents were told by Hernando County officials that they had arrived too late and their seats in the school were gone.
  8. Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Blazing Saddles,' dies at 83

    Celebrities

    Gene Wilder hadn't made a movie in 25 years when he died Monday at age 83, at his Stamford, Conn. home.

    In this April 9, 2008 file photo, actor Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. [AP photo]
  9. Prominent Tampa attorney admits in plea agreement to helping hide drug money

    Criminal

    TAMPA — For more than three decades, attorney Joe M. Gonzalez was a fixture of Tampa's civic scene, rubbing elbows with politicians and everyday citizens as he sought to honor the city's history and influence its politics.

    Tampa attorney Joe M. Gonzalez signed a federal plea agreement last week in which he admitted trying to help two clients hide money from drug deals. Photo courtesy of Tampa Hispanic Heritage Inc.
  10. Tropical storm could lash Tampa Bay area with storm surge, torrential downpours later this week

    Hurricanes

    The Tampa Bay area can expect an onslaught of heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds later this week as a tropical system that had been meandering across the Caribbean is now gaining strength in the Gulf …

    An enhanced satellite image shows Tropical Depression Nine just north of western Cuba at 11 a.m Monday. [Weather Underground]

Florida Chamber stands by 'low propensity' primary voter push

The Florida Chamber of Commerce on Monday defended its pre-primary number-crunching that shows a remarkably high number of so-called unlikely or low-propensity voters have already cast ballots in Tuesday's statewide primary. The Chamber's figure is 36 percent, to be exact, of all voters registered to vote in Florida prior to July 2008 who have not voted in more than one primary since then but who have cast ballots in this election....

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Alex Cobb will make his return to the majors in Friday at the Trop against Toronto.

Cobb to make return to rotation on Friday

RHP Alex Cobb will make his return to the majors in Friday at the Trop against Toronto as the Rays switch to a 6-man rotation....

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Anger pleased to have Bucs' punting job, seeking consistency

With Sunday's news that the Bucs had waived Jake Schum, newcomer Bryan Anger has won the punting job for 2016 after putting up a clear statistical advantage in three preseason games....

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