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Ground-breaking comic Dave Chappelle coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall


  1. Column: The case for a timeout on student testing


    Florida's new testing system has gotten off to a more than rocky start, with technical glitches and breakdowns that were predicted by many. The Department of Education and Florida's political leaders were in a hurry to implement the new testing regimen, even though plenty of people said we were ill-prepared for such a …

  2. Americans spent $58 billion to pamper, protect pets in 2014


    LOS ANGELES — We feed them, groom them, clothe them and otherwise shell out the big bucks to protect and pamper our pets.

    The American Pet Products Association's annual report on pet industry spending says Americans spent $58 billion in 2014 on their 397 million pets, which range from freshwater fish and reptiles to cats and dogs. [Times files]
  3. Dockery: Key issues missing from governor's speech


    The 2015 legislative session is underway, and opening day was filled with the customary pomp and circumstance. Legislators' desks were filled with flowers, dignitaries were present, prayers were offered, patriotic songs were sung and the Senate president and House speaker presented their visions to their respective …

  4. Review: Sequel to 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' not even second best


    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a downgrade from the first, doing lots of thing wrong that 2012's sleeper hit did right.

    Christy Meyer as Jasmine and Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday March 6


    Florida Strawberry Festival: The festival is a little bit country, little bit R&B today with country legend Loretta Lynn (above) ($20-$25) at 3:30 p.m. and the grownup boy band Boyz II Men ($20-$25) at 7:30 p.m. There's also the shortcake and midway, of course. It opens at 10 a.m., 303 N Lemon St., …

    Trent Cole, 32, is a proven pass-rusher, with 85.5 career sacks, the second-highest total in Eagles history behind only Reggie White.

    So it begins: Pass-rusher Trent Cole to visit Bucs today

    The Bucs are getting an early start on free agency, with defensive end Trent Cole, cut by the Eagles this week, coming to Tampa on Thursday to visit team facilities and meet with Bucs officials....


    WaPo: Marco Rubio got himself a Super PAC sugar daddy

    Washington Post:

    Sen. Marco Rubio doesn’t have the huge numbers of Republican donors that have flocked to fellow Floridian Jeb Bush in anticipation of a presidential bid. But he will have Norman Braman, which could get him pretty far....


    Rays manager Kevin Cash, speaking to his father, Mike.

    For openers, Rays vs. Orioles

    UPDATE, 9:37: Cash said he is excited for his first game as manager and not nervous - yet anyway. He has 12-14 relatives coming, said he felt embarassed to ask for that many tickets. ... There is a locker and No. 84 jersey for Miller, who was to take a physical this morning,