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Romano: State agency plays bully when it doesn't get its way in Florida

Here's an interesting story about a government agency in action. And depending on your point of view, that action could either be described as playing hardball, or crossing the line into dec …

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Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

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Live blog: Scores, updates, photos, more from week 1 of high school football

 

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Elia supporters silent as Hillsborough School Board members vie for re-election

    K12

    TAMPA — When four Hillsborough County School Board members voted to fire former superintendent MaryEllen Elia last January, Tampa's politically powerful promised retribution once they faced election again.

    Bill Person, candidate for Hillsborough County School Board, District 1
  2. Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

    K12

    Michelle Rhea knew her daughter, Berlynn, was at risk to repeat third grade — not because the girl couldn't read at grade level, but because she planned to skip the state reading test.

    Michelle Rhea, of Orange County, is one of several parents who are suing the state education department and six counties over Florida's policy of moving to retain third grade students who don't pass the state reading test. The state's current testing system, she says,  "doesn't tell anyone anything." [Family photo]
  3. Romano: State agency plays bully when it doesn't get its way in Florida

    Environment

    Here's an interesting story about a government agency in action.

  4. For starters: Rays at Astros, on Snell's day

    Blogs

    After Friday's crushing defeat, with closer RHP Alex Colome giving up back to back homers in the ninth, the Rays take on the Astros again tonight in Houston.

    Rookie LHP Blake Snell, who has struggled in his last three starts, is on the mound for the Rays, matched up with 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas …

  5. Miami Hurricanes dismiss two football players for violating NCAA rules

    Blogs

    The Miami Hurricanes have dismissed senior linebacker Jermaine Grace and redshirt junior defensive lineman Al-Quadin Muhammad for violating NCAA rules, the school announced Saturday.

    Here's the statement UM released:

  6. Meet Friday night football's instant celebrity: Alonso's Malik Johnson

    Blogs

  7. Police look for suspect in Sunbay Motel shooting in Tarpon Springs

    Crime

    TARPON SPRINGS — Police are looking for a man they say shot and killed his 27-year-old neighbor at the Sunbay Motel early Saturday morning.

    Tarpon Springs police were looking for Fredrick Alvin Bentley, 39, on Saturday. Investigators say he shot and killed a neighbor at a motel where both men were living. (Tarpon Springs police)
  8. Sheriff's Office: Largo driver in Pinellas deputy-involved crash has minor injuries

    Accidents

    LARGO — A Pinellas County deputy sideswiped a car, forcing it off a road early this morning. The car's driver has minor injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

  9. Alonso RB Malik Johnson's flip lands on SportsCenter

    Blogs

    High school football nation, Malik Johnson has put you all on notice.

    The sophomore running back at Alonso High is trending nationally thanks to video that catches him flipping over a Sickles defender on a fake punt runback.
  10. Trump's new campaign chief was once registered to vote in Miami — but never did

    National

    The national media descended Friday upon an abandoned, trash-filled home in Coconut Grove.

Lawmaker pays heavy price for taking on Scott and Chamber

On paper, state Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola Beach looks like everything Republicans would want in a legislator. A captain in the Air Force, father of three and a State Farm agent with a grade of 97 out of 100 this year from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Not perfect, but close....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, on Snell's day

After Friday's crushing defeat, with closer RHP Alex Colome giving up back to back homers in the ninth, the Rays take on the Astros again tonight in Houston.

Rookie LHP Blake Snell, who has struggled in his last three starts, is on the mound for the Rays, matched up with 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel....

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Third-and-longs set up Bucs' barrage of eight sacks vs. Browns

The Bucs defense broke out with eight sacks in Friday night's win against the Browns, the most for the team in any preseason game in at least 16 years, and a defense that consistently set up third-and-long situations got five of their sacks in those situations....

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