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Following tea party playbook, 'Indivisible' tries to nudge Congress away from Trump

TAMPA — The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard. It was Valentine's Day, and …

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  1. Natasha Bassett stars as Britney Spears in "Brittany Ever After."
  2. Polk wildfire contained, but expect "super fog" for a few days

    News

    The wildfire that scorched southeastern Polk County last week is 85 percent contained.

  3. Morning Watch: Live at Curtis Reeves hearing; Trump seeks national security adviser; the Scott-Corcoran debate; making room for Sally Hemings

    News

    The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

    Defendant Curtis Reeves, right, and his wife Vivian, center, talk to attorneys prior to his hearing on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City.
  4. Port Charlotte report: Glove love and more live BP for Rays

    Blogs

    The second day of full-squad workouts for the Rays started with some glove love, as reps from Wilson and Rawlings deliver gloves and show off samples to the players.

    On the field, the 10:30 a.m. workout will feature fundamental work on pop-ups and then live batitng practice, with three members of the …

    Players are always interested in checking out the new gloves,
  5. 'A tough spot': 20 more House Republicans have to choose between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran

    Blogs

    It's robo-call time for 20 more Republicans in the Florida House. They are the GOP members of the House Appropriations Committee who are set to vote Tuesday on one of Speaker Richard Corcoran's top priorities: a bill dismantling Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida (HB 7005).

  6. Gulfport couple critically injured in crash on U.S. 19 in Homosassa

    Accidents

    A Gulfport couple was critically injured Sunday night and another driver was killed after crossing a median and into their path on U.S. 19 in Citrus County.

  7. In Brussels, Pence tries to reassure European Union of U.S. support

    National

    BRUSSELS — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance.

    United States Vice President Mike Pence, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk address a media conference at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. U.S. Vice President Pence is currently on a two-day visit to meet with EU and NATO officials. [Associated Press]
  8. From the food editor: Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta

    Cooking

    Usually, there comes a point at which something goes terribly wrong.

    Ricotta Gnocchi. Photos by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  9. Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf.

    President Donald Trump talks to reporters on board Air Force One as he arrived to speak at his "Make America Great Again Rally" at Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. [Associated Press]
  10. 'Stand your ground' hearing begins in Pasco theater shooting case

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — Curtis Reeves, the man accused in the fatal 2014 shooting in a Wesley Chapel movie theater, is in court this morning for a hearing to determine if he should be immune from prosecution under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

    Defendant Curtis Reeves, right, and his wife Vivian, center, talk to attorneys prior to his hearing on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City.
Sandra Duenas joined about 150 protesters from a variety of local groups for a demonstration Tuesday in front of the Tampa district office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on West Kennedy Blvd. Groups challenging President Trump have coalesced, locally and nationwide, through a how-to manual titled "The Indivisible Guide.

Tampa Bay Democrats follow tea party playbook to take on Trump era

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The married couple stood on the sidewalk in front of the gleaming high rise, clutching pink posters as traffic zoomed by on West Kennedy Boulevard....

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Players are always interested in checking out the new gloves,

Port Charlotte report: Glove love and more live BP for Rays

The second day of full-squad workouts for the Rays started with some glove love, as reps from Wilson and Rawlings deliver gloves and show off samples to the players.

On the field, the 10:30 a.m. workout will feature fundamental work on pop-ups and then live batitng practice, with three members of the rotation, RHPs Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi and LHP Blake Snell - among those slated to throw.

The Rays have three more days of these workouts, then begin exhibition game play on Friday night in Fort Myers against the Twins.

Manager Kevin Cash has said that with the longer spring and the number of Rays players coming off injuries they plan to take it slow as far as getting some guys into games....

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