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  1. Editorial: Help needed for Florida's poor families

    Editorials

    Florida ranks an abysmal 37th in the nation for the number of children who live in poverty. Even as the economy gains strength, too many Floridians remain unable to meet their basic needs and live in conditions that make them more vulnerable to violence, crime and health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure. A …

  2. Editorial: Hillsborough should improve flawed transit plan

    Editorials

    Hillsborough County is about to start another round of public meetings aimed at placing a tax-supported transportation plan on the ballot in 2016. The next several months will test whether the county has the backbone to strengthen a weak plan or intends to plow ahead and ask voters to approve an insufficient proposal to …

    Hillsborough County will be hard-pressed to put time and millions of dollars into this effort if the plan fails to offer true mass transit options in a fast-growing region.
  3. Fetal stem cells give hope for finding cures

    Columns

    For five years, I watched my best friend die of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a terrible disease that causes one's muscles to waste away. First he struggled to walk, then to speak, then to breathe.

    An opponent and supporter of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday in Philadelphia. Anti-abortion activists are calling for an end to government funding while supporters say the medical care provided by the nonprofit is vital to the country’s women.
  4. Just announced: Director Kevin Smith coming to Tampa Improv for one-night comedy show

    Events

    Clerks director Kevin Smith is coming to Tampa's Improv in Centro Ybor on Aug. 12 to put one of his famous free-wheeling talks in which he tells candid stories about working in Hollywood. The $30 tickets are likely to be snapped up fast for this one-night event, billed as a Q&A. A writer, director, podcaster and …

    Kevin Smith poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Misery Loves Company", at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House during the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
  5. Editorial: The importance of regaining driver's licenses

    Editorials

    The unexpected outpouring of support last weekend for a driver's license reinstatement day in St. Petersburg reaffirms the importance of having a valid license to get to work and more fully participate in community life. Thousands attended the event, which was aimed to attract people with suspended or revoked licenses …

    Rep. Darryl Rouson, D- St. Petersburg, proposed the driver’s license reinstatement day.
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    Kick off the tax-free holiday with these fun finds

    The first day of school is nigh, and the time to plot your tax-free holiday survival is now. Start your year off right with these fun finds, and don't forget that Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday will last a record 10 days beginning Aug. 7. Take advantage of tax breaks on apparel $100 or less per item, school supplies $15 or less and computers and other electronics $750 or less. The holiday runs through Aug. 16. Ready, set, go!...

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    Norman Braman gives $5 million to Rubio Super PAC

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    Erasmo Ramirez will be on the mound for the Rays. [Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP]

    For starters, Rays at Red Sox, on trade day

    UPDATE, 3:21: Red Sox lineup, with Josh Rutledge, married to former Rays TV reporter Laura McKeeman, at 3B:...

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