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Florida Lottery Secretary resigns under fire

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell, one of Gov. Rick Scott's original agency heads, has resigned in the wake of media reports of questionable travel expenses and absen …


USF student stranded in Cuban hospital being airlifted to Tampa this afternoon


Pinellas records first human case of West Nile Virus in 2015


  1. Column: Pinellas school leaders are focusing on the achievement gap


    The school district is sharply focused on this urgent need

    After being dropped off by his grandmother, kindergartner Tyree Parker sat outside Maximo Elementary last year, waiting for school to begin. Maximo is one of the five lowest-performing schools in Pinellas.
  2. Column: In five years, little or no progress has been made on Pinellas black student achievement


    Little or no progress has been made

  3. Gibbons: Look to community for Pinellas school solutions


    Schools fail our students

    The recent scrutiny of Pinellas County schools has sparked a long-overdue conversation about an unavoidable fact: Our schools are failing our students and need major revamping.

    SP_303284_diez_spmayor 8 of 11 (03/17/09 St. Petersburg) St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons.
  4. Kriseman: School solutions must be emphatic, immediate


    We all must change this story right now

    St Petersburg mayoral candidate  Rick Kriseman accepts Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist's endorsement at a news conference in at the Wildwood Recreation Center, 1000 28th St S, Monday October 7, 2013.    CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 30


    Sylvia: In this comedy, empty nesters Greg and Kate put their marriage to the test when Greg brings home Sylvia, a street smart lab/poodle mix. Ends today. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

    Kari Goetz and Harold Oehler star in 'Sylvia' at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.

    For starters, Royals vs Rays

    The Rays lineup for tonight's series opener against the Royals, owners of the best record in the American League (78-49):

    LF Grady Sizemore
    RF Daniel Nava
    3B Evan Longoria
    DH John Jaso
    2B Logan Forsythe
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    1B James Loney
    CF Kevin Kiermaier
    C Rene Rivera

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez

    And the Royals:

    SS Alcides Escobar
    2B Ben Zobrist
    CF Lorenzo Cain
    1B Eris Hosmer
    DH Kendrys Morales
    3B Mike Moustakas
    C Salvador Perez
    RF Alex Rios
    LF Paulo Orlando

    RHP Edinson Volquez...


    Florida Lottery Secretary O'Connell resigns

    Cynthia O'Connell, the under-fire Secretary of the Florida Lottery, has resigned....


    Connor Barth, 29, signed a two-year, $2.75-million contract with the Bucs and will have two preseason games to convince the team to give him his old job back.

    Kicker Barth's battle with Murray: 'almost like deja vu'