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Fewer Florida high schools earned an A rating this year

The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent, as the state again changed its criteria for how it rates schools. The state's graduation rate, m …


Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run for president

A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message: Get in the race for president. ...


FPL gets approval to charge customers for fracking investment

State regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow the state's largest utility to charge its customers for investment in natural gas production, an idea Duke Energy also wants to pursue. …


  1. Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert


    When the musicians of the Florida Orchestra take their seats to play Friday, it won't be in a concert hall full of subscribers.

    Photo: Marco Borggreve
Michael Francis will conduct musicians from the Florida Orchestra in a concert at Moffitt.
  2. Ruth: Propaganda film will dull, not shape, students' minds


    Using convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's ham-handed video America: Imagine A World Without Her, to force Florida public school students to watch a warped view of the nation's history would be like requiring children to sit through a screening of Saw (1 through 7) as a biology primer on proper dissection …

  3. Cigar City Cider and Mead infuses Tampa's craft beer scene with fresh flavor

    Bars & Spirits

    Two things I'm not really interested in: cider and mead. I don't drink mead at all, and it takes a really unique cider to get my attention — Crispin's Stagger Lee, Woodchuck's Celler Series Smoked Apple and Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché are good examples, but they are far from the norm.

    Cigar City Cider and Mead in Ybor City is reviving and refreshing the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  4. Tampa record label New Granada celebrates 20 years with three-night concert

    Music & Concerts

    Searching for CDs or mp3 players makes the music industry's changes over the last two decades feel very real. These days, Virgin and Tower megastores are just Wikipedia pages. Record execs still scratch their heads about the digital revolution that ruined profit margins forever because, as it turns out, selling plastic …

    A portrait of Keith Ulrey, founder and owner of Tampa’s New Granada Records, taken next to the New Granada listening station at his Seminole Heights record store, Microgroove. Photo by Ray Roa.
  5. Review: 'Annie' makeover is adorably different (w/video)


    The first face on screen is the Annie to whom we're accustomed: carrot-haired, freckled and white. "Annie A.," to classmates ignoring her corny show and tell. Might be an orphan but not for long with that chipperness.

    Wealthy candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) figures Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) can help his campaign.

    Obama says Jeb has 'every right' to run for president

    ABC News: President Obama says he “loves” the Bush family personally and that former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has “every right” to run in 2016.

    “The Bush family, I love personally,” Obama told ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir. “They are good people. Jeb's father, George H.W. has been here many times, in some cases with Jeb. And they are a great family, wonderful people. Obviously I have a lot of disagreements with Jeb and his brother on policy. But I think they have every right to do what they think is best.”...


    Need last-minute gift ideas? Consult our guide

    I've reached the point of the holiday heyday in which there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. What do I get a grandpa who wants nothing? What do the teenage kids like these days? Ack! To the Internet! (Repeat.)...