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Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties


Editorial: Try bipartisanship on health care


Man accused of mother's murder will be held without bail


Video: Treasure Island police seek 'reckless' pilot illegally taking off from Johns Pass


  1. Florida House won't count computer coding as foreign language for high school students

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House isn't supporting a controversial proposal to let high school students count computer coding as a foreign language course, likely stalling the concept for the second straight session.

  2. Nunes met intelligence source on White House grounds


    WASHINGTON — Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, met on the White House grounds with a source who showed him secret U.S. intelligence reports a day before he revealed that President Donald Trump or his closest associates may have been "incidentally" swept up …

  3. Photo gallery: Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox visits Chicago before participation in McDonald's All-American game


    Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox is the latest. The 6-foot-9 forward, a consensus five-star recruit, will play in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday at Chicago's United Center.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox shoots hoops with John Dauphinais, 2, at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, Ill., on Monday, March 27, 2017. Knox will participate in the McDonald's All-American game at the United Center on Wednesday.
  4. Pinellas sheriff: Registered sex offender exposes himself to 12-year-old at school bus stop


    MADEIRA BEACH — A 29-year-old registered sex offender was arrested Monday and accused of exposing himself and performing a sex act within view of a 12-year-old boy who was waiting for a school bus, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Justin Ryan Duggan is a registered sex offender for a 2015 offense that took place in Oklahoma.
  5. Man accused of mother's murder will be held without bail


    TAMPA — Joshua Carmona, the man accused of beating and stabbing his mother to death last week in Riverview, will stay in jail as the case against him moves through court.

    Joshua Leon Carmona fatally beat 39-year-old Tahirih Lua D’Angelo with a baseball bat then stabbed her in the neck with a butcher knife at the townhouse where they lived, 6916 Hawthorne Trace Lane, according to an arrest report. [Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
  6. Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties


    TALLAHASSEE — You can fight City Hall. The state Legislature does it all the time.

    Cities and counties are fighting legislation this year that would dramatically limit their home rule powers. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Wesley Chapel, left, says states have powers over local governments that are guaranteed in the Constitution. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, is pushing legislation that would increase the homestead exemption on property taxes from $50,000 to $75,000. If passed, it would cost cities and counties in Florida about $700 million. ([

Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
  7. Chase Bank opening 16 locations statewide, including Seminole branch


    Chase is set to open a new branch in Seminole this year. The addition is part of an expansion of the megabank that will include 16 new full-service branches throughout Florida.

    Chase is opening three locations in Tampa Bay this year as part of its 16-location expansion in Florida. | Mark Lennihan, AP
  8. Tyler Clippard's Marines Corps salute: A Yankee pitcher's pin of pride

    The Heater

    TAMPA — For Yankees relief pitcher and Tampa resident Tyler Clippard, just playing in the World Baseball Classic was a dream come true. Last Wednesday, it got dreamier. Clippard and his teammates became gold medalists. He raced from the bullpen at Dodger Stadium to join the celebratory pile after the United States …

    New York Yankees pitcher Tyler Clippard during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in Tampa, Fla.
  9. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  10. Editorial: Try bipartisanship on health care


    "I believe we should have more attention paid to the centrists in both parties. Instead of showing all this attention to three or four people who never vote for anything, let's do an American health plan, not a Republican or Democrat one.''

    If Trump really wants to be a dealmaker and fulfill his campaign promises, he should call reasonable Republicans and Democrats together and create a bipartisan plan for making health care more accessible and affordable.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited Miami on Monday for a meeting with local officials to discuss preparedness plans for Zika, which has been nearly dormant in Miami-Dade but is expected to rebound with the return of the rainy season. County officials plan to hire additional mosquito control workers and to advertise public service announcements advising residents to drain standing water and eliminate mosquito breeding sites. Florida also will be adding resources to the fight against Zika, including additional resources for laboratory testing and research.

As Zika looms, Rick Scott touts his friend in White House

From the Miami Herald's Daniel Chang: ...


Urban Chicken and Waffle Cone and Urban Mac and Cheese which will be available at Urban Dugout.

Rays new Trop offerings include Urban Dugout, Fish Shack, Cuban Favorites

In addition to announcing new head chef Marcelo Miranda, the Rays and concessionaire Centerplate today unveiled a number of new food and drink offerings at the Trop for this season.

Among the highlights in the release from the team:...


Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome

Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?...