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Duke Energy, TECO to cut electric rates with fall in fuel prices

ST. PETERSBURG — Floridians will see their electric rates drop in 2016 because of the lower price of the natural gas that generates most of the state's power. Duke Energy Florida told …


Florida Cabinet chal­leng­es plan to make getting your driver's license slower or more expensive


Bears CB Jennings could be reunited with Smith and Frazier


  1. Wednesday's letters: The view from the classroom


    Public education

    Consider view from the classroom

    As the new school year begins, the politicians are again gearing up for the elections ahead. One of the hot topics, as usual, is education in our country. Why, year after year, do we find ourselves with the same problems: low student enthusiasm, …

  2. FishHawk 'Heroes Run' will honor fallen Marine


    LITHIA — Asked why he re-enlisted for a second tour of duty, U.S. Marine and Naval Academy graduate Lt. Travis Manion gave a succinct answer.

    "If not me, then who?"

    A chapter of the Travis Manion Foundation will host a 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 12 in Lithia to support local veterans.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 2


    Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival: This festival running through Sept. 12 will showcase nearly a dozen large-scale murals around the arts districts of St. Petersburg by internationally renowned and local artists, including the French graffiti crew 123Klan and St. Petersburg native Michael Vasquez. The festival …

    Mural on the side of the Amsterdam Bar, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.  "SHINE." The wall was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery.   FOR DOWNTOWN MURAL FESTIVAL STORY.
  4. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Sept. 3-9


    1 Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale: It's free admission Saturday at the USF Botanical Gardens when the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society holds its 21st annual show and sale of easy-to-grow cactus and succulent varieties, with experts to help choose the right plant for the landscape, and …

    Get your succulent and cactus varieties Saturday at the USF Botanical Gardens in Tampa.
  5. Here's how to plan an awesome theme party for Labor Day (or any day)


    Unless you're a local union president or a career labor organizer, chances are you'll be spending this Labor Day with drink in hand.

    Artist Louie Chin drew characters from several themed party options we're helping you plan. See if you can spot them all (some are easier than others): Beethoven the St. Bernard, Godzilla, Beth (Wet Hot American Summer), Katie (Wet Hot American Summer), Clark Griswold (National Lampoon Christmas Vacation), Neil (Wet Hot American Summer), Del Griffith (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles), Rickie (My So-Called Life), Claire Standish (The Breakfast Club), Regina George (Mean Girls), Gene/Jonas (Wet Hot American Summer), Victor (Wet Hot American Summer), Lindsay Weir (Freaks and Geeks), Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Janis Ian (Mean Girls), John Bender (The Breakfast Club), Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Firefly), Duckie (Pretty in Pink), the Crow, the Joker and Beyonc?.
    Camden Yards is dressed for the Ripken anniversary.

    For starters, Rays at Orioles, with reinforcements on hand

    After Monday's 6-3 win over the fading Orioles, the Rays take the field at what will be a festive Camden Yards tonight with six extra players in uniform....


    Jeb opening Fla HQ in Tampa next week

    William March reports:

    Jeb Bush will open his Florida headquarters for his presidential campaign in Tampa next week, according to an invitation circulating among Republicans for a grand opening Sept. 10, featuring an appearance by Jeb Bush Jr....


    Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games....