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Glad to see your dedication to the free market, Rep. Larry Ahern. You too, Reps. Wengay Newton, Chris Sprowls, Sean Shaw and James Grant. In fact, there were a dozen state representa …

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A hidden tax on Florida's working poor? Tax collectors think so

Nikita Kucherov with harsh words for Lightning

  1. Florida Republicans cool to new Obamacare overhaul

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Florida House Republicans aren't rushing to embrace a new Obamacare overhaul that would give states the option to back out of certain parts of the law.

  2. Grim take: 'The Simpsons' goes full snark for Trump's first 100 days

    Blogs

    In the next episode of The Simpsons, an ominous thunderstorm is brewing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Inside the White House, the situation is even more turbulent.

    "The Simpsons" posted a video to its Twitter account on Wednesday previewing this Sunday's episode.
  3. Trump battles Nelson (and Rubio) over health care funding for Puerto Rico

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has a new target: Sen. Bill Nelson and others trying to address a health care funding crisis in Puerto Rico.

  4. St. Pete Council signs off on solar panels for new police headquartes

    Blogs

    A lower than expected bid and better return on investment persuaded St. Petersburg City Council members to support a solar panel project on the new police headquarters Thursday.

  5. A hidden tax on hard-working motorists? Tax collectors think so

    Blogs

    Did the state House just impose a new hidden tax on cash-strapped motorists in Florida? No, say lawmakers. Yes, say Florida's elected tax collectors.

    Florida license tags for sale at a county tax collector's office
  6. Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has launched a statewide campaign blasting the ethics and financial practices of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a move that follows the aquarium's recent decision not to sell the church a prized downtown property.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is asking the Pinellas County Commissionfor for $26 million in tourist tax dollars, but the Church of Scientology says the facility doesn't deserve it. The church sent a complaint to local and state officials, alleging the aquarium has a number of financial problems and should be denied the money. Aquarium director David Yates says the church's allegations are unfounded. The aquarium last week sold a prime piece of downtown land to the city, against the church's wishes. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  7. Hot Wheels, Part 2: The Chase. Cops, teen car thieves and a dangerous game.

    Crime

    He stole a Mercedes-Benz convertible from a 79-year-old man, then showed off in the driver's seat, mugging for a cell phone video.

    Tyron McKinnon fans cash in front of his face in a photo posted to his Facebook page. [Facebook]

  8. Forecast: Heat, humidity start to spike across Tampa Bay with little chance of much-needed rain

    Weather

    The heat really begins to return across the Tampa Bay area on Thursday as moisture, streaming in from the south, takes temperatures into the upper 80s and low 90s for the next few days.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  9. Police investigating after man found dead in East Tampa

    Crime

    Tampa police are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found dead early Thursday morning.

  10. Review: Elizabeth Strout's 'Anything Is Possible' an insightful return to Lucy Barton's hometown

    Books

    If you've ever driven breezily through a small town, thinking that not much could happen there, Elizabeth Strout has news for you.

    Lucy Barton, from Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, comes home in Sister, visiting her brother at that decrepit house for the first time in 17 years.

Florida Republicans cool to new Obamacare overhaul

WASHINGTON - Florida House Republicans aren't rushing to embrace a new Obamacare overhaul that would give states the option to back out of certain parts of the law....

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Rays relief pitcher Danny Farquhar walks off the field at the end of Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles. Farquhar walked Baltimore's Seth Smith with the bases loaded and Craig Gentry scored on the play. Baltimore won 5-4 in 11 innings.

Rays morning after: Should Farquhar have replaced Colome?

Was Danny Farquhar the right guy to be on the mound for the Rays in the 11th inning Wednesday?...

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"The Simpsons" posted a video to its Twitter account on Wednesday previewing this Sunday's episode.

Grim take: 'The Simpsons' goes full snark for Trump's first 100 days

In the next episode of The Simpsons, an ominous thunderstorm is brewing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Inside the White House, the situation is even more turbulent....

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