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Jury convicts driver in murders of wealthy Tampa couple

TAMPA — More than three years after he fatally shot his employer and her husband at their mansion in a gated enclave of Tampa, Julian Ospina-Florez was found guilty of murder Tuesday. …

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Rapper Pitbull named ambassador for Florida tourism

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Bliss condo developer sued by former general contractor

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  1. Renewing half-cent sales tax for schools will benefit our children and our county

    Columns

    Hernando County kids need your help. In January, the half-cent sales tax for schools expired, resulting in a loss of $8 million per year in sales tax revenues. We need to bring it back. The Hernando County School Board recently voted to hold a special election to reinstate the half-cent sales tax. Please support this …

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  2. Editorial: Don't tinker with drivers' licenses

    Editorials

    In an era where virtually anything from airline tickets to library cards to books can be delivered instantly, the state's highway safety department might turn back the clock. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is considering centralizing the issuance of drivers' licenses and taking the job away from …

  3. Editorial: Court should allow solar amendment on ballot

    Editorials

    The investor-owned electric utilities and Attorney General Pam Bondi's office failed to make a compelling argument Tuesday for the Florida Supreme Court to block a referendum next year on expanding public access to solar power. They gave the court no reason to reject the ballot language of a 2016 constitutional …

    The investor-owned electric utilities and Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office failed to make a compelling argument Tuesday for the Florida Supreme Court to block a referendum next year on expanding public access to solar power.
  4. Discovery Cove offering residents deal

    Florida

    SeaWorld's niche park Discovery Cove is offering Florida residents a price break on its dolphin swim experience and also throwing in free access to its sister parks, SeaWorld Orlando and the Aquatica water park.

    Discovery Cove opened 15 years ago as a boutique theme park with animal encounters, unlimited snacks and drinks, free equipment rentals and a souvenir snorkel.
  5. Wednesday's letters: The view from the classroom

    Letters

    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, …

    Rays DFA previous top prospect Hak-Ju Lee

    In need of space on the 40-man roster to add C Luke Maile, the Rays on Tuesday designated for assignment SS Hak-Ju Lee....

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    Miami Herald sues Department of Corrections over withholding records

    By Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald

    The Miami Herald has filed a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections, alleging that the agency has violated the state’s open record laws by withholding information about suspicious deaths and possible sexual and physical assaults of inmates at the hands of corrections officers in the state prison system....

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    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....

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