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Popular with voters, medical marijuana finds few champions in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE — Medical marijuana's implementation is turning out to be a slow burn. More than 6 million Floridians voted in November to allow patients with conditions like cancer and HI …

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While Gulfport police investigate drowning of pit bull terrier, social media makes up its own mind

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Bishop Robert Nugent Lynch, at retirement, reflects on church scandals, lessons learned

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Dining: New 'St. Pete-themed' restaurant; Tis the season for wine and chocolate events

Dining: New 'St. Pete-themed' restaurant; Tis the season for wine and chocolate events

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Movies: Tampa Bay Underground Film Fest; Possession Flick 'Incarnate'

Movies: Tampa Bay Underground Film Fest; Possession Flick 'Incarnate'

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Eight fun holiday events across Tampa Bay this weekend, including the Victorian Stroll (w/video)

Eight fun holiday events across Tampa Bay this weekend, including the Victorian Stroll (w/video)

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'Into the Woods' starts new tour at Straz Center

'Into the Woods' starts new tour at Straz Center

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  1. The talk at the Tampa auto show is how more of us are buying cars by email, text and vending machine

    Autos

    TAMPA — What does it look like to buy a car in 2016?

    Convention-goers browse cars inside the Lexus showrooms during the Tampa Bay International Auto Show in the Tampa Convention Center on Friday, December 2, 2016. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  2. Did the Rays cost Sweet Lou Piniella the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    The Heater

    Sweet Lou Piniella, Tampa's own, was on the telephone recently, talking about golfing with Steve Spurrier.

    Lou won.

    Former Rays Manager Lou Piniella said he will take a buyout on his contract and leave at the end of this season.  Photo by James Borchuck
STORY SUMMARY: Devil Rays vs Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field--game 3  (Times photo by James Borchuck)
  3. While Gulfport police investigate drowning of pit bull terrier, social media makes up its own mind

    Human Interest

    GULFPORT — Joe Bedford's detractors on Facebook have compared him to former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who went to prison for running a brutal and deadly dogfighting ring. They have written things about Bedford that cannot be repeated in a family newspaper.

    Joe Bedford, 28, said the Nov. 23 drowning of his 18-month-old pit bull terrier Rock in Gulfport was an accident. The incident is still under investigation, but thanks to a Facebook post that brought the incident to light, many people have drawn another conclusion about the case. [Facebook]
  4. Here's what 'physical activity' looks like in your Pinellas school

    Blogs

    On Tuesday, we reported the results from a Pinellas County school district survey of how schools managed their "physical activity" time.

    First and second graders have recess at Sexton Elementary School in St. Petersburg Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Around Florida and particularly in Pinellas County, parents have started pushing for public schools to bring back recess in elementary school. Recess has been gradually disappearing as state accountability mandates have eaten up larger portions of the school day
  5. Holiday Hopes: Intellectually-disabled woman, 77, wants to feel her toes in the sand

    Human Interest

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Mary Russell, 77, can't move as freely as she used to, but she still has an impressively strong handshake.

    Mary Russell walks with supportive living coach Phyllis Simpkins-James and her housemate Gladys Ruttell at the Macdonald Training Center in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. 

  6. Gerald McCoy: After death in the family, Bucs see the real McCoy

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The locker room at Raymond James Stadium is so cramped, Bucs players gather in the showers before games. They're the only place big enough to hold all 53 football players, fully dressed and ready for battle.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) celebrates after sacking Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) on third down during the second half of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (Loren Elliott, Times)
  7. Afternoon Update: Bondi meets with Trump; Bishop Lynch reflects; Plant, Jesuit play for spots in title games; check out latest traffic conditions

    News

    Attorney General Pam Bondi met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York this afternoon. Afterward, she would not discuss with reporters whether she was offered a …

    : Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida, speaks to reporters at Trump Tower  in New York City.  [Getty Images]
  8. Victorian Christmas Stroll

    Events

    Take a trip back to Christmas 1891 at Tampa Bay Hotel during the Henry B. Plant Museum's 35th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll today through Dec. 23, 10 AM - 8 PM daily. Vintage fashions, antique toys, Christmas trees and decorations will be displayed throughout the museum. The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony Quartet: …

    Take a trip back to Christmas 1891 at Tampa Bay Hotel during the Henry B. Plant Museum's 35th annual Victorian Christmas Stroll today through Dec. 23. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  9. The 20 best photos of the week, from the Associated Press and Getty Images

    World

    This week's collection of the best news photos features murmurating starlings in Scotland, Colombian soccer players mourning lost teammates, two very different reactions to the death of Fidel Castro, Paris ablaze (with light) at night, the oldest living person in the world, a massive protest in Indonesia and a couple …

    GRETNA, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Starlings put on a display as they gather in murmurations on November 25, 2016 in Gretna, Scotland. It is thought that starlings flock together in large groups for various reasons such as flocking together makes it difficult for predators to target a single bird, it also keeps them warm. They gather over their autumn roosting site just before dusk and perform their acrobatic whirling motions before setting down for the evening.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
  10. Legislators to look for quick fix of short-term rental problems

    Blogs

    Local legislators will spend the next month studying the short-term rental problem in Pinellas County's beach communities and present possible solutions to the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation in January.

From ethics to workers comp, the full schedule for 'Legislator U'

Here's the complete schedule for House Speaker Richard Corcoran's "Legislator University," the two-day training seminar for House members to be held at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Dec. 6-7....

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Bucs DT Gerald McCoy back at practice

Good news on the Bucs injury front, as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury that had him wearing a boot after Sunday's win against Seattle, was back practicing on Friday morning....

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Five steps to loving Stars Hollow: The Musical from 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'

We have had a week to sit with the Gilmore Girls revival. And while I'm never going to excuse certain things — Lorelai would NOT be okay with Rory's questionable life choices; Paris and Doyle would definitely get back together because they are perfect for each other — I don't think I was ever going to be capable of hating whatever Amy Sherman Palladino and her husband Daniel produced. ...

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