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More than half of Florida's school districts report problems as new tests get under way

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  1. Review: Focus found at Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER

    Pisces opened toward the end of 2013 and I slipped in to check it out. Although chef James Keene and his wife, Elizabeth, were clearly ambitious and service-oriented, I felt that the menu had too much going on, was trying so hard to be all things to all people that the culinary message was muddled. …

    Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro’s Ragin Cajun roll is spicy crawfish, avocado, topped with poppy seared tuna, Asian tomato salsa, kabayaki, chipotle and masago.
  2. Congress the sickest of our institutions

    Opinion

    Congress is sick. In fact it may be the most ailing of all American institutions. If it were a corporation, it would have gone out of business by now and its officers would all be in jail for a variety of infractions — hubris, lack of ethics, taking money under false pretenses, outright fraud, or even worse, utter …

    The Speaker and the Majority Leader: Statesmen, anyone?
  3. The need far outlasts five hours of energy

    Opinion

    Confession: I've got a stash of empty 5-Hour Energy bottles behind my desk and several two-packs tucked in my cupboard. I grabbed a bottle at the grocery store the other day, and when I reached for my wallet, I found three partially drained ones already in my purse. Someone saw an energy drink in my editor's office and …

    The market for energy drinks grew 60 percent between 2008 and 2012, and is expected to be a $21 billion industry by 2017.
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  4. Painter says he included Monica Lewinsky's dress in Bill Clinton portrait (w/video)

    National

    The official painting of President Bill Clinton that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery was unveiled in 2006, but it was not until this past weekend that …

    In a detail from the portrait of former President Bill Clinton, a shadow can been seen on the mantle to his right. The artist, Nelson Shanks, says it's a shadow from a blue dress on a mannequin that he used to represent Monica Lewinsky, the intern that President Clinton had an affair with. [Associated Press]
  5. Tuesday's letters: A better way to promote renewable power

    Letters

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    The upcoming cuts look to start with tackle Anthony Collins, who was among last year's biggest acquisitions but disappointed as the team's left tackle, so much so that the Bucs kept him inactive for the final three weeks despite being healthy.

    Before free agency, salary-cap cuts likely loom for Bucs

    The official start of free agency is just eight days away, and before the Bucs get started on a new wave of additions for 2015, they'll likely free up space by cutting loose expensive players who haven't performed up to their contracts....

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    FDOT construction boom headed your way

    Never mind that Mapquest ranked Interstate 95 and Interstate 4 last out of 66 interstates in the U.S., or that driving in Tampa Bay, Orlando or Miami can be an endurance sport. ...

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    Drew Smyly's windshield was on the receiving end of Tim Beckham's hit.

    Live from Port Charlotte: Day 3 of live BP

    UPDATE, 1:25: The "highlight" of today's workout appeared to be the ball INF Tim Beckham hit during batting pratiice that smashed the windshield of LHP Drew Smyly's car....

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