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Pinellas Construction Licensing Board Plays Fast and Loose With Discipline

The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board doesn't report to anyone, not to the local county commission like every other similar board in the state, and not even to the Florida Legisl …


Oregon to fire ex-USF football assistant David Reaves after DUI arrest


From creepy masks to the closing circus, it's a hard time to be a clown


  1. Sen. Rubio faces key vote on Tillerson -- and, by extension, Trump


    It’s decision day for Sen. Marco Rubio.

  2. Love's labors lost as failed romance publisher unable to pay author royalties


    No hint of the jilting to come marked the hopeful messages that passed between them just days before. They still talked enthusiastically of a future together. This relationship was bedrock.

  3. Eat like an authentic pirate for Gasparilla with this turtle and pigeon salad


    In a quest to cook an authentic pirate meal, the first step would be locating the turtle meat.

    A melange of turtle, center, pigeon, right, chicken, top left, and pickled carrots, hearts of palm, anchovy, mango and grapes was intensely sweet and salty.
  4. After six years of growth, Pinellas and Hillsborough see sudden drop in bus ridership

    Mass Transit

    The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority saw the steepest decline, dropping 10 percent. The agency provided about 1.5 million fewer passenger trips, falling to 13.4 million trips from fiscal year 2015 to 2016.

  5. What you need to know for Monday, Jan. 23


    • You might need an umbrella this morning as rain and wind linger from the severe weather that swept through the Tampa Bay area Sunday. The chance of rain will be about 60 percent, and the high will be 72. Conditions will be partly cloudy with highs in the 70s through midweek, according to The Florida State Fair today opens online voting for its People's Choice Fare Favorite Awards. Who could forget the Pizza Funnel Cake? It's pizza dough flavored into a funnel cake topped with cheese and pepperoni.

  6. Reaction from Rays to death of Yordano Ventura


    The shocking death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, and the earlier death of former big-leaguer Andy Marte, in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic, drew reaction from throughout the baseball world, including several Rays:




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  7. PolitiFact Florida: Yes, Florida lags behind in mental health funding

    State Roundup

    The suspect in the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told the FBI in Alaska in November that he was hearing voices.

    &#65279;Democratic state legislators called for gun control measures and more mental health funding days after Esteban Santiago&#8217;s attack on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
  8. Tornadoes, severe storms slam Southeast; at least 18 killed (w/ video)


    ADEL, Ga. — A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on a two-day assault on the region, authorities said.

    Jeff Bullard sits in what used to be the foyer of his home as his daughter, Jenny Bullard, 19, looks through debris in the aftermath of an apparent tornado Sunday night in Adel, Ga.
  9. Tampa Bay area hit with wind, rain but avoids tornadoes


    The threat of tornadoes and heavy thunderstorms with hail swept through the Tampa Bay area Sunday afternoon through evening, forcing residents indoors to wait out a potential worst-case scenario.

    High winds and dry grass likely contributed to the fast spreading of a grass fire in Clearwater&#8217;s Clubhouse Estates; however, firefighters were able to contain it before structures were damaged.
  10. Super Bowl will pit Brady's Patriots against Ryan's Falcons


    A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

     Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with ide receiver Julian Edelman  after throwing a touchdown pass during the second half of the AFC championship win over the Steelers. [Associated Press]

Sen. Rubio faces key vote on Tillerson -- and, by extension, Trump

It’s decision day for Sen. Marco Rubio....


Shrine Game: Five prospects that impressed this week

Here's our report from 13-year-old Riley Auman, who loves the NFL Draft and has been busy taking in practices this week and Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. Follow him on Twitter at @junioraumanac....


Television journalist Dan Rather attends a special screening of "Truth" at The Museum of Modern Art in New York last November. On Sunday, Rather posted criticisms of President Donald Trump on his Facebook page.

Dan Rather takes to Facebook to blast President Trump's 'alternative facts'

Television journalist and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather blasted President Donald Trump and his advisers on Sunday for trying to present "alternative facts." ...