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Key senators to push for less testing, more support for public schools in 2017 session

TAMPA — Florida education funding could face tight times in the coming legislative session, with revenue low and competition for resources high. But key state senators told the state's …

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Meet the woman who wrote the book on Florida real estate

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St. Petersburg police say grenade found in a seawall was a toy

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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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Things to do: Boat parades, fun runs and big boat and auto shows

Things to do: Boat parades, fun runs and big boat and auto shows

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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. State team finds and rescues a fourth manatee in Lake Tarpon

    Wildlife

    The fourth and final manatee trapped in Lake Tarpon has been rescued and released back into the warmer waters Tampa Bay, state wildlife officials said Friday.

    A manatee capture and relocation team with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium assists state wildlife officials in transporting one of three manatees trapped in Lake Tarpon on Dec. 1, 2016. A fourth manatee was found and transported on Friday, Dec. 2. Officials said all four were in good health and placed back into Tampa Bay. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  2. 3-year-old spots possible grenade buried below St. Petersburg seawall

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police and the area's bomb squad are investigating what could be an old grenade spotted on a private beach on Pelham Road N.

    A bomb squad is investigating a possible grenade spotted by a 3-year-old boy. (Google maps)
  3. Voices from Standing Rock: 'This pipeline represents something deeper'

    Nation

    CANNON BALL, North Dakota — From across the country, they have come to this place called Cannon Ball.

    Thousands of them.

    In America's unsettled and angry winter of 2016, people on all sides of a fractious issue are here at Standing Rock in North Dakota to make a stand and have their voices heard. [ Zoeann Murphy | Washington Post]
  4. PolitiFact: Flint water still has problems, but Michael Moore minimizes progress made

    Perspective

    After Michigan turned away from Barack Obama in 2012 and toward Donald Trump in 2016, Michael Moore, the liberal filmmaker and activist, said he understood voters' frustrations.

    Speaking about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich., this May, President Barack Obama held up a glass of Flint water as he drinks at a Flint high school. The water is now filtered, but the pipes are still being replaced.
  5. News at noon: Bondi's career path could lead to White House; medical marijuana moving slowly; downtown waterfront parks the hot new thing; and new restaurants opening in Tampa Bay

    News

    Pam Bondi would bring personal loyalty to Donald Trump's future administration — and political baggage, too. Her meeting today with the president-elect at Trump Tower, ostensibly to discuss a …

    Pam Bondi was with Donald Trump for most of the campaign, save for a couple months when she stayed off the trail amid questions of a political donation Trump gave her in 2013 around the same time Trump University was being investigated. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  6. Tampa Buccaneers-San Diego Chargers predictions from the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team

    Bucs

    Greg Auman, @gregauman

    Can the Bucs win their fourth straight? You won't confuse this with the defensive win against Seattle, but expect big plays and huge swings on turnovers. Don't underestimate what the 1-2 punch of Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers can do in their first real game together, and can Brent …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) after finding open ground on a run during the first 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.
  7. Eight fun holiday events across Tampa Bay this weekend

    Events

    From parades in Tampa and St. Petersburg, a block party in Clearwater, concerts and boat parades, it'll definitely begin to look a lot like Christmas across Tampa Bay this weekend. Here are eight suggestions, and be sure to check out our Holidays …

  8. College Football Playoff: A Saturday roadmap to the best final four

    Sports

    This is it. Saturday is the final day that matters in the college football regular season.

    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26:   Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX*** 678475575
  9. Rubio not involved in Capitol Hill effort to help Dreamers

    Blogs

    With concerns over the Trump administration stripping legal status from Dreamers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsey Graham is working on legislation to provide that protection.

  10. Tampa Bay rents continue to rise with Clearwater leading the way

    Real Estate

    Rents continue to climb in the Tampa Bay area, with Clearwater showing the biggest jump of any city in Florida.

    Rents in the Tampa Bay area continue to inrease. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]

Rubio not involved in Capitol Hill effort to help Dreamers

With concerns over the Trump administration stripping legal status from Dreamers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsey Graham is working on legislation to provide that protection....

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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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