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Fewer Florida high schools get A's, but graduation rates inch higher

The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria. The state's graduation rate, meanwhile, inched u …

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16-year-old finds parents shot dead in Largo apartment

LARGO — Police say the deaths of two people found shot dead in an apartment off Ulmerton Road appear to be a murder-suicide. About 2:30 p.m., the bodies of Rochelle Tatrai and Sean Ray …

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Organization relocating to Tampa; announcement coming in January

TAMPA — Economic development officials are planning a big announcement in 2015. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said it will announce the relocation of an organizatio …

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  1. Find A Friend: Glacier the Chinese Shar-Pei/German Rottweiler mix

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Looking for a pal that exudes cool? Meet Glacier. Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rottweiler mix is housetrained, healthy and sits politely to take a treat. Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs …

    Looking for a pal that exudes inter-continental cool? Ask Santa for a meet-and-greet with Glacier! Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rotweiler mix is housetrained, healthy, and sits politely to take a treat. Super sunny Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs (no kiities, please). Glacier (ID#23988845) is in fostercare waiting for your call to (813) 744-5660. Adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more for just $20 from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.
  2. Editorial: Obama's new Cuba policy long past due, good for Florida

    Editorials

    President Barack Obama began burying the last vestiges of the Cold War by ordering the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba. The bold and sweeping measure will expose Cubans to democracy, open trade opportunities for the United States, particularly in Florida, and strengthen America's influence in the Western …

  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday Dec. 19

    Events

    Phantom of the Opera: This production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and stunning scenic designs. It's the tale of a beautiful soprano who is the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. At 8 p.m. at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $25-$128.50. (813) …

    23. Surprise Cherry Balls
  4. Letters: Lower gas prices are still costing us

    Letters

    Gas price bonanza?

    Lower prices are still costing us

    Amid the euphoria generated by the drop in fuel prices, I fear we are again demonstrating a tendency to ignore the flip side of the coin. I am not referring to the financial losses sustained by producers, brokers and refiners. Just as they …

  5. #CookClub recipe No. 32: Baked Eggs in Ham Cups

    Cooking

    I like the idea of the overnight breakfast casserole for Christmas morning, but sometimes that's just too much food for a small group.

    The original recipe for Eggs Baked in Ham calls for two eggs, but you can see how the ham cup fell apart with the additional egg. Better to use just one.
    Kathy Castor

    Move over Miami, Tampa now has big say on Cuba policy too

    Turn on cable TV and you won't have to wait long to see images of Cuban exiles outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami denouncing President Obama for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. It's easy for anyone outside of Florida, or even in most of Florida, to assume those images reflect Florida as a whole....

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    Need last-minute gift ideas? Consult our guide

    I've reached the point of the holiday heyday in which there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. What do I get a grandpa who wants nothing? What do the teenage kids like these days? Ack! To the Internet! (Repeat.)...

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