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Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board plays fast and loose with disciplinary process

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 …

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Cop killer Nicholas Lindsey seeks to reduce life sentence to 40 years

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State officials unveil a new vision for the future of the Howard Frankland Bridge

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Plan your weekend: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Beer and Bacon Festival, comedians George Lopez, Margaret Cho

Plan your weekend: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Beer and Bacon Festival, comedians George Lopez, Margaret Cho

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Movie Planner: '20th Century Women' review, 'Xxx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Movie Planner: '20th Century Women' review, 'Xxx: The Return of Xander Cage'

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5 things to do under $5 Jan. 19-25: Dazz Band, David Sanborn at Heritage Fest, food truck rally, dog show

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 19-25: Dazz Band, David Sanborn at Heritage Fest, food truck rally, dog show

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Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

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  1. Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors (w/video)

    World

    FARINDOLA, Italy — With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the resort. Two children were among those rescued.

    This frame from video shows Italian firefighters extracting a boy alive from under snow and debris of an hotel that was hit by an avalanche on Wednesday, in Rigopiano, central Italy, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. [Italian Firefighters | ANSA via AP]
  2. Florida unemployment flat at 4.9 percent amid a small drop in jobs

    Real Estate

    Florida's unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent in December, slightly higher than the U.S. rate but lower than the state's level a year earlier.

    Gov. Rick Scott, shown at a jobs announcment in Riverview last November, did not note Florida's loss of 700 jobs month-to-month in announcing the jobs report for December. Florida lost 2,700 private sector jobs between November and December, with the addition of government jobs cutting into the overall job loss.
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  3. Cop killer Nicholas Lindsey seeks to reduce life sentence to 40 years

    Criminal

    Nicholas Lindsey, now 21, has twice been sentenced to life in prison for gunning down St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford in 2011. On Friday, though, he may have his sentence reduced to 40 years, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Legislature.

    Nicholas Lindsey, left, looks at his attorney Stacey Schroeder on Sept. 23, 2013, during his resentencing hearing at the Pinellas County Justice Center. Schroeder now argues that a state law passed the following year requires that Lindsey's sentence be reduced to 40 years. A hearing on the issue was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday. [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]

  4. Millennials think they have it tough financially? Wait till they become parents

    Personal Finance

    Amid the excess of financial surveys that find they make too little, owe too much, live too long in the basements of their parents, fail to save for retirement and now seem unlikely to match their parents' living standards, millennials — folks born between 1982 and 2004 — can't seem to get a break from all …

    On top of other problems, many millennials could face a cash crunch raising a family. [iStockphoto
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  5. Meet a 13-year-old NFL Draft expert who is scouting the East-West Shrine Game

    Bucs

    ST. PETERSBURG -- Move over Mel Kiper Jr., an eighth-grader from John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel, is coming for you.

    Riley Auman, left, and Greg Auman. [Photo from video]
  6. Interview: Jazz great David Sanborn on Tampa Bay Black Heritage, Kendrick Lamar and touring

    Music & Concerts

    Saxophonist David Sanborn is suffering from a terrible cough. "Some throat thing," he sputters in between fits during a telephone interview.

    David Sanborn performs onstage at the One World Concert at Syracuse University on October 9, 2012 in Syracuse, New York.
  7. Florida Orchestra principal oboe John Upton takes the lead in Mozart concerto

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — John Upton wondered if Michael Francis would remember him.

    John Upton, Florida Orchestra's principal oboist, center, rehearses with the orchestra the Mahaffey Theater in  St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  8. The week's 20 best news photos, from the Associated Press and Getty Images

    World

    This week's collection of the best news photos features impoverished Indian children watching an anti-child-labor performance, pre-inauguration images from Washington, MLK Day images from Alabama and D.C., aftermath images from a deadly avalanche in Italy and a deadly fire in Tehran, a man riding a horse through a …

    Impoverished Indian children watch a performance as part of advocacy against child labor in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Despite the country's rapid economic growth, child labor remains widespread in India, where an estimated 13 million children work, with laws meant to keep kids in school and out of the workplace routinely flouted. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  9. How a Tampa Bay Times reporter witnessed an odd moment in presidential inauguration history

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Presidential history lives in the Washington bureau of the Tampa Bay Times.

    The Panasonic RR-US361 that reporter Wes Allison used to record Obama's do-over oath
  10. Sea level rise could have water lapping at Tampa's edges in 2040, study says

    Environment

    TAMPA — Rising sea levels could swell Tampa Bay 5 to 19 inches over the next quarter-century, sending more water to lap at the edges of the city of Tampa.

    Rain from Tropical Storm Hermine and high tides flooded streets around Tampa last September. A new analysis projects that sea level in Tampa Bay could rise 5 to 19 inches by 2040. That is prompting local officials to look at plans to anticipate and cope with the changes. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times (2016)
Martha Barnett

The story of why one Florida woman will join the march in D.C.

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Kwon Alexander was arguably the Bucs’ MVP on defense this past season.

Stroud: Ranking the Bucs' top 10 players under age 25

The Bucs were the eighth-youngest team in the NFL when the 2016 season began with an average age of 25.7, and that figure will likely go lower next season....

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The Beaches remake on Lifetime stars Nia Long, left, as Hillary and Idina Menzel, right, as CC.

What to watch this weekend: 'Beaches' remake on Lifetime, 'Frontier' on Netflix

Weekend couch planner

FRIDAY...

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