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Rivera abandons Congressional bid, citing redistricting ruling

Miami Republican David Rivera said today that he's giving up his bid for Congress and will instead run for state House in 2016. He blames the court ruling in the redistricting case, though Rivera faced a steep climb in the seeking a return to Washington.

"This decision has created great uncertainty as to the final composition of all of Florida's congressional districts, including CD 26 in South Florida, for which I am a candidate," Rivera said in a statement. "In essence, liberal activist judges are hijacking the reapportionment process and holding congressional candidates like myself hostage until the appeals process concludes at the liberal Democrat-dominated Florida Supreme Court (see Bush v. Gore 2000). …

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Test version of Storify

This is a test of whether storify works in ablog:

 

 

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Video: What does love mean to you?

Seniors in the ballroom dance class at the Sunshine Senior Center tell us about what love means to them!

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President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
 
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress …It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”
 

Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report.  After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home.  After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs.  We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty.  Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.

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Video: Sideshow at Florida State Fair

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State to crack down on private tutoring

Florida will crack down on tutoring contractors that defraud school districts and — for the first time — require criminal background checks for people who head tutoring firms under changes announced Tuesday by the state’s top education official.

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2013 Tampa Bay Barista Jam draws latte artists

 

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Photo gallery: Primping pooches prepare for Westminster

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Check out our favorite photos of pampered pooches as they get ready for the 137th Westminster Dog Show.

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Jim Greer pleads guilty to grand theft, avoids trial

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Former Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer had been scheduled to go on trial on grand theft charges starting today in an Orlando courtroom.

 

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St. Petersburg High class ring from 1947 ends up in Australia

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At first it was thought it was a Major League Baseball championship ring that had been turned in with a box of lost items at the South Melbourne Market in Australia. But upon closer inspection, it was determined to be a class ring from a school thousands of miles away in Florida. 

Police in Melbourne are now looking for the owner, which St. Petersburg High officials have confirmed to be a graduation ring. It's thought to belong to William C. Yarbrough, who was president of the Drama Club, homeroom vice president and a member of the Chemistry Club, according to a story on the Port Phillip Review website. 

Know anything about the ring or the person who owned it? The reporter, Beau Donelly, would love to hear from you. Email him at bdonelly@mmpgroup.com.au.

[Photo from Port Phillip Review website]

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Video: Ducklings rescued from Carrollwood storm sewer

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Photos: Vyrle Davis and Gasparilla Knight Parade

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Hundreds crowded into First Unity Church in St. Petersburg on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 to remember and honor Vyrle Davis. See photos.

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Pirates crowd the streets of Ybor City for the Knight Parade on Saturday night.  See photos.

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Florida's Python Challenge

To see a slide show about biologists hunting pythons in Everglades National Park, click here; and to see a University of Florida scientist conduct a necropsy of one of the Burmese pythons captured during the Python Challenge, click here.

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Growing up in the church of Scientology

Jenna Miscavige Hill is the niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige. Her memoir, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, gives an insightful account of growing up in the church’s controlling environment.

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Video: Habitat For Humanity's "Blitz Build"

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