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Links from the May 14 Times: Crist audio excerpts; videos from undercover drug operation and Plant City train fatality

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CHARLIE CRIST UNLEASHED: He's on the cusp of losing public office, his life-long party is attacking him mercilessly, and some of his closest friends are yanking their support now that he's running for Senate as a nonpartisan candidate instead of a Republican. And yet even by the relentlessly cheerful standards of Gov. Crist, he seems even more upbeat and relaxed than ever. Story and audio excerpts.

GULF OIL SPILL: The Times' continuing coverage of the evolving disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Receive Tweets about the oil spill from journalists, public agencies and officials.

HELP WANTED: News and information about the unemployment crisis in Tampa Bay.

RX DRUG STING: After weeks of undercover work, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has produced 135 arrests or warrants that target the buyers and sellers of illicit prescription drugs. Story and video.

TRAIN KILLS MAN IN PLANT CITY: An unidentified man lying on the railroad tracks was struck and killed by a train Thursday morning (May 13). "He was using the track as a pillow," a neighbor said. Story and video.

POPPA LOVE CAUGHT: John Jerome Speights Jr., the convicted child rapist known as "Poppa Love," has been on the run since he left to use a bathroom and disappeared from the courthouse before a trial where he was accused of impregnating a 13-year-old relative. Story and video.

Photo: Gov. Charlie Crist talks to St. Petersburg Bay Point Middle School students about the oil spill and the Gulf stream current. (Kathleen Flynn | Times)

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 5:05pm]

    

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