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Links from the Times for Feb 14: USF professor caught on tape taking bike



USF prof caught on tape taking bike
A University of South Florida dean is being investigated after surveillance video captured him taking a red bike from the loading dock of the Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr., Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute. Dr. Abdul Rao, senior associate vice president for research at USF College of Medicine, said he took the bike on Monday to help a "nearly homeless'' friend and intended no harm. The video was posted on YouTube.

Attorney general calls company's gas vouchers deceptive
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Friday a lawsuit against a Clearwater company that has distributed gas rebate vouchers nationwide, alleging the company engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices. Meanwhile the Pinellas Department of Justice and Consumer Services said it has opened a criminal investigation into the company, Tidewater Marketing Global Consultants, and its president Crystal Marie Clark. | Backstory: Gas cards too good to be true?

Despite cuts, Sansom got $25M for Northwest Florida State
Ousted House Speaker Ray Sansom has defended supersizing a $1 million budget item into $25.5 million for his hometown college "because the money was there." But while the Destin Republican was showing such generosity, funding for projects at scores of other schools was being slashed. | Special report: The rise and fall of Ray Sansom


Their silver lining
The men met on Valentine's Day 25 years ago. Today Victor Beaumont, left, and Dean Robinson will exchange vows and look back on the life they've built together despite many difficulties. | Love match: Soap star from Clearwater, doctor from Tampa | Love song quiz: How well do you know your tunes?

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