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Links for the Times: St. Petersburg mayoral race; Floridians charged with mortgage fraud; pythons caught in Everglades

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St Petersburg mayoral race:
Bill Foster pulled away to win St. Petersburg's mayoral race Tuesday, defeating Kathleen Ford with the backing of the city's political establishment in an election that tested voters' hunger for change. See photos from Election Night

Mortgage fraud charges
: Federal authorities said Tuesday they have charged 105 people as part of an intensive, nine-month mortgage fraud investigation that stretched from Jacksonville, to Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers. See the full list of defendants

Hunting Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades: Greg Graziani is determined to be part of the solution. He's a python breeder who, over the years, sold thousands of snakes to live out their lives in suburban aquariums. But some pets were abandoned, some slithered loose during Hurricane Andrew, and now the Everglades has a snake problem. The numbers are a mystery. At first, experts estimated 5,000. Then 30,000. Now 150,000. No one knows. The snakes snack on native wildlife and tangle with gators. Not much stands in their way.

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