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State wildlife com­mis­sion discussing new policies toward bears, panthers

Bears in the crosshairs and panthers pouncing on livestock are hot topics on the agenda today as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opens a two-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale. …

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Principals at five failing Pinellas schools claim improvements in teacher turnover, discipline

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Riding a big fundraiser, Clearwater's Jack Latvala keeps bid for Senate presidency alive

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Fear, failure and hope­less­ness in Pinellas' resegregated schools

For thousands of children in Pinellas County’s black neighborhoods, schools aren’t a place to learn, they’re a place to fear. Pay attention as they tell you why.

One fateful decision; years of neglect

How Pinellas County school leaders turned five once-average elementary schools into failure factories.

  1. Tell Me About It: Dad takes baby's 'wrong' gender personally

    Relationships

    Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering readers' favorites from her archive.

  2. Fashion Movement aims to grow Tampa Bay fashion scene in creative locales

    Events

    Most afternoons, people slide trays down the cafeteria line at Tampa's Spain Restaurant and Toma bar, grabbing a little paella for lunch before heading back to the office.

    Tony Smith, left, Curtis Clarke, Jermaine Levy and Lacey B. Smith are the men behind local fashion events company the Fashion Movement, which is putting on HAUTE Accessories Week this week.
  3. Thursday's letters: Voters deserve a better option than Norman

    Letters

    Sullied official seeks revival | Sept. 1

    Voters deserve a better option

  4. Editorial: Florida's student tests deserve an F

    Editorials

    Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called it "welcome news." County school superintendents say it confirms their worst fears about the botched rollout of the Florida Standards Assessments and suggest the test results are worthless. So you read the following annotated excerpts from the just-released $600,000 …

     3. Pam Stewart, interim Florida education commissioner, starts the Education Accountability Summit, Monday, August 26, 2013 at the St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, Clearwater. The three day summit brought together state educators, government representatives, and business leaders to discuss such education issues as school grades, teacher pay, the new Common Core education standards and the assessments that will test the benchmarks.
  5. Another voice: Walls and reality

    Editorials

    Walling off the United States from Canada is "a legitimate issue for us to look at," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on Meet the Press over the weekend.

    Both centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, pictured, who left Monday's game with a mild ankle sprain, and second baseman Logan Forsythe, who left Tuesday with left groin tightness, are back in the Rays lineup.

    For starters, Rays at Orioles, with Kiermaier and Forsythe back

    UPDATE, 6:09: LHP Matt Moore is starting Saturday in New York, bumping RHP Nathan Karns to the bullpen at least for now. Cash said Moore is the better matchup against the Yankees, and that they will look at it on a game by game basis. But it also sounded like it was an either/or situation as the other four starters will stay on schedule. .... Karns handled it well, saying he just wanted to do what was best for the team and was willing to help however. .... He also said he was told that there was a chance he could start again. ... Cash said both Kiermaier and Forsythe are good to go, though Forsythe said he wanted to test his groin further fielding ground balls in batting practice. ... The threat of rain led the grounds crew to roll out the tarp and cancel the end of the Rays batting practice. ... The Rays don't seem too concerned about chicken pox even though the Royals had two players show symptons at the Trop last weekend; their staff and players all have either had pox or vaccination....

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    Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he talks to Biotechnology students Wednesday at Miami Dade College in Miami.

    In Miami, Joe Biden gets feel for what campaigning again would be like

    Joe Biden came to Miami on Wednesday and sounded — at times — like a politician with another campaign in him....

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    Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games....

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