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Despite budget constraints, hometown pork still popular with Florida lawmakers


Florida senators visit Washington to discuss health care budget issues


  1. Royal Caribbean's 'smartship' Quantum of the Seas sails



    It was a Friday in February, a 15-degree winter morning. But that did nothing to discourage the thousands of travelers who turned up to seek happiness alongside the ice-slick docks in Bayonne, N.J.

    Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, unveiled in late 2014, makes frequent stops in the Bahamas at Coco Cay, a beach area run as a private hideaway by the cruise company.
  2. Review: Robin Givhan's 'The Battle of Versailles' a riveting fashion history


    It's difficult to tell people who don't care about fashion why fashion is worth caring about. Why it's more than pretty clothes and shallow vanity. Why it speaks to an ever-shifting tableau of social strata, race, international politics and so on.

    Black models with a dance sensibility were just one of the surprises that five American designers brought to a legendary fashion show at Versailles in 1973.
  3. Notable: Prose on poetry



    Prose on poetry

    April is Poetry Month, a perfect time for these books on the subject by three splendid writers.

  4. Review: 'Epitaph' places O.K. Corral gunfight in fascinating context


    The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral has been dramatized in numerous books, on stage, on screen and in one particularly far-fetched episode of Star Trek. In Epitaph, Mary Doria Russell revisits the iconic shootout, delving into its dramatic backstory and aftermath. With vast amounts of research and a poetic …

  5. Closing the book on 'Mad Men'

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    Could the great American novel be a TV series? • If we can define the great American novel as one that illuminates the culture and concerns of an era in our history in a compelling and well-wrought narrative, Mad Men might well count. • The first episode of the second half of Season 7, the …

    The characters on Mad Men have captured an era, and sold us a story. 
From left are Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper, January Jones as Betty Francis, Jessica Pare as Megan Draper and Jon Hamm as Don Draper.

    Help coming? Veteran guard Dan Connolly to visit Bucs

    After three weeks of open free agency without any help for the offensive line, the Bucs will bring in veteran Patriots guard Dan Connolly for a visit this week, potentially reuniting him with former teammate Logan Mankins....


    Feds gave "positive" feedback on Medicaid proposal, senator says

    ReneState Sen. René García, R-Hialeah, left Washington Tuesday feeling "encouraged" by his conversations with federal health officials, he said....


    This sign is just inside the doors to the Rays clubhouse.

    Rays honor Don Zimmer with new clubhouse sign

    Among a series of sharp upgrades to the Rays clubhouse this off-season was the addition of this large sign just inside the doors honoring the late Don Zimmer....