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 Doug Hughes puts address labels on half of the 535 letters to Congress that he planned to deliver via gyrocopter in his Ruskin dining room Thursday April 2, 2015. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

Gyrocopter pilot returning home to uncertainty after Washington, D.C. protest stunt

Flying in from the north over the buildings of Washington, D.C., Doug Hughes could make out a white tower in the distance, the most notable spire on the skyline. When he got close enough to see the Potomac River, he knew what he was looking at: The Washington Monument. He was freezing, his face and hands going numb …


    DOC says whiste-blower testimony was erased because it allegedly violated HIPAA

    Doug GlissonThe Department of Corrections concluded that the name of an inmate should be erased from the video testimony of an whistle-blower at a Senate committee because of federal HIPAA privacy laws, an agency spokesman told the Herald/Times....


    Longtime St. Pete administrator quietly retires

    The old guard is changing in St. Petersburg.

    On Friday, news broke that City Attorney John Wolfe was preparing to retire after forty years of working for the city. Two weeks ago, Dave Metz, another four decade veteran retired, but news of his career's end was a quiet affair....


    Florida education news: Superintendents, safety, dual enrollment and more

    SUPERINTENDENTS: Jeff Eakins agrees to terms for a two-year contract as Hillsborough superintendent. * Brevard School Board members say they won't rush their superintendent search process, Florida Today reports. * A Palm Beach School Board member accuses colleagues of "racist thought" during their superintendent selection, the Palm Beach Post reports. The new superintendent announces his 90-day plan, the Sun-Sentinel reports. * Volusia's new superintendent steps into the middle of several heated battles with ease, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports....