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James Myles of St. Petersburg is the executive director of Bethel Community Foundation Inc., CINS FINS Truancy Intervention Program Services.  He poses outside of the  Bethel Community Baptist Church. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Faith-based leaders united Republicans, Democrats to reduce Florida youth arrests

TALLAHASSEE — James Myles is more comfortable mentoring troubled teenagers in St. Petersburg than glad-handing lawmakers in the Florida Capitol. Yet that's where he found himself earlier this year. Myles, an elder at Bethel Community Baptist Church and director of its truancy intervention program, was part of a loo …


    A rendering of the home being built for Jeb Bush.

    Jeb Bush getting a vacation home in Maine

    The following is from the Boston Globe:

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean....


    St. Pete Council debates, then delays vote on waterfront plan

    ST. PETERSBURG-- The downtown master waterfront plan, for much of its nine-month life, appeared to be the mirror opposite of the Pier debate....


    Florida education news: Testing, superintendents, reading and more

    TESTING: Students and teachers react to the Florida Department of Education's decision not to count math end-of-course exams....