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Officials work the scene of a small plane crash Sunday near Albert Whitted Airport. The 70-year-old pilot was killed.Boyzell Hosey | Times

Pilot dies when small plane crashes into water near Albert Whitted Airport

ST. PETERSBURG — The pilot of a small plane died when he crashed into the water south of Albert Whitted Airport moments after takeoff Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue divers helped extract the pilot, 70-year-old Donald Thomasson, who was still strapped into the cockpit seat wh …


    Chinese government pays for trip by aides to Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen

    WASHINGTON — Top aides to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two of the most vehement anti-Communist voices in Washington, took an all expenses paid trip to China this month courtesy of the Chinese government.
    Sally Canfield, deputy chief of staff to Rubio, and Arthur Estopinan, chief of staff to Ros-Lehtinen, were part of a congressional staff trip facilitated by the U.S.-Asia Institute....


    Pinellas County Commission candidate Johnson takes loss -- and $40,000 hit to his bank account -- in stride

    The day after a disappointing loss, Johnny Johnson headed north....


    Florida education news: Chess, prayer, charter schools and more

    CHECK: Broward elementary students take weekly chess lessons as a way to learn logic and strategic thinking, Reuters reports....