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Ramiro Companioni talks about his case against the city of Tampa at his mobile home in Tampa. Companioni suffered many severe injuries when his motorcycle collided with a city water truck in 1996. He won a jury verdict of nearly $18 million against the city in 2004, but has collected only $100,000, the state's limit on city liability in negligence claims. [ZACK WITTMAN   |   Times]

Tampa fights injured biker's claim 12 years after $18M verdict

TAMPA — It has been nearly 20 years since Ramiro Companioni Jr. almost died in a crash with a city Water Department truck and more than 10 since a jury awarded him about $18 million. It was the largest personal injury verdict ever against City Hall, following a trial about the gruesome injuries Companioni suffered  …

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GOP debate in Greenville, S.C.

Rubio scores comeback debate performance in South Carolina

The kid came back.

Forty-four-year-old Marco Rubio, the youngest presidential candidate, invigorated his campaign Saturday night with a strong debate performance. He won lines, seized opportunities. Rubio was his usual debate self, not that panicked robot in New Hampshire....

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Largo city manager search narrowed to 2 finalists

LARGO — City commissioners chose two finalists for city manager Friday afternoon following a round of phone interviews....

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ICYMI: Florida education news, week of Feb. 7, 2016

The world of Florida education news got testy this past week. We had parents angry over the apparent death of a bill that would have mandated daily recess in elementary schools. We saw House and Senate members battle over budgets, taxes and construction funding. And 2015 school grades finally arrived to a collective shrug after groups spent months criticizing the system. Visit the Gradebook every day for the latest on these and other education stories....

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