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Darrell Duckett moved into his new home in Clearwater last week. He bought a water-damaged mobile home for $1,000 but says it’s better than his former quarters at the Mosley Motel.CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Slow trickle of residents from the doomed Mosley Motel has begun

ST. PETERSBURG — In a small room with dirty walls, dead roaches plastered to the floor behind a bedside table, Darrell Duckett was focused on moving to his new home after two years at the Mosley Motel. The retired mechanical engineer had gathered his possessions into black trash bags, gray Walmart grocery bags and  …


Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Lopez-Cantera. For most of the summer, the lieutenant governor and Miami Republican was hardly visible, almost in political exile. But since September began, Gov. Rick Scott suddenly has Lopez-Cantera back in the public eye, hitting the road, touring businesses, visiting schools and attending meetings....


Black pastors want new early voting site in St. Pete; Pinellas says no, and says existing plan is good for 'all voters'

The pastors of two predominantly black churches in St. Petersburg called for an additional early voting site in South St. Pete Friday, and were joined by Mayor Rick Kriseman in what one pastor called an issue of "civil rights."...


Florida education news: Third grade promotion, VAM scores, student funding and more

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: A veteran teacher faces off against a well-regarded accountant in the race for Hillsborough County's open at-large School Board seat. * A questionable campaign ad mars the race for Leon superintendent, the Tallahassee Democrat reports....