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President Barack Obama looks at a mural with the Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity during an unannounced stop before heading to airport Thursday in Miami. Obama was being shown a replica of Our Lady of Charity, the original statue resides at the shrine of El Cobre outside the city of Santiago, Cuba. [Associated Press]

Obama drops by Our Lady of Charity, becoming first U.S. president to visit Miami shrine to Cuban saint (w/video)

MIAMI — President Barack Obama extended a symbolic olive branch Thursday to Miami's Cuban Americans by paying his respects to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Coconut Grove. Earlier in the day, Obama visited the National Hurricane Center and met privately with the family of Steven Sotloff, the journ …


    Fla GOP announces finance team

    The Republican Party of Florida is in a potentially dicey financial state these days, with neither the Republican governor nor the the Republican state Senate caucus raising money for the party and/or renting space in the state party headquarters. Scott in some respects is actually competing with the party by actively raising money for his political committee, Let's Get to Work, even though he is not up for re-election and is apparently not running for anything in 2016....


    Derby Lane as Rays new home?

    St. Petersburg-- Early in the long slog of another City Council workshop Thursday in the endless cul-de-sac of what has become the soap opera of the Tampa Bay Rays' destiny, council member Karl Nurse injected an intriguing nugget....


    What's on tap for Florida education in the coming special session?

    Florida lawmakers head back to Tallahassee on Monday to finish what they couldn't resolve during their two month regular session, namely a budget for the looming fiscal year....