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Eleven families along Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’Lakes homes are fenced in due to the massive sinkhole from last Friday on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The Doohen’s are among 11 families who had to evacuate from their homes.  Photos by OCTAVIO JONES | Times

After huge sinkhole opens, residents weigh future with unease

LAND O'LAKES — The wood floors creak each time Kendra Denzik dashes inside her darkened home to grab fresh clothes. She can't help but panic when they do. Popping noises can be a warning sign of imminent sinkhole collapse. The last time Denzik or her husband Dylan have spent more than 10 minutes inside the home the …


Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

 Winner of the week

Peter Antonacci. Gov. Rick Scott tapped his go-to utility player to lead his Florida job recruiting agency, Enterprise Florida, having previously picked him for his general counsel, to lead the South Florida Water Management District and to serve as Palm Beach state attorney....


St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, left, is seen with Karl Nurse in the combination of two images.

Nurse backs Kriseman in St. Pete mayor's race

Council member Karl Nurse has endorsed Mayor Rick Kriseman....


Kali Davis (left), training director for Springboard to Success, helps to coach Justin Black (center), who will be starting his third year of teaching PE at Melrose Elementary, as he works to instruct students in a math lesson during the Spring Board program of Summer Bridge at Woodlawn Elementary School in St. Petersburg.

ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 16, 2017

Seems like Broward County has started a domino effect. It was the first school board to commit to filing a lawsuit against the state and its controversial education bill, House Bill 7069. Then, the St. Lucie County School Board signed on, too. A running tally of school boards that have reportedly expressed interested in suing: at least Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee, Duval, Palm Beach, Alachua, Miami-Dade, Volusia, Bay and Lee. However Pinellas' superintendent and legal counsel predict it'll take about a month for any lawsuit to be officially filed....