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Showanda "Peaches" Darns weeps while speaking at a press conference in the Tampa Police Department press room in downtown Tampa on Tuesday. Darns pleaded with the public to help find those involved in the killing of her mother Sharon Darns-Watkins who was shot in her home. [MICHAEL BOU-NACKLIE | Times]

Police, family of murder victim plead with community for help

TAMPA — In the wake of a spike in homicides this summer, Tampa police and the family of a 58-year-old grandmother shot dead in her home this weekend pleaded with the community to come forward with information about her murder. But Tampa Police Capt. Ronald McMullen also criticized the community at a Tuesday news co …

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Convicted killer asks Supreme Court to delay execution again

The lawyers for an Orlando man whose execution was delayed by the Florida Supreme Court are asking the justices to intervene yet again....

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Recycling kickoff leaves Bayou Bonita Park residents feeling left out

ST. PETERSBURG---- By most accounts, the city's universal curbside recycling kickoff went smoothly. The first neighborhoods to get their big, blue bins picked up Monday were on the city's southeastern side. Mayor Rick Kriseman stood with the Old Southeast Neighborhood Association's president to symbolically christen the city's belated entry into the recycling game....

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Are Florida teachers ready to seek a Best and Brightest scholarship?

Reaction to our story on Florida's new program to pay teachers more money based in part on their SAT or ACT scores came swiftly....

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