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Wendy's restaurant on Sun City Center Boulevard was the scene of a shootout between undercover sheriff's investigators and two men suspected of dealing cocaine. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

Questions raised over undercover Ruskin drug buy gone bad

As diners noshed on burgers and fries inside Wendy's, undercover deputies prepared to make a drug deal outside. It was about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives had arranged to buy two ounces of cocaine in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant on Sun City Center Boulevard. But  …


Gwen Graham: 'I never planned to follow in my father's footsteps into politics'

Rep. Gwen Graham, who decided not to run for a secodn term after her district was redrawn, gave a farewell speech on the House floor. The Democrat is likely to run for governor in 2018....


Kriseman pulls plug on hiring DEP investigator

Mayor Rick Kriseman has said a state employee involved in the sewage investigation of St. Petersburg's massive sewage discharges won't be hired for a higher-paying city job after all....


Florida lawmaker seeks more controls over school lunch time exits

The days of open high school campuses, where students could come and go as they please, are mostly a thing of the past....