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 Investigators look for clues Friday at Daarus Salaam Mosque after an early morning arson. [JAMES BORCHUCK/Times]

Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

THONOTOSASSA — A call from a security company roused Mazen Bondogji from sleep about 2 a.m. Friday. The sprinklers at the Daarus Salaam Mosque had been activated, a company representative told Bondogji, who serves on the mosque's board. Bondogji arrived to find firefighters dousing a small fire in front of one of t …


Attempt to delay and deny production of records leads to mega fine for Martin County

A company that sued Martin County for allegedly reneging on a contract to use land to clean polluted water from Lake Okeechobee has won a major public records lawsuit accusing county commissioners of denying they conducted public business on private email accounts, delaying producing the accounts once they were discovered and, in one case, destroying the record trail....


6th District candidate Eritha Cainion

Uhuru activist files to run for St. Pete City Council

A 20-year-old woman who is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement wants to become the next council member representing the 6th District....


ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of Feb.19, 2017

It's been another busy week in Florida education news. Reforms to the state's higher education system took a big step forward in the Legislature, while AP results showed increasing student participation and passage of the accelerated courses and tests. Florida's teachers continued to earn strong marks in their annual evaluations, and state House members talked about urging Congress to just back off on all those regulations. That's just the tip of the iceberg....