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Clearwater police Sgt. Rodney Johnson talks to a group of homeless people near the Clearwater Police Department. Johnson has worked to decrease the amount of spice being used in the homeless population.Photos by EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Clearwater confronts a new wave of homeless people, many addicted to spice

CLEARWATER — Having lived on the streets since 2014, when he said God ordered him to go out and watch over the homeless, Scott Elfstrom has seen new faces brought out by the typical drugs, despair or plain bad luck. But a fresh wave of homeless has emerged downtown in recent months, unique from what he's seen befor …


Florida members of Congress tell Trump to back off Atlantic drilling

WASHINGTON - A large, bipartisan contingent of the Florida House delegation has a firm message for President Donald Trump: Lay off plans for oil drilling in the Atlantic....


Democrat to challenge incumbent Pasco Commissioner Wells

Social worker Brandi Geoit has filed to run for the Pasco County Commission seat held by incumbent Republican Mike Wells Jr. ...


Citrus County School Board pushes to eliminate VAM from teacher evaluations

One of the measures in HB 7069 that many of its critics supported was the provision allowing Florida school boards to stop using the state's value-added measure in teacher evaluations....