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  1. UF to change name of records system known as 'ISIS'

    College

    GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida is changing the name of its records management system known as "ISIS," a move being applauded by a student who is the cousin of a journalist killed by the terrorist organization of the same name.

  2. Tampa Bay area business and political leaders push for Medicaid expansion

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — Though Florida's incoming House speaker appeared Wednesday to squash Medicaid expansion for a third year in row, supporters of a new plan to extend health coverage to the working poor say they believe events are lining up in their favor.

  3. Ex-Bucs find Super landing spots

    Bucs

    PHOENIX — Darrelle Revis was late. The interview session for the Patriots had begun Wednesday morning and the All Pro cornerback may have been watching film or watching his money, but he wasn't watching the clock.

    New England Patriots' LeGarrette Blount answers questions during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX. [AP photo]
  4. Gov. Scott proposes $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly all of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but it also cuts the state workforce further while shifting education costs to local taxpayers.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference, Wednesday in Tallahassee. (AP Photo)
  5. Romano: The excuses are running low for Florida lawmakers who won't expand Medicaid

    Politics

    So another holdout has fallen. Another state has seen the light.

  6. Remains of fallen Florida soldier make it home after 70 years

    Human Interest

    Times Staff Writer

    Four generations of a family gathered on the tarmac of Tampa International Airport Wednesday morning to welcome home the remains of a long lost relative. Nearly 70 years after being shot from the sky over Germany, U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. James F. Gatlin, of Jacksonville, was coming …

  7. Police: Repeat offender arrested for second sexual assault

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man already in jail on accusations of sexually assaulting a woman in late December was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a second woman, according to St. Petersburg police.

  8. For Krewe on the outside, Gasparilla 2015 parade politics a mystery

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- For the past five years, the Anna Maria Island Privateers haven't been allowed to march in the Gasparilla Pirate Festival parade.

    Suzanne, center, and Brian Olsen, right, of the Anna Maria Island Privateers trade pirate treasure with Bruce Snider, left, of Ye Mystic Krewe of the Santa Margarita before the start of the 2011 Chasco Fiesta Street Parade in New Port Richey. [Times files (2011)]
  9. Check from 'In Dog We Trust' rug goes to Canine Estates

    Human Interest

    The "In Dog We Trust'' rug is bringing a little comfort to dogs that, like the rug, are a little less than perfect.

    Pictured From L to R: Toni Goodrich, Florida State Elk's Association; Rudy Masi, Sr. Florida State Elk's Association; Sybil Freeman, Canine Estates; Barbara Erskine, Canine Estates; Jayne Sidwell, Canine Estates; and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
  10. Scott's prison budget fails to include money to investigate record high inmate deaths

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After years of slashing funding for Florida's state prison system, Gov. Rick Scott released a proposed budget Wednesday that would inject $51.2 million in new spending into the troubled agency but fails to provide any new resources to investigate inmate deaths — which last year reached a record …

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference Wednesday in Tallahassee. [AP photo]
  11. 'Game of Thrones' coming to IMAX screens this week

    Events

    Starting Thursday the HBO series Game of Thrones will get the ultra-big-screen treatment in IMAX theaters across the country — the first TV show to do so, according to IMAX. Dan Weiss, the show's executive producer told Entertainment Weekly that he was still stunned after viewing it, saying "it's the …

  12. Bondi: Blame in Gerald Bailey's ouster is on staff, not Gov. Scott

    Blogs

    Attorney General Pam Bondi asserted Wednesday that she thinks Gov. Rick Scott's hands are clean in the forced resignation of Gerry Bailey, the former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. 

    Attorney General Pam Bondi addresses reporters at the Associated Press's Legislative Planning session Wednesday in the Capitol.
  13. Full recovery expected for Tampa 'zombie cat'

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- Bart the "zombie cat" is expected to make a full recovery.

    Bart the "zombie cat" is expected to make a full recovery.  [Humane Society Tampa]
  14. Rays' Chris Archer finds South Africa a stimulating trip

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays starter Chris Archer shared as much knowledge as he could during a 12-day December visit to South Africa, teaching young kids about baseball in general and providing teenage players with specifics about pitching technique, training methods and other such tips.

    Rays pitcher Chris Archer was part of a Major League Baseball trip to South Africa where they worked with youths. [Major League Baseball]
  15. What to name Jeff Vinik's Tampa project? Send me your ideas

    Economic Development

    Amid a whirlwind of speaking gigs to explain his $1 billion redevelopment plans surrounding the Amalie Arena, Jeff Vinik often drops fresh hints of how his mega-project is shaping up.

    When Jeff Vinik first unveiled his ambitious plan last month, he referred to the project as the "Waterfront District" - just to give some identity to it until a more formal title is chosen. [Strategic Property Partners LLC]