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  1. Letter to Clearwater residents has confusing, but benign water warning


    About 22,000 residents in Clearwater recently found a jargony letter in their mailboxes from the city about a chemical found in the drinking water.

    But don't panic.

  2. Paul Ryan backs Rubio


    House Speaker Paul Ryan throws his support to Marco Rubio.

  3. Montelione "humbled" by Obama endorsement


    Endorsements of political candidates don’t generally do much to move the needle for a campaign.

    President Barack Obama
  4. Flaming Lips coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    The Flaming Lips have a strange history in Tampa Bay over the past decade.

  5. Gold Star father who battled Trump stars in new Clinton ad in Florida


    Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who tangled with Donald Trump, is featured in a new Hillary Clinton ad running in Florida and other battleground states.

  6. Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has said  her staff investigated and found no faulty ballots. [Special to the Times]
  7. iQor closing St. Petersburg tech repair facility, cutting 76 jobs


    ST. PETERSBURG — Less than two years after moving its international headquarters to downtown St. Petersburg, tech call center and repair company iQor US is shrinking its operation here.

    Hartmut Liebel, shown speaking at the University of Tampa Fellows Forum last year, is CEO of iQor, which this week told state officials it is cutting 76 jobs in St. Petersburg. 
[Rachel Crosby  |  Times]
  8. Ferry arrives ahead of its 6-month test run between Tampa, St. Petersburg


    The 98-foot ferry slated to make trips across Tampa Bay between Tampa and St. Petersburg on a pilot program for the next six months has arrived.

    The 98-foot ferry that is slated to make trips across the Bay between Tampa and St. Petersburg for the next six months docked at downtown St. Petersburg's Vinoy Basin early Friday morning. SAMANTHA PUTTERMAN | Times
  9. The 2017-18 Pinellas County school calendar is coming


    It's never too early to plan for summer vacation.

  10. USF will guarantee admission to state college students


    TAMPA — Officials at the University of South Florida today are launching a new program that will guarantee admission to students in the Florida College System, …

    An incoming freshman at USF walks on the Tampa campus during an orientation event Aug. 1, 2016. More students from the Florida College System will be coming to the school under a new program that gives them guaranteed admission. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times] 

  11. Why Marco Rubio keeps talking about the Iran nuclear deal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Marco Rubio has traveled to 20 countries including some of the world's most dangerous hot spots and landed a chairmanship of a key international affairs subcommittee during nearly six years in the U.S. Senate.

    Sen. Marco Rubio has long made his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal a touchstone to his foreign policy record in the U.S. Senate. Here's a screen grab from a 2015 TV commercial from Conservative Solutions Project, a "social welfare" group with ties to Rubio. The ad featured Rubio's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and urged people to get their elected officials on board.
  12. Traveling to Cuba? This Q&A has info on visas, credit cards, hotels and how not to run afoul of U.S. law

    Human Interest

    When Southwest Airlines begins direct service Dec. 12 from Tampa to Havana, it will be cheaper and easier for locals to visit Cuba.

    American visitors to Havana, whose numbers are expected to rise now that commercial flights are available from Tampa and other U.S. cities, will need to prepare for the unique challenges of a stay there -- including the need to carry cash. [Associated Press]
  13. John Travolta and Kelly Preston seen ice skating at Westfield Countryside mall


    This week in celebrities doing normal people things, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston were seen ice skating at Westfield Countryside mall with (probably) their son, Ben.

    John Travolta on the ice
  14. Lawsuit says Broward mail ballot skipped marijuana amendment

    State Roundup

    A marijuana-legalization group has sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, saying a statewide amendment on medical marijuana was omitted from some voters' absentee ballots.

    Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes [Special to the Times]