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Larry Heiny of Sarasota rouses the crowd after a USF medical marijuana rally Oct. 7 at the Marshall Student Center as part of the United for Care Medical Marijuana October Bus Tour.CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Florida medical marijuana supporters will try again on 2016 ballot

The group that put medical marijuana on the Florida ballot this year — and fell just short of passing it — intends to launch a new constitutional amendment campaign shortly. "We are swiftly mobilizing a new petition push to get medical marijuana" on the next general election ballot, United for Care director Ben Pol …


  1. USF medical school's proposed move to downtown Tampa part of a trend


    TAMPA — The University of South Florida is not alone in its ambitions to build a medical school in the heart of a city.

    The University of South Florida wants to incorporate its new Morsani College of Medicine with its Heart Health Institute, a new venture proposed for this downtown Tampa location.
  2. Self-defense argument made in drug deal murder case


    LARGO — The drug dealer and the addict argued over a rock of crack cocaine, and it ended when the dealer shot his customer.

    Byron Jackson, 33, is charged with first-degree murder during a 
drug deal. 
  3. One man's dream lights up Safety Town



    The holiday season just got a little brighter in these parts.

    Scott Vargas guides lights into place from atop a bucket truck as a lighted 35-foot Christmas tree takes shape.
  4. Jury finds doctor not guilty of groping female assistant


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Six and a half years after he was first accused of illegally touching an employee in his medical clinic, Dr. Gunwant Dhaliwal has been found not guilty in a criminal trial.

    Now, he says, life can finally resume.

    Dr. Gunwant Dhaliwal was found guilty in May 2011 on one charge of misdemeanor battery.
  5. Long-term transportation plan includes sales tax increase


    Just a month after voters in two neighboring counties rejected 1-cent sales tax increases for transit and roads, Pasco commissioners and elected city leaders will be asked to consider a long-term transportation plan that includes $1.6 billion from a similar sales tax.

    But the proposal may face a bumpy road.

  6. People Helping People expands outreach to meet growing needs in Hernando


    While the weight of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie put a strain on many dining tables Thursday, many people in Hernando County faced slim pickings.

  7. As homeless numbers climb, Jericho Road Ministries readies new shelter for men



    “Let the people know, and they will come." That axiom may be prompting a growing number of requests for homeless sheltering in Hernando County.

    A $400,000 grant will cover the remodeling of the 9,910-square-foot former church at 11014 Broad St., Brooksville, which will become Joshua House, a men’s education center and shelter that will provide 30 beds.
  8. Shoppers came out on Thanksgiving to beat the Black Friday rush



    They could have been at home, cozy and warm, sleeping off their gravy-slathered traditions and dreaming of pie.

    Kelli Flory, right, of Clearwater pulled two carts full of gifts for her three children Thursday at a Toys ’R’ Us in St. Petersburg. The store, as well as others, opened for Black Friday shopping at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  9. With welders needed, grant to Tampa college aims to fill a skills gap

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — In hindsight, Todd Singleton says he left the Air Force at the worst time.

    After spending 20 years in the Air Force, Todd Singleton, 44, is now enrolled in the Hillsborough Community College welding program on E Columbus Drive in Tampa.
  10. Man shot and killed by Hillsborough deputies during standoff


    WESTCHASE — A 45-year-old man was shot and killed by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office SWAT team Thursday after a five-hour standoff during which he fired several shots at deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.

  11. When it comes to technology, Florida schools struggle to keep up with students


    LAND O'LAKES — Three teachers stared intently at a wide-screen Apple TV, laptops at their fingertips, testing a vocabulary game for a U.S. history class.

    Rushe Middle School sixth-graders learn how to access their school’s new e-book collection on their electronic devices.
  12. Florida Gators beat UAB with late run


    PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Michael Frazier scored 14, Chris Chiozza added 13 and No. 18 Florida survived a rough offensive night to beat Alabama-Birmingham 56-47 in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday night.

    Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith (10) dunks during their game against UAB at the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen) BHS162
  13. St. Petersburg police investigating fatal crash at 34th Street and Central Avenue


    ST. PETERSBURG — A high-speed car crash left at least two people dead and wreckage scattered across 34th Street and Central Avenue late Thursday, police said.

    One of the cars involved in the fatal accident remained at the scene at 34th Street and Central Avenue on Thursday night.
  14. The object Best Buy shoppers desire: One TV to rule them all

    ST. PETERSBURG — If you don't know what it is, frankly, you don't belong here. In the (Florida) cold, on the pavement, outside of the Tyrone Square Mall Best Buy. This is just for the die-hards.

  15. Soccer town Tampa Bay: It was a kick in the grass

    Human Interest

    Once upon a time, this was a soccer town. Before Tampa Bay had its Buccaneers, long before the Lightning hit the ice or the first Devil Ray hefted a bat at the Trop, this town loved its Rowdies.

    Farrukh Quraishi played on the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ first team in 1975.