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  1. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  2. Florida beats Tennessee to give Billy Donovan 500th win


    GAINESVILLE — There was never a major discussion, but it was definitely on the Gators players' minds the past couple of weeks. So much so that freshmen Chris Chiozza and Devin Robinson promised coach Billy Donovan a win last week to help him earn No. 500 for his career.

    Dorian Finney-Smith of the Florida Gators holds up a sign honoroing head coach Billy Donovan's 500th career win after the game against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday in Gainesville.
  3. With funds scarce in Hernando, schools look to raise their own money


    SPRING HILL — Springstead High School's 35-year-old, bright-blue gym floor is hard on the joints of athletes and maybe even harder on the eyes of spectators.

  4. Romano: Crime statistics dispute need for guns on college campuses


    Beware of the sex offenders!

    The murderers, terrorists and crazies, too!

  5. Heavy rains, flooding can't keep a good chili cookoff down


    It was a good day for a chili cookoff — but a lousy day to be outside to enjoy it.

  6. Apryl Foster remembered at memorial service as energetic, loving

    Human Interest


    Before she died, Apryl Foster told her boss she believed in signs from above. They talked about the meaning of the river that flows by Ulele, the restaurant where she worked, and how water represents life to her.

    Peggy and Craig Beman release a dove in memory of their daughter, Apryl Foste during a Saturday’s service near the river.
  7. Review: Young talent leads Florida Orchestra through Ades, Brahms, Mozart


    TAMPA — The kids are in charge. And they surely know how to handle their elders.

  8. Chronic prison woes remain unresolved at start of Legislature session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state's prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.

     [Florida Department of Corrections]
  9. The email that rallied Jeb Bush's troops at CPAC


    Setting aside Jeb Bush's solid performance on the CPAC stage yesterday, the headlines would have been quite different today had he been repeatedly booed or faced a mass walk out.

    Jeb Bush met with supporters after his CPAC appearance on Feb. 27, 2015.
  10. Aloe Blacc, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, more added to Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival lineup


    A week from the kickoff of Busch Gardens' inaugural Food & Wine Festival, the theme park has unveiled the fest's full concert lineup -- and it's stacked with big names from the pop world.

  11. Hernando deputies investigating fatal stabbing in Spring Hill


    SPRING HILL — A 32-year-old man who was stabbed multiple times died from his injuries on Saturday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

  12. Firefighters investigating suspicious Seffner fire


    SEFFNER — Investigators are looking into a suspicious fire that took place around 9 a.m. Saturday.

  13. Deputies: Bouncer shot, killed Tampa man during bar brawl


    TAMPA — Deputies say that a bouncer at Thee Crazy Horse Bar shot and killed a man during a brawl around 1 a.m. Saturday.

  14. The last 1: Vinny Testaverde reflects on Bucs career


    TAMPA — It has been 28 years since the Buccaneers last owned the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, when they targeted a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from a state powerhouse who was coming off a disappointing loss that ended chances for a national championship.

  15. Destruction of antiquities by militants is denounced (w/video)


    The limestone sculptures, statues and reliefs smashed by militants in northern Iraq provided valuable historical insights into kingdoms that flourished thousands of years ago and were crucial in the formation of early Arab identity, experts say. The destruction took place in Mosul, in one of the most important museums …