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  1. 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival: 6 tips for survival, and 7 acts not to miss


    Before last year's inaugural Okeechobee Music Festival, Florida music festival fans were wondering: Could this thing really be the Sunshine State's long-promised rival to Solange

  2. Rubio to meet for second day with state lawmakers


    WASHINGTON — For the second consecutive day, top members of the Florida Legislature will meet behind closed doors Tuesday with Sen. Marco Rubio.

  3. Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's first address to Congress gives him a welcome opportunity to refocus his young administration on the core economic issues that helped him get elected — and, his allies hope, to move beyond the distractions and self-inflicted wounds that have roiled his White House.

    President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association on Monday at the White House in Washington. [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
  4. Trigaux: Why can't we save enough money? After decade, surveys warn savings habits still eroding


    Anyone who pays attention to the avalanche of personal finance warnings about America's inability to save money might think they have heard it all already.

  5. Five ideas for blood oranges: cocktails, doughnuts, scallops and more


    In season from December to April, blood oranges are distinguished by their deep red centers and blushed skin. A little smaller than navel oranges, they're fragrant and less acidic than other orange cultivars, with a flavor profile that hints at berry notes. As versatile as any other citrus fruit, they're an ideal …

    Blood Orange.
  6. What you need to know for Tuesday, Feb. 28


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    Donald Trump is scheduled to address Congress tonight. [Associated Press]
  7. St. Petersburg residents seek reassurance this summer won't be a sewage repeat

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — About two dozen residents quizzed city officials Monday evening about planned sewer system work in a forum that distilled the fears and confusion of a city bracing for the coming rainy season.

    Authorities closed public access to area waterways, such as at North Shore Park, last summer after large sewage discharges that followed heavy rain events. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  8. Florida woman close to Jeb Bush to be Trump's guest at speech tonight


    A Florida woman who became an ally of Jeb Bush on school reform will be a guest of President Donald Trump's for the Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress.

  9. Catching up, one year later: A recovering heroin addict finds hope and grace

    Human Interest

    The day before he almost died, he had seen his older sister overdosing in a recliner. He had watched his neighbor, a nurse, give her a shot of Narcan, the drug that lifts addicts from the brink of death. He had seen the paramedics cart her away.

  10. St. Petersburg's Northwest sewage plant will also be upgraded, hopefully by rainy season

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the city addresses the recent sewage crisis, much of the attention has been focused on whether it should reopen the shuttered Albert Whitted wastewater treatment facility.

    St. Petersburg is spending $16 million on upgrades at the Northwest sewage plant to prevent last year's release of 58 million gallons of waste into neighborhoods and Boca Ciega Bay. Here, some of the massive sewage spills released by the city last year can be seen bubbling up into the Tampa Bay. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  11. 'Sarge's Law' could bring new rules for dog trainers in Hillsborough, entire state

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — She was just inside the doorway of a veterinary hospital when Lorie Childers felt Sarge's heartbeat fade as he took his last breaths.

    Sarge, a part shih tzu and part pekingese puppy, died in the arms of owner Lorie Childers after he was injured by a trainer in 2015. Childers now wants local and state legislation to regulate animal trainers and punish ones that harm dogs in their care. Photo courtesy of Lorie Childers
  12. Live today: Curtis Reeves to testify at 'stand your ground' hearing


    DADE CITY — For three years, the man at the center of a Pasco County theater shooting has sat in silence at the center of one of the area's most high profile court cases. But on Tuesday, for the first time, Curtis Reeves will speak publicly about what happened the day he fatally shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson.

    Curtis Reeves, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Chad Oulson in 2014, is seen during his "stand your ground" hearing at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  13. Romano: Hey voters, Tallahassee wants to stiff you again


    Remember that kid from the old neighborhood?

  14. Kim Jong Nam killing organized by North Korean ministries, South Korea reports


    SEOUL, South Korea — Officials from North Korea's secret police and Foreign Ministry were involved in the killing of the estranged half brother of the country's leader, South Korean intelligence officials told lawmakers on Monday.

    Malaysian authorities have said that Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed by an extremely toxic nerve agent known as VX. [Kyodo News via AP, 2007]