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  1. City manager: Oil spill proceeds should have a lasting legacy

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city should spend the money it will receive in its BP settlement on something that will have a lasting impact, City Manager Bill Horne told the City Council on Monday.

  2. PSTA chief Brad Miller catches flak from board months after defeat of rail plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The chief executive of Pinellas County's transit agency is being put on notice by some of his bosses, including one of his staunchest supporters.

  3. Confused by all this rain? Relax. We got answers.

    Weather

    In the Bible, Noah dealt with 40 days and nights of rain by building an ark. Tuesday will mark 20 days of liquid sunshine for Tampa Bay. Here are some questions and answers about our long, soggy ordeal and what it means.

    How much rain has fallen?

  4. City: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be in early March 2016

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials confirmed rumors Monday that next year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place in early March, a couple weeks sooner than it has in past years.

  5. Undercover officers infiltrated, took over Tampa protest groups before 2012 Republican National Convention

    Politics

    TAMPA — A lot went into Tampa's trouble-free protests during the 2012 Republican National Convention: Intense planning. Lessons of past conventions. Big spending on extra officers, training and equipment. Even a tropical storm.

    Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Tampa during the Coalition to March on the RNC rally on Aug. 27, 2012. Demonstraters, monitored by plaintclothes officers shooting live video feeds on smart phones, demanded "good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace." Groups associated with the march included Students for a Democratic Society, Veterans for Peace, GetEQUAL and the anti-war group Code Pink.
  6. Rubio votes to defund Planned Parenthood; Nelson votes against

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio stuck around Washington today to cast a vote to defund Planned Parenthood, a measure that failed to get 60 votes to advance.

  7. Craig Latimer to run for second term as Supervisor of Elections

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Craig Latimer on Monday filed to run for another term as the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections.

  8. Bucs' Doug Martin knows it's time to perform

    Bucs

    TAMPA

    We could be nice. We could ease into this thing by talking about how hard Doug Martin worked in the offseason to become leaner, stronger and faster. • We could talk about that easy smile or his aw-shucks, I'm-just-here-to-help-the-team humility. Maybe throw in an anecdote about signing autographs to …

    After a spectacular rookie season, Doug Martin has turned in two seasons that have been plagued by injuries and an alarming lack of production. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  9. For 2015 Florida Legislature, simply no end in sight

    Legislature

    It's a good thing for Florida taxpayers that state legislators don't get paid by the hour.

  10. Once dismissed, Miami chiropractor's accusations get a second life in DUI set-up case

    Courts

    TAMPA — Outraged by what he saw as a Tampa lawyer's underhanded tactics, a Miami chiropractor filed a complaint in 2010 against Robert Adams, a partner at the Adams & Diaco firm. The Florida Bar dismissed his concerns six days later.

  11. Former Gov. Charlie Crist buys house on St. Pete Beach

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — After decades as a renter, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has finally taken the plunge into home ownership.

    Charlie Crist and his wife, Carole, have closed on a 1,480 square foot cottage on St. Pete Beach. [Getty Images]
  12. The part(ies) may be over at Tampa's popular A La Carte Pavilion

    Business

    TAMPA — Charities and event planners are on the verge of losing one of Tampa Bay's most popular venues.

    Richard Gonzmart shows off a guitar signed by the Beach Boys to his wife Melanie at the 16th annual Magnolia Ball in 2009 at the A La Carte Pavilion. [AMY SCHERZER   |   Times (2009)]
  13. FHP releases name of victim in fatal Port Richey hit-and-run

    Accidents

    PORT RICHEY — The Florida Highway Patrol on Monday identified Thomas Edward Howell, 41, of Weeki Wachee as the man who was killed in a Thursday night hit-and-run wreck on U.S. 19.

  14. Publix hits a $1 billion milestone as Florida's largest private company

    Retail

    There may come a day when Publix Super Markets does not report solid quarterly gains in profits and revenues. But it was not Monday.

    Publix is Florida’s largest private company and set a milestone by reaching $1 billion in earnings in the first half of 2015.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times] 
  15. Nurses at St. Petersburg General Hospital plan protest, claiming staffing shortages

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Citing insufficient staffing levels, nurses at St. Petersburg General Hospital will hold an "informational picket and rally" outside the hospital at 6:30 p.m. today.