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Retail software company GeniusCentral moving headquarters to St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A Sarasota company is moving its headquarters to St. Petersburg. GeniusCentral Systems Inc. plans to hire 40 new employees and transfer 60 positions to St. Petersburg. …

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Demolition begins at Seminole Mall

SEMINOLE Mall razes former theater; won't get county tax money City officials and developers still have not reached an agreement about the redevelopment of Seminole Mall. …

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Rays lag behind as major-league baseball team values rocket upward

Talk about financial grand slams. The average value of a major-league baseball team jumped nearly 50 percent in just the past year — to $1.5 billion. That's the biggest year-over-year …

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  1. Retail software company GeniusCentral moving headquarters to St. Pete

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Sarasota company is moving its headquarters to St. Petersburg. GeniusCentral Systems Inc. plans to hire 40 new employees and transfer 60 positions to St. Petersburg.

  2. U.S. House passes bill changing Medicare fee formula, extending children's insurance

    National

    The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.

  3. Judge rejects plea bargain for lawyers in DUI set-up case

    Courts

    TAMPA - A Pinellas judge has rejected plea deals for three Tampa lawyers accused of orchestrating the DUI arrest of an opposing lawyer in 2013.

    Stephen Diaco 46, had offered to surrender his law license in order to protect the firm of Adams & Diaco, where he is a partner. [Times files (2013)]
  4. Arson at Zorba's in Tarpon Springs brings back memories, good and bad

    Fire

    TARPON SPRINGS — More than 30 years ago, an arsonist broke into Zorba's nightclub on a Monday night, poured kerosene throughout the property, and ignited one of Tarpon Springs' gems of Greek nostalgia.

    The interior of Zorba’s was declared a total loss after the March 18 arson. The Tarpon Springs club was closed at the time and no one was hurt, police said.
  5. Demolition begins at Seminole Mall

    Briefs

    SEMINOLE

    Mall razes former theater; won't get county tax money

    Professional juggler and glassblower Kenneth Toombs of Largo performs at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa last weekend. This is the final weekend for the festival. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday, with a barbecue competition Saturday and Sunday.
  6. Developers moving in on Florida mobile home parks

    Real Estate

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Not so long ago, Rainbow Court mobile home park was a peaceful, pleasant community of senior citizens.

    Development surrounds the old mobile homes in Rainbow Court in Zephyrhills on Tuesday. Pretty Pond Road, center, runs along the north side of the recently sold park.
  7. Tourists flock to Cuba 'before the Americans come' (w/video)

    Tourism

    HAVANA — Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. In February, they were up 187 percent; and so far this month, nearly 250 percent.

    Tourists visit the Hamel Alley as a Cuban woman smokes a cigar in the background Sunday in Havana, Cuba. [Associated Press]
  8. Kraft and Heinz to merge in deal backed by Buffett and 3G Capital

    Corporate

    Kraft Foods and H.J. Heinz, two icons of the U.S. food industry, are merging in a blockbuster deal involving billionaire Warren Buffett and the Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, creating what will be the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.