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  1. Many signs before slaughter of family in Bell last month

    Crime

    A Florida child welfare report alleging that the six children of Sarah Spirit were not safe with their mother languished for two weeks without investigation — until the youngsters' grandfather shot the entire family on Sept. 18, records show.

  2. PolitiFact Florida checks 'flippin' unbelievable' ad against Charlie Crist (video)

    State Roundup

    A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin' unbelievable" — then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.

    Some of the Republican Party of Florida’s claims about a flip-flopping Charlie Crist hold up as full flops, while some rate as half flips.
  3. Disney will stoke 'Frozen' fever at Christmas theme park events

    Florida

    No shocker here, given that Frozen is now the most successful animated film of all time: Disney plans to cash in on Frozen fever at its theme parks this Christmas. The frosty world of the 2013 hit film will play a big part in the park's annual holiday events, from turning Cinderella's Castle into an ice …

    An image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." [Associated Press]
  4. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott's tax attack on Charlie Crist skirts truth

    Legislature

    As they prepare for the first of three TV debates, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are fine-tuning their talking points for viewers who are just starting to pay attention to the biggest race for governor in the country.

  5. Charlie Crist kicks off latest campaign tour with stop at Pasco home

    State Roundup

    HOLIDAY

    Charlie Crist kicked off a "kitchen table tour" with a stop at a Pasco County home Monday morning to talk about insurance and utility rates as polls show the Democrat locked in a virtual tie with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Charlie Crist sits at the dining table with Marge Gibbons, 68, while he visited her and her husband, J.M., Monday morning at their Holiday home. [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times]
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Was Gwen Graham a Washington lobbyist?

    State Roundup

    Florida's most competitive congressional race is a North Florida battle between Republican incumbent Steve Southerland and Democrat Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida Gov. Bob Graham.

  7. Are Rick Scott's letters to Floridians part of his re-election campaign or part of his job?

    State Roundup

    The delay in getting his classroom-supply debit card was expected, but what gave chemistry teacher Shawn Beightol a case of the eye-rolls was what he called the "inappropriate political message" attached to the bank statement that arrived in the mail.

    The governor's office denied Rick Scott is campaigning on the state dime because cheering on citizens is part of the governor's job. [Getty Images]
  8. Crist's signature accomplishment is one he never mentions

    Elections

    On the campaign trail, Charlie Crist rarely, if ever, mentions a 1995 law that was arguably the most far-reaching legislation of his entire political career — and which used to be a key feature of his tough-on-crime persona.

    Charlie Crist has not made crime a big part of his campaign.
  9. Cornpone classic Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue turns 40 at Disney

    Florida

    LAKE BUENA VISTA

    When I was 8, my father inadvertently whipped me in the eyeball with a red-and-white cloth napkin. It was a stinger for sure. The physical pain, however, was outweighed by the emotional shock of where this eye-gouging happened: Walt Disney World, specifically the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, an …

    Sept. 5, 2014 marks the official 40th birthday of one of the longest-running dinner shows in American history Ð Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at DisneyÕs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Known for its corny jokes, endless buckets of chicken and ribs, and upbeat energy, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue presents three shows nightly, seven days a week, at 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or book online. DisneyÕs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Photo Imaging)
  10. In search for president, FSU paid $160,000 for consultants

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — The controversial and at-times muddled search for a new president of Florida State University includes an expected tab of about $160,000 for consultants.

    Influential state Sen. John Thrasher, the odds-on favorite, was offered the Florida State University president's position on Tuesday. [Times files]