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  1. Faith-based leaders united Republicans, Democrats to reduce Florida youth arrests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — James Myles is more comfortable mentoring troubled teenagers in St. Petersburg than glad-handing lawmakers in the Florida Capitol.

    James Myles of St. Petersburg is the executive director of Bethel Community Foundation Inc., CINS FINS Truancy Intervention Program Services.  He poses outside of the  Bethel Community Baptist Church. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  2. Florida dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit


    A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

    Protesters wave signs outside Schneider’s dentist office last month in Jacksonville. The children’s dentist performed unnecessary tooth extractions without anesthetic, parents say.
  3. The perpetual campaign of Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup


    For Gov. Rick Scott, the campaign never ends.

    Gov. Rick Scott has a videographer on the payroll who captures events such as this visit to a new Wawa convenience store in Fort Myers. The footage is used in campaign-style videos.
  4. NSA data collection divides Republican presidential hopefuls

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The last time Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky staged a marathon protest on the Senate floor, over the government drone policy, fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio rushed to stand by his side.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spent hours on the Senate floor Wednesday speaking against the NSA’s data collection program.
  5. Florida's Jewish voters a target for 2016 Republicans, but a near lock for Democrats

    State Roundup

    TAMARAC — Republicans can't win the White House without winning Florida, so every presidential election cycle they look longingly at Florida's Jewish voters.

    Various clubs sign up new members at a gathering of Kings Point residents May 12. The west Broward County community is a Hillary Clinton stronghold.
  6. Tampa's Riverwalk offers water recreation options (w/video)

    Human Interest


    The Tampa Riverwalk is beautiful. It's scenic. It's easy to forget you're in bustling downtown Tampa.

    Tampa’s Riverwalk offers relaxation and recreation. Arielle Waldman, left, and Chelsea Tatham head out on water bikes rented from Tampa Bay Water Bike Co. The Tampa Bay Times reporters check out the numerous options on Page 8.
  7. Universal will double down on Halloween Horror Nights scares this year


    It's no surprise that after the gangbuster business Universal raked in last year for its Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park announced it is expanding the scare-fest to a record 30 nights and doubling the number of actors roaming the park to startle visitors.

  8. Gov. Rick Scott okays 44 new laws including changes to child welfare, juvenile sentencing

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Overhauls to juvenile sentencing and child welfare, as well as a provision allowing the concealed carrying of guns during emergency evacuations, were among the 44 bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday.

  9. Disney resort bar lets you see Magic Kingdom fireworks without park ticket


    A new bar has opened up at Walt Disney Word's Polynesian Resort, and you don't have to be a theme park or resort guest to take in this unusual watering hole. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a bar loaded with tiki-tacky Hawaiian kitsch, special effects that go off on the ceiling, walls and fake windows with a screen that …

    Reminiscent of a South Seas hideaway, Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort whisks away guests to a tropical oasis with a selection of exotic cocktails, small plates and scenic views. ? Located in the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge overlooks the resort's marina and Seven Seas Lagoon and features signature beverages such as the Polynesian Pearl and Castaway Crush and a? varied? menu? including? pork p‰tŽ b‡nh m“ sliders, Hawaiian poke, sushi and pan-friend dumplings. The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio.? Disney?€™s Polynesian Village Resort? is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.? (David Roark, photographer)
  10. Feds say Florida needs $1 billion in hospital funding for poor next year

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Federal health officials told Florida Thursday that the state should expect big reductions in future years for a hospital payment program that's at the crux of a political stalemate blocking passage of a new state budget.

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks to members of the media after a meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell on May 6 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)