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  1. Sheldon handily defeats Thurston in Democratic primary for attorney general


    TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon easily beat Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

    George Sheldon, a veteran of Florida government, will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi.
  2. Adam C. Smith column: 5 things to watch in Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    Charlie Crist, the former self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, officially became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor Tuesday, easily beating back a bare-bones primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County.

  3. Falcon's Fury up and running at Busch Gardens; here's what it's like to ride


    TAMPA — As your toes dangle 335 feet high atop your perch on the Falcon's Fury drop ride at Busch Gardens, you can see Tropicana Field nearly 25 miles away in St. Petersburg. It's a moment of pure awe. Just before the panic.

    ANNE GLOVER  |  Times
Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens is open more and more to riders.
  4. Epcot adds after-hours party to food and wine fest


    There will be a new after-hours street party this year during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, which starts next month at the Orlando theme park. The Late Nights Live! party will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. during the festival for $79 per person. That gets you six items from select …

    Le Cellier‚€™s popular wild mushroom beef filet mignon with truffle butter sauce is paired with the perfect syrah at the Canada marketplace during the 17th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 28-Nov. 12, 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
  5. Immigration protesters interrupt Sen. Marco Rubio (w/video)

    State Roundup

    A year ago this month, Sen. Marco Rubio was heckled as he took the stage at a conservative gathering in Orlando.

    Protesters shout at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as supporters try to usher them out during U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s “Faith and Freedom BBQ” in Anderson, S.C., on Monday.
  6. Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll rips Gov. Rick Scott, others in new book

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In a new book about her two years as Florida's lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll paints a grim picture: ignored by Gov. Rick Scott, belittled by his back-biting staff and forced to resign from office for no reason.

    Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's book, "When You Get There," hit bookstores Wednesday - her birthday.
  7. Democrats plan aggressive push for unity after Florida primary

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — This year the Florida Democratic Party is determined not to be the circular firing squad party.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich, right, speaks with Maxine Adler during a Palm Beach Civic Association “Meet your Candidate” event last week in Palm Beach.
  8. Bousquet column: Duke Energy makes battle for governor go nuclear

    State Roundup

    A power company that writes six-figure checks to the governor's re-election gets attention.

  9. Gov. Rick Scott calls for review of education standards, state tests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to secure votes from parents and the tea party faithful, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called for a review of Florida's controversial new education benchmarks and a "thorough investigation of all standardized tests."

  10. PolitiFact Florida: GOP claim on Obamacare rated Pants on Fire

    State Roundup


    Charlie Crist's vow to change Florida law about insurance regulation during a Facebook Q&A on Aug. 6 was not liked by the Republican Party of Florida.