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  1. Study: Tampa is fourth-best city in the country for recreation

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Head to the nearest park, test your mettle on Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens, or just soak up some rays.

  2. Florida Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony draws Confederate protest

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A decision to omit three Confederate soldiers from the state's fledgling Veterans Hall of Fame likely never looked better than it did Monday to state officials.

  3. Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott's shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has to make his first big decision.

    Carlos Lopez-Cantera was chosen lieutenant governor in 2013 after Jennifer Carroll was forced out.
  4. Gov. Rick Scott has spent nearly $300,000 on political consultants since April

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — For someone who cannot seek re-election, Gov. Rick Scott is spending a whole lot of money on political consultants, adding fuel to speculation that he is aiming to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

    Gov. Rick Scott, facing a state term-limit law, has never hidden his interest in national politics.
  5. Bernie Sanders turns into force on presidential campaign trail

    National

    The biggest obstacle to Hillary Rodham Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination is a rumpled, white-haired grandfather who doesn't even call himself a member of the Democratic Party.

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders pauses during a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) WIMAW112
  6. As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For nearly six months, the death chamber at Florida State Prison has remained empty.

    Since Rick Scott entered office in 2011, Florida has executed 21 people. Last year, the state’s eight executions put it third nationwide, behind just Texas and Missouri, which executed 10 apiece.  [Florida Department of Corrections]
  7. Christian music's Rock the Universe mega show coming Sept. 11-12

    Florida

    Christian music giants Newsboys (pictured) and Crowder and Grammy winners Casting Crowns will headline Rock the Universe, the two-night Christian-music festival at Universal Studios theme park Sept. 11-12. A one-night ticket sells for $61.99; a two-night ticket costs $91.99. A "Rock Your Weekend" ticket option includes …

    Newsboys Jeff Frankenstein, Duncan Phillips, Michael Tait and Joey Davis will perform Saturday during Winter Jam at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
  8. Facing life in prison, drug smuggler thinks of home in Pinellas County

    Crime

    Tommy Powell, international drug smuggler, picked an odd time to think about where he would like to retire.

    Tommy Powell, in a 2014 photo, at home in Pinellas County. [Courtesy of Tommy Powell]
  9. Wild ride across Florida: 800 miles, alone on a bike

    Human Interest

    Spindly legs dangle from the frame of my glasses. A black body rappels down a silk filament, itsy-bitsy arachnid feet tickling my nose.

    Graham Brink completed an 800-mile bike race across the full length of Florida. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]
  10. Judge blocks 24-hour abortion waiting period

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A law requiring women to see a doctor 24 hours before having an abortion is no longer in effect.

    At least, not for now.