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  1. Adventures in plane spotting in the post-9/11, social media age

    Human Interest

    Travelers stream from the covered asphalt lots to the main terminal, fussing with their luggage and monitoring check-in times on their iPhones, hardly noticing the two men.

    A Delta Airlines jest gets ready to land at Tampa International Airport on 06/21/16
  2. Talking at the table? Teen inmates in Florida don't get to eat because of it

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was lunchtime and the newly arrived teenage inmates had just filed into the mess hall at Sumter Correctional Institution, sat down with their lunch trays and begun eating. Some of them started talking — just like the inmates who'd been there longer were doing at nearby tables.

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, reads information from his computer on the floor of the House during the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee. (SCOTT KEELER    |    Times)
  3. First baby delivered in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly


    Doctors have delivered the first baby in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly, state health officials said Tuesday.

    At least 223 people in Florida have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, including 40 pregnant women. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. [Associated Press]
  4. Travel Florida guide helps you navigate each of the Sunshine State's unique regions


    Travel Florida is a new Tampa Bay Times guide for Florida residents who are eager to explore some of the Sunshine State's exciting destinations.

    Travel Florida is a new Tampa Bay Times guide for Florida residents who are eager to explore some of the Sunshine State's exciting destinations.
  5. Supreme Court's abortion ruling could affect new Florida law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida abortion law that goes into effect Friday could be undermined after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out controversial Texas restrictions.

    Florida Senator Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, was the sponsor of a law that was to go into effect Friday that would have created new requirements for abortion doctors that could have limited the number of clinics. But the U.S. Supreme Court threw out similar Texas restrictions, raising doubt about the fate of Florida's new law. [Scott Keeler | Times]
  6. PolitiFact Florida fact-checks Obama's claim that Charlie Crist led Florida into recovery with stimulus

    Former Gov. Charlie Crist once faced withering criticism for hugging President Barack Obama, but now Obama is returning the favor by embracing Crist's congressional campaign.

    President Barack Obama will meet with Vietnamese leaders this week. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
  7. In year of political turmoil, Florida candidates stampede to ballot

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida is poised for a volatile political season as a large crop of candidates met Friday's deadline to get on the ballot for the 2016 elections.

    Visitors snap pictures outside of Florida’s Capitol building in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. List of police outfits that rejected Omar Mateen grows


    Omar Mateen's quest to become a law enforcement officer led him to apply for a job with the Florida Highway Patrol in 2011, but he failed his exam, state records show.

    This undated image provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Omar Mateen, the shooting suspect at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,  on June 12, 2016. (Orlando Police Department via AP)
  9. Miami-Dade senator: My opponent offered me $25,000 to get out of his way

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Miami Democratic state Senate candidate Andrew Korge is so ambitious for public office that he's willing to go to extremes, his primary opponents say.

    Andrew M. Korge of Gen44 walks off stage after speaking at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in 2011. Gen44 is one of the newest program initiated by the Democratic National Convention to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders for the Democratic Party. (Miami Herald)
  10. GOP Senate primary is now a two-man race: Marco Rubio vs. Carlos Beruff

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The story is familiar: A brash, self-styled "outsider" with deep pockets challenges Marco Rubio on his home turf.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and challenger Carlos Beruff will run against each other in the 2016 Republican primary for the Senate election. [Times files]