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  1. Florida Republican Party battles slump in fundraising


    TALLAHASSEE — This should be a time for the Republican Party of Florida to rake in the dollars.

    Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, right, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, talks on the House floor with  Reps. Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes, and Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, in April. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. For 2015 Florida Legislature, simply no end in sight


    It's a good thing for Florida taxpayers that state legislators don't get paid by the hour.

  3. Former Gov. Charlie Crist goes from renter to homeowner — big time

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — After decades as a renter, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has finally taken the plunge into homeownership in a big way.

    Charlie Crist and his wife, Carole, have closed on a 1,480 square foot cottage on St. Pete Beach. [Getty Images]
  4. Tampa woman receives bionic eye implant in groundbreaking surgery


    Carmen Torres woke up one morning in absolute darkness. It took 16 years and a team of doctors to bring back the light.

    Carmen Torres of Tampa is the first blind woman to receive the bionic eye implant in Florida. She shows off her bionic glasses on Friday as she sits next to Alex Gonzalez, a biomedical engineer at The University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. [C.M. GUERRERO | El Nuevo Herald]

  5. Being a Florida lawmaker a path to wealth for many


    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of the Great Recession, which left the average Florida family struggling to make ends meet, at least one group of people continues to get richer: It pays to be elected to the state House or Senate.

  6. Coast Guard ends search for missing Florida teens


    OPA-LOCKA — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  7. Orlando's Crayola Experience a fascinating wonderland of color, technology and nostalgia



    Fred Rogers' sweater is a hue Crayola might call Forest Green, or maybe Aquamarine, or maybe Illuminating Emerald. He sketches a simple rainbow on an easel in his modest TV living room, the one decorated like childhood, and turns to the camera.

    A “crayonologist” creates a batch of crayons for Crayola Experience visitors.  “This brand has certainly evolved and changed,” Crayola president and CEO Mike Perry (not pictured) says. “But that mission of sparking the creative spirit of a child has never changed.”
  8. Hillary Clinton in Miami: Lift the embargo against Cuba

    State Roundup

    Saying "America's approach to Cuba is at a crossroads," Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton called for an end to the 53-year-old Cuban trade embargo in Miami on Friday.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks before the National Urban League on Friday in Fort Lauderdale. [Associated Press]
  9. What 2016 could look like: Hillary Clinton goes after Jeb Bush while he tries to lure Democratic voters


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Forget the primary. For a moment Friday in Fort Lauderdale, it seemed as though next year's general election had already arrived.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks before the National Urban League on Friday in Fort Lauderdale. [Associated Press]
  10. Embattled Florida elections chief goes on the defense


    TALLAHASSEE — Under fire once again for lapses in oversight of Florida's voter database and lax communication, Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official says he'll "over-communicate" in the future.

    State auditors recently said Ken Detzner needs to improve his management of the voting system.