A coalition of religious leaders, including Bishop Robert Lynch of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg, is demanding a halt to death penalty prosecutions in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties in the wake of a Harvard University report that labeled the two "outliers" on capital punishment.
FLORIDA'S ELECTIONS CHIEF ORDERED TO MEET TODAY'S COURT-IMPOSED DEADLINE ON FIXING MAIL BALLOTS
Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections officer is under a court-imposed deadline to allow mail ballots with signature defects to be fixed in time to be counted in the upcoming election — a ruling that could affect thousands of Florida voters.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH DURING TONIGHT'S MARCO RUBIO/PATRICK MURPHY DEBATE
The debate over debates is over. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy will finally stand face to face tonight in Orlando. The one-hour debate will be held at the University of Central Florida and broadcast online and on certain TV and radio stations statewide. ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will moderate. In the first of at least two debates over the next three weeks, we list five things to watch. And make sure to keep our live blog open on your second screen while watching: tbtim.es/senatedebate.
MOSAIC REPORTS THIRD SPILL AT ONE OF ITS PLANTS, THE SECOND UNDER NEW REPORTING SYSTEM
Mosaic, the phosphate company that spilled 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the aquifer via a massive sinkhole at its Mulberry plant, has suffered another spill.
PINELLAS COUNTY SEWER TASK FORCE BEGINS: WHO SHOULD PAY? WHO IS FIRST IN LINE?
Elected officials from around Pinellas County met Monday to try to reach consensus on possible fixes for leaky pipes that have led to hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage polluting waterways and watersheds in recent years.
PAUL BILZERIAN'S MANSION, TAMPA BAY'S MOST EXPENSIVE FORECLOSURE, FINALLY SELLS FOR $2.85 MILLION
The 28,000 square foot home — with 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, six half-baths, indoor basketball and racquetball courts, four fireplaces and a wine room — once was on the market for $18 million, making it a relative bargain.
ARE YOU PAYING MORE AT THE PUMP?
Though Florida was largely spared by Hurricane Matthew, gas prices here are up while falling elsewhere. Here's why.
EVE EDELHEIT | Times
DINING: FRESH INGREDIENTS ELEVATE THE FARE AT D'MEXICAN
D'Mexican opened in November 2014 in a nothing-special strip mall way out west on Central Avenue. Prior to that, the space had briefly been Old St. Pete Cafe and New York Cafe before that. It's a long, slightly narrow dining room with a bar, no outdoor tables. Simple tile floors, deep terra cotta-colored walls and the radio turned to lively Mexican hits, it's comfortable and casual. But what makes it worth reviewing is the quality of ingredients.
WITH USF ON THE TABLE, WILL THE BIG 12 PICK ANYONE FOR EXPANSION?
The Big 12 expansion movement takes its next public step today when league presidents offer an update at the end of their scheduled meeting at a Dallas-Fort Worth hotel. Will USF get in? Our sports columnist Martin Fennelly points out that the Bulls had more to lose by not trying to join than if they had sat idly by.
MOVIES: 'AMERICAN HONEY' AND RAMBLING, EPIC LOOK AT YOUNG LIFE
"We explore America" says the roustabout spider to a firefly spirit in American Honey, echoing so many easy riders before. Finding what different movie generations do, that isn't always pretty.
DIRK SHADD | Times
KITE BOARDING: FREEDOM TO RIDE THE WAVES
When the wind kicks up and seas get rough, most people stay off the water. But Aaron McClearnon looks forward to those breezy forecasts. In fact, he hopes for them.