Times columnist John Romano tells the story of a 30-year-old Hernando County man who mysteriously disappeared on the road home from Jacksonville, and how his desperate family did everything they could to find him, and then, to find closure.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAGS IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
Debates have begun to put voter-approved medical pot into state law and patients' hands. State senators and officials with the Florida Department of Health have rolled out their initial plans to enact Amendment 2, and House leaders are finalizing their own ideas. But they have already earned criticism from advocacy groups who say the state's plans are falling short of what voters intended.
TRUMP DRAFT ORDER SEEKS REVIEW ON TERROR INTERROGATIONS
President Donald Trump is considering a major review of America's methods for interrogating terror suspects and the possible reopening of CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the United States, according to a draft executive order obtained by the Associated Press.
SPECTRUM CUSTOMER IRATE OVER 'MISTAKEN' ACTIVATION-FEE CHARGE
Lara Bartelds of Clearwater has no beef with a broadband company charging new customers a one-time activation fee for new service. But what happens when Spectrum is the new guy on the block and connects its network to thousands of its existing Tampa Bay customers? In Bartelds' case, she still got charged a new customer activation fee. Spectrum's response: Oops, our bad.
PROTESTERS CLIMB CRANE NEAR WHITE HOUSE, HANG 'RESIST' BANNER
Protesters climbed a 270-foot construction site crane just blocks from the White House on Wednesday and unfurled an orange and yellow banner calling for resistance to President Donald Trump. Greenpeace said in a statement that the protesters are "calling for those who want to resist Trump's attacks on environmental, social, economic, and educational justice to contribute to a better America."
PASCO RINK BILLED AS LARGEST IN SOUTHEAST OPENS
A new five-rink ice skating facility billed by its owners as the largest of its kind in the Southeast has opened in Wesley Chapel. The Florida Hospital Center Ice complex includes three NHL size rinks, one Olympic rink and a junior rink.
PROPOSED SPRING TRAINING FACILITY IN SARASOTA SEEKS $40 MILLION
A spring-training facility for the Atlanta Braves in Sarasota County would require more than $40 million in taxpayer funds, county commissioners there were told. The proposed project, with a cost of $75 million to $80 million, would be funded in part with $22.1 million from county hotel taxes, $20 million from the state and an unspecified amount from North Port, where the facility would be located.
MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING ORLANDO OFFICER CURSES AT ANOTHER JUDGE
Markeith Loyd went before a judge for the third time Wednesday morning and, again, ended by yelling an expletive at a judge. Loyd is facing charges in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton. The latest court appearance was on a new charge of resisting arrest without violence.
POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SOUTH TAMPA ARMED ROBBERY
A Tampa man was arrested Monday after he was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint as she walked home from a South Tampa restaurant last week. Austin Tyler Wilson, 19, faces a charge of robbery with a firearm. The incident occurred near W Estrella Street and S Marti Street around 1:45 p.m., police said.
REVIEW: STRONG ENSEMBLE SERVES UP MUSICAL POWER IN 'CABARET'
The darkest long-running musical in history is back, promising another round of eternal messages about authoritarianism and hit songs. Roundabout Theatre Company, one of Broadway's nonprofits, celebrates its 50th anniversary with this touring production of Cabaret, reviving one of the theater's biggest and most influential hits.
WHY ISN'T JIMBO FISHER COMPLAINING ABOUT THE ACC SCHEDULE?
Head coach Paul Johnson thinks the ACC is out to get Georgia Tech. Three of Georgia Tech's ACC opponents have open dates the week before they play the Yellow Jackets. But if Johnson has a complaint, doesn't Florida State's Jimbo Fisher? Ten of Georgia Tech's ACC foes have had open dates the previous week since 2013 — tied with Florida State for the most in the league.
WINSTON VS. MARIOTA 2016: WHY MARIOTA WON
After two seasons, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are poised to become the franchise quarterbacks the Bucs and Titans hoped they would be. Taken first and second overall in the 2015 NFL draft, they'll be linked together forever. Every so often, we'll ask, "Who is better?" In 2015, the answer was Winston. This season? Mariota passed him by, at least in the ways we can measure. To find out how, Tom Bassinger dives into the numbers.
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