Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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rare bipartisan agreement on federal budget

Congress and President Barack Obama approve a massive tax and spending package to fund the government through next September. Nation, 2A

Rubio misses vote on budget bill

A day after suggesting he might try to hold up a massive spending deal, Sen. Marco Rubio skips it to campaign. Nation, 2A

Solar Choice group halts campaign

Floridians for Solar Choice has shut down its petition-gathering effort for a constitutional amendment to allow looser rules on solar energy. Local, 1B

Lejeune benefits to start slowly

It will take at least a year for the VA to formulate regulations enabling Camp Lejeune veterans to receive automatic benefits for diseases linked to contaminated drinking water. Local, 1B

FAA reprimands Allegiant Air

The agency scolds the airline for an emergency landing at a closed airport in Fargo, N.D. Business, 6B

Bucs' secondary is porous again

Rams quarterback Case Keenum hit 14 of 17 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Prior to that, he had one touchdown pass all season. Sports, 1C

Lightning can't hold off Capitals

Washington, down by three at one point, scores four times in the third to beat Tampa Bay 5-3. Sports, 1C

'The Hateful Eight' to show in 70mm

The Quentin Tarantino Western will be featured in the rare projection format at the AMC Veterans 24. Etc, 2B

Coming Sunday

'Definition of insanity'

Florida spends millions making sure that mentally ill people accused of minor crimes go to court, but the state has nothing to show for it. Read part four of the Tampa Bay Times/Sarasota Herald-Tribune yearlong investigation of Florida's mental hospitals in Sunday's Times or at tampabay.com.

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Alton White, civil rights leader who loved ‘every blade of grass in Tampa,’ dies at 77

Alton White, civil rights leader who loved ‘every blade of grass in Tampa,’ dies at 77

TAMPA — Born into the civil rights movement, Alton Maurice White Sr. embraced it as his own while playing college football in Tallahassee.He brought his passion home to Tampa and for decades, played a guiding role in advancing the cause.By his count,...
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Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Presenting the 2017 Sports Turkey of the Year

Happy Turkey Day!Today is a day of tradition.The Macy’s parade. Turkey and stuffing. The Lions and Cowboys.And our annual "Turkey of the Year.’’It’s a tradition started by my former colleague at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the brilliant columnist P...
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Six years and counting: Allegiant Air reaches agreement with flight attendants

Six years and counting: Allegiant Air reaches agreement with flight attendants

ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of negotiations, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and its flight attendant union reached a tentative contract to improve worker pay and benefits and solidify airline policies."We feel like it’s an agreement that is certa...
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Some cities faced with all-or-nothing medical marijuana rules are playing it safe

Some cities faced with all-or-nothing medical marijuana rules are playing it safe

When it comes to weighing the options for regulating medical marijuana through the law passed this year, Dunedin city commissioners declared local governments face a "conundrum" and "a false dilemma."They said they would welcome a dispensary in the c...
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What’s in theaters for Thanksgiving: ‘Coco,’ ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

What’s in theaters for Thanksgiving: ‘Coco,’ ‘Last Flag Flying,’ ‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’

NOW IN THEATERS:COCODisney-Pixar’s animated dramedy Coco (PG) is inspired by Mexico’s annual Dia de los Muertos, the "day of the dead" when departed ancestors are celebrated. Good for diversity, although the movie isn’t as good as its intentions.Migu...
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Future of Hernando Beach water tower up in the air

Future of Hernando Beach water tower up in the air

HERNANDO BEACH — Perched high above the coastal neighborhood, the water tower at Hernando Beach has been a unique watchman and highly visible welcome sign for drivers and boaters although it has not held water for years.Now there is some question abo...
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Details emerge in suicide of Hernando school volunteer accused of sexual abuse

Details emerge in suicide of Hernando school volunteer accused of sexual abuse

A former Brooksville school volunteer accused of sexually assaulting teenage foreign exchange students who were under his care was found dead last week, a day before he was due in court on the charges.The body of Bruce McAllister was found at the bas...
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Pasco students score big at Junior Thespian Festival

Pasco students score big at Junior Thespian Festival

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco schools brought home 20 top honors from the District 11 Junior Thespian Festival, which included 22 schools from Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Manatee counties and took place at the new River Ridge FAME Academy on Nov. 17 and ...
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