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Trump declares emergency, wonít use Hurricane Michael and Florida disaster aid for wall

Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said other resources will pay for $8 billion in border barriers.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
 
 

Ron DeSantis lays flowers at Parkland memorial during vigil

Several hundred attendees gathered Thursday evening, and religious leaders from different faiths...

 

Spring Hill Polish restaurant finally opens

After three years of waiting,they're eating home-made pierogies and kielbasa.

Pierogies are made by hand at Cracovia, here being formed with a kraut and mushroom filling by kitchen staffer Barbara Stefanski.  BETH N. GRAY | Special to the Times
 

Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils plan to expand state money for private school tuition

He proposes a new scholarship for low-income students similar to the tax credit program already in...

Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an education announcement at Calvary Christian Academy in Orlando on Feb. 15, 2019. [WKMG live screen grab]
 
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Florida Insider Poll: Voters would approve assault weapons ban

And they donít think blackface is grounds for automatic resignation.

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times20 protesters participate in a Die-In on the fourth floor rotunda of the Florida Capitol, 3/6/17. They continue to push for an assault weapons ban. Lawmakers in the Florida House were debating a gun/school safety bill at the time.
 

A stem cell transplant with a twist. ‘They are connected in so many ways’

She was a Florida college student with cancer. He lived in Kentucky. Their blood and bone marrow...

Nicki Kremer, right, poses with her mother, Madelyn Balitz, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa when Kremer was in her 20s. Kremer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 24. But today, at age 38, she’s in remission, thanks to a stem cell donation from a stranger who lived in Kentucky. [Photo courtesy of Nicki Kremer]
 
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Tampa Bay’s architects remain bullish on local economy

Most of the architects said demand for their services would grow this year.

Chairs and umbrellas can be seen at the new Sparkman Wharf, formerly Channelside Bay Plaza, in Tampa. BDG Architects designed the complex.
 

Who will win the Daytona 500 and why?

The flag drops on the Great American Race Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Alex Bowman (88) leads the field during start of the second NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto race Thursday. Whether Bowman or someone else ends up in Victory Lane Sunday remains to be seen. [AP Photo/Chris O'Meara]
 

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Todd Grantham, Jim Leavitt, Daytona 500 and more

Matt Baker joins Rick Stroud to talk NASCAR and college football.

Todd Grantham, pictured at Louisville in 2014, watches his team go through warm ups before a game against Murray State. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]
 

LA Times ranking has America divided on french fries

Who has the best fries? A piece by columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson has drawn reactions far and wide.

[Times file]
 

Charlie Crist: Branch campuses Ďonly logicalí choice for USF consolidation

He is the third politician to publicly voice support of a consolidation model that keeps strong...

SCOTT KEELER   |   Times Congressman Charlie Crist says USF's campuses in St. Petesburg and Sarasota should keep autonomy through consolidation.
 
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