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  1. What it's like to sit through a fish pedicure

    Deal Divas

    I had the pleasure — no really, the pleasure — of trying out a fish pedicure during my recent reporting trip around Japan (dispatch No. 1 here, with reported stories to follow). …

  2. DCF drops case and missing child is found dead, in freezer

    The Buzz

    Keishanna Thomas’s name — and those of her five children — appeared again and again in reports to the state’s child abuse hotline. The calls began more than a decade ago. There were an even dozen. …

  3. Team Bush makes oppo moves against Rubio, Kasich and other rivals

    The Buzz

    Team Bush is on the offensive, dispatching trackers to rivals’ events, including Marco Rubio yesterday in Iowa, and opposition researchers to John Kasich’s congressional library in Ohio. …

  4. Key Cabinet member urges 'time out' on driver's license revamp

    The Buzz

    Two influential members of the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday sided with critics of a proposed revamping of the state system of issuing driver's licenses from a county-by-county over-the-counter system to a centralized issuance system by mail that's used in most states. …

  5. Looking back at Katrina: Photos and reflections from Times staff photographers


    On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Tampa Bay Times Director of Photography Boyzell Hosey went through our archives to find some of the most compelling images captured by the Times staff photographers who were sent to cover that terrible storm and its aftermath. Collectively, they paint a picture of people struggling to survive and endure under horrible circumstances. …

    (August 29, 2005) Daniel LaCour, 41, of the 8th Ward of New Orleans, waits to be rescued. He said he and his brother, Glen LaCour, 30, had stayed behind to allow other members of the family to evacuate because there was not enough room in their car
  6. Rubio: China 'a growing danger to our national security'

    The Buzz

    Marco Rubio is giving a speech in North Charleston on China. Here are remarks as prepared for delivery: …

  7. Gov. Scott instructs AHCA secretary to audit hospitals, insurance plans

    The Buzz

    After demanding that hospitals and insurance companies prove their Medicaid contracts are below state-mandated limits, Gov. Rick Scott is dispatching Agency for Health Care Administration to audit those that did not send the state information by an Aug. 1 deadline. …

  8. Huckabee responds to Bush: 'I take nothing back'

    The Buzz

    A day after Jeb Bush scolded Mike Huckabee for likening the Iran deal to the Holocaust, Huckabee punched back on Fox News and declared: "I take nothing back." "You don’t tone down the rhetoric when people are threatening a country off the face of the map,” Huckabee said on The Dispatch. …

  9. Florida education news: Testing, finances, overdue repairs and more

    The Gradebook

    PRIORITIES: On his first official day, Hillsborough superintendent Jeff Eakins talks about his goals for the school district. COMMUNICATION: Pasco Pine View Middle leaders scale back their aggressive scheduling and curriculum plans after listening to parent concerns. …

  10. House's adjournment was well-planned, but some House members didn't get memo

    The Buzz

    The decision by the Florida House to adjourn early was known among a small handful of members of the lobbying corps, who positioned themselves in the chamber for the historic announcement. …

  11. Men's tennis: Bulls repeat as AAC champions


    The USF men's tennis team earned its second consecutive American Athletic Conference tournament crown Sunday, dispatching Tulsa 4-0 in the championship match on the Golden Hurricane's home court. Senior Oliver Pramming, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, clinched the crown for the No. 21 Bulls with a straight-sets victory against 80th-ranked Alejandro Espejo at No. 2 singles. …

  12. Meet Marco Rubio's campaign team

    The Buzz

    By Alex Leary and Adam C. SmithMarco Rubio is waiting until April 13 to announce his presidential campaign, but his core team is in place, mostly employed by Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC. Strategists …

  13. Bill Nelson steps up fundraising for 2018 re-election

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    Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, is beginning to ramp up fundraising as he prepares to seek a fourth term in 2018. …

    Fundraising notice for Sen. Bill Nelson
  14. Pinellas to start using public safety radio system

    The Gradebook

    The Pinellas County School District has signed onto the county's public safety radio system. The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of using the radio system. The cost will be based on usage, but (by contract) can't exceed $100,000 this year.  …

  15. Florida education news: Testing, accountability, school grades and more

    The Gradebook

    TESTING: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart launches a review of standardized testing. NCLB WAIVER: The U.S. Department of Education gives in on Florida's plans for using English-language learners' test scores for accountability. More from the Miami Herald. …

  16. Nordstrom Rack coming to Clearwater in 2015

    Deal Divas

    Sometimes here at Deal Divas, our regular beat jobs intersect with our roles for you guys. Did you see this dispatch in the paper by Deal Diva Keyonna (also a reporter in North Pinellas) about some big retail news? Nordstrom Rack is coming to Clearwater next fall! From Keyonna's story: …

  17. Rubio headed back to Iowa as Ernst mounts strong campaign

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    Marco Rubio will return to Iowa later this month for a Reagan Day dinner and to campaign with U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst. …

    Sen. Marco Rubio with Joni Ernst in Iowa in June
  18. Rubio: 'America cannot avoid its role as a global leader'

    The Buzz

    Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism -- of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival -- in foreign policy speech today that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world's hot spots. …

  19. Florida's a dangerous place


    No. 1 for highest risk of property damage loss from natural hazards! Florida ranks as the U.S. state with the highest level of risk exposure to multiple natural hazards, according to new data released Thursday by CoreLogic. …

  20. Tallahassee police release new details in murder of FSU professor

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    Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was shot in his car, police said Monday, after releasing notes from the Tallahassee Fire Department dispatch log. …

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