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Sharmel Troupe and Ryan Gormley play with daughter Jada, who is almost 1, in the Nebraska Avenue motel room they currently call home.CAROLINA HIDALGO | Times

After paying $600,000 to 'Hoe' Brown, Hillsborough changes homeless program

TAMPA The only thing worse than the daily morning sickness that sent Sharmel Troupe shuffling from friends' couches to bathrooms last year was the fear that, when her baby came, the infant would be homeless. Troupe, then 30, was nine months pregnant when she and her boyfriend, an unemployed construction worker, ran …


  1. Authorities seek inmate who fled from work release program in Largo

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Authorities are looking for a 23-year-old felon who absconded from a work release program Thursday.

Times wins Pulitzer for fluoride editorials

The series of editorials was written last year by Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth after the Pinellas County Commission moved to stop putting fluoride in the drinking water, affecting the dental health of 700,000 people in the county.

Our Stand Your Ground investigation

A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Florida's "stand your ground" law is being used in ways never imagined — to free gang members involved in shootouts, drug dealers beefing with clients and people who shot their victims in the back.

  1. Legislation addressing abuse at unlicensed religious children's homes passes House after failed attempt to strip it down



    A bill addressing some of the problems exposed by a 2012 Tampa Bay Times investigation into abuse at unlicensed religious children’s homes passed the Florida House on Wednesday.

  1. UPDATED: Flores makes last-minute move to protect subsidized tutoring


    Just when it looked like Florida schools would be freed from state requirements to hire private tutoring companies, a state senator is making a late push to mandate funding through a fast-tracked virtual learning bill.

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R- Miami talks with Sen. Rene Garcia, R- Hialeah, on the floor of the Senate. Flores  proposed an amendment to an amendment of HB 7029 that would require districts to pay 8 percent of roughly $1 billion in federal education money to private tutoring contractors.