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TODAY IS LAST DAY FOR REGISTERED VOTERS TO REQUESTABSENTEE BALLOT

Today is the last day for registered voters to request absentee ballots for Tuesday's election. Contact your county election supervisor to have an absentee ballot mailed to you:

Hillsborough: www.votehillsborough.org or call (813) 272-5850.

Pasco: www.pascovotes.com or toll-free 1-800-851-8754.

Pinellas: votepinellas.com or call (727) 464-6108.

Hernando: www.hernandovotes.com or (352) 754-4125.

Missing signs? It could be the city

If the campaign sign promoting your favorite candidate disappears from in front of your house, don't blame the opposition. If you live in the city of Tampa, it could be workers sweeping your neighborhood for political signs improperly placed in the right of way. "It's our normal routine," said Jim Pinkney, manager of Tampa's Clean City division. The signs are thrown away, whether they bear the names of Republicans or Democrats. "We don't discriminate," he said. "We're picking up any illegal sign."

Pound pooch becomes drug-sniffing detective

When his chief told him there was no money for a new narcotics dog, Polk County sheriff's Deputy John Maney went to the pound, adopted and trained a dog himself. Maney, who has previously worked as a handler for five canines, turned down several dogs. He focused on ones that showed alertness, lack of fear and an eagerness to learn. He adopted an 11-month-old black Lab mix in March and named him Rezadu. They trained in an abandoned phosphate mine property and open fields for 12 weeks, detecting illegal narcotics. Rezadu did so well that he was nationally certified in August.

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