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Published May 7, 2019

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Rondé Barber to join Bucs' Ring of Honor this season

Former Bucs All-Pro cornerback Rondé Barber will be this year's Ring of Honor inductee. Barber, who currently serves as an analyst for Fox, will become the Bucs' 13th individual to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. A halftime ceremony to induct Barber will be held during the Bucs home game on Sept. 22 against the New York Giants.

These big ideas failed in the 2019 Legislative session

When lawmakers hit the road Saturday after ending the 2019 legislative session, they left behind hundreds of bills and issues that did not pass. But there's always the 2020 session, which will start in eight short months. Here are 10 high-profile issues that didn't make it through the Legislature.

St. Petersburg Housing Authority asks court to block board firings

St. Petersburg's housing agency is asking a judge to block Mayor Rick Kriseman from removing three of its board members from office. In a lawsuit filed in circuit court, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority is accusing Kriseman of illegally seeking to remove housing agency CEO Tony Love by replacing board members with people who will "follow his directive to terminate the CEO." The lawsuit claims that the "neglect" and "misconduct" Kriseman cited in his decision to remove board members is just a pretext to indirectly bring about Love's termination. The Housing Authority will be irreparably harmed if an injunction is not granted to stay the removal.

Is this gas pump sticker a public service or a campaign ad?

The seals signifying that gas pumps have been inspected by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are in the process of being replaced by new stickers with a colorful blue and green design and the face of Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried. The sticker includes a phone number to report fraud and the web address for a consumer portal, and it replaces the traditional seal from administrations past — none of which had the face of the commissioner. While the new sticker has drawn the ire of some critics on social media, Fried's staff insists that having her face on the sticker is not free campaign advertising but an "innovative approach" to "raise awareness" of gas pump fraud.

A guide to Mother's Day brunches in Tampa Bay

Celebrate Mother's Day by treating Mom to brunch. Tampa Bay restaurants have promised everything from buffets to multicourse spreads, so dig in. Here's a list of some of the notable locations.

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