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Fired University of Tampa Professor Isn't the First Insensitive Judgmentalist

August 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

The University of Tampa just fired a visiting professor who suggested on Twitter that Texas deserves the deadly devastation from Hurricane Harvey because the Lone Star State voted for President Trump in the 2016 election.

New St. Pete Sewage Spill Maybe No Biggie, but Bad Timing for Kriseman

August 29, 2017 - 1:45pm

Was St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman going to wait until the polls closed Tuesday to tell city residents about the latest sewage spill?

Ex-Lawmaker Dwayne Taylor Goes to Trial for Illegal Use of Campaign Funds

August 28, 2017 - 4:45pm
Dwayne Taylor

A trial was due to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Orlando in a case that alleges former state Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, improperly used campaign funds for personal expenses.

Wasserman Schultz, DNC Rigged the Primary, but Judge Dismisses Fraud Suit Anyway

August 27, 2017 - 7:45pm
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, accused in a class-action lawsuit of rigging the 2016 Democratic primary in favor of Hillary Clinton, was cleared of fraud in a Miami federal court last week. 

Callaloo Who? Kriseman and Midtown St. Pete Falling Outer and Outer

August 25, 2017 - 9:15am
Rick Kriseman

UPDATED AT 6 PM. TO INCLUDE CALLALOO GROUP'S ADDRESS: Who can blame folks in Midtown, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in St. Petersburg, for protesting Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to put the historic Manhattan Casino in the hands of community outsiders?

SFWMD -- Not yet Martin County -- Settles With Lake Point to Put Estuary Benefits 'Back on Track'

August 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

The South Florida Water Management District -- caught up in a legal tangle that involved 2012 Martin County commissioners and Martin environmental activist Maggy Hurchalla who advised them -- approved a settlement Wednesday with the owners of the Lake Point Restoration project in western Martin County.   

Rick Scott Didn't Deserve a Cheap Shot from his Hometown Newspaper

August 23, 2017 - 6:00am

When Gov. Rick Scott says he misspoke, why would anyone who's listened to him mangle words for nearly seven years -- especially his hometown Naples Daily News -- not give him the benefit of the doubt?

250,000 Petition for Justice in Shark Abuse; FWC Probe Still Incomplete

August 22, 2017 - 6:00am
Credit: Carlos R. Munoz

The state investigation into the alleged abuse of marine life off Manatee County in July -- most prominently, a live shark dragged to death behind a speedboat -- was still incomplete Monday afternoon.

Monuments and Statues Aren't the Urgent Conversations on Race We Need

August 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Back in the '60s, I missed a chance to cover a story that haunts me to this day.

Sorry, Big Pharma: Opioids Intoxicated Tiger Woods, Not Marijuana

August 17, 2017 - 6:00am

How did the media get it THAT wrong about Tiger Woods? Literally dozens of news outlets nationwide listed marijuana first as the reason the golfing great was found asleep at the wheel on the side of the road in Palm Beach County in May.



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