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  1. A Florida father's fight to turn pool tragedy into legislationRead the original story w/Photo

    9 hrs ago | St. Petersburg Times

    On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his seventh birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home. He raced underwater toward the light in the deep end, as he had done dozens of times before.


  2. Florida House approves controversial bill to divert district funds to charter schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Yesterday | St. Petersburg Times

    Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools. The bill was one of four high-profile education proposals that won the support of the Republican-dominated House to end the week.


  3. Marco Rubio may have presidential announcement date: April 13 at Miami's Freedom TowerRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday | St. Petersburg Times

    Marco Rubio has reserved Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13, which appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida's junior senator to announce his candidacy for president. A Rubio adviser stressed nothing has been nailed down for any kind of announcement, but the timing makes sense: Likely presidential candidate Rand Paul is expected to make things official April 7, followed by a five-day, five-state announcement tour, so Rubio presumably would not want to share the spotlight during that period.


  4. Florida Senate votes to oppose U.S.-Cuba relationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 24 | St. Petersburg Times

    In an emotional speech Tuesday, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, asked her fellow lawmakers to oppose President Barack Obama's recent decision to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba. The measure, which also discourages the federal government from allowing a Cuban consulate in Florida, is largely symbolic.


  5. Birth of a charter school and Jeb Bush's vision for educationRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    After a bruising defeat in the 1994 gubernatorial race, Jeb Bush approached a well-known civil rights leader in Miami with an ambitious plan. He wanted to open an experimental "charter" school in Liberty City, one of the nation's poorest communities.


  6. Florida lawmakers consider proposal to reduce youth arrestsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    When state lawmakers meet to consider sweeping changes to the criminal justice system next month, they also will consider a plan to reduce the number of youth arrests. The proposal would expand the state's civil citation program, which gives police officers the option to prescribe community service or intervention programs for young people who commit minor crimes instead of arresting them.


  7. Gov. Rick Scott proposes $150 million for Florida Everglades work, $5 billion over 20 yearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious environmental plan that promises to spend $5 billion over the next 20 years. [Getty Images] Standing outside a Miami airboat attraction with some of the state's top environmentalists and a caged panther named Harley, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed spending $150 million in his next budget on Everglades restoration and habitat preservation.


  8. Forget Miami, Tampa would be perfect home for Cuban embassyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 22, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In the wake of the Obama administration's decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Lenin's playground, the debate has been joined about where to locate a Cuban consulate in Florida. Hmmmm, where, oh, where? Decisions, decisions.


  9. BucsHeavy-hitting Denzel Perryman is a possible Bucs pickRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The two things Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman hears about from critics are his lack of height and his pass coverage skills. He's not getting any taller, but the draft prospect - 5 feet, 10.5 inches, officially - is eager to show he can drop back in coverage this week at the Senior Bowl.


  10. Residents lash out at police over use of mugshots in target practiceRead the original story

    Jan 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Dozens of angry residents - some carrying poster-size photos of North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis riddled with bullet holes - flooded North Miami Beach city hall Tuesday night to decry the Police Department's practice of using police mugshots of African-Americans as targets for sniper shooting training. Residents demanded the chief's resignation and called for the city to apologize for the practice, which came to light after a Florida Army National Guard member, who was at the Medley shooting range last month for training, spotted a photo of her brother laced with bullet holes in a garbage can at the range.


  11. Support builds for Medicaid expansion in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    For the past two years, the Republican-dominated Florida House has turned away federal funds intended to expand health care coverage to nearly a million uninsured Floridians. Chief among them: increased pressure from businesses, which could soon face fines for failing to provide health care coverage to employees.


  12. A Bush tradition in Coral Gables: fast golfRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    People who have played with, and near, the former Florida governor described an above-average weekend golfer who excels at moving the game along, with no patience for the practice swings and player courtesies that can push 18 holes toward the five-hour mark. "Golf would not be dying if more people played the way we play out here," Bush said after a recent round in Coral Gables that lasted about 21/2 hours, including a 19th hole to settle a tied score.


  13. Miami Cubans share emotion: disbeliefRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 17, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize relations. Obama's moves are "a betrayal not only of the Cuban people but of the American people," said businesswoman Remedios Diaz-Oliver, a board member of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC that lobbies for a hard line against the Cuban government.


  14. Florida legislators vow to get payment to abused childRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Several influential South Florida legislators said Monday they will not let a legal technicality stand in the way of getting payments to the victim of one of the most horrific child abuse cases in state history. Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, said she "won't rest" until Victor Barahona and his new parents get the $3.75 million they are owed after he was found near death alongside his twin sister's decomposing body after years of abuse warnings to the state went unheeded.


  15. School testing poised to get scaled back by Florida lawmakersRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 6, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    When the Lee County School Board voted in August to rid its classrooms of state-mandated tests, superintendent Nancy Graham says the district lost sight of a key factor: Children. Adults with political agendas on testing, accountability, Common Core and other issues held sway with passionate pleas, and board members took the bait.


  16. Tragedy revisits new Usf QB Quinton FlowersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 14, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    USF freshman quarterback Quinton Flowers, no stranger to family tragedy, has encountered it again even as he prepares for his inaugural college start. Flowers' 24-year-old half brother, Bradley Holt, was killed early Thursday evening outside an apartment complex in Miami's Allapattah neighborhood while engaged in what police described as a "good Samaritan" act.


  17. Bousquet column: A few notes on the 2014 election in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 10, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Rick Scott campaign worker Mallory Mullen breaks out the big signs in preparation for Rick Scott's bus tour stop in Sun City Center on Nov. 1. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT He might send one to the Florida Democratic Party, which was unable to unseat one of America's most unpopular governors. Or to President Barack Obama, whose own unpopularity in Florida created a nice tailwind that helped Scott squeeze out a close win over Charlie Crist.


  18. Years of tracking giant snails costs Florida taxpayers millions but leads to no criminal chargesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    At a little-known government laboratory in South Florida, they keep the snails under lock and key. Sure, any escape would be sloooooow.


  19. Even with Crisco, cargo theft is no jokeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    The best cargo thieves are expert planners. They are patient and precise and pull off million-dollar heists without pulling a gun.


  20. 15 wounded as gunfire erupts at Miami nightclubRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 28, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    A video recorded early Sunday morning shows emergency personnel outside the Spot, a Miami nightclub, tending to those who were wounded by gunfire at a party at the club. The party in the new club went into the wee hours Sunday morning.


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