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canyon of color

canyon of color

Workers install sandstone from India on the entryway walls of the new James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art on Wednesday at 100 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. A 20-foot-high waterfall, which will include scalloped granite, is being constructed in...
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Ex-TPD Sgt. LaJoyce Houston takes plea deal in stolen tax refund case

Ex-TPD Sgt. LaJoyce Houston takes plea deal in stolen tax refund case

TAMPA It was 2011 when city police first noticed drug dealers retreating from street corners and honing their skills with debit cards, ledgers and laptop computers.It was 2012 when a detective testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee about an ep...
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Perspective: Why Trump supporters will stick by him

Perspective: Why Trump supporters will stick by him

Is there anything President Donald Trump could do that would change the minds of his supporters? For the most loyal, probably not. A recent Monmouth University poll found that, of the current 41 percent of Americans who approve of the job he is doing...
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Column: Snooty and other possible replacements for Confederate monuments

Column: Snooty and other possible replacements for Confederate monuments

I grew up in Pensacola, maybe the most Southern of North Florida's cities, or at least the one close enough to the state line to be dubbed "Lower Alabama."I ate grits. I said "y'all" and "ain't." I still do.When I was a kid, my parents would take me ...
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Celebrity chef/priest comes to town to cook with bishop

Celebrity chef/priest comes to town to cook with bishop

BRANDON Gluttony may be one of the seven deadly sins, but Father Leo Patalinghug believes food can break barriers and bring people together.And it works."What's at the center of all churches? It's an altar. And, that's where people are literally fe...
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Courtesy busing cuts continue to cause problems for parents, students

Courtesy busing cuts continue to cause problems for parents, students

Let's not wait until someone dies. This year, the Hillsborough County School Board voted to end courtesy busing for thousands of students. After years of providing buses to select students within two miles of their school, the school district elimina...
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Perspective: In 1958, I was the only Jewish first-grader at Tampa's Robert E. Lee Elementary. Here's why the name should change.

Perspective: In 1958, I was the only Jewish first-grader at Tampa's Robert E. Lee Elementary. Here's why the name should change.

It's 1958 in Tampa, I'm 6 years old and my school is named after Gen. Robert E. Lee. I'm the only Jewish kid in class.The Ku Klux Klan frequently held rallies in our neighborhood and at the Knights of Columbus. They paraded in public and operated wit...
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Perspective: The Obama-Trump voters are real. Here's what they think.

Perspective: The Obama-Trump voters are real. Here's what they think.

The story of the 2016 presidential election is simple. Donald Trump made huge gains among white voters without a college degree. His gains were large enough to cancel out considerable losses among well-educated white voters and a decade of demographi...
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Perspective: The ghosts of race and bomb shelters in Florida

Perspective: The ghosts of race and bomb shelters in Florida

Like Banquo's ghost, the specter of atomic bombs haunted Americans as war raged in Korea and the Soviet Union conducted nuclear tests in Kazakhstan. The fear of nuclear annihilation commingled with allegations that the State Department was riddled wi...
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WATCH: Heroic Hooters manager helps two sheriff's deputies subdue unruly customer

WATCH: Heroic Hooters manager helps two sheriff's deputies subdue unruly customer

BRANDON The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office praised a heroic Hooters Restaurant manager Wednesday for coming to the aid of two deputies struggling to subdue an unruly customer. Jim Nolte, manager of the Brandon Hooters on East Adamo Drive, cal...
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