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Victim in unsolved 1979 New York homicide identified as Brooksville girl

tampabay.com — BROOKSVILLE - A long unidentified New York homicide victim, whose unsolved killing puzzled investigators for more than three decades, has been identified as a girl who vanished from Brooksville in 1979.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Scott already eyeing replacement for state's top insurance regulator

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott recruited a Louisiana state official as the replacement for Florida's chief insurance regulator weeks before he publicly called for the regulator's removal as part of a second-term reorganization. Scott's office confirmed Monday that it asked for a resume from Ron Henderson, 45, the deputy insurance commissioner for consumer advocacy in Louisiana.
Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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FPL proposes to almost double Florida's solar power by 2016

tampabay.com — Florida's largest investor owned utility announced plans Monday to build three new solar farms that would nearly double the state's total solar capacity. In its announcement, Florida Power & Light said it has found a "cost-effective" way to expand solar power in Florida and proposes to install the systems at three sites in its service area, though "solar power - even the most economical large-scale installation - is generally not yet cost effective in FPL's service area."

Reports show growing financial squeeze for most Florida workers

tampabay.com — Economists pinpoint the end of the Great Recession as 2009, but for most Floridians, the financial squeeze has only gotten worse. Income disparity is growing faster and there is a higher percentage of low-wage jobs being created in Florida compared with most places in the United States, according to a pair of reports coming out this week.

Report: Gov. Scott sought to replace McCarty with Louisiana official

tampabay.com — An online news service that covers the insurance industry reports that Gov. Rick Scott's office contacted a Louisiana insurance regulator as a potential replacement for Florida insurance regulator Kevin McCarty two weeks before Scott first publicly suggested McCarty's removal from office.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants proof or an apology from NFL

tampabay.com — CHANDLER, Ariz.- Patriots owner Robert Kraft came to the Super Bowl seeking another Lombardi Trophy but might not be satisfied unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell presents his embattled organization with something even more rare: An apology.

St. Petersburg Republican lawmaker sponsors new medical marijuana law

tampabay.com — Florida medical physicians would be allowed to prescribe "medical-grade" marijuana to needy patients under a major cannabis bill filed Monday by a top Florida Republican state senator. The legislation proposed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would allow people who have specified serious medical conditions - such as cancer, AIDS or epilepsy - to receive and use medical marijuana if a doctor certifies its use.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jameis Winston's accuser reveals identity in documentary

tampabay.com — The woman who accused former Florida State University star Jameis Winston of rape has identified herself and told her story publicly for the first time in a new documentary. Erica Kinsman details her account in The Hunting Ground, a film that premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival.
Jan 26, 2015

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'Love Where you Live' author likes what he sees in Tampa Bay

tampabay.com — Four years ago, Peter Kageyama introduced us to the powerful concept that every city needs a growing core of people who show great passion and involvement in their metro area. That theme was the basis for For The Love of Cities - Kageyama's 2011 book that launched the downtown St.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Publix's beloved, and seasonal, Hula Hula Macadamia Ice Cream back in stores

tampabay.com — OMG, it's back. Last year, the Taster's Choice panel slogged through dozens of punishing blind taste tests (we double-dog dare you to sample ten cold chicken broths or Worcestershires without getting a little tetchy), and one glorious day we set our sights on a limited-edition Publix Premium ice cream called Hula Hula Macadamia Ice Cream as part of a "new products" roundup.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Metropolitan Ministries breaks ground for homeless housing project in Pasco

tampabay.com — HOLIDAY - Introduced as "Sue," the woman was a victim of domestic violence who was forced to live in a hotel with her four children. She quickly ran out of money and options. Through a phone call, she found her way to Metropolitan Ministries Pasco, an organization that helped turn the tide in her life by assisting with housing costs, clothing, counseling and employment.
Jan 26, 2015

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Case closes for Tampa teen beaten by Israeli Police

tampabay.com — TAMPA -- A Tampa teen who Israeli police beat and jailed without cause last summer is now free to return to that country, according to U.S. authorities. Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, was visiting family in Israel last July when, while watching a protest from an alleyway in Jerusalem, Israeli police grabbed him from behind and beat him unconscious.

Ex-mobster who talked to feds now wants to talk for a living

tampabay.com — TAMPA - The book starts off with him naked and defensive in a dingy jail cell in Brazil, pulling a rag-wrapped knife from a body cavity to shred a malevolent trustee named Bomba. That was a decade ago. Now, John Alite wants to talk to children about bullying.

Pinellas' Long, Morroni, Hibbard and Susan Latvala return from Cuba

tampabay.com — CLEARWATER - The two-dozen local residents who joined Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long in Cuba for four days ranged from an educator to a restaurateur. But as the United States normalizes relations and reignites a debate over lifting the embargo, they appear to agree the Tampa Bay region needs to be ready to capitalize on the potential for business as well as educational and cultural exchanges.

Pete Carroll's rah rah style turns into win win

reprints.tampabay.com — PHOENIX - It will be hard to forget the image of Pete Carroll, hands raised over his head, ricocheting all over the football field, looking for someone to hug after the Seahawks' improbable overtime comeback win over the Packers in the NFC Championship. But the truth is, it happens almost every day.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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Romano: Don't dicker on new police headquarters

tampabay.com — Be prudent. (But also realistic.) Be thorough. (But don't nitpick.) Be responsible. (But, for heaven's sake, have the courage, wisdom and foresight to actually make a decision of consequence on the city's future.) Yes, it's time once again for the City Council to address a new police headquarters in St.

Rubio's fundraising trip to California means missed votes and criticism

tampabay.com — It's cold and nasty in Washington today. Fortunately for Sen. Marco Rubio he's in California for the week, attending a series of fundraisers. Yet as he pursues his national ambitions, Rubio is neglecting the job Floridians elected him to do.
Jan 26, 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

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TGH/USF program turns weight loss into a team sport for former NFL heavyweights

tampabay.com — As a former linebacker for the Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs, James Harrell knows all about teamwork. It was team-oriented care that drew him to participate in a six-month weight loss program designed for guys like Harrell, who piled on pounds after retiring from professional football careers.
Jan 26, 2015

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Scientology movie 'Going Clear' creates buzz at Sundance Film Festival

tampabay.com — A hot ticket at the snowy Sundance Film Festival this week is a scathing documentary about Scientology from an Academy Award-winning director. Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, reportedly earned a standing ovation at its Sunday premiere.