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Tampa Bay Times Poll: Tied Fla gov race, med marijuana failing

tampabay.com — It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy, hot enough to peel house paint. A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Graham Center poll confirms what we're running out of ways to describe: The Florida governor's race remains tied heading into the closing days of the most negative and expensive campaign the state has ever seen.
Oct 30, 2014

POLL: FLORIDA GOVERNOR'S ELECTION IS SO CLOSE, SO TIGHT*** (***if you ignore the 22% who didn't reveal a preference) tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @stevebousquet: Tampa Bay Times poll: Scott and Crist tied, 36% to 36%, with 20 percent undecided or won't say tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz… via @TB_Times

Oct 30, 2014

Tampa Bay Times poll: Scott and Crist tied, 36% to 36%, with 20 percent undecided or won't say tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz… via @TB_Times

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Times poll: Florida governor's race tied

tampabay.com — It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy, hot enough to peel house paint. A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Graham Center poll confirms what we're running out of ways to describe: The Florida governor's race remains tied heading into the closing days of the most negative and expensive campaign the state has ever seen.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @amy_hollyfield: .@adamsmithtimes on #Florida gov race: It's tighter than a rusty bolt on a '55 Ford, closer than Lassie and Timmy tampabay.com/news/politics/…

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Fatal crash forces road closures near Belcher Road and Park Boulevard

tampabay.com — Friday, October 31, 2014 6:32am A car crash at Park Boulevard and Belcher Road in Pinellas Park early Friday left at least one person dead and forced authorities to close several lanes on the roadway, police said. All southbound and eastbound lanes were closed after the crash, which occurred sometime before 6 a.m., according to Pinellas Park police.

The Villages developer, GOP mega donor Gary Morse dies

tampabay.com — Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:25am The Villages Daily Sun: THE VILLAGES - Harold Gary Morse, the ambitious and creative driving force behind The Villages for more than 30 years, died Wednesday night. He was 77. Morse was a visionary who took over a small mobile home park from his father, the late Harold Schwartz, and turned it into the world's premier retirement community.
Oct 30, 2014

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Oct 30, 2014

RT @nickconfessore: Another GOP mega-donor passes: Gary Morse, founder of Florida retirement home/middlebrow sex commune The Villages bit.ly/1DC77Q7

Oct 30, 2014

RT @TB_Times: GOP mega donor and Villages developer Gary Morse dies: tbtim.es/9qu

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Lightning tops Flyers

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Flyers center Vinny Lecavalier, the former longtime Lightning captain, said before Thursday's game that Steven Stamkos is the most dangerous goal-scorer in the NHL. "No doubt about it," said Lecavalier, who didn't play due to a foot injury.

Tea Party's Debbie Dooley roils far right with clean energy stance

tampabay.com — It took less than 24 hours for conservative media to sound the alarm over Green Tea Party founder Debbie Dooley's decision to speak out at Wednesday's "Pitchfork Protest" in St. Petersburg against Duke Energy and its attempts to squelch alternative energy in Florida.

Tom James of Raymond James Financial commits $75 million for art museum

tampabay.com — Times Art Critic Tom James has been talking for almost 10 years about founding a museum to house his vast art collection without having any specific plans. Until now. He still has major decisions to make but he has committed up to $75 million of his personal fortune to building it, identified several sites in St.

Winston, FSU rally past Louisville

Florida education news: First day of school, crowding, security and more

tampabay.com — Friday, October 31, 2014 6:21am START DATES: Pasco district officials call for a change to Florida's school start date law after it interferes with the district's 2015-16 calendar plans. CROWDING: Pasco Wiregrass Ranch High leaders press forward with plans to move the school to 10-period days.

Sale of Tampa office building one of biggest in Florida history

tampabay.com — TAMPA - In one of the largest commercial office transactions in Florida history, the 38-story One Tampa City Center has sold for $128.13 million. "It's got to be in the top five or ten,'' said Mike Davis, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield, which represented the seller.

Women hit by tow truck wakes from coma, gives birth

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - A 36-year-old pregnant woman struck by a tow truck earlier this month while walking to a doctor's appointment awoke and gave birth Thursday at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Bay News 9 is reporting. Angel Quiles and his wife Jenny are now the proud parents of a baby girl.
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Busch Gardens: No snow at Christmas Town this year

tampabay.com — Florida kids are used to a Christmas without snow, but since 2012 they've been able to fake it at Busch Gardens' Christmas Town. Not this year. The Tampa theme park says the nighttime holiday wonderland won't include the popular blanket of manufactured snow that was turned into ice slides and a place for a kid in a T-shirt to build a snowman or hurl a few snow balls at targets.

Gary Morse, The Villages developer and GOP mega donor, dies at age 77

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - Harold Gary Morse, who became a political kingmaker by contributing cash and votes to a generation of Republican candidates as the developer of The Villages, Central Florida's massive retirement community, died Wednesday night. He was 77.

Injuries continue to hamper Bucs

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Two key starters from the Bucs offense remained sidelined with injuries Thursday as LT Anthony Collins and RB Doug Martin were both held out of practice, just three days before the team's game at Cleveland.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @TimesStephenson: .@TBBuccaneers coach Lovie Smith: "Football doesn't really begin until November." Uh, coach? tampabay.com/sports/footbal… via @TB_Times @NFLStroud

Oct 30, 2014

RT @TimesStephenson: .@TBBuccaneers coach Lovie Smith: "Football doesn't really begin until November." Uh, coach? tampabay.com/sports/footbal… via @TB_Times @NFLStroud

From pros to preps, these former Bucs know how to coach

tampabay.com — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer players Mike Alstott, Donnie Abraham, Todd Yoder and Ryan Benjamin were not desperate for jobs. All four were just fine with life after professional football. Or so they thought. Despite telling themselves that their football days were behind them, all four have found themselves back on the sidelines - as coaches at Tampa Bay high schools.

Pinellas, Hillsborough seeing 'robust' voter turnouts

tampabay.com — TAMPA - More people in Tampa Bay have already voted than did before Election Day four years ago, raising the likelihood of a higher than expected turnout in Florida. Statewide, 2.4 million people have already voted. That's 43 percent of the nearly 5.5 million people who voted in the last election for governor in 2010.

USF trustees set to discuss downtown Tampa medical school

tampabay.com — TAMPA - The future of the University of South Florida's medical school could take a significant step forward Thursday. A committee of the USF Board of Trustees was scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss whether the university should build the new Morsani College of Medicine on downtown property donated by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

A sign of school board rancor

tampabay.com — What fun - if you happen to find a particularly combustible mix of politics and personality fun. So there's this school superintendent and this school board member who are often at odds. On issues large and small - like school bus safety and financial accountability - their headline-making clashes have not always been pretty.

Bucs' Major Wright gets major opportunity

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Major Wright knows the opportunity in front of him. When the Bucs traded former first-round pick Mark Barron to the Rams on Tuesday, a hole opened at safety in the team's starting lineup. And Wright, a Tampa 2 veteran and the most experienced reserve left, seems like the one to fill it.