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Romano: Why aren't we doing everything possible to help anguished veterans?

tampabay.com — The phone rang on the VA hotline last Christmas Day. The caller was a woman, among the first wave to have served in the U.S. Navy following the passage of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act in 1948. But that was long ago, and seemingly a world away.
Dec 20, 2014

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Cubans optimistic about relationship with U.S.

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Fresh off a plane from Havana, Cuban passengers walked through the terminal at Tampa International Airport Saturday with relatives, luggage and, for the first time in a long while, a sense of optimism.

Homeless man dies from punch in face at St. Petersburg's Williams Park

tampabay.com — Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:32pm ST. PETERSBURG - A 33-year-old homeless man died Saturday, a couple of days after he was punched in downtown's Williams Park and fell down, slamming his head onto pavement, police said. Eric Clyde Balmonte, who was described as a transient, suffered a skull fracture and brain bleeding in the incident, which occurred about 7 a.m.

Jeb Bush confronts DNC's 'silly talking points'

tampabay.com — Jeb put a twist on the opposition research game. After Demcorats circulated a list of "talking points" for officials to use against him (Politico has the story) Bush posted them on Facebook along with sermon in civility. "Everywhere I go, people tell me how tired they are of the dysfunctional, squabbling silliness of politics today," Bush wrote.

Pinellas deputies: Driver causes six-vehicle crash on McMullen Booth Road

tampabay.com — SAFETY HARBOR - Sheriff's deputies are investigating a six-vehicle crash that happened Friday night on McMullen Booth Road after a driver rear-ended another vehicle and then attempted to flee the scene. Investigators say impairment may have been a factor in the crash, which happened about 6 p.m. just south of Curlew Road.
Dec 20, 2014

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Bicyclist killed in crash on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg

tampabay.com — Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:37am ST. PETERSBURG - A bicyclist died early Saturday after a traffic accident on Gandy Boulevard near the on-ramp for Interstate 275. The accident happened about 10:15 p.m. Friday. The bicyclist, whose name hasn't been released yet, was pronounced dead shortly after midnight after being transported to Bayfront Health St.

If Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both run for president, Florida loyalty belongs to Bush

Dec 19, 2014

RT @nickconfessore: Interesting deep dive into the difficulty a @JebBush candidacy presents for @marcorubio, by the TB Times. tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

Interesting deep dive into the difficulty a @JebBush candidacy presents for @marcorubio, by the TB Times. tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @mateagold: ! RT @peterwallsten: Rubio's own Senate campaign chairman: "I have to support Jeb first." tampabay.com/news/politics/… via @TB_Times

Dec 19, 2014

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Rocco Baldelli thrilled to be back on field with Rays

tampabay.com — Rays baseball operations chief Matt Silverman hasmade some bold moves this offseason, hiring first-time manager Kevin Cash, trading Wil Myers after parts of just two seasons and going against conventional logic by not adding a bench coach with big-league managing experience. But adding Rocco Baldelli to the coaching staff?
Dec 20, 2014

In Sunday's @TB_Times, Baldelli eager to get back on field as #Rays 1B coach, plus rumblings on potential moves, more tampabay.com/sports/basebal…

Brandon man dies in yet another wrong-way crash in Tampa Bay

tampabay.com — Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:39am PLANT CITY - A wrong-way collision in Plant City claimed the life of yet another Tampa Bay driver Saturday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said. John J. Borota, 52, of Brandon, was driving his 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck west in the eastbound lanes of State Road 60 at about 4:30 a.m.

Relationship between nonprofit volunteers and for-profit companies raises questions

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Julio Alvarez Jr. has worked concessions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games since 2004. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and father of two has sold food and managed beer stands, work that generated thousands of dollars for two multibillion-dollar food service companies - first Levy Restaurants, now Aramark.
Dec 20, 2014

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Relationship between nonprofit volunteers and for-profit companies raises questions

tbtpics.tampabay.com — TAMPA - Julio Alvarez Jr. has worked concessions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games since 2004. The retired Army lieutenant colonel and father of two has sold food and managed beer stands, work that generated thousands of dollars for two multibillion-dollar food service companies - first Levy Restaurants, now Aramark.
Dec 20, 2014

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Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5

tampabay.com — Friday, December 19, 2014 6:57pm MIAMI - Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them. The court said Friday it wouldn't block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @annamphillips: "I don't mind going to jail" Hillsborough's 85yo clerk clearly eager to get this gay marriage party started. tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5 tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

US Supreme Court tonight denies stay in #FL gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5, @TB_Times rpts: tbtim.es/bws

Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Rays' president strikes cooperative tone on stadium deal with St. Petersburg

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - A day after the City Council slammed the stadium door on the Tampa Bay Rays, two main players made pointed overtures toward reconciliation. "Despite the tally last night there seems to be good momentum toward reaching an agreement,'' Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said Friday, referring to the council's 5-3 vote against a plan to let the team explore stadium sites in Hillsborough County.
Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 20, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

Our complete day-after-vote story and what's next on #Rays stadium situation tampabay.com/news/rays-pres…

Dec 19, 2014

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Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - The morning after the Tampa Bays Rays lost a huge opportunity to explore new stadium sites in Tampa, the man whose question led to a meltdown in City Council chambers and squelched the deal offered some advice. To the city, to the Rays, and to his colleagues, Karl Nurse said this on Friday: take a time out.
Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

After Rays stadium site search deal falls apart, council member urges 'cooling off period' tampabay.com/news/localgove… via @TB_Times

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Big Brothers Big Sisters to move headquarters to Tampa

tampabay.com — Big Brothers Big Sisters is going to call Tampa home. The internationally known social services organization, currently based Irving, Texas, is expected to relocate its headquarters to Tampa and is the subject of a Jan. 7 announcement by an economic development group.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @VentureTampaBay: "Organization" moving HQ to Tampa to be announced Jan. 7? It's Pam Iorio-led Big Brothers Big Sisters. bit.ly/1CdmGyJ Leaving Texas.

Dec 19, 2014

"Organization" moving HQ to Tampa to be announced Jan. 7? It's Pam Iorio-led Big Brothers Big Sisters. bit.ly/1CdmGyJ Leaving Texas.

Dec 19, 2014

Pam Iorio, who became president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters in March, still has a Tampa home tampabay.com/news/business/…

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Data Targeting's Christmas card reveals its secret message

tampabay.com — Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:13am Data Targeting, the Republican political consulting firm that went to legal war for the last year to keep its redistricting documents shielded from the public record, has had some fun this holiday season at its own expense.

Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows

tampabay.com — Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week's historic announcement.
Dec 20, 2014

Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald poll: Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy tampabay.com/news/politics/…

Dec 19, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

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Pinellas authorities make 16 DUI busts, write 105 tickets overnight

tampabay.com — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, working with other local law enforcement agencies, arrested 16 drivers on DUI charges and wrote more than 100 tickets Friday night and early Saturday in a DUI "wolf pack" operation in which they heavily monitored traffic countywide. Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs police also got involved in the operation, which ran from 8 p.m.

Lightning falls to Devils in shootout

tampabay.com — NEWARK, N.J. - Throughout the Lightning's recent funk, many of its defeats have followed a similar formula to Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Devils. Tampa Bay outshot (28-18) and outchanced New Jersey, controlling play for a good portion of the game.