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Florida's biggest law firms tap new gold mine: state's proposed medical-weed industry

tampabay.com — TAMPA - For decades, attorney Richard Blau focused his legal savvy on the high-stakes business of booze. Alcohol-industry law was an attorney's dream, full of unresolved questions and deep-pocketed players clawing their way to the top. So when Florida's talk turned to marijuana, another storied pastime with its own dubious history, Blau's titan of a law firm, GrayRobinson, jumped at the opportunity.
Aug 01, 2014

Major FL law firms organize to promote 'expertise' to what they expect will be a booming marijuana industry in state. bit.ly/1ofj7ml

Aug 01, 2014

RT @drewharwell: The newest frontier for #Florida's biggest legal titans: The laws of medical weed. In Sunday's @TB_Times: tampabay.com/news/business/…

Aug 01, 2014

The newest frontier for #Florida's biggest legal titans: The laws of medical weed. In Sunday's @TB_Times: tampabay.com/news/business/…

Photos: Derrick Brooks to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

tampabay.com — Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday evening. Brooks, a four-year letterman at Florida State University, was drafted by the Bucs in the first round in 1995.
Aug 01, 2014

RT @TBTimes_Sports: View a gallery of photos of Derrick Brooks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. tbtim.es/5xy @DBrooks55 #Bucs @TBBuccaneers

Aug 01, 2014

RT @TBTimes_Sports: View a gallery of photos of Derrick Brooks at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. tbtim.es/5xy @DBrooks55 #Bucs @TBBuccaneers

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Gov. Rick Scott: We're watching you

tampabay.com — WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a scathing letter to Gov. Rick Scott over voting changes in Florida and issued a warning that the Justice Department is "carefully monitoring" the state.

Pier could be saved, report finds, but cost is unclear

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - The inverted pyramid Pier is structurally sound and could be renovated to last another 75 years, according to a city-commissioned engineering study released Friday The report was good news for those who have fought to save the controversial building, especially Frank Carter "Bud" Karins, a licensed structural engineer who pushed for the study and wrote the protocol for conducting it.

Florida judge orders special session for new congressional district map

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled Friday that the Florida Legislature must immediately revise its congressional map and gave it until Aug. 15 to submit a revised map. Lawyers for the Legislature had argued that fixing the map before the November elections would "cause horrific uncertainty" for voters and would be an extreme, unnecessary remedy.

Fans of Chalet Suzanne savor iconic restaurant, but can't save it

tampabay.com — LAKE WALES - Nowadays, the weathered roadside sign seems to beg for attention, but narrow your eyes and you can see better days. Better days, when Duncan Hines found Chalet Suzanne in the Florida hills and told all his friends.
Aug 01, 2014

Fans of Chalet Suzanne savor iconic restaurant, but can't save it: tampabay.com/news/humaninte…

Jim Greer keeping mum - "for now"

tampabay.com — Here's some good news for Charlie Crist: Jim Greer, his former close friend and former state GOP Chairman, has decided against doing interviews since leaving prison a month ago. In a recently published tell-all book written by St. Petersburg author Peter Gollenbock, The Chairman: The Rise and Betrayal of Jim Greer, Greer castigates Crist as a self-absorbed liar and lightweight.

U.S. Attorney General Holder to Rick Scott: We're watching you

tampabay.com — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this month sent a scathing letter to Gov. Rick Scott over voting changes in Florida and issued a warning that the Justice Department is "carefully monitoring" the state.
Aug 01, 2014

AG Holder puts @FLGovScott on notice, saying DOJ "carefully monitoring" #Florida for efforts to curb voting rights: tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz…

Aug 01, 2014

Happy Friday! Should U.S. Attorney investigate Florida for making voting harder - again and again? bit.ly/1qxs0q1 #bigsbuzz

Aug 01, 2014

RT @lucytimes: U.S. Attorney General Holder to Rick Scott: We're watching you tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz… via @TB_Times

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New Port Richey police make arrest in 2007 murder

tampabay.com — Friday, August 1, 2014 2:48pm NEW PORT RICHEY - Authorities on Friday arrested a man in a cold case murder from nearly eight years ago. Ramon Perez-Velez is accused of murdering James Andre Paulin on Jan. 4, 2007, according to New Port Richey Police.

Florida couple awakens to 9-foot gator at front door (video)

tampabay.com — CORAL SPRINGS - Luann and Jorge Alonso have lived in their house on the fringe of the Everglades for 18 years. They've seen alligators -- but they never imagined that a 9-footer would come to the front door. Luann Alonso awoke with a fright when a clacking "det, det, det" noise began at 5 a.m.

Barber: Not even dry ice could keep Brooks off the field

tampabay.com — As he's inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, you'll hear much about the fact that Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks never missed a game in his 14-year NFL career. Teammate Ronde Barber saw the toughness of Brooks throughout his career, and said the closest he came to missing a game was self-inflicted, from of all things, dry ice.
Aug 01, 2014

RT @gregauman: Bucs' Derrick Brooks didn't miss a game in his 14-year NFL career. Ronde Barber says dry ice nearly ended his streak. tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/bar…

Aug 01, 2014

Bucs' Derrick Brooks didn't miss a game in his 14-year NFL career. Ronde Barber says dry ice nearly ended his streak. tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/bar…

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman halfway through his first year, big decisions ahead

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - A little more than halfway through his first year in office, Mayor Rick Kriseman packs his days with as many staff briefings, community meetings and small business tours as he can. He's still getting to know the pace of city bureaucracy, he said this week, but he's generally pleased with where things stand.
Aug 01, 2014

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman halfway through his first year, big decisions ahead tampabay.com/news/localgove… via @TB_Times

Aug 01, 2014

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman halfway through his first year, big decisions ahead: tampabay.com/news/localgove…

Tampa streetcar will have live, rolling concert Saturday night

tampabay.com — The clang of the trolley will meet the twang of the alt-country favorite Have Gun Will Travel when the band kicks off the Streetcar Live Concert Series today, playing a rolling concert aboard the TECO Line Streetcar in Tampa from 7 to 9 p.m.
Aug 01, 2014

Tampa streetcar will have live, rolling concert Saturday night: tampabay.com/things-to-do/e…

PSTA repays $354,000 in federal grant money over questions about transit safety ads

tampabay.com — CLEARWATER - The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority repaid $354,000 to the federal government this week after facing questions over how it used grant money on an ad campaign.
Aug 01, 2014

PSTA repays $354,000 in federal grant money over questions about transit safety ads: tampabay.com/news/localgove…

Charlie Crist's stance on candidate debates is "grand hypocrisy'

tampabay.com — Charlie Crist's coronation as the top Democrat in the state is fast approaching. The assumption is he will breeze through the primary in another three weeks, and officially become the liberal voter's answer to Gov. Rick Scott in November.
Aug 01, 2014

Charlie Crist's stance on candidate debates is "grand hypocrisy': tampabay.com/news/politics/…

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