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Poll shows Curt Clawson with big lead

tampabay.com — Curt Clawson has a big lead in the Congressional District 19 GOP primary, a new poll shows.

South FL voter apathy haunts Democrats, Crist

tampabay.com — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again â€" even one who used to be a Republican. So Oser is ready to embrace Charlie Crist, a career politician of changing stripes who’s a Democratic newcomer.

For starters, Rays vs. Yankees, with no Jennings again

tampabay.com — CF Desmond Jennings is out of the lineup again as the Rays prepare to host the Yankees after splitting the first two games of the series.
Pre-game notes, including Jennings and Hellickson news, and lineups for #Rays and #Yankees tampabay.com/blogs/rays/for…

Arson suspected in fire that killed three cats at Tampa animal clinic

tampabay.com — TAMPA - Three cats sat on Pam Duval's desk every day. So when she got the call early Saturday about a fire at the Animal Coalition of Tampa Bay, she hurried to the scene. Amid the billowing smoke, Duval told firefighters where they could find the cats.

Saturday's letters: Florida's efforts to cut smoking show results

tampabay.com — Florida has witnessed great success in helping people stop smoking, and the next great wave of tobacco cessation will come through renewed engagement by health care professionals. Thanks to collaborative efforts by Tobacco Free Florida, the smoking rate of Florida adults is 17.7 percent, well below the national average of 19.6 percent.
Dr. Marc Yacht of Hudson: #Obamacare is the first successful effort to address #America's uninsured. bit.ly/1jjGdTU @TB_Times

A banner 2013 for Pinellas tourism is leading to a strong 2014

tampabay.com — 2012 was Pinellas County's best year ever for tourism. But it didn't get to hold the record for long. That's because 2013 results are in, and now it stands as the best year ever in the annals of Pinellas tourism. The county saw a record 5,579,900 overnight visitors from January to December 2013.
"They're not just here to buy souvenirs. They're doing major shopping while they're here." bit.ly/1hWO2S1 @TB_Times #Florida!

Piece of errant metal in steam generator delays restart of St. Lucie nuclear plant

tampabay.com — A piece of metal, perhaps part of a tool, damaged a steam generator at the St. Lucie 2 nuclear power plant, forcing Florida Power & Light to delay restarting the reactor. Joey Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S.
A piece of errant metal in steam generator delays restart of St. Lucie nuclear plant tampabay.com/news/business/… via @TB_Times
Piece of errant metal in steam generator delays restart of St. Lucie nuclear plant tampabay.com/news/business/… via @TB_Times

What people are saying about Jameis Winston and this week's New York Times story

tampabay.com — 1. Slate's Emily Bazelon: At the outset of this tale of error - and possibly corruption - I wrote that "sexual assault charges against star athletes are often a kind of poison, one that acts less on the athlete in question than the woman who says she is the victim."

Gulf oil spill restoration projects include hotel, ferries, boat docks

tampabay.com — Four years ago Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 crew members and igniting the worst environmental disaster in American history. Before the crisis was over, 4.9 million barrels of oil had spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.
RT @craigtimes: 4 years after #oilspill, feds & states aren't spending BP's $$$ on fixing gulf -- but on boat ramps, ferries etc http://t.c…
4 years after #oilspill, feds & states aren't spending BP's $$$ on fixing gulf -- but on boat ramps, ferries etc tampabay.com/news/gulf-oil-…
RT @christisch1: @craigtimes is on 1-A of the @TB_Times tomorrow examining how the BP oil spill $ is spent. Some of it is, well, fishy http…

Oil company drilling in sanctuary fined $25,000 for violation that could be fracking

tampabay.com — The Texas company that stirred controversy by applying to drill for oil in Florida panther habitat was doing more with one of its wells than what their state permit allowed. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Friday afternoon revealed that it had fined the Dan A. Hughes Co.
Oil company drilling in #Florida sanctuary fined $25,000 for violation that could be fracking tampabay.com/news/environme…

Florida man caps journey to urge Obama to stop deportations

Rays bats come alive in 11-5 win over Yankees

tampabay.com — At some point, Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeroes on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.

As love affair with cars wanes, Tampa Bay stuck in slow lane of change

tampabay.com — Amid the parochial arm wrestling over what kind (if any) of mass transit lies in its future, the Tampa Bay metro area remains surprisingly blind to the bigger trend. America's love affair with cars is waning. Since 2004, Americans are driving less. Fewer teens and young people are getting driver's licenses.