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Family trust of Publix founder's daughter gives $800,000 to fight medical marijuana initiative

Preparing to again try to defeat a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, the Drug Free Florida Committee received an $800,000 contribution this month from the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, a …


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  1. A Florida girl and a baby alpaca are turning heads in Fort Myers, and online (w/video)

    Human Interest

    In the outskirts of Fort Myers, 21-year-old Rebekah Johnson was cruising down the streets in her Honda Fit. She had music blasting — Christina Aguilera — and her back-seat companion wasn't having it.

    Darwin was yelping. Loudly.

    Rebekah Johnson, 21, poses with the alpaca she cares for in Fort Myers. Darwin, only 5 months old, has garnered a lot of attention online. (Courtesy of Rebekah Johnson)
  2. What you need to know for Thursday, July 28


    • Today looks like it'll be the hottest day this week, 10Weather WTSP says, with highs in the mid-90s and feels-like temperatures ranging from 105 to 112 degrees. Again, look out for afternoon storms.

    FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh, N.C. Public confidence in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the single digits in nearly half of the countries surveyed in a new poll that examines international attitudes toward the United States.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) WX303
  3. President Barack Obama passes the torch to Hillary Clinton, calls out Donald Trump

    State Roundup


    Twelve years to the day after giving a speech at the Democratic convention that thrust him into the national spotlight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday night passionately vouched for Hillary Clinton while culminating a night of acerbic attacks on Donald Trump as dangerous and unprepared on …

    President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after Obama’s speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
  4. Transcript of President Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention


    This was President Barack Obama's speech, as prepared for delivery, to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Hello, America.

    President Barack Obama speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. [J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
  5. Donald Trump tries to drum up the faithful at address in Scranton


    SCRANTON, Pa. — Barely acknowledging the criticism of his latest controversial remarks, Donald Trump used a rally here to intensify his attacks on Hillary Clinton and try to blunt any convention bounce coming her way.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Lackawanna College on Wednesday  in Scranton, Pa. [Jake Danna Stevens | Times & Tribune via AP]
  6. Transcript of vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine's speech to the Democratic convention


    This is the speech vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, made Wednesday night to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. It is presented as it was prepared for delivery.

    Thank you. Welcome everyone.

    Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., waves as he walks on the stage Wednesday. [J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
  7. Convention notebook: Massacres at Pulse nightclub and Charleston church; Tim Kaine ;and Chelsea Clinton


    'It takes about five minutes for a church bell to ring 49 times'

    During the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , on Wednesday, Angela Bassett speaks about the massacre at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were killed. [Mark J. Terrill | Associated Press]
  8. Bloomberg calls Trump a "risky, reckless and radical choice" at Democratic convention


    Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a "risky, reckless and radical choice."

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Trump a “risky, reckless and radical choice” at the Democratic convention.
  9. Rays' Moore boosts value with another strong start

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — The Rangers, Pirates, Dodgers and any of the other contenders looking to add an impact starter by Monday's deadline certainly will be thinking more about Rays LHP Matt Moore, who turned in another impressive outing in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
  10. GM Yzerman confident Lightning will sign Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's offseason can't have gone much better, especially after he re-signed captain Steven Stamkos and locked up cornerstone defenseman Victor Hedman long-term.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 22:  Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after scoring a goal against Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Angela Bassett speaks of Charleston church massacre at DNC

Continuing the Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention theme about the need for more gun control was another Florida woman: Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg....


"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...


Bucs claim former Nebraska CB Daniel Davie from Colts

Continuing to tweak the bottom of their roster on the eve of training camp, the Bucs on Wednesday waived cornerback Joel Ross and claimed cornerback Daniel Davie, an undrafted rookie from Nebraska who was waived Tuesday by the Colts....