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Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

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Falling prices, fewer workers have Florida strawberry farmers doubting future

PLANT CITY — Three aerial photographs hang on the wall of strawberry farmer Carl Grooms' office, each a testament to years of expansion. Taking a visitor from one to the next, he begin …

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Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook

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  1. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay March 2-8

    Events

    Norman Rockwell: A show of the beloved artist's works opens Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art. $10. "Pay what you will" from 4-8 p.m. Fridays. tampamuseum.org.

    Norman Rockwell in an undated AP photo.
  2. Married for 82 years, couple celebrates birthdays

    Human Interest

    SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212.

  3. Hometown clout behind St. Petersburg pier design team (w/video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the Mahaffey Theater in January, one of the sponsors of the gathering, which drew more than 1,200 people, was the St. Pete Design Group.

    Destination St. Pete Pier has been endorsed by Ed Montanari, chairman of the chamber of commerce’s pier task force. 
  4. Gasparilla Festival of the Arts announces winners

    Visual Arts

    Thousands converged on the 45th annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Saturday but one person was probably more closely watched by the artist than any other among the throng. Elaine Gustafson is this year's juror, or judge, for the event and in her hands lay the decision for picking winning artists who …

    Carolina Cleere’s Honey Child (mixed media) takes the Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award.
  5. Tell Me About It: She's really not fond of boyfriend's beard

    Relationships

    Q: My boyfriend has had a small beard and mustache the whole time we've been dating. A few months ago, he started growing it out longer. He clearly loves the way it looks, but I don't. He's asked me a couple times if I "love" his beard and I've avoided a direct answer by saying I'm adjusting to it.

    Cut loose, QB Josh McCown lands with Browns

    Two weeks after he was released by the Bucs, veteran quarterback Josh McCown has found a new home, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns, his agent announced Friday....

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    Former Gov. Jeb Bush paid a visit to Ken Plante at his home last month when Bush was in Tallahassee for a fundraiser.

    Ken Plante, 75, dies after three-year battle with ALS

    Former state Sen. Ken Plante died Sunday night after a three-year battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

 Plante, 75, was hospitalized last week as his condition worsened....

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    Live from Port Charlotte: Day 2 of live BP

    UPDATE, 1:04: The Rays set their rotation for the first three exhibition games, with RHP Nathan Karns starting the Thursday opener vs. Baltimore, RHP Matt Andriese on Friday vs. Minnesota and RHP Alex Cobb on Saturday vs. Pittsburgh in Bradenton....

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