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Judge sides with Gov. Scott in removal of Orlando prosecutor Ayala back in court

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Federal data show Florida ranks among top states in growth rates of personal income, earnings

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Hunter, Weeks will make Rays opening day roster

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  1. Creepy! Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year

    Wildlife

    Spiders are quite literally all around us. A recent entomological survey of North Carolina homes turned up spiders in 100 percent of them, including 68 percent of bathrooms and more than three-quarters of bedrooms. There's a good chance at least one spider is staring at you right now, sizing you up from a darkened …

    The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it's still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year, exceeding the total weight of humanity. In other words, spiders could eat all of us and still be hungry. [Times]
  2. What really is the Bucs backup plan for Jameis Winston?

    Blogs

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston started all 32 of his games since coming to the NFL. He's durable, and that's a good thing, since he's only the most important player on the team.

    The Bucs' best candidate to caddie for Jameis Winston in 2017 is Ryan Griffin.
  3. Hassan Childs dismissed from USF football team

    College

    USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday.

    USF senior safety Hassan Childs, arrested Monday for his part in a suspected road-rage incident, is no longer part of the Bulls program, first-year coach Charlie Strong announced Tuesday. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  4. Hernando commission, sheriff settle differences with $1.26 million budget increase

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — A familiar proposal to fund a portion of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office through a special taxing district came to a familiar end Tuesday when the County Commission turned down the idea with an informal vote before a packed house of residents who opposed the idea.

    It took less than five …

  5. For now, Jesse Panuccio is the highest ranking Floridian in Trump's administration

    State Roundup

    Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential …

    Jesse Panuccio, former executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is acting associate attorney general of the United States, the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice. [Associated Press (2015)]
  6. Mayor Rick Kriseman: Ridership numbers show a need for ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER –– With the ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa ending in April, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed in front of the Pinellas County Commission to find money to help bring it back in November.

    Passengers board the Cross-Bay Ferry near the Tampa Convention Center.  JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  7. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks with the press in the Trump Tower lobby following her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 2, 2016. [Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/Zuma Press/TNS]
  8. Chiefs coach Andy Reid: DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston will be a good combination

    Blogs

    DeSean Jackson played his first five NFL seasons with the Eagles under Andy Reid, who drafted him in the second-round out of California.

    DeSean Jackson had 23 receiving touchdowns and averaged 17.6 yards per catch during his first five seasons in the NFL with the Eagles.
  9. Samsung may bring back its fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone

    Retail

    SEOUL, South Korea — The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly product axing, warnings from airlines and a host of one-liners from late-night comedians — may be headed back into the hands of consumers.

    Samsung Electronics said Monday that it might sell refurbished versions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
[Reuters]
  10. Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes rebuffed calls to step aside from the Russia investigation Tuesday as demands grew for him to recuse himself as head of that probe.

    White House Press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017. [Associated Press]
Jesse Panuccio has the number three job at Justice

Look at the Floridians landing the best Trump administration jobs

Most Florida political junkies assumed Attorney General Pam Bondi would wind up with a plum, high-profile job in the Trump administration, a reward for her early endorsement of the New York billionaire and part-time Floridian. Turns out, however, that the Floridian who so far has landed the most influential administration gig is someone who struggled to get confirmed by fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate....

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The Rays acquired Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named.

UPDATE: Rays finalize deal to to acquire Peter Bourjos from White Sox

UPDATE, 11:00: The deal is now official, Bourjos acquired for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Though he is a class xx(b) free agent, the Rays will delay the decision on whether he makes the opening day roster by paying him the $100,000 retention bonus. That also gives them the option to send him to Triple-A Durham, as he is on a minor-league deal.

Bourjos hit .251-5-23 for the Phillies in 355 at-bats last season with a .681 OPS....

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air '90s sitcom starred Will Smith and aired for six seasons on NBC.

In West Philadelphia born and raised: 'Fresh Prince' cast shares a snapshot reunion

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