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Fewer Florida high schools earned an A rating this year

The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent, as the state again changed its criteria for how it rates schools. The state's graduation rate, m …


Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run for president

A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message: Get in the race for president. ...


FPL gets approval to charge customers for fracking investment

State regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow the state's largest utility to charge its customers for investment in natural gas production, an idea Duke Energy is reviewing. Florida …


  1. Column: Hope for an end to Florida's ban on gay marriage


    It's that time of the year. The tree is up, lights on the house, whispers of presents for the grandkids and a sense of awe as we proceed through the Advent calendar. For my wife and me, Christmas has always been a joyous time, filled with family, festivities and a sense of wonder.

  2. Column: Why Florida should take Medicaid expansion money


    Two years ago, Florida was offered $50 billion over 10 years as part of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to low-income families who didn't qualify under the current eligibility requirements.

  3. Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert


    When the musicians of the Florida Orchestra take their seats to play Friday, it won't be in a concert hall full of subscribers.

    Photo: Marco Borggreve
Michael Francis will conduct musicians from the Florida Orchestra in a concert at Moffitt.
  4. Ruth: Propaganda film will dull, not shape, students' minds


    Using convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza's ham-handed video America: Imagine A World Without Her, to force Florida public school students to watch a warped view of the nation's history would be like requiring children to sit through a screening of Saw (1 through 7) as a biology primer on proper dissection …

  5. Cigar City Cider and Mead infuses Tampa's craft beer scene with fresh flavor

    Bars & Spirits

    Two things I'm not really interested in: cider and mead. I don't drink mead at all, and it takes a really unique cider to get my attention — Crispin's Stagger Lee, Woodchuck's Celler Series Smoked Apple and Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché are good examples, but they are far from the norm.

    Cigar City Cider and Mead in Ybor City is reviving and refreshing the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*

    PSC gives approval for FPL to invest in natural gas fracking

    The Public Service Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a request by Florida Power & Light to charge customers for its exploration of natural gas using fracking technologies....


    Need last-minute gift ideas? Consult our guide

    I've reached the point of the holiday heyday in which there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. What do I get a grandpa who wants nothing? What do the teenage kids like these days? Ack! To the Internet! (Repeat.)...