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State wildlife com­mis­sion discussing new policies toward bears, panthers

Bears in the crosshairs and panthers pouncing on livestock are hot topics on the agenda today as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opens a two-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale. …


Principals at five failing Pinellas schools claim improvements in teacher turnover, discipline


Riding a big fundraiser, Clearwater's Jack Latvala keeps bid for Senate presidency alive


Fear, failure and hope­less­ness in Pinellas' resegregated schools

For thousands of children in Pinellas County’s black neighborhoods, schools aren’t a place to learn, they’re a place to fear. Pay attention as they tell you why.

One fateful decision; years of neglect

How Pinellas County school leaders turned five once-average elementary schools into failure factories.

  1. Fashion Movement aims to grow Tampa Bay fashion scene in creative locales


    Most afternoons, people slide trays down the cafeteria line at Tampa's Spain Restaurant and Toma bar, grabbing a little paella for lunch before heading back to the office.

    Tony Smith, left, Curtis Clarke, Jermaine Levy and Lacey B. Smith are the men behind local fashion events company the Fashion Movement, which is putting on HAUTE Accessories Week this week.
  2. Thursday's letters: Voters deserve a better option than Norman


    Sullied official seeks revival | Sept. 1

    Voters deserve a better option

  3. Editorial: Florida's student tests deserve an F


    Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart called it "welcome news." County school superintendents say it confirms their worst fears about the botched rollout of the Florida Standards Assessments and suggest the test results are worthless. So you read the following annotated excerpts from the just-released $600,000 …

     3. Pam Stewart, interim Florida education commissioner, starts the Education Accountability Summit, Monday, August 26, 2013 at the St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, Clearwater. The three day summit brought together state educators, government representatives, and business leaders to discuss such education issues as school grades, teacher pay, the new Common Core education standards and the assessments that will test the benchmarks.
  4. Another voice: Walls and reality


    Walling off the United States from Canada is "a legitimate issue for us to look at," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on Meet the Press over the weekend.

  5. Ruth: Norman betting voters have short memories


    A political campaign may have a smidgen of a public relation problem when the candidate has been reduced to producing a lie-detector test to convince voters he has not done anything wrong.

    Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman is positioning himself for a 2016 run.
    Both centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, pictured, who left Monday's game with a mild ankle sprain, and second baseman Logan Forsythe, who left Tuesday with left groin tightness, are back in the Rays lineup.

    For starters, Rays at Orioles, with Kiermaier and Forsythe back

    After rolling to an 11-2 win Tuesday night and scoring 17 runs in the first two games of the series, the Rays are looking to complete a sweep of the fading Orioles before heading to New York for the holiday weekend series with the Yankees....


    Vice President Joe Biden smiles as he talks to Biotechnology students Wednesday at Miami Dade College in Miami.

    In Miami, Joe Biden gets feel for what campaigning again would be like

    Joe Biden came to Miami on Wednesday and sounded — at times — like a politician with another campaign in him....


    Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games....