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Florida House declares sudden end to regular session

In a surprise move, the Florida House declared an end to the regular session Tuesday afternoon. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) said he planned to return for a special sess …

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The latest: No excuse for riots, looting in Baltimore, Obama says

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Environmentalists seeing green on U.S. Sugar land

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  1. Craig Kopp talks about his rock 'n' roll role at WMNF

    Music & Concerts

    TAMPA — Wearing jeans, New Balance sneakers and an untucked, beachy olive button-up, Craig Kopp leans into his microphone.

    General Manager Craig Kopp of Tampa's WMNF poses for a portrait in the station's music library which holds tens of thousands of vinyl records and CDs. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. 'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony nominations

    Stage

    NEW YORK — The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season.

    A photo provided by O&M Co. shows Sydney Lucas as Small Alison, Beth Malone as Alison, and Emily Skeggs as Medium Alison in "Fun Home" at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York. "Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, played for four months at the off-Broadway Public Theater last year. It's been adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay dad. [Associated Press]
  3. Crisafulli: Why the Florida House opposes Medicaid expansion

    Columns

    In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court gave states the option to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and Florida has chosen not to expand. There are principled reasons for declining to grow a program that currently covers 3.7 million Floridians at a cost of $23.5 billion per year, or about one-third of Florida's budget.

  4. Tell Me About It: With maturity comes new dating agenda

    Relationships

    Q: I'm back to dating after a multiple-year relationship. Years ago, I think I believed it was wrong for people to "date around" without being explicitly clear that's what they were doing. Now that I'm closer to 30 than 21, things feel oddly less clear, not more. I am not sleeping with anyone, but there are a few …

  5. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 30-May 6

    Events

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    Free Comic Book Day: There are 50 titles available this year in the annual publishing industry effort to showcase titles and bring a new generation of fans into comic book stories. At Heroes' Haven in Carrollwood, 4339 Gunn Highway, the first 150 people in the store Saturday get all 50 free …

    Enjoy a mint julep or two on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs or Derby Lane as you wait for the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.
    Pictured, from left, Matt Baker and Tom Jones of the Times, Tom Korn of ABC Action News, and the Times' Rick Stroud and Greg Auman.

    Miss our round-table discussion on the Bucs' No. 1 pick? Watch it here

    The Tampa Bay Times teamed up with ABC Action News last week for our one-hour video special - The Plank: First Draft. ...

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    Scott Walker dominates in Iowa but Rubio bounce evident

    The following is a PPP news release:

    PPP's newest Iowa poll finds Scott Walker well ahead of the rest of the Republican field in Iowa, getting 23% to 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, 8%...

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    Violence and protests in and around downtown Baltimore led to postponement of the Orioles' Monday night with the White Sox and put the rest of this week's game, against the Sox and Rays in question.

    Rays monitoring situation in violent Baltimore

    UPDATE, 11:49: The Orioles announced that tonight's game with the White Sox has also been postponed. Discussions about Wednesday's game, and the Rays series, continue.
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