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Catch a Florida python, win a T-shirt

They tried hiring professionals. They tried training people to compete in a big roundup. They even brought in tribesmen from India. Now Florida wildlife officials who want to rid the state o …

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Pinellas County commissioner to discuss tax money for Toronto Blue Jays

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Campbell Park principal will leave campus

  1. St. Pete College board of trustees grows to five members

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — As St. Petersburg College trustees prepare to interview candidates for SPC president, the board has quickly grown from three to five members.

    Bridgette Bello
  2. In Florida, Trump set 100-day bar he now calls 'ridiculous'

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - The White House this morning sent reporters an email titled “President Trump’s 100 Days of Historic Accomplishments,” the latest in an effort to proclaim victory in a benchmark Trump a few days earlier called “rid …

  3. NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season

    Auto racing

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., is a 14-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award. He has 26 career Cup victories, and that includes a pair of wins in the Daytona 500. [Getty Images]
  4. Video: Deputy wrestles feisty alligator

    Wildlife

    MACON, Ga. — An alligator has been apprehended at a park in central Georgia after a sheriff's deputy wrestled the creature.

  5. In this April 6, 2016, file photo, Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" celebration in New York. [Andy Kropa/Invision/AP]
  6. Finebaum: Warren Sapp has 'no credibility' to criticize Myles Garrett

    Blogs

    Two days before the NFL Draft, former Bucs star and Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp is under fire for his criticism of the draft's likely No. 1 overall pick, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, as being "lazy."

    Warren Sapp is under fire for his criticism of the draft's likely No. 1 overall pick, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, pictured, as being "lazy."
  7. Pedestrian killed by vehicle on West Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday night near the intersection of West Hillsborough North Lois avenues, police said.

  8. Is Paul McCartney coming to Tampa? That's the rumor

    Blogs

    America is all abuzz about Paul McCartney this morning.

    Paul McCartney performs on day 2 of the 2016 Desert Trip music festival at Empire Polo Field on Oct. 8, 2016, in Indio, Calif.
  9. Adrian Peterson chooses Saints, will face Bucs twice

    Blogs

    Running back Adrian Peterson, who had expressed an interest in playing for the Bucs, is signing with the Saints, which means the former NFL MVP could face Tampa Bay twice this season, including the season finale in Tampa on Dec. 31.

    Running back Adrian Peterson, who had expressed an interest in playing for the Bucs, is signing with the Saints, which means the former NFL MVP could face Tampa Bay twice this season, including the season finale in Tampa on Dec. 31.
  10. Pinellas County commissioner to discuss tax money for Toronto Blue Jays

    Ml

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will discuss the next steps for a plan to help Dunedin upgrade the spring training complex for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A plan to renovate Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, calls for Pinellas County to shell out $46.5 million. County commissioners will discuss the idea at a meeting Tuesday.[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
The House Appropriations Committee in session Tuesday.

House Republicans push 'take it or leave it' budget as Democrats accuse GOP of 'playing games'

The Florida House on Tuesday forged ahead with House Speaker Richard Corcoran's strategy of sending the Senate a stand-pat, take-it-or-leave-it budget, even as reports swirled that the two sides had begun productive discussions on a number of budget-related policy priorities....

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Morning after report: Rays wasted too many chances, again

There was good reason to pin Monday's 6-3 loss to the Orioles on Chris Archer, given how he allowed three homers in a five-batter span bridging the sixth and seventh innings, quickly turning a 3-1 advantage into a 5-3 deficit, and didn't have much explanation for it except to say, over and over, that he needs to "execute at a higher level.''...

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Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin star in NBC's Great News.

What to watch this week: 'The Handmaid's Tale' on Hulu, 'Great News' on NBC

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