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Tampa woman gets 41 months for tax refund fraud

TAMPA — Jacqueline Wimbush, who once drew notice for losing a fingertip in an East Tampa meat market brawl, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison this week for stolen identity tax ref …


Obama expected to deny Scott's federal disaster declaration request


Lowry Park Zoo to tame Halloween scares this year with daytime ZooBoo


Principals claim improvements in discipline, turnover

ST. PETERSBURG — Principals of five failing elementary schools on the city's south side are pointing to a decrease in teacher turnover and a drop in student discipline referrals as evidence …


Fear, failure and hope­less­ness in Pinellas' resegregated schools

One fateful decision; years of neglect

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

  1. Was that first batch really better? It's likely you, not the beer, that's changed

    Bars & Spirits

    The last batch was way better!

  2. Lowry Park Zoo to tame Halloween scares this year with daytime ZooBoo


    ZooBoo, the Lowry Park Zoo's annual not-so-scary Halloween event, will be even gentler this year as a daytime activity.

  3. Dockery: Invest in Florida and Floridians, not more tax breaks


    Gov. Rick Scott wants more of our tax dollars to go to out-of-state corporations to lure them to Florida.

    Party: Republican - Consists of parts of Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, and Sumter counties Provided by Legislative Aide / Scheduler Laura L. Rodriguez
  4. Column: Hillary Clinton, the great defender


    Hillary Clinton has obviously had a bad summer. She's losing in New Hampshire to Bernie Sanders, even among women. She's barely leading him in Iowa. In a Quinnipiac poll of potential general election matchups, she's beating Donald Trump by only 4 points, 45 to 41, and she's beating Marco Rubio by only 1 point.

    In an AP/GfK poll, only 30 percent think Clinton is honest; 40 percent think she’s compassionate.
  5. Pining for the perfect movie ending


    Movie endings aren't what they used to be.

    Rays rookies dressed up include, from left:  C.J. Riefenhauser, Misha Dworken (bullpen catcher), Luke Maile, Mikie Mahtook, Matt Andriese, Enny Romero, Joey Butler, Richie Shaffer.

    Rays rookie dress-up features grass skirts

    Even a crushing walkoff loss can't interfere with the baseball tradition of a rookie dress-up trip, so there were seven players, plus a bullpen catcher, in grass skirts and bikini tops for the late-night train ride to New York....


    Obama expected to deny Governor Scott's federal disaster declaration request

    President Barack Obama is expected to reject Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s request for a disaster declaration for Tampa Bay’s August flooding on the basis that the damage to the region was not enough to be beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments, according to staff for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Safety Harbor....


    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....