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Rubio, Jeb at the top — but GOP presidential race remains wide open


Woman convicted of sex on Manatee County beach to be released from jail


High-speed shark-themed thrill ride Mako coming to SeaWorld next summer

Opening next summer next to its shark encounter, SeaWorld Orlando announced on Wednesday that its newest roller coaster named Mako will be a killer ride, the tallest, fastest and longest coaster i …


  1. Busch Gardens' new Cobra's Curse ride coming in 2016 (w/video)


    Cobra's Curse, a new family thrill ride coming to Busch Gardens in 2016, will zoom riders forward, backward and spinning, Busch Gardens revealed Thursday.

    Busch Gardens revealed more details and a rendering Thursday of a new ride called Cobra's Curse, a family spin coaster coming to the theme park in 2016. It will be the first in the world to combine a 70-foot lift, forward and backward track motion and a freely spinning ride vehicle. [Busch Gardens Tampa]
  2. As Belleview Biltmore goes, so goes a piece of Florida history


    If you could sit shiva for a building, you would not find a more worthy decedent than the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair. The end has come after a long and anguished death throe. Cause of demise: terminal neglect.

  3. Tell Me About It: Couple disagrees about his drinking


    Q: My girlfriend and I recently got into an argument about how much is appropriate to drink at a social occasion (I'm okay with drinking more, though she's certainly not a teetotaler). I'm fine with having different standards, and negotiating situations as a couple, but I get the sense she is judging me — …

  4. Pasco letters: Mariano's persistence on SunWest is appreciated


    Support for park is appreciated

    I refute C.T. Bowen's May 15 column about the new SunWest park in Hudson. Where he sees petulance in Commissioner Jack Mariano's support of SunWest, I see persistence, a quality needed when dealing with government. Perhaps the amount of money is too many public dollars and …

  5. Editorial: Tampa should move slowly on raising fees


    Tampa residents need to pay more to address chronic flooding problems that routinely threaten public health and safety. But exactly how much — somewhere between the $36 currently levied annually and an upper limit that could reach $180 — is not yet clear. Whatever the figure, the city should pair any …

    Winston will miss OTA practice to attend NFLPA event

    It's only one practice and not his choice, but Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the teams' OTA (organized team activity) session Thursday because he'll be in California at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event, along with 39 other top rookies....


    Rubio, Bush at top but GOP presidential race remains wide open

    The sprawling GOP presidential field has made for no clear front runner, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows....


    Ryan Brett off DL, optioned to Durham Bulls