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Official: U.S. Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson, Mo., police

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson, Mo., police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforce …


Belleair Bluffs man detained overseas on cyber slander charges

ST. PETERSBURG — The detention of a Belleair Bluffs man in the United Arab Emirates on charges of cyberslander has ballooned into a diplomatic incident that a local congressman says could ha …


  1. Review: 'Bright Lights, Big City' at Freefall a whirl of '80s indulgence



    In the first half hour of Bright Lights, Big City at Freefall Theatre, you feel like you're in a heavy, plodding rat race in New York City. The characters are so close to you, so crowded and raucous on the small stage, you start to feel claustrophobic, like you might not like this very …

    The rock musical adaptation of the novel Bright Lights, Big City comes to Freefall Theatre through March 22. Pictured are Amy Marie Stewart, Sarita Amani Nash, Nick Lerew, Kara Konken, Lucas Wells, Heather Cleveland Krueger, Scott Daniel and Clinton Harris.
  2. 'Orange is New Black' author to talk prison reform, Netflix show at Eckerd Thursday


    Piper Kerman's 2010 memoir, Orange Is the New Black, became a bestseller and then an award-winning Netflix series. (Netflix announced on Monday that the third season will be released June 12.)

    Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black, is an advocate for prison reform and is vice president for the Women’s Prison Association based in New York.
  3. A guide to cooking with Asian noodles: what they are and how to use them


    About 10 years ago, American cooks started feeling pretty cocky. They could tell a fettuccine from a pappardelle, a mostaccioli from a penne (the mustaches have the pointy ends). We had this noodle thing dialed. But times change.

    Skinny rice noodles are nestled into an individual serving bowl with thinly sliced steak and a broth that includes ginger, star anise and other spices in Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pho.
  4. Tell Me About It: Mom should confess about her smoking


    Q: My wife smokes a few cigarettes per day, usually at work. Our daughter has smelled smoke on her and asked if she smokes, but my wife lies and says it came from other people.

  5. Review: Focus found at Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro

    Food & Dining


    Pisces opened toward the end of 2013 and I slipped in to check it out. Although chef James Keene and his wife, Elizabeth, were clearly ambitious and service-oriented, I felt that the menu had too much going on, was trying so hard to be all things to all people that the culinary message was muddled. …

    Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro’s Ragin Cajun roll is spicy crawfish, avocado, topped with poppy seared tuna, Asian tomato salsa, kabayaki, chipotle and masago.
    Jameis Winston is in Tampa today for a one-day, face-to-face meeting with team officials, the Bucs confirmed this morning.

    Jameis Winston is meeting with Bucs team officials today in Tampa

    Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, potentially the Bucs' choice as the No. 1 pick in next month's NFL draft, is in Tampa today for a one-day, face-to-face meeting with team officials, the Bucs confirmed Tuesday morning....


    Corrine Brown's Netanyahu moment

    We're compiling reaction to Bibi Netanyahu's speech but this news release from Rep. Corrine Brown deserves its own space. Read to the end for the kicker:...


    Here is the stray dog Alex Cobb brought home.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb earns a save — of this stray dog

    Alex Cobb is the Rays' top starting pitcher, but he earned a save Monday when he chased down and brought home a stray dog that was running loose in traffic....