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Vinik: Health and wellness will be 'part of our brand' as downtown redevelopment takes shape

TAMPA — Jeff Vinik's ambitions go beyond winning Stanley Cups and revitalizing downtown Tampa. He says he also wants to help improve the health of the community. "We've got the $ …


Obama expected to deny Scott's federal disaster declaration request


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. Rapper Kevin Gates charged with battery after Lakeland fan-kicking incident

    Music & Concerts

    Less than a week after being caught on camera kicking a female fan at a concert in Lakeland, rapper Kevin Gates has been charged with battery and could face a year in a Polk County jail.

  2. Editorial: Iran nuclear agreement good for nation and the world


    Senate Democrats have advanced America's interests in the Middle East with their support for the landmark deal that will freeze Iran's nuclear program. The agreement, like any negotiated compromise, is not perfect. But it has broad international support, and it is the best available option to halt Iran's development of …

    Senate Democrats have advanced America’s interests in the Middle East with their support for the landmark deal that will freeze Iran’s nuclear program.
  3. Friday's letters: Park funding smoke and mirrors


    Florida's state parks

    Smoke, mirrors on parks funding

    Florida's Department of Environmental Protection now says that state parks should generate more revenue because its secretary doesn't want to have to depend on the Legislature for funding. "When you have education and health care clamoring …

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

    Bars & Spirits

    The last batch was way better!

  5. 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.

    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....


    Jeb Bush named a Miami-Dade campaign committee charged with winning Florida’s largest county in a presidential primary that could include another hometown favorite, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Jeb Bush shores up Miami-Dade support, plans to open local office

    Ahead of a likely long slog of a Republican presidential campaign, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released a list of several hundred top backers in his hometown of Miami-Dade County....


    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....