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DEP deputy administrator may lack environmental experience, but is an expert in hunting

Three months after Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson the new secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Steverson hired a man with nearly zero environmental experience to serve as …


Donald Trump to campaign in Sarasota on Saturday



  1. Gay marriage is legal but not on tribal lands


    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.

    Cleo Pablo and her wife, Tara Roy-Pablo, stand outside their home in Phoenix. [Associated Press]
  2. Doyenne of New Orleans dining scene turns 90

    NEW ORLEANS — She dropped out of secretarial school and taught herself the restaurant business, mentored chefs who put Louisiana cooking on the culinary map, is the matriarch of a family that owns nearly 20 restaurants and is credited with creating nouvelle Creole cuisine.

    Ella Brennan, center, laughs as she poses for a photo with daughter Ti Adelaide Martin, right, Lally Brennan, sister Dottie Brennan, second left, and Commander's Palace executive chef Tory McPhail, left, at her home adjacent to the restaurant in New Orleans. [Associated Press]
  3. 2016 candidates are cursing more, and on purpose


    Donald Trump pledged to bomb the, uh, stuffing out of the Islamic State.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. [Eric Schultz | Associated Press]
  4. Florida uses muscle to top Florida Gulf Coast


    GAINESVILLE — Dorian Finney-Smith and John Egbunu showed they can carry Florida.

  5. Mystery over Tyler Johnson's early exit

    Lightning Strikes

    WASHINGTON — The frustrating season for C Tyler Johnson continues.

    Lightning center Tyler Johnson scores against the Kings on Wednesday in his return from an upper-body injury. He leaves Friday’s loss to the Capitals after one shift.
  6. Police: 3 dead in Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting; gunman in custody (w/video)


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after engaging in gunbattles with authorities during an hours-long standoff that killed three people and wounded nine others, officials said.

    An officer from the Colorado Springs K-9 Unit is being transferred from a tactical vehicle to an ambulance before being transported from the scene during a shooting incident in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday. [Daniel Owen | Colorado Springs Gazette via TNS]
  7. Ecuador's visa rule puts roadblock on Cubans' path to U.S.


    HAVANA — Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles of South and …

    Cubans gather outside Ecuador's embassy in Havana on Friday, expressing frustration at a new visa rule that now requires they have a visa to visit the South American country. The lack of a visa requirement for Cubans made Ecuador a favored destination for those seeking to leave the island and make the overland route to the United States, where they can receive automatic legal residency. Some came with plane tickets, and flight itineraries, demanding reimbursement of the cost of their airline tickets with destination to Ecuador. [Associated Press]
  8. Two pedestrians killed in separate Pinellas County crashes


    The Thanksgiving weekend got off to a deadly start for pedestrians in Pinellas County.

    Christina M. Bayes is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
  9. Photo gallery: Pope Francis visits Africa


    The pope got a taste of Kenyan slum life on Friday, writes Jeffrey Gettleman for the New York Times

    Pope Francis arrives at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying Friday that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.
  10. UCF offers high-tech homework that's tailored to students


    ORLANDO — Tiffani Harper's online homework seemed to have a mind of its own. It knew that she learned best by watching videos and detected what topics she struggled to grasp.

    Tiffani Harper, a University of Central Florida nursing student, takes notes during one of her personalized learning web courses. 

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DEP deputy administrator lacks environmental experience

Three months after Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson the new secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Steverson hired a man with nearly zero environmental experience to serve as one of his top administrators....