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Florida's unemployment rate falls to 5.8 percent

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from October's rate of 6 percent, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning. Florida added a sizeable 41,900 jobs over the mo …

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16-year-old finds parents shot dead in Largo home (w/video)

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Woman slaps 72-year-old for denying Facebook friend request

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  1. Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert is dead.

    Stephen Colbert is immortal?

    Long live Stephen Colbert!

    A Comedy Central publicity photo shows "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert on his set in New York. [Associated Press (2010)]
  2. Editorial: St. Petersburg's minor league city council

    Editorials

    The St. Petersburg City Council succumbed to fear, parochialism and short-sighted thinking Thursday by rejecting a fair agreement to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for new stadium sites in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The five council members who killed the deal negotiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman did not act in …

    By a 5-3 vote on Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council killed a deal negotiated between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team explore alternate stadium sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The team’s lease with Tropicana Field expires in 2027.
  3. Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends

    Florida

    Star Wars actors, stormtroopers and other characters will once again be stationed at Walt Disney World in May and June for the 2015 edition of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The lineup of celebrities hasn't been released yet, but nerds at least know now that on Fridays, Saturdays and …

    Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest Star Wars Weekends with meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more. Walt Disney World Resort
  4. Find A Friend: Glacier the Chinese Shar-Pei/German Rottweiler mix

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Looking for a pal that exudes cool? Meet Glacier. Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rottweiler mix is housetrained, healthy and sits politely to take a treat. Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs …

    Looking for a pal that exudes inter-continental cool? Ask Santa for a meet-and-greet with Glacier! Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rotweiler mix is housetrained, healthy, and sits politely to take a treat. Super sunny Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs (no kiities, please). Glacier (ID#23988845) is in fostercare waiting for your call to (813) 744-5660. Adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more for just $20 from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.
  5. Editorial: Obama's new Cuba policy long past due, good for Florida

    Editorials

    President Barack Obama began burying the last vestiges of the Cold War by ordering the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba. The bold and sweeping measure will expose Cubans to democracy, open trade opportunities for the United States, particularly in Florida, and strengthen America's influence in the Western …

    Rick Scott appoints Jim Boxold as next Florida DOT secretary

    Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed Jim Boxold to be Florida’s next transportation secretary.
    Boxold, who since 2013 has been former Secretary Ananth Prasad’s chief of staff and director of legislative affairs, was one of three finalists recommended Thursday by the Florida Transportation Commission.
    Previously, Boxold served 10 years as the director of cabinet affairs for the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
    “Jim will bring passion, energy and experience to our mission of making Florida the premier destination for jobs. I am grateful for Secretary Prasad’s service and I am confident Jim is the best person to carry on his commitment to excellence in improving our state’s infrastructure in the years ahead,” Scott said in a statement.
    Boxold said in a statement, “It is an absolute honor to be appointed as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation today. Under Governor Scott’s leadership, transportation has been made a top priority to help drive our state’s economic growth and improve the lives of families. We will continue to focus on the Governor’s mission to make Florida the best state to live and get a great job.”

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    What has become of Josh Freeman?

    Vincent Jackson has kept in touch with him and says he’s back at his home in Kansas City. Gerald McCoy says he has known him since high school and prays he can return to the NFL....

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    Christmas colors with a twist! Tampa's Kellie McRae helps us ring in the holidays Florida style.

    Fab Friday: Kellie McRae

    Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured what better gift to give you than local shoe extraordinaire Kellie McRae?...

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