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Florida Insider Poll: Will Richard Corcoran run against Rick Scott? For gov? For attorney general?

With so much hostility between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, we've heard speculation that Speaker Corcoran could be preparing to challenge Scott for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination rather than for governor as widely assumed. So we turned to nearly 200 savvy Florida political players for our latest Florida Insider Poll. ...

MacDill AFB authorities investigating Ocala man accused of going AWOL in 1972

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Major raids conducted after London attack; 7 arrested

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  1. Major raids conducted after London attack; 7 arrested

    World

    LONDON — British police conducted major raids and arrested seven people in connection with the attack outside Parliament that left four dead, including the man who mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and fatally stabbed an officer, a senior police official said Thursday.

    Police direct pedestrians around a cordon in place following Wednesday's terror attack, in London, Thursday March 23, 2017.  On Wednesday a knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage, first  driving a car into pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death and then was fatally shot by police within Parliament's grounds in London.  Five people were killed, including the assailant. [Associated Press]
  2. A poodle in a sweater gets stuck in a storm drain. Need we say more? [City of Port Richey]
  3. Pasco sheriff: Holiday man spends thousands at strip club after swindling disabled woman

    Crime

    HOLIDAY — First he cajoled her to move in with him from out of state.

    William Tide spent more than $9,000 of Maryanne Andersen’s money at a strip club, officials say.
  4. Tampa's new Jewish Community Center creates parking problem, neighbors say

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Lorain Vila Murias took her 2½-year-old grandson to the playground this week, then yelled herself hoarse as about 200 cars raised plumes of dust driving across a grassy field near the slide.

    Sandy deDiego Sanchez, president of the Armory Gardens Civic Association, watches cars parking in the grassy field at the Vila Brothers Park before the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

  5. Fate of Jack Kerouac's St. Pete house in limbo with death of executor

    News

    St. Petersburg represents one small slice in the expansive life of Jack Kerouac, the cultural icon who helped launch the Beat Generation with his volumes of literary work and treks across the United States.

    Jack Kerouac's former home at 5169 10th Ave. N in St. Petersburg, FL, March 21, 2017. With the death of the executor of Jack Kerouac's estate, local historians are worried his former St. Pete home will continue to fall into further disrepair. The lawn has not been cut in months, the mailbox has been stolen and the back fence and screen door broken open in recent months.
  6. Caught in crossfire between Rick Scott and Richard Corcoran, group fights for survival

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — While the prospect of another round of military base closures is getting more talk in Washington, the Florida Legislature is taking steps to kill off a non-profit created to help keep Florida bases off the chopping block.

    A flight crew boards a KC-135 R Stratotanker at the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Airforce Base. [Scott Martin | Associated Press]
  7. New Port Richey grant program targets commercial redevelopment

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The city is embarking on a new grant program through its Community Redevelopment Agency in an effort to spark large-scale redevelopment of its aging commercial real estate stock.

    New Port Richey Mayor Rob Marlowe said the grant program will give the city another option in its toolbox.
  8. Romano: This is about deception, not the death penalty

    Courts

    Feel free to check whichever box seems like the more plausible explanation for Aramis Ayala's stunning death penalty announcement:

    Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced on March 16 that her office would no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. [Joe Burbank | Orlando Sentinel via AP]
  9. Treasure Island city manager to retire after election changes City Commission

    Elections

    TREASURE ISLAND — Two newcomers just elected to the City Commission may be an indication that a much-talked-about toll for the city's causeway won't become reality and future plans will be guided by a new administration.

    Treasure Island city manager Reid Silverboard has decided to retire after the recent election changed the makeup of the City Commission.
  10. Chuck Barris, 'Dating Game' creator, 'Gong Show' host, dies at 87

    Obituaries

    Chuck Barris, the creator of television's long-running The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game who later hosted the offbeat cult classic The Gong Show — and who claimed in a memoir to have been a CIA assassin — died March 21 at his home in Palisades, New York. He was 87.

    Chuck Barris created "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" and hosted "The Gong Show." [Los Angeles Times/TNS, 2002]

Florida Insider Poll: Will Richard Corcoran run against Rick Scott? For gov? For attorney general?

With so much hostility between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, we've heard speculation that Speaker Corcoran could be preparing to challenge Scott for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination rather than for governor as widely assumed. So we turned to nearly 200 savvy Florida political players for our latest Florida Insider Poll....

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3 takeaways from Rays 7-4 loss at Orioles

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Sebastian Coolidge's mural at 1027 Central Ave. as it looked in August of 2016.

Want to own one of St. Petersburg's urban murals? This artist says he's selling his

If you've passed by the building at 1027 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg lately, you might have noticed something is missing. ...

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