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Obama rejects Scott's plea for disaster aid

TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request for a federal disaster declaration for Tampa Bay's August flooding, adding another chapter in an o …

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Three developers bid on strategically located St. Pete landfill

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City workers protest St. Pete mayor's plan to end raises tied to seniority

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  1. A mom ponders her identity as her firstborn leaves for college

    Human Interest

    All year, I watched our son plan his escape.

    CAPTION: (Suwannee River, 07/29/2006) Ryland (cq) tells his mother, Lane DeGregory (cq) a story as they cruise in a houseboat on the Suwannee River.
SUMMARY: Travel feature
(Times photo by Lara Cerri)
  2. Find a Friend: Russell the Mix

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    While most of us enjoyed a summer getaway, dogs like Russell have been waiting in kennels for weeks. This 3-year old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun. Adopt Russell (ID 2859988) fully house-trained, vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, …

    Russell, a 3-year-old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun.
  3. Tell Me About It: New romance comes with reservations

    Relationships

    Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering readers' favorites from her archive.

  4. Review: 'Learning to Drive' overly civilized, but Clarkson, Kingsley charm

    Movies

    Learning to Drive comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, the longtime non-driving Manhattan resident bounces back from a breakup with a womanizing jerk by grabbing the wheel of her own life, through driving lessons. At one point Pollitt …

    Learning to Drive stars Patricia Clarkson as a Manhattan book critic and Ben Kingsley as her driving teacher.
Broad Green Pictures
  5. Editorial: Meltdown at Tampa City Hall

    Editorials

    An effort in Tampa to build trust between law enforcement and minority residents is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in years. The City Council's discussion Thursday on creating a citizens review board that would examine complaints against police devolved into a fight of churlish, defensive, personal …

    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....

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    Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, left, earlier this year with Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Gov. Rick Scott.

    Florida chief justice announces he has kidney cancer

    Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, the first Cuban American to lead the Florida Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he will undergo treatment this month for kidney cancer. ...

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    With heavy heart, Tandy finished preseason strong

    Bucs safety Keith Tandy didn't need the threat of looming roster cuts to remind him Thursday could be his last game....

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