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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. Caption contest #9: Show us your wits! Send us a clever caption for this image.


    We invite you to come up with a caption for the above photo and send it to us at We'll pick five captions to feature in a poll next week to select the weekly winner.

    Can you come up with a clever caption for this image?
  2. Suspect in custody after shooting at Planned Parenthood


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover under furniture and inside locked rooms. By the time the shooter surrendered, three people were killed — including a …

    Police stand guard after a suspect was apprehended Friday in northwest Colorado Springs, Colo. A gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday, authorities said, wounding multiple people. [Associated Press]
  3. Detectives investigating man and woman found dead at abandoned Tampa gas station

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    TAMPA — Detectives are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found Saturday morning at an abandoned Chevron gas station.

  4. Two Tampa police officers and a valet driver taken to hospital after crash


    TAMPA — Two police officers and a nightclub valet were hurt following a crash early Saturday, according to police and media reports.

  5. Can a Bucs player get to 10 sacks?


    With six games left in the Bucs' season, it's a time to again ask a question that's been asked for quite some time: Will a Bucs player get 10 sacks this season?

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith (56) after sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) in the third quarter of the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  6. Lovie Smith, Matt Hasselbeck rivalry goes way back


    You'd be hard-pressed to find a current NFL rivalry that goes back much farther than Bucs coach Lovie Smith and Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who first faced each other 15 years ago in a Packers-Bucs game in 2000.

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck celebrates with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. The Indianapolis Colts won 24-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  GAMS154
  7. Rain, ice coat parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas


    FORT WORTH, Texas — Heavy rain and icy conditions are likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central U.S. due to a slow-moving, complex weather system that's being blamed for at least three flash-flooding deaths.

  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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]

Podcast: Pierre McGuire says Stamkos contract can be 'problem'

NBCSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said he's seen most of the Lightning games this season....


Bucs' Jameis Winston is Rookie of the Week, again

For the third time this season, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, this after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bucs' 45-17 rout at the Eagles last week....


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....