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Florida House GOP tackles Medicaid standoff in secret during Senate's emergency meeting

TALLAHASSEE While the 40-member Senate convened a rare emergency meeting to discuss Florida's budget dilemma Tuesday — with more than 100 lobbyists, citizen activists and reporters attending …

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Wimauma teen bit in lip by water moccasin living in pillowcase

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Pasco toughens regulations on where sex offenders may live

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  1. Wednesday's letters: Put cameras in the classroom

    Letters

    Student bill of rights urged | April 18

    Put cameras in school classrooms

  2. Video: Lowry Park Zoo's clouded leopard cub greets public

    Attractions

    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on Tuesday introduced Mowgli, a rare 6-week-old clouded leopard cub, to park visitors.

    Mowgli, a  rare clouded leopard cub born March 7 at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, looks around in one of his first public appearances on Tuesday. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]

  3. Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall discusses Norman Rockwell's famous painting

    Visual Arts

    Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon when she was six. Yet she didn't realize it for decades.

    "The Problem We All Live With" is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell. An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way into an all-white public school in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960, during the process of racial desegregation.
  4. Column: Protection from predators

    Columns

    After almost 15 years in prison, Michael Shepard was released with a sexual predator designation. The apartment complex he moved to last December vigilantly disclosed his predator history to its tenants. Yet today, less than four months after moving in, he stands accused in the sexual assaults of seven children in …

    A resident of the Cedar Hollow Apartments in Pinellas Park holds a sheriff’s office flier warning that Michael Shepard, released from prison with a sexual predator designation, had moved back to the apartments.
  5. Column: Tampa police chief defends bicycle ticketing strategy

    Columns

    The mission of the Tampa Police Department is to ''reduce crime and improve the quality of life through a cooperative partnership with all citizens,'' and that is what we have diligently worked toward over the last 12 years. While our efforts are far from perfect, we have realized much success and ultimately made Tampa …

    ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said he doesn't think the Bucs can use the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft on anyone other than a quarterback.

    Mel Kiper Jr.: Jameis Winston to Bucs isn't etched in stone

    ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said he doesn't think the Bucs can use the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft on anyone other than a quarterback....

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    No 'Scooby-Doo van' for Jeb Bush but he plans to 'campaign amongst people'

    Jeb Bush scoffed at Hillary Clinton's "contrived" effort to connect with voters....

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    Chris Archer, who has pitched very well this season and pretty good against all teams but the Red Sox, will be on the mound for the Rays.

    For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day

    UPDATE, 3:14: Different look to the Rays lineup tonight, with Asdrubal Cabrera off and as many right-handers as possible, including rookie 2B Ryan Brett making his first start....

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