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Friday, Dec 19, 2014
St. Pete rejects deal to let Rays look for stadium sites
The deal would have allowed the Rays to explore options for moving out of Tropicana Field.
By a 5-3 vote, the city council says no to Mayor Rick Kriseman’s agreement that would have given the team a chance to search for a Hillsborough or Pinellas alternative to Tropicana Field.
MCKITTRICK, CA - MARCH 23:  Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near McKittrick, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 480316105
Regulators OK charging customers for ‘fracking’
A credit card knife was an unusual item voluntarily surrendered by a passenger. The knives are often carried in a wallet and are forgotten to be left at home when traveling by air. Lee Kair, the federal security director for Greater Tampa Bay, spoke Thursday to remind holiday travelers to be mindful of restrictions on items that can be carried onto an airplane.
Tampa airport reminds fliers what they can take aboard planes
Terrence Johnson
Pinellas Park police identify shooter in road rage incident
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Paula Dockery: Call it what you want — it’s still Medicaid expansion

Paula Dockery Two years ago, as part of the Affordable Care Act, Florida was offered $50 billion over 10 years to expand Medicaid to those low-income families who didn’t qualify under the current eligibility requirements. The governor and the Florida Legislature turned it down.

Editorial: Scott should end costly legal fight to keep flawed drug-testing law
Editorial: A way to advance freedom in Cuba
Editorial: Vinik’s plan for Channel District is a perfect fit
Letters to the editor: Dialogue needed
Letter of the day: Same-sex supporters infringe on religious freedoms