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Friday, Feb 27, 2015

Politics

Former Fla. House speaker wants state to pay his legal fees

TALLAHASSEE – Attorneys for former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom argued today that taxpayers should pay his legal fees of nearly $1 million from corruption charges dating back to 2009.
Updated: 5 hours ago

Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Volunteers take to streets for Hillsborough’s annual homeless count

Volunteers take to streets for Hillsborough’s annual homeless count

TAMPA — Mark Francis Price, dressed in raggedy shorts, a dirty jacket and knit cap pulled down tightly over his forehead, had no problem talking with Stephen Taylor, a red-shirted volunteer who was asking some pretty personal questions Thursda...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

WASHINGTON — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan.
Updated: 18 hours ago

Feds: Three accused in Islamic State plot vocal about beliefs

NEW YORK — Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President ...
Updated: 18 hours ago
USF rally showcases reliance on low-paid, part-time faculty

USF rally showcases reliance on low-paid, part-time faculty

TAMPA — A group of adjunct faculty members, students and union organizers gathered outside the University of South Florida’s student center on Wednesday to showcase low pay and poor working conditions among part-time and adjunct instruc...
Published: 02/25/15
Animal Coalition, burned out of home, needs a new one again

Animal Coalition, burned out of home, needs a new one again

The Animal Coalition of Tampa, which was forced out of its clinic last year by an arson fire, is again looking for a home. The reduced-fee spay and neuter clinic has been operating for 10 months from a rented building at 1719 W. Lemon St. since an April 19 fire that killed three pet cats.
Published: 02/25/15

Senate Dems agree to GOP plan to fund Homeland Department

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put t...
Published: 02/25/15
Muslims must fight extremists’ ideology, Jordanian princess says

Muslims must fight extremists’ ideology, Jordanian princess says

ST. PETE BEACH — Though the fight against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State and similar groups is a global responsibility, Jordanian Princess Aisha bin Al Hussein told an audience of international commandos that, ultimately, it is up to ...
Published: 02/25/15
Hillsborough, Pinellas among four counties with no land-buy plans

Hillsborough, Pinellas among four counties with no land-buy plans

TAMPA — Hillsborough County is considered a state leader in land conservation, with 61,500 acres preserved under the voter-approved Jan Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program.
Published: 02/24/15
Updated: 02/25/15