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    February 18, 2013

    Publix's New Digital Coupon Service Coming in March

    Obsessed with saving money using coupons but aren't into the paper cuts from clipping or squinting at tiny ads on your smartphone? Lakeland-based Publix in March plans to roll out a new digital coupon service that will allow shoppers to preselect discounts on the company's website before heading to ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Danielle Harkins Accused of Helping St. Petersburg Teens Exorcise Demons by Cutting Each Other

    A 35-year-old teacher from St. Petersburg's Lealman Asian Neighborhood Center was arrested yesterday on child-abuse charges after police say she convinced several teens to hurt each other to get rid of demons.Danielle Harkins is accused of gathering seven kids around a campfire near the St. Pet ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Rick Scott Promised to Create 700,000 Extra Jobs; Now He'll Smile and Pretend He Didn't

    ​One of Gov. Rick Scott's main talking points during his campaign was his "7-7-7" plan, which he said would create 700,000 jobs on top of the projected growth of 1 million Florida jobs by 2017.With the statewide unemployment rate staying at 10.7 percent for the third straight month, the state expe ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    President Obama Blamed for Stealing All of Marco Rubio's Internets

    ​Somebody call Al Gore.Sen. Marco Rubio's official website has been down for nearly an entire day, and the St. Petersburg Times thinks President Barack Obama is to blame.Obama asked last night that people call all of their legislators to ask them to find a compromise on all this debt-ceiling drama ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Boobs Ban: Florida's Prisons Boss Prohibits State Inmates From Possessing Porn​Centerfolds are now contraband in Florida prisons, thanks to state prison boss Edwin Buss.According to a memo from Buss to all state Department of Corrections facilities, any inmate found "introducing, possessing or passing pornographic material shall be punished to the maxi ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Where Was Rick Scott This Weekend? Possibly Trysting With the Koch Brothers

    Have you seen this man?​Eric Jotkoff, the Florida Democratic Party Communications Director, has a question: Where was Gov. Rick Scott this weekend?"Anyone else concerned that Rick Scott left the state during hurricane season during wildfire emergency and not tell anyone?" Jotkoff posted on T ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Florida Republicans Crack Down On Voting

    Nothing but trouble.​The Florida House passed a highly controversial overhaul of election laws on Thursday, which critics say would grossly undermine the fabric of democracy and help ensure a Republican victory in the 2012 election.Supporters of the legislation say that the changes would prevent v ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    The Happiest Mugshot Ever! Old Guy Flashes Kids On His Birthday.

    Jack Snyder​Thank goodness for Barbara Hijek -- a woman whose job is to keep us all abreast of "weird, wacky, strange news from the Sunshine State." Sometimes she tries to make light of things that are un-makelightofable, but sometimes she finds a little gem of a story without which, you realize m ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    WTFlorida: 10 Reasons Why Florida is Better at Everything

    Miche Ratto​Here in Florida we're really good at a lot of things. Topping the list we have: growing indoor marijuana, staging car accidents, and throwing children in jail. And boy are we good at all of those things.To learn more about the awesome state you live in click the image.

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    March 30, 2011

    Poll: Plummeting Rick Scott Would Lose To Alex Sink Now That It Doesn't Matter

    A group called Public Policy Polling (PPP) discovered the obvious: Floridians are having some dramatic buyer's remorse when it comes to electing fraudster Rick Scott as governor. A poll of 500 Floridians found that his approval rating from diehards remained about the same as a similar PPP poll ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Lost Your House? The Worst Is Yet To Come.

    ​Yesterday, the St. Petersburg Times published a terrifying little story that somebody should have written years ago, informing the Floridian public of the awful things that could befall them even after they've foreclosed on their tanking mortgages, and given their housekeys to the banks.The banks ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Rick Scott, Nixing High-Speed Rail, Cedes Talent and Economic Benefit to the Muslim World

    ​"I didn't fight to become Gov. of the greatest state in nation to settle for a status quo that doesn't promote the potential of our people," tweeted Rick Scott in a typical bout of unsubstantiated braggadocio. See also: "Florida can become the most innovative and effective place in the country to ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Beth Talabisco Gets Tough Judge in Imperato

    Now-former Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco had more bad news when she learned who would be presiding over her case: Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, who has a reputation as one of the toughest judges on criminal defendants in Broward County. Imperato​Imperato is former police officer ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    LeBron James Sparks Nasty War of Words Among Nation's Top Magazine Writers

    ​Never has the word dickwad been used with such eloquence. If you don't frequent the journalism aggregate website, you are missing out on some of the best writing in the country (in addition to an occasional New Times story).But more recently, you've been missing a very entertaining (a ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Six Ways to Cook Iguana

    ​Now that the temperature has finally taken a dip, watch for dead iguanas falling out of trees!  (See photo, taken in Oakland Park last January.) South Florida's plague of big green lawn lizards was culled somewhat last winter by a cold snap that killed legions of the critters. The canal bank ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    A Program Every Floridian Should Watch (But Probably Won't)

    That's the opening two minutes of an ambitious documentary premiering tonight on public television station, WPBT-2. It's called Imagining a New Florida, a more elegant title than Paradise Gone to Hell, which may be more appropriate.Of course, if the expert who says that Floridians are selfish transp ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Arrival of Police Gives Pothead the Munchies

    FlickrPot's a good appetizer for a double cheeseburger, but it makes a rotten condiment.​Note to Fort Lauderdale native Samuel Collins: When trying to destroy the evidence of your marijuana habit, best to take the pot out of the baggie before devouring it with your double cheeseburger. From the St ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Jim Greer Resigning as Republican Party Chair

    Flickr: E.S. HunterJim Greer with his wife at a 2008 Sarah Palin rally in Fort Myers ​In a Florida Republican Party in which Charlie Crist is a mere mortal, there can be no saving his handpicked party chair, Jim Greer. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Greer will resign his leadership post in ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    UPDATED: Lake Worth City Manager Susan Stanton Makes "Biggest Stories of the Decade" List

    sptimes.comLargo Town Manager Steve Stanton leaving contentious city meeting​Lake Worth City Manager Susan Stanton joins the likes of Sami Al-Arian, Terri Shiavo, and the 2000 Florida Recount as one of Creative Loafing's end-of- the-year winners: "Ten Biggest Stories of the Decade in Tampa Bay."In ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Save the Cheerleader: Probation for Teen Who Committed Fatal Hit-and-Run

    That's Jordan Valdez, who was a 16-year-old cheerleader driving her SUV home from practice through Tampa streets last February 8 when she struck and killed homeless woman, Melissa Sjostrom. Sjostrom's biological mother, Connie Wheeler, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, wanted Valdez to be charged as an ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Oh, Snap! George LeMieux Compares Marco Rubio's Campaign to Obama's (Which Was Victorious)

    lemieux.senate.govGeorge LeMieux​In Washington, D.C., the St. Petersburg Times politics blog Buzz button-holed Sen. George LeMieux, who's holding that seat for his benefactor, Charlie Crist. Here's what LeMieux had to say about young, handsome, impeccably conservative Marco Rubio, who's been hamme ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Trump Towers Plan Down the Tubes

    PhotobucketThe Donald, in legal hot water​With mega swindlers like Madoff and Rothstein running rampant, a rapacious capitalist like Donald Trump is almost a sweetheart in comparison. But he does not come without flaws. The Donald faces litigation in Tampa and Fort Lauderdale for allegedly falsify ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Kendrick Meek Campaign Suddenly Saddled With Electability Questions

    Meek​The St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald teamed up for an article in yesterday's editions that voiced concerns among Democrats that their leading senatorial candidate, Congressman Kendrick Meek, isn't "high-profile" enough to beat Charlie Crist. It's a strange moment to raise that question - ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Picture Tour of Terrorist Stops in Broward

    ​Last night, ABC's 20/20 aired a segment featuring an interview with Elie Assaad, the undercover operative who was working for the FBI to infiltrate a Miami-area mosque where agents believed terrorist plots were being hatched. In the interview (video hasn't been posted yet), Assaad tells of being ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Aaron Jackson Gets the St. Pete Times Treatment

    ​Though last night's Planting Peace fundraiser at the Bubble was canceled due to last-second scheduling conflicts, the charity's founder, Aaron Jackson, was in town from Haiti (where Planting Peace has several orphanages), and that gave me the opportunity to ask him about this ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Florida's U.S. Senators: Which One's Tweedle Dee?

    Flickr: Meeko_Your health care is in their hands. Feeling queasy yet?​At tonight's joint session of Congress, Florida will have two senators in the audience in a position to make good on a policy -- health-care reform -- that is the subject of tonight's speech and that was a major part of Barack O ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    During Broward Visit, Rubio Daydreams of Roller Coasters

    Screen grab: Google MapsThe freeway view of Boomers in Dania Beach, from which a speeding Marco Rubio sent his latest Tweet.​Anyone got Shatner's number? Because isn't he the guy to call when looking to unlock the poetry contained within a true conservative's Twitter posts? So please channel the v ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Editorials Lambaste LeMieux, a Week Too Late

    Flickr: oddball7​The editorial sections of major Florida newspapers are furious about Crist's pick of George LeMieux for U.S. Senate. But in their rage -- or maybe it's modesty -- they forgot to mention how complicit their papers are in LeMieux's selection.After all, Crist's office was playing by ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    In Turbulent Times, State Digs Deep for Crist

    Flickr User: Michelle LylesIn an era of unprecedented financial insecurity for the state that Charlie Crist governs, the aspiring U.S. Senator achieved an unprecedented financial windfall. During his campaign's most recent 50 days he raised $4.3 million.That combination isn't lost on Adam Smith, pol ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Martinez Bowled Over by Sotomayor

    Republicans like Newt Gingrich are pretty sure that Sonia Sotomayor is racist against white men, but just to make sure, the U.S. Senate's only Hispanic Republican, Mel Martinez, went in for a closer look. As you can see in the video above, the Florida senator exchanged some awkward Spanish with the ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    High Voter Turnout a Crisis That Calls for Quick Republican Action

    The media klieg lights are always on, but they dim just a tad around the close of the business day Friday. Everybody's off to happy hour, or making the week's last commute home. Media consumers take a break to spend time with friends and family, and it may be late in the weekend before they bother t ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Gay Philanthropist-Turned-Crook Sells Fort Lauderdale Castle But Can't Beat Debts

    If you're grading the souls of fraudsters on a curve, Steven Green scores as the most sympathetic in a class full of flunkers. Green gave generously to charities for the developmentally disabled, as well as to those that assisted gay men with AIDS or struggling with addiction. He even made a documen ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Karen Thurman Talks About Gubernatorial Race

    The St. Pete Times political blog, The Buzz, just posted this interview with Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman: At about the 90-second mark, Thurman responds to criticism that the party lacks a "bench" by touting Jack Seiler's victory in the Fort Lauderdale mayoral race. If a Democrat win ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    If There's a Conspiracy, Florida Journalist's in on It

    No television cameras bore witness to President Barack Obama's second oath of office -- just a single photographer who snapped the shot above, of two people who vaguely resemble Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, their right hands raised and looking all oath-y. Or... it really happe ... More >>

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    January 10, 2009

    FBI: Fort Lauderdale Developer Bribes Officials

    Fort Lauderdale developer Sean Michaels is implicated in a corruption scandal in sleepy southern Levy County, Florida that has already led to several indictments, including W.S. "Sammy" Yearty, the dean of the county commission. A federal indictment shows that Mic ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008
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    May 31, 2007

    Charlie on the Town

    Crist and a former beauty queen are "a confirmed item" — at least in some newspapers

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    March 28, 2007

    Remembering Doris Mansour

    I had never heard of Doris Mansour before this morning, but thanks to an excellent obituary by John Dorschner in this morning's Miami Herald, I feel like I've met her. Mansour, who died Tuesday at the age of 68, was the office manager and copy editor for the Herald's defunct Tropic Magazine. Dorschn ... More >>

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    November 28, 2006

    Big Jim's Return?

    Bob Eighmie/For Miami Herald This photo comes from Dave Barry's Annual Gift Guide, which was published Sunday in the Miami Herald. The picture comes from the motorized ice cream cone bit. Is that who I think it is? I'm not 100 percent sure, but if not, there is a veritable Jim DeFede clone walking ... More >>

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    November 8, 2006

    Hey Lady

    Pemble Look, I know. I'm overdoing it on Charlie Crist. But he is the new governor and I had to point out that Crist "girlfriend" Katie Pemble, a 41-year-old divorcee and mother of a seven-year-old daughter, resurfaced today with him. Seems they're still putting on a show of it. In a long feature ... More >>

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    November 3, 2006


    This comes from the St. Petersburg Times' Buzz blog regarding the Crist coverage: ---------------------------- A Testy Time in Orlando Charlie Crist, campaigning in Orlando with Gov. Jeb Bush Friday, got decidedly off-message. A reporter for an Orlando TV station wanted Crist to respond to q ... More >>

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    October 10, 2006

    Harper's On Foley

    Harper's Magazine just posted one of the most fascinating stories on the Mark Foley scandal to date (via Romenesko). In short, Ken Silverstein puts the lie to the Republican B.S. line that this was orchestrated by the Democratic Party. The source of the information, he writes, was a Democrat, but he ... More >>

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    October 2, 2006

    Miami Herald Comes Clean A Little

    Okay, now I'm upset. Turns out the Miami Herald had those Mark Foley e-mails, too, and also showed great deference to the congressman by not bothering to do a story about it. But I'm not upset that the Herald didn't run the story -- I'm upset that we didn't get a copy of the damn things. But it ... More >>

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    September 30, 2006

    What Did Hastert Know, and When Did He Know It?

    The St. Pete Times is one thing, but the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is another. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert knew about some of Mark Foley's shady e-mails months ago, Associated Press writer Devlin Barrett reports. Covering up for a sexual predator in their midst? T ... More >>

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    June 5, 2006

    Deerfield Editor Resigns

    Ever heard of the Deerfield Observer? It's a so-called "community newspaper" -- you know, one of those local Chamber of Commerce rags. Some Deerfield locals have been cheering a pending personnel change at the newspaper that was announced on Friday: The resignation of long-time Managing Editor Judy ... More >>

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    July 7, 2005


    Clam Up

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    January 30, 2003

    Gamblin' Men

    Big-ticket casino deals plus a messy internal power struggle equals even more legal woes for the Seminole tribe

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