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  1. Pam Bondi's career path could lead to post in Trump's White House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Pam Bondi would bring personal loyalty to Donald Trump's future administration — and political baggage, too.

  2. Holiday Hopes: This St. Petersburg family has the drive, just not a car

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Zeneta Jackson turns on the bedroom light. Willie Hairston squints in protest. He feels like he just closed his eyes. "It's time to get up," she says.

  3. Lane DeGregory: Parents, be grateful for dishes and laundry

    Human Interest

    To all parents —

    Of little ones, who clang pots and crawl into your bed spewing scary dreams.

  4. In rural-suburban Pasco County, Trump supporters see their lives getting great again

    Elections

    SHADY HILLS

    Two days after an election that promised to change everything, a tractor driving down Shady Hills Road pulled onto the grass. The local church was having a yard sale, long tables lined with shoes and blouses, dinette sets and baby clothes, to raise money for youth group activities like Christian …

  5. A Purple Heart's journey from a flea market to a fallen soldier's family

    Human Interest

    The brass medal rested between satin and crushed gold velvet on a junk table at a dusty Orlando flea market.

    The seller wanted $10.

  6. Up all night with the voters of Tampa Bay, watching a presidential election surprise (w/video)

    National

    At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, a supervisor poked her head out of the double doors of a voting precinct in the University of South Florida student center. "Ladies and gentlemen," she announced, "the polls are closing." Four minutes too late, a young woman showed up, in tears. All she or anyone else could do now was wait.

  7. Time for a kindness break

    Human Interest

    Join hands with me, will you, for a pre-Thanksgiving prayer:

  8. Think you can guess whether these voters will choose Clinton or Trump?

    State Roundup

    Certain groups can be expected to vote a certain way each presidential election. Non-white voters, for more than half a century, have voted for a Democrat. The most recent polls in key states show Hillary Clinton winning that demographic. Gun owners voted against President Barack Obama and for President George W. Bush, …

  9. Tampa and Cuba, once Cold War enemies, now work together to save the ocean

    Water

    FOUR MILES OFF THE COAST OF KEY LARGO

    Five scientists sit in a fishing boat on Aug. 21, waiting for divers to emerge. They stare at the water, struggling to keep the conversation going.

  10. Florida controls the road to the White House, so why not the White House?

    Human Interest

    You, as a Florida voter, hold the fate of the world in your hands.

  11. Readers respond to young violist with generosity and support

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    More than 100 emails and phone calls poured in after September's Floridian story about 16-year-old Adán Martinez and the viola that changed his life. He had been busking to make payments on the instrument he named Lamar and had more than $1,200 to go. But within a week, readers calling Violin …

  12. Time capsule: On a beach, he found a box containing a stranger's ashes

    Human Interest

    Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight. Writer Lane DeGregory got a phone call last month about this story, from the children of Dr. Ayestaran. He held on to that box for years, …

  13. Ghostly warning: Dead gangster Ma Barker doesn't want her house moved

    Human Interest

    OCKLAWAHA — He called the newsroom with a warning: They can't move that house.

  14. How do you tell a story without words? Two dancers give it a spin.

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG — The dance came from a conversation. About having conversations. Some of the best ones, the two dancers agreed, had been with strangers.

    So they started there.

  15. Time Capsule: The day that Tampa banned lap dancing

    Human Interest

    Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight.

  16. In his own words: I'm a 12-year-old international go-kart racer

    Human Interest

    I was 4 years old when I started racing. … I remember going out on the track for my first time and, like, just going around, like, really slow. …

  17. The 'F' in Florida often stands for 'fake'

    News

    Living in Florida is an adventure, and not just because of the hurricanes, lightning, sinkholes, shark attacks and nudist resorts. A big part of what makes living here so — interesting? is that the right word? — is knowing that much of what you see isn't real.

  18. In her own words: Dangling from my piercings makes me comfortable in my own skin

    Human Interest

    Shannon Michael, 29, Palm Beach | body suspension artist

  19. From Disney's Space Mountain to SeaWorld's Mako: We're pushing the limits on roller coaster thrills

    Florida

    ORLANDO

    I n January 1975, Mickey Mouse donned a space suit to herald the newest attraction in Disney's Tomorrowland, the first roller coaster on Earth to be controlled by a computer.

  20. This painting made two people fall in love and helped a man connect with the dead

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    One night last spring, Gordon Stevenson plugged his name into Google. Up popped a link to an episode of Antiques Roadshow.