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Oakhurst Square Readies for First Homegrown Harvest

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Oakhurst Square Readies for First Homegrown Harvest
The Oakhurst Square Apartments, 1120 N. Boulevard across from Tampa Preparatory School, installed a community garden for its residents this month.
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Categories: Charitable | Tags: Community | View Count: (1347)
Educators Running Government-Funded Tutoring Companies Create Concern Over Conflicts
As principal of some of the poorest public schools in Alachua County, Beth Le Clear urged her students to take advantage of subsidized tutoring, extra instruction for Florida's neediest kids. Scores of her schoolchildren — some so destitute they wore grocery bags for underwear — enrolled and got the study help they sorely needed. But they weren't the only ones who benefited.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Ethics | View Count: (1382)
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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform

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Speculation Surrounds Campaign Finance Reform
Some Democrats saw campaign finance reform passed by the Legislature this year as helpful in their bid to defeat Gov. Rick Scott but, in fact, it could help Republicans more, campaign finance experts and Florida political figures say. Meanwhile, watchdogs who track money in politics differ sharply over whether the reform bill will do what its proponents claim — lessen the influence of special interest money in politics.
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Categories: Politics | Tags: Politics , Legislation , Ethics | View Count: (1334)
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Property Appraiser Failed to Report Income

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Property Appraiser Failed to Report Income
Rob Turner, who made $153,000 last year as Hillsborough County property appraiser, earns extra money teaching appraisal classes around the state but hasn't reported any of it on financial disclosure forms.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Real Estate , Ethics , Hillsborough County | View Count: (1422)
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Puppy Left at Lutz Pet Resort Found Dead in Pool

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Puppy Left at Lutz Pet Resort Found Dead in Pool
A Tampa couple left their puppy in the care of a boarder while they went on vacation, but while they were gone they were informed their dog had died.
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Categories: Past Law Cases | Tags: Pets , Misconduct , Lawsuit , Tampa | View Count: (1460)
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Byrd Ready to Make Return to Public Service

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Byrd Ready to Make Return to Public Service
After eight years out of the public spotlight, former state House Speaker Johnnie Byrd of Plant City is trying for a comeback in public service, running for a circuit judgeship. Byrd, one of the county's most controversial political figures, is challenging Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe based on criticism of his performance on the bench, which Wolfe and his backers vehemently deny.
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Categories: Politics | Tags: Judicial Branch , Politics | View Count: (1328)
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Ethics Panel: Norman Likely Violated Law

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Ethics Panel: Norman Likely Violated Law
State Sen. Jim Norman had a legal duty to disclose that a $500,000 gift was given to his wife by one of his political supporters but did not do so, a prosecutor told members of the Florida Commission on Ethics on Friday. The ethics commissioners agreed, finding probable cause that Norman broke the law when he did not report the half-a-million dollars given to his wife, Mearline, by conservative activist Ralph Hughes. She used the money to buy and renovate a lakefront house in Arkansas. Norman, a...
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Jim Norman , Politics , Ethics | View Count: (1386)
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Citizen Crist

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Citizen Crist
In Charlie Crist's world, skies generally are blue and sunny, and not just because he lives by the water in St.Petersburg. Within the past year, Crist has been knocked out of the only occupation he ever seriously pursued-politics-and endured a bitter break with the Republican Party, his longtime political home. But never mind that, said the chronic optimist. Life, he said Tuesday, while appearing at Stetson University College of Law to deliver a lecture, is good. "I'm enjoying the private sec...
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Categories: Politics | Tags: Charlie Crist , Politics | View Count: (1228)
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Lawsuit Over Polk Inmate's Death Set For Trial

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Lawsuit Over Polk Inmate's Death Set For Trial
Curfew violations aren't supposed to be fatal. But the arrest and subsequent jailing of a 21-year-old bipolar schizophrenic in Polk County proved to be just that.
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Categories: Past Law Cases | Tags: Police , Misconduct , Lawsuit | View Count: (1266)
Miller Says $10,500 He Paid His Wife Was To Run Campaign
A mid-­December campaign finance report shows Les Miller paid Gwen Miller $10,489 on Nov. 9 for "services rendered." Les Miller said couldn't afford a high-priced campaign consultant last year when he was running for the Hillsborough County Commission District 3 seat, so he hired his wife as campaign manager. Miller's last campaign finance report, filed in mid-December, shows he paid Gwen Miller $10,489 on Nov. 9 for "services rendered."Miller said his former campaign manager, who handled his...
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Les Miller , Politics , Ethics , Hillsborough County | View Count: (1299)
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