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Florida House won't count computer coding as foreign language for high school students

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Video: Treasure Island police seek 'reckless' pilot illegally taking off from Johns Pass

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  1. Wandering Whisk Bakeshop serving bright cakes, cookies, macarons out of a home in St. Petersburg

    Cooking

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It happened by accident.

    Jennifer Jacobs, 29, made red velvet cookie sandwiches for Valentine's Day and brought them to her office at HSN in St. Petersburg.

    People went nuts.

    Strawberry Cupcakes from St. Petersburg home bakery Wandering Whisk Bakeshop.
  2. Goodwill Industries mired in national sales slump, Tampa Bay shortfall $1 million

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — It looks as if Goodwill Industries is not immune to the same economic woes affecting beleaguered retail giants like Macy's and Sears.

    Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast is experiencing a $1 million shortfall in retail sales at its 19 stores in Tampa Bay and west-central Florida, prompting the nonprofit to cut costs and freeze salaries. 
[WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE | Times]
  3. What you need to know for Tuesday, March 28

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    For the first-time in a long, long time, panther kittens have been spotted north of the Caloosahatchee River in Southwest Florida. [Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  4. From a megafan, reasons to see WrestleMania 33 in Orlando

    Events

    It's not just a wrestling match.

    When World Wrestling Entertainment brings its largest event of the year, WrestleMania, it is a pop culture extravaganza. All the drama, the glitz and the pageantry that surrounds the ring is just as important as the athleticism inside. It's six hours of elaborate …

    Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar 
w/ Paul Heyman
  5. Performance artist squeezes oranges for 140 hours in St. Pete — then he'll wash your dishes

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Curtis Bryant was walking alone Friday morning along Central Avenue when he saw a sign outside the Morean Arts Center reading "free juice."

    Orlando-based artist Brian Feldman squeezes Florida oranges into juice, Friday, 3/24/17 at the Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, as part of the "Fresh Squeezed, Emerging Artists in Florida" exhibit. Feldman is one of six Florida artists whoes work is on display through April 30th. On Friday, Feldman squeezed Florida orange juice for visitors who created drawings of oranges and other citrus scenes. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  6. Romano: Hay fever has got nothing on this annual plague

    Politics

    Your eyes grow watery and swollen. Your throat feels raw, and your head begins to pound.

  7. Taste of the Islands expands with downtown St. Petersburg location

    Retail

    BY DIVYA KUMAR

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Taste of the Islands opened on 34th Street in 1992, Yvonne Thomspon said she wasn't sure it had been a good idea to get into the restaurant industry.

  8. 'Candlelit dinner' vs. 'frozen-food aisle'; streetlights but Romans in a dark mood

    World

    ROME — As far as guided tours of central Rome go, this one was a downer.

    A white LED lamp next to the Colosseum in Rome on March 20. Rome is undergoing a citywide switch to the cheaper, more environmentally friendly LED lights, prompting anger among residents and critics who say the white lights dim Rome's old world charm. [New York Times]
  9. Rays looking at deal to acquire Peter Bourjos from White Sox

    Blogs

    The Rays search for outfield depth may be leading to Peter Bourjos.

    There were indications late Monday the Rays were working to acquire Bourjos, who is in camp with the White Sox on a minor-league deal.

    Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago later reported the deal would be for cash considerations.

  10. Our latest prediction for Rays opening day roster

    Blogs

    Sixth of our weekly semi-educated guesses at the makeup of the 25-man opening day roster:

A student practices for Florida’s standardized tests. Florida senators are considering two competing proposals to reform the state’s standardized assessments, but Republican leaders are being accused of “stealing” a more popular Democratic measure so they can take credit.

'This is an abomination,' senator says of political games surrounding testing reforms

Efforts by the state Senate to address too much standardized testing in Florida’s public schools this year are on the rocks after a key proposal was abruptly postponed Monday when one senator objected to what he called an “abomination” of the legislative process....

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Rays looking at deal to acquire Peter Bourjos from White Sox

The Rays search for outfield depth may be leading to Peter Bourjos.

There were indications late Monday the Rays were working to acquire Bourjos, who is in camp with the White Sox on a minor-league deal.

Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago later reported the deal would be for cash considerations.

Bourjos, 31 on Friday, would give the Rays the right-handed hitting outfielder capable of filling in in centerfield they have been looking for. He has played previously for the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies.

A deal, if completed, could be announced sometime Tuesday.

The Rays have been looking for depth because Colby Rasmus won't be ready to start the season, and he was to be the backup for Kevin Kiermaier. Also because Tim Beckham, who they had targeted for some outfield duty against lefty starters, will be the primary shortstop with Matt Duffy not ready to start the season.

The Rays also have lefty hitting Mallex Smith to join the trio of Corey Dickerson, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr....

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Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome

Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?...

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