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  1. Birds of a feather, the gilded rich are flocking to Florida and its lack of state income tax

    Personal Finance

    Sure, we know Florida has regained its status as a hot spot for retirees. Just look at all the Boomers pouring into the state by the thousands.

    President Donald Trump, on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, saw his wealth drop by $1 billion to $3.5 billion in the 2017 Forbes billionaires survey. [Kevin D. Liles/The New York Times]
  2. St. Petersburg City Council wants to hire some help navigating a sea paperwork

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG —Since the beginning of the year, City Council members have had to digest 4,522 pages of documents, attend hundreds of hours of meetings and deal with resident complaints late into the night.

    St. Petersburg City Council member  Darden Rice, seen here at a 2016 meeting at City Hall, has proposed hiring four aides to help council members research issues and prepare for meetings. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
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    Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor
  4. Recent Hernando School District decisions raise questions of transparency


    BROOKSVILLE — When the Hernando County School Board gathered last week for a retreat at a gated community, it was required by state law to notify the public of the event, said Barbara Petersen, president of the Tallahassee-based First Amendment Foundation.

    It didn't.

    Recent moves by  superinten­dent Lori Romano have also raised transparency questions.
  5. Pasco preserves 97 acres; Crews Lake Park expansion could follow


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County is buying environmentally sensitive land from the Gills family.

    Pasco County's purchase of nearly 97 acres through its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program could pave the way for the future expansion of Crews Lake Wilderness Park, shown here. TIMES files (2016)
  6. Carlton: Auctions on courthouse steps to be a quaint memory


    Once upon a time in America, a piece of property evidencing its owner's bad fortune or neglect would literally be auctioned off on the courthouse steps.

    Deputy Clerk Adrian Salas arranges the sale of a property during the second-to-last tax deeds live auction in the Edgecomb Courthouse’s jury auditorium in Tampa on Thursday.
  7. Bay Pines VA police chief steps aside after stormy nine-year tenure


    After a tumultuous nine years on the job, the chief of police with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is calling it quits, moving to the engineering department April 10 for what he says are health reasons.

    The resignation of Robert Shogren, police chief with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, came five days after one of Shogren's officers wrote an email to VA Secretary David Shulkin claiming Shogren and his management team were harassing him for being a whistleblower. [Times file (2014)]
  8. Carlos the Jackal is given a third life sentence in 1974 Paris attack


    PARIS — The international terrorist and self-professed Marxist revolutionary known as Carlos the Jackal received a life sentence — his third — on Tuesday for a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore that killed two people and wounded 34.

    This courtroom sketch dated Tuesday shows Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as "Carlos the Jackal," during his trial at a Paris courthouse. [Eliza Parmentier via AP]
  9. 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood charged with felonies


    LOS ANGELES — California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.

    David Robert Daleiden, right, leaves a courtroom after a hearing in Houston in April. California prosecutors have been charged him with 15 felony counts of invasion of privacy. [Associated Press, 2016]
  10. Man freed after spending 20 years in jail for attempted murder


    LOS ANGELES — On his drive to Calipatria State Prison, Ricardo Perez thought of the couple he'd met a few months earlier and their desperate plea: Can you help us get our innocent relative out of prison?

  11. World's biggest dinosaur footprint discovered in 'Australia's own Jurassic Park'


    More than 100 million years ago, on a muddy stretch of land that is now Australia, nearly two-dozen species of dinosaur once roamed.

    Dinosaur tracks in Walmadany.
  12. Under pressure, Webb declines to be recognized as a distinguished Naval Academy graduate


    Former Senator Jim Webb declined Tuesday to accept an award as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, citing pressure from a "small but vociferous group" of female alumni who are angry about past statements he made that women aren't suited for combat and shouldn't attend the academy.

  13. Florida considering slavery memorial at state Capitol


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida may construct a memorial on state Capitol grounds reminding visitors that slavery was once allowed in the nation's third-largest state.

  14. O'Reilly compared a black congresswoman's hair to a 'James Brown wig'


    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday seemed to disparage a senior African-American congresswoman because of the lawmaker's appearance — comparing her hair to a "James Brown wig."

    Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday seemed to disparage Rep. Maxine Waters because of the lawmaker's appearance — comparing her hair to a "James Brown wig."