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Florida has seen a leader like Trump before: Charlie Crist

WASHINGTON — And so begins the most unpredictable presidency in modern — if not all — American history. Anybody who tells you they know what to expect from President Donald …

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DEP secretary Jon Steverson resigns after stormy 2-year tenure

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Romano: This parade story could use a little more pride

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Plan your weekend: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Beer and Bacon Festival, comedians George Lopez, Margaret Cho

Plan your weekend: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Beer and Bacon Festival, comedians George Lopez, Margaret Cho

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Movie Planner: '20th Century Women' review, 'Xxx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Movie Planner: '20th Century Women' review, 'Xxx: The Return of Xander Cage'

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5 things to do under $5 Jan. 19-25: Dazz Band at Heritage Fest, food truck rally, dog show

5 things to do under $5 Jan. 19-25: Dazz Band at Heritage Fest, food truck rally, dog show

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Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

Music Planner: Run the Jewels rampage into Jannus Live; Don Henley, Kenny Rogers, 'Last Waltz' hit Ruth Eckerd Hall

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  1. As absences pile up for thousands of students, Pinellas works to keep them in school

    K12

    Donna Sicilian was a pro at skipping class.

    Seventh-grade students at Azalea Middle School in St.  Petersburg pay for their lunches under a banner hung in the school's cafeteria. It says, "Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. Don't Let Absences Add Up," a message that is part of an effort to reduce abstenteeism in schools across Pinellas County. Says Azalea's new principal, Solomon Lowery: "There's a new sense of accountability throughout our campus where we're not having issues we've had in previous years." [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Sunday forecast: Showers and strong thunderstorms likely during afternoon

    Weather

    Showers and strong thunderstorms — some with the possibility of damaging winds — are expected to push through the Tampa Bay area Sunday ahead of a cold front, according to the National Weather Service.

  3. Weather cancels second day of Black Heritage Music Fest in Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    An expectation of bad weather has canceled the second day of the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival Music Fest in downtown Tampa.

    David Sanborn was the scheduled headliner of Sunday's Music Fest in downtown Tampa, but the city has called off the outdoor concert due to the likelihood  of severe weather. [Getty Images for Syracuse University]
  4. Lightning falls to Coyotes (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — This has to be rock bottom.

    Goalie Ben Bishop turns his back to the puck as center Martin Hanzal cheers the Coyotes’ first goal, by Tobias Rieder (not seen).
  5. Trump blames 'political games' for delaying Pompeo's confirmation as CIA director

    WASHINGTON — On a visit to CIA headquarters Saturday, President Donald Trump took a shot at Democrats, saying they were playing politics with the confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, his choice to head the agency.

  6. A calmer Gasparilla parade for the kids sans beer and sin

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — This one is for the tykes and tots. No drinking. No melees. No sins of excess.

    Jeshua Torres, 6, of Tampa puts his pirate’s hook to good use as he tries to catch beads during the Children’s Gasparilla Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa on Saturday, a kickoff before next week’s rowdier event.
  7. PolitiFact: No, Donald Trump's inauguration wasn't the largest ever

    National

    The statement

    "That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer during a briefing at the White House, Jan. 21, 2017. President Donald Trump and his press secretary excoriated the news media for what they said were deliberate efforts to understate the number of people at the inauguration. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
  8. No. 19 Florida stunned at home by Vanderbilt

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Matthew Fisher-Davis' best game in weeks helped Vanderbilt and first-year coach Bryce Drew notch their biggest victory of the season.

  9. East-West Shrine Game: West beats East 10-3 in defensive battle

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — Eli McGuire finally got into the end zone and the West's defense did the rest, forcing a fumble inside the 5-yard line in the fourth quarter and holding on for a 10-3 win at the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

    East tight end Antony Auclair of Universite Laval in Quebec is tackled in midair by West cornerback Tyquwan Glass (Fresno State) and linebacker Calvin Munson (San Diego State, hidden) in the second half.
  10. Rays still seeking bench, bullpen help

    The Heater

    The Rays actually have had a busy offseason, what with three major-league free agent additions (C Wilson Ramos, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Shawn Tolleson), four trades, several waiver claims and the usual assortment of minor-league deals.

    Veteran slugger Mark Reynolds could provide a versatile right-handed bat off the bench.
Jon Steverson, Florida Department of Environmental Protection secretary, resigned Friday.

Rick Scott's environmental protection chief resigns

Jon Steverson, who for two stormy years has led the state Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Rick Scott, resigned late Friday, effective Feb. 3....

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Shrine Game: Five prospects that impressed this week

Here's our report from 13-year-old Riley Auman, who loves the NFL Draft and has been busy taking in practices this week and Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. Follow him on Twitter at @junioraumanac....

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The Beaches remake on Lifetime stars Nia Long, left, as Hillary and Idina Menzel, right, as CC.

What to watch this weekend: 'Beaches' remake on Lifetime, 'Frontier' on Netflix

Weekend couch planner

FRIDAY...

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