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An annual protest against oil drilling off Florida's coasts will once again be held Saturday. Clearwater Beach will host one of the main events for "Hands Across the Sand."

Many Tampa Bay area law enforcement agencies are acting in what officials call an abundance of caution by increasing their presence in and around schools in the final days of the school year. 

"Petrichor" ENCORE

May 18, 2018
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In consideration of the factors that create one’s sense of place, it can be easy to overlook one powerful characteristic:  the smells.  In this week’s encore essay, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes us on an olfactory journey through some of the common and not-so-common scents associated with the Southwest Florida experience including her favorite; a smell named by geologists in the 1960s, and one that Southwest Florida residents have certainly been experiencing in recent days with the return of summer rain storms.

More Floridians get their health insurance through their jobs than from any other source—about 42 percent of us, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

A gigantic $4 billion retail and entertainment complex won government approval Thursday after years of debate, greenlighting what promises to be the largest mall in North America, just a few miles from the environmentally sensitive Everglades.

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