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Tony March slices ham for sandwiches last week at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. March grew up poor in Daytona Beach but got a scholarship to go to Howard University. OCTAVIO JONES | Times

Undercover volunteer: Wealthy car dealer does the dirty jobs quietly at Tampa charity

TAMPA — Ask the staff around Metropolitan Ministries what they know about Tony March and you'll learn how little he has revealed about himself in eight years as a volunteer there. "He talks about poker a lot so he must like it," said kitchen employee Candi Jacks. "I think he runs a business," said executive chef Er …


Rubio denies involvement in Colombian meeting at Mar-a-Lago

Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday denied a role in setting up a meeting at Mar-a-Lago between former Colombian presidents opposed to a peace deal....


The Tampa City Council on Thursday voted to extend a moratorium on rezonings or permits for medical marijuana dispensaries. A 90-day moratorium that the city enacted before the Legislature’s spring session is scheduled to expire on May 17. The council voted to extend it to Aug. 15.

Tampa extends moratorium on new local rules for medical marijuana dispensaries

With competing bills in the Legislature on how to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, Tampa City Hall has decided to wait a little longer before drafting its own zoning or other rules for pot dispensaries....


ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of April 16, 2017

It's not all about the Legislature in Florida education news. We've seen a principal tell her staff to place all white children together in classes, a district ban D and F grades for its youngest students, and school board members say they welcome charter schools to help deal with crowding. Read all about it below....