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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is asking the Pinellas County Commissionfor for $26 million in tourist tax dollars, but the Church of Scientology says the facility doesn't deserve it. The church sent a complaint to local and state officials, alleging the aquarium has a number of financial problems and should be denied the money. Aquarium director David Yates says the church's allegations are unfounded. The aquarium last week sold a prime piece of downtown land to the city, against the church's wishes. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has launched a statewide campaign blasting the ethics and financial practices of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a move that follows the aquarium's recent decision not to sell the church a prized downtown property. On Monday, one day before the Pinellas County Commission gave  …


Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities....


Florida Young Democrats to hold convention in Ybor

From a release:

Young Democrats across the state of Florida will convene at The Italian Club, located in historic Ybor City, just outside downtown Tampa, on May 19-21, 2017. The Florida Young Democrats (FYD) is the official statewide federation of the Young Democrats of America. FYD is a political organization dedicated to building the future of our party by developing the next generation of Democratic leaders and ensuring youth turnout in local, state and national elections....


NAACP Legal Defense Fund responds to Campbell Park Elementary principal's email

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which has long represented plaintiffs in a 50-year-old federal desegregation case against the Pinellas County school district for shortchanging black students, issued a statement Thursday in response to an email that instructed school staff to keep white students together in class in a predominantly black school....