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A photo of the butt graffiti that has been cropping up around St. Petersburg in the past several months. [CHRISTOPHER SPATA | STAFF]

Who's behind the mysterious butt graffiti all over St. Petersburg?

ST. PETERSBURG — The first butts, perhaps, appeared in April on some steps behind the Sundial shopping plaza. They were black marker scrawled on dirty, caution-yellow paint, about six inches tall, and shapely. Three buttocks, formed by four unbroken lines. A simple yet mind-bending design that conjures a police lin …


Vladimir Putin (L), then Russia's Prime Minister, walks side by side with Alexander Zaldostanov (R), nicknamed "the Surgeon", the leader of the group of Russian bikers called the Night Wolves, near Sevastopol in Ukraine's Crimea, in 2010.

Here's a story about Miami real estate that involves Trump, bikers and Russians

From the Miami Herald's Lily Dobrovolskaya and Nicholas Nehamas:...


Mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel holds a news conference outside the headquarters of the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday to protest his exclusion from the mayoral debate. Nevel is a member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement.

Uhuru mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel protests exclusion from debate

ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel, the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement candidate for mayor, on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to participate in a July 25 televised debate between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and challenger Rick Baker....


Thousands of children attend Florida charter schools, which are growing in number and now stand to receive capital projects local tax revenue.

Florida education news: Charter schools, traveling man, lunch prices and more

#HB7069: Now that it's law, HB 7069 has a new target on its back: Will it be challenged in court? Broward County Democrat Sen. Gary Farmer says he's doing all he can "to make sure this bad piece of legislation is not going to harm our public schools." It's not just the Dems who are agitating. Bay County Republican Sen. George Gainer, who reluctantly voted for the measure, argues that without meaningful changes — particularly in the charter school realm — trouble is looming for public education. The social media response to Farmer, who opposed the bill, has been largely positive. To Gainer, not so much. An example: "too many people who supported the bill now express concerns. Where were you when we needed you." Who else is noticing? Ratings agencies. Moody's has called the bill's capital funds sharing plan "credit negative" for districts with large numbers of charter schools, the News Service of Florida reports....