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DEP deputy administrator may lack environmental experience, but is an expert in hunting

Three months after Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson the new secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Steverson hired a man with nearly zero environmental experience to serve as …


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  1. Ecuador's visa rule puts roadblock on Cubans' path to U.S.


    HAVANA — Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles of South and …

    Cubans gather outside Ecuador's embassy in Havana on Friday, expressing frustration at a new visa rule that now requires they have a visa to visit the South American country. The lack of a visa requirement for Cubans made Ecuador a favored destination for those seeking to leave the island and make the overland route to the United States, where they can receive automatic legal residency. Some came with plane tickets, and flight itineraries, demanding reimbursement of the cost of their airline tickets with destination to Ecuador. [Associated Press]
  2. Two pedestrians killed in separate Pinellas County crashes


    The Thanksgiving weekend got off to a deadly start for pedestrians in Pinellas County.

    Christina M. Bayes is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.
  3. Photo gallery: Pope Francis visits Africa


    The pope got a taste of Kenyan slum life on Friday, writes Jeffrey Gettleman for the New York Times

    Pope Francis arrives at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying Friday that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing.
  4. UCF offers high-tech homework that's tailored to students


    ORLANDO — Tiffani Harper's online homework seemed to have a mind of its own. It knew that she learned best by watching videos and detected what topics she struggled to grasp.

    Tiffani Harper, a University of Central Florida nursing student, takes notes during one of her personalized learning web courses. 
  5. Protest over Chicago teen's shooting creates havoc on Magnificent Mile


    CHICAGO — Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago's ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

    People scream at Chicago police officers as they protest the shooting death of Laquan McDonald outside of a Banana Republic store on Michigan Avenue on Friday.
  6. Lightning 3-game win streak ends vs. Caps

    Lightning Strikes

    WASHINGTON — The Lightning wins at the Verizon Center about as often as civilians leap over the White House fence.

    Capitals left wing Jason Chimera get congratulations from the bench after his second-period goal as Lightning defensemen Braydon Coburn (55) and Anton Stralman skate away.
  7. USF basketball falls to No. 1 Kentucky


    MIAMI — Jamal Murray had 21 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the final 15 points of the first half on the way to beating USF 84-63 in the HoopHall Miami Invitational on Friday.

    USF guard Roddy Peters goes up for a shot as Kentucky forward Marcus Lee defends in the first half of the Hoophall Miami Invitational. The Bulls fell to the Wildcats 83-61.   {Associated Press}
  8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains doubtful for Bucs game


    TAMPA — DE George Johnson and S Keith Tandy have been ruled out for the Bucs game Sunday in Indianapolis and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins still hasn't been cleared for contact, making it unlikely he will play.

  9. Rays release 2016 spring training schedule

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays aren't sure where they will wrap up spring training given the potential for a late-March trip to Cuba, but they will start exhibition play March 2 in Port Charlotte against Dusty Baker's Nationals.

  10. Arrest made in gang-related killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago alley


    CHICAGO — A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured from a playground and shot in the head because of his father's gang ties.

    Police say Tyshawn Lee, 9, was lured from a playground and shot in an alley near his grandmother's home on Nov. 2 because of his father's gang ties. The fourth-grader was shot at close range in the head and back.
These photos were shown at the visitation for Tyshawn at Haven of Rest Church in the South Chicago neighborhood on Nov. 9. [E. Jason Wambsgans | Chicago Tribune via TNS]

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DEP deputy administrator lacks environmental experience

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