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The Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse is located at 801 North Florida Ave., in Tampa, Fla. A University of Florida researcher and an unspecified number of students have been implicated in an illegal scheme investigated by the Justice Department to fraudulently buy biochemical products that were delivered to a UF laboratory over seven years before they were illegally shipped to China, according to federal court records. (Brooke Johnson/Fresh Take Florida)

UF employee, students implicated in illegal plot to ship drugs, toxins to China

A University of Florida research employee and students have been implicated in an illegal, multi-million dollar scheme investigated by the Justice Department to fraudulently buy …
by Matthew Cupelli
Yesterday at 9:50 AM
A new banner appears on the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website featuring the face of former commissioner James Satcher

Satcher Requests Budget Increase for SOE Office

Manatee County’s new Supervisor of Elections James Satcher is requesting a budget amendment that would increase the Supervisor of Elections approved FY24 budget by $841,340. …
by Dawn Kitterman
Yesterday at 9:38 AM
Opinion

Solving Workforce Housing Crucial to Maintaining Florida's Edge in Education

According to Florida Department of Education data, the average teaching salary in our state is $51,166.57 annually. That ranks a lowly 48th in the United States. Despite poor pay and a highly …
by Mitch Maley
Yesterday at 9:29 AM

Meteorologists Warn of Unique Potential for Extreme Hurricane Season

With the Atlantic Hurricane Season beginning on June 1, AccuWeather expert meteorologists are concerned about a serious threat of rapidly intensifying storms during the 2024 …
Staff Report
4 days ago
More local news
Red Tide Status Update: 5/24/24
Red Tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Yesterday at 9:43 AM
Big Picture Manatee: The Case for the Supervisor of Elections
We don't normally endorse candidates, but the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections race is very important and warrants citizens' taking a stand against corruption.
4 days ago
City of Bradenton Moves Forward with Tropicana Land Acquisition
The Bradenton City Council voted 5-0 this week to acquire 30-plus acres of property from Tropicana for $5.25 million. The property will be used as the site of the city's new …
Staff report
4 days ago
Good Liquid Moves Forward on Downtown Cafe
Local brewers/distillers Good Liquid moved one step closer to opening their new tasting room in downtown Bradenton on Wednesday when the Bradenton City Council unanimously approved …
Staff Report
4 days ago
Rick Scott campaigning in Jacksonville last week.
Rick Scott declares his candidacy to lead Senate Republicans
Rick Scott is throwing his hat in the ring to lead the Senate Republican Caucus. Scott joins a field that already includes Idaho’s John Thune and Texas’ John Coryn, both of whom have …
by Mitch Perry
4 days ago
This Week in Local Government: 5/26/24
It will be a fairly slow week in local government. On Monday, all local government sites will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. 
by Dawn Kitterman
5 days ago
Opinions
'Bluelining' leaves climate vulnerable communities without home insurance
In an era of climate disasters, Americans in vulnerable regions will need to rely more than ever on their home insurance. But as floods, wildfires, and severe storms become more common, a troubling …
by Jessica Garcia
Today
EarthTalk: The Next Frontier In Renewable Energy?
In our ongoing quest for sustainable energy solutions, innovative technologies are necessary to complement renewable sources like solar and wind power. One such potential breakthrough revolves around …
5 days ago
Opinion
Death Knell for Democracy?
When the Florida legislature passed SB 540 during last year’s session, sustainable growth advocates cried foul. The non-partisan non-profit Friends of the Everglades said it would …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, May 18
COMMENTARY
Sunday Favorites: Angola and the Underground Railroad Part 4
In the final part of our series, we explore the utopian society built by freedom seekers and other members of the Maroon community near the Manatee Mineral Spring in present-day East Bradenton. This is the story of Angola.
by Merab Favorite
Today
Commentary
Gov. Ron DeSantis signs the bill to delete most references to climate change from state law, via his X account.
By signing bill deleting climate change from FL law, DeSantis shows he’s living in denial
Gov. Ron DeSantis is an addict. Not to drugs, but to fossil fuels. He’s showing all the signs, but nobody has had the guts to call it what it is. You doubt me? Look at what he did last …
by Craig Pittman
4 days ago
commentary
The Florida Wildlife Corridor via the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation Facebook page. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson says the state has bought too much land for the corridor and should sell some of it.
Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson wants to sell off lots of Florida preserve land
One of the great glories of Florida is the incredible amount of land that we’ve been able to save from development by buying it and turning it into state parks, beaches, and forests. Using such …
by Craig Pittman
Thursday, May 16
Obituaries
Jeremy Clark
Jeremy Lee Clark passed away May 12, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida, at the age of 43. Jeremy was born June 23, 1980, in Bradenton, Florida. He is preceded by his father, Robin Clark and sister, …
4 days ago
Dorothea Holmes
Dorothea (Dolly) A. Holmes of Bradenton, FL passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2023 at the age of 98. Dorothea was born May 22, 1925 in Boston, MA to Cornelius and Mary (McGrath) Duffy. …
4 days ago
Richard Myers
Richard E. Myers, 83, of Bradenton, Florida was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away to be with the Lord on May 12, 2024. Richard was born in January of 1941 in Crawfordsville, Indiana to the …
4 days ago
This week's reader poll
TBT Podcasts
This week, Mitch and Dawn discuss the latest numbers in the presidential polls, Manatee County's latest code enforcement scandal, the withdrawn challenge over Manatee County's wetland policy, and …
5 days ago
This week, Mitch and Dawn discuss Biden's poor polling numbers, the Manatee County Commission's Israel/Gaza theater, the "baby at the dais" controversy, and more.
Wednesday, May 15
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Sports & recreation

Pirates Fans Listen When Wehner Speaks

John Wehner can talk Pittsburgh Pirates with the best of them. Over the past twenty MLB seasons, particularly in Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia, Pirates’ fans …
by Don Laible
Tuesday, May 21

Korda's LPGA Domination Continues in New Jersey

With grace and fighting spirit, Nelly Korda's historic golfing dominance is burning up the LPGA golf circuit in 2024. On Sunday, the 25-year-old from Bradenton won the Mizuho Americas Open at Liberty …
by Scoop Malinowski
Tuesday, May 21

Korda's Five Tournament Win Streak Ends In NJ

Nelly Korda's attempt to make LPGA history by winning her sixth consecutive LPGA event this year fell short at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ, at the $3,000,000 Cognizant Founders Cup …
by Scoop Malinowski
Tuesday, May 14
Arts & Entertainment

Sarasota Players to Premiere 2023 New Play Festival Winner June 13

The Sarasota Players will present Happy Dale, winner of the 2023 New Play Festival, beginning June 13 at The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota. Following the death …

Staff Report
4 days ago

Summer Movie Preview

So here we are, creeping into another summer movie season, which will bring a deluge of potential blockbusters for which studios have invested the biggest portion of their marketing budgets in hopes …
by Jared Rasic
4 days ago

All-day Live Music Event to Benefit Local Musician and Family

This Sunday, May 19, Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse will host “the party of the decade” for a good cause...
by Dawn Kitterman
Thursday, May 16

Interview: Kane Brown

Kane Brown spent much of his 2022 touring year outside of the United States to promote his latest album, “Different Man.” But since then, fans on these shores have been getting their turn …
by Alan Sculley
Thursday, May 16
ICYM - In Case You Missed It
Maple syrup, that staple of the American breakfast table, is not only a cherished product across North America, but also plays a significant role in the economies of Quebec and Vermont. This industry …
Wednesday, May 15
opinion
At Tuesday’s meeting, Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge presented a proclamation expressing the county’s unwavering support for the nation of Israel and its actions in the …
by Mitch Maley
Tuesday, May 14
Guest Commentary
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive, gaseous element that results from the breakdown of radium. Indoor radon air pollution is the number-one environmental pollution hazard in the state. …
by Glenn Compton
Wednesday, May 8
Guest Commentary
Manatee County School Board District 5 , which roughly goes from Lockwood Ridge Rd east to the county line and from State Route 64 south to University Parkway, will shortly have a school board …
by League of Women Voters of Manatee County
Wednesday, May 8
Cement is a component of concrete, mortar and other materials. It has many uses as a binding product—roads, sidewalks and patios would be very different without it. Cement production does have …
Wednesday, May 8
Interesting News

Las cosas no son siempre lo que parecen: cuidado con el robo de identidad

(BPT) - Los estafadores cambian constantemente de tácticas para robar su información personal identificable (PII, por sus siglas en inglés), como los nombres de usuario y …

Yesterday at 11:01 AM

Things are not always what they seem: Beware of identity fraud

(BPT) - Scam artists are constantly changing tactics to steal your personal identifiable information (PII), including account usernames and passwords, Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit and …
Yesterday at 10:01 AM

Why does student mental health suffer during summer? Here's what the data says

Charlie Health highlights how summer affects students' mental health and the importance of mental health care year-round.
Kayla Levy
3 days ago
Florida report

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Bob Delaney - Undercover Film "Hiding in Plain Sight" Working Undercover in New Jersey as a State Trooper

Emmy Award winning director, Nick Nanton, interviews Bob Delaney. Former undercover New Jersey state trooper and NBA referee. Bob Delaney talks with Nick Nanton about his incredible careers in two vastly different fields, from infiltrating the Mafia in the 1970s to becoming one of the NBA's most respected referees. In this episode, Bob opens up about his experience with post-traumatic stress and his passion for helping others overcome it.

State News
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties appear to be on the same page about limiting presidential emergency powers, striking a bipartisan …
Jennifer Shutt (via Florida Phoenix)
11 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Three members of Congress have introduced a resolution intended to bring attention to the experiences and challenges people with disabilities …
Jennifer Shutt (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 7:00 AM
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Doctors from throughout the country posted a public letter this week, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure health care professionals can …
Jennifer Shutt (via Florida Phoenix)
3 days ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Friday that he’ll be on the presidential ballot in Florida in November as the nominee of the Reform Party, but the party itself …
Mitch Perry (via Florida Phoenix)
3 days ago
Bonus web content
Which US cities are most popular for different age groups to settle down?
MoneyGeek analyzed household data from the U.S. Census Bureau to identify where each age group is putting down roots.
Anja Solum
3 days ago
How many of these celebrity Gen Z influencers do you know (besides Kylie Jenner)?
Collabstr forecasts the year's top young influencers.
Taylor Young
3 days ago
Myths about dog wellness, debunked
Ollie (Inc) debunked common dog wellness myths using research studies and news articles from the AKC and the AAHA.
Colleen Kilday
3 days ago
The ASPCA received calls about pets being exposed to more than 350,000 toxins in 2023. Here's how to keep yours safe.
eTailPet mapped the exposure of pets to toxins in 2023 using data from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Colleen Kilday
3 days ago
6 online shopping tips to help you save money
(BPT) - Whether you're shopping for a special occasion or purchasing everyday necessities, ordering items that you need and want online can be a great way to save money, especially if you stay …
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