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Aletheia Venator and Berlyn Perdomo demonstrate the stretchiness of their slime. - Berlyn Perdomo and her friend, Aletheia Venator, both 13, make and sell slime which can be seen on their instagram site @the.real.slimeshadyy [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Kidpreneurs — and adults — capitalize on gooey, squishy Slime craze

First it was Play-Doh. Then Gak. There have been dozens of variations for sale of the oozy, gooey, squishable, stretchable kids' toy through the generations. Kids these days call it slime. Butter slime. Fluffy slime. Avalanche slime. Glitter slime. And they don't buy it prepackaged at a store in the mall. They make …


As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover....


Mayor Rick Kriseman says mayoral election is about inclusiveness Friday at campaign office rally

Mayor Rick Kriseman says election is about moving forward

Mayor Rick Kriseman christened his campaign office  Friday evening by telling his supporters that the mayoral election was about moving forward, not backward.....


Gradebook podcast: Budgets, pre-k, achievement gap and more

As classes let out across Florida, school district leaders continue to analyze how they're going to balance their budgets given the constraints proposed by state lawmakers.  Reporter Jeff Solochek and editor Tom Tobin discuss the concerns district finance officials are raising as they look at the budget while waiting for it to arrive at the governor's desk. They also talk about Florida's ranking in a new national study on prekindergarten programs, and the Pinellas County school district's latest plan to eliminate the achievement gap among students of different races....