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The Sundial Book Club's January title "Jesus Boy" is a coming-of-age story about a teenage boy, Elwyn Parker, who is a piano prodigy and devout Christian. In the book, Parker finds himself entagled in a taboo relationship with an older woman in the church. Most of the story takes place in Opa-locka at a church.

On Wednesday, Venezuelans in South Florida and in Venezuela plan mass marches to protest their authoritarian regime. One of Miami’s new congresswomen returned to town on Tuesday today to host a roundtable on the crisis and discuss solutions.

The annual Gasparilla celebration is one of Tampa Bay’s biggest social events, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people to dress up as pirates and eat, drink and be merry.

Though people dressing up in costumes and “invading” the city may seem like silly fun, the tradition has also played an important role in Tampa’s high society.

Governor Ron DeSantis has made his third Florida Supreme Court appointment in as many weeks. Attorney Carlos Muñiz — no stranger to Florida government — is the Court’s newest justice. 

James Patterson and Brad Meltzer have scores of best sellers between them, but it’s not because of a strategic, business plan-like approach. Both say they are writers, not business or marketing experts. They write about what interests them, not to fill an opportunity in the publishing market.

Both Patterson and Meltzer work from South Florida. Patterson moved to Palm Beach County in the late 1990s. Meltzer came here as a kid in 1983.

Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest continues Saturday as Jose Gaspar invades the bay with a parade in tow. The celebration has been a popular tradition since 1905.

Representatives Kathy Castor, D-Tampa and Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg joined a host of local federal workers at Tampa International Airport Tuesday to talk about the government shutdown and its continuing effects.

No one has been arrested yet in a triple shooting after St. Petersburg's Martin Luther King Day parade Monday night. Police Chief Anthony Holloway said Tuesday that tips are coming in.

There are more than 4,000 public schools in Florida. Democratic State Sen. Janet Cruz of Tampa is co-sponsoring a bill to filter lead out of the water used for drinking and cooking at all of them.

Cruz thinks there's money in the budget to pay for filters to remove lead from water used for drinking or cooking at public schools.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day March drew hundreds to downtown Fort Myers on Monday.

Linda Jones is running out of options.

A Transportation Security Administration screener working without pay during the government shutdown, Jones has burned through her savings, cut her food consumption and reduced how much she drives. Now, she questions whether she can keep her home.

“If this goes on, how do I pay my mortgage? How do I pay for the repairs? How do I pay the utilities? Am I just going to be in a house that doesn’t have lights or electricity?” said Jones, who works at Miami International Airport.

DeSantis Appoints Muniz to Supreme Court

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In the final step in reshaping the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named Carlos Muniz to the high court. 

The Economic Club of Florida: Sandy Kaul

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The interconnectivity of today’s worldwide economy means increased risk, but also near limitless opportunities for savvy investors.  That’s just part of what Sandy Kaul, managing director and global head of Business Advisory Services for Citi Investor Sales told members of the Economic Club of Florida on Jan. 10, 2019.

Regional experts join us in the studio today to discuss what happened at the first Florida Water Policy Summit last night. The conference hosted various water quality specialists in order to find a solution to the water woes facing the state. We’re joined by John Cassani, director of the Calusa Waterkeeper organization; Marisa Carrozzo, senior environmental policy specialist of the Conservancy of SWFL, and Capt. Daniel Andrews, co-founder of Captains for Clean Water, to discuss the water quality and policy proposals for how to fix the many overlapping problems we face.