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Synthetic marijuana floods Tampa Bay area

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Law enforcement note a growing presence of synthetic marijuana in the Tampa Bay area and the nasty side effects — seizures and psychotic episodes — that sometimes accompany the mixes of chemicals no one fully understands. The Tampa Tribune reported that while a statewide ban on spice, a common term for the drug, was implemented in 2013, the relatively cheap substance still is easy to come by. Its chemical composition changes faster than laws can be adopted to control use…

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Rick Kriseman asks for residents’ help to eradicate Veteran homelessness by year-end

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is nearing the end of a deadline he agreed to last year. In a 2014 call from First Lady Michelle Obama, Kriseman joined “The Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness,” seeking to end chronic homelessness among our nation’s veterans by the end of this year. “I am calling on property owners and landlords in our community to join forces with local government, veteran organizations, and social service providers to help provide housing for the brave…

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