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The humble chayote takes the supermarket stage

A basket of Chayote at Publix.
Chayote at Publix. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

I noticed a basket of chayote squash for the first time in the produce section of my local Publix. That means this crazy tropical cousin of the zucchini, cucumber and melon is finally going mainstream.

  • I remember back when you could only find chayote at Sanwa or a specialty grocer.
Ben Montgomery
3 hours ago - News

The Florida history of The King and The Colonel

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Elvis Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sit at a typewriter in 1956 in Memphis. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

You may have heard Tom Hanks plays Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the movie "Elvis," but did you know that Parker has local ties?

Ben Montgomery
Aug 8, 2022 - News

Family uncovers patent for citrus bowls in Tampa storage unit

Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

Brothers John and Garrett Honeycutt were cleaning out their family's storage unit in Tampa this weekend when they came across some odd bowls at the bottom of a box.

They were about to toss the decorative ceramics when Garrett pulled from a rusty file cabinet an envelope marked "DESIGN PATENT, FRUIT BOWL."

Suspended Florida prosecutor: "I'm not going down without a fight"

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference in Rockledge, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida state attorney Andrew Warren vowed he is "not going down without a fight," after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him on Thursday.

The big picture: Warren, the twice-elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, refused to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and condemned laws criminalizing gender-affirming health care.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 5, 2022 - News

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren says he won't leave

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks at a podium.
Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference June 15, 2020, in Tampa. Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren is not stepping down, despite an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that attempts to suspend him from his locally elected role as the county's chief prosecutor, citing "neglect of duty" and "incompetence."

  • "I'm still doing this job as the twice-elected state attorney," a defiant Warren said Thursday after a press conference called to discuss the findings in a cold case investigation.
Selene San Felice
Aug 5, 2022 - News

Florida officials speak out after state attorney Andrew Warren suspended

A screenshot of a Tweet from Mayor Jane Castor about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren.
Screenshot courtesy of @JaneCastor's Twitter feed

"Does my vote not count?" a sign read outside at a protest outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday evening.

  • The question echoed throughout Tampa Bay, and Democrat politicians voiced their outrage.

16 states sue to block Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Attorneys general from 16 states have opposed Florida's controversial Parental Rights in Education Bill, arguing it lacks educational merit and harms students and teachers.

The big picture: The bill, which went into effect July 1, stoked backlash around the U.S., leading to protests among students and educators and criticism from corporate leaders and businesses. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had championed the legislation.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren

Side-by-side photos of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and State Attorney Andrew Warren.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and State Attorney Andrew Warren. Photos: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending Andrew Warren, the twice-elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, for failing to prosecute crimes DeSantis believes he should enforce.

Driving the news: DeSantis announced an executive order declaring that Warren is suspended from public office, effective immediately, at a press conference in Tampa Thursday.