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PolitiFact Florida: Do killer whales live as long at SeaWorld as in the wild?

More and more, critics are making the case that keeping killer whales in captivity is harmful to the animals and dangerous for the people who train them. SeaWorld, the theme park that showcases th …


Week before opener, Rays have several roster questions

FORT MYERS — Opening day is a week from today, and filling out the starting rotation is among the topics the Rays have to address as they have about a half-dozen spots overall to settle. …


  1. Things to do in Tampa Bay, March 30-April 5


    George Lopez: One of comedy's best standup performers takes the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater Saturday. $54.50-$65.

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  George Lopez attends Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine, A Benefit For The Scleroderma Research Foundation at Caroline's On Broadway on December 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Scleroderma Research Foundation)
  2. Tell Me About It: Mom who owns guns comes under fire


    Q: My husband and I have two children (5 and 7). We also own firearms. We are shining examples of how to do gun ownership right. We have attended safety courses, passed background checks, and are fully permitted. We also keep the guns safely locked away at all times. Without the code to the safe, they are …

  3. The deadliest profession: hip-hop artist

    Pop Culture

    There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur's murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to the unsolved murder of Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls?

    FILE- This is an undated photo of John Lennon.  Guitars, photos, clothing and other memorabilia fill a museum honoring Lennon that will open Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Tokyo, on what would have been the ex-Beatle's 60th birthday.  (AP Photo, file)
  4. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property


    OMAHA, Neb. — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

    Edmund and Enna Chester and their daughter, Patricia, arrive in Cuba on a flight from Florida. When Fidel Castro's government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies in 1959, the Chesters lost an 80-acre farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock. [Photo courtesy of Carolyn Chester via AP]
  5. Clearwater officer who lived on street as teen helps the homeless

    Public Safety


    Officer Eric Mitchell watched as the homeless gathered in a grassy lot on Pierce Street.

    Clearwater police Officer Eric Mitchell, 36, talks with Robert Geno, 57, from left, Terrell Shelton, 50, and Robert Frederick, 44, last week at Crest Lake Park on S Glenwood Avenue. The men all said they have been homeless for years.

    LB Brandon Magee, waived by Bucs, heads to spring training

    Linebacker Brandon Magee, who had six tackles on special teams for the Bucs last season, is headed to spring training as a Red Sox prospect today after being waived by the team on Tuesday night....


    Martin O'Malley: Presidency 'not some crown' to be passed to Clinton or Bush

    Former Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a probable 2016 presidential candidate, made news on Sunday for taking a shot at Hillary Clinton and, by extension, Jeb Bush....


    For starters: Rays at Red Sox

    UPDATE, 5:50: The Rays lost 3-2 in 10 innings to the Red Sox....