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Middle school vice principal, sixth-grade teacher victims in Brandon double murder/suicide shoot-out

BRANDON — Lisa Fuillerat and Samara Routenberg thought they had prepared for the violence that came their way early Friday morning. The couple equipped Routenberg's home on Hickory Cre …

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Persall: Why it would be a mistake for 'La La Land' to win big at the Oscars

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Who will the Lightning trade before deadline?

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Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump

Before coming to Tampa, Carl Hiaasen talks writing satire in the age of Trump

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Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

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Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

Movie Planner: 'Get Out,' 'Rock Dog,' Oscars goodies galore

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Freefall's 'Red Velvet' tells remarkable true story of Ira Aldridge, who changed theater

Freefall's 'Red Velvet' tells remarkable true story of Ira Aldridge, who changed theater

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  1. 'People's Court' judge Joseph A. Wapner dead at 97

    Obituaries

    Joseph A. Wapner, a retired California judge whose flinty-folksy style of resolving disputes on the show "The People's Court" helped spawn an entire genre of courtroom-based reality television with no-nonsense jurists and often clueless litigants, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

    In 1984, Joseph Wapner of the "People's Court" TV program posed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Wapner has died at 97. [Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post]
  2. New DNC leader vows united Democrats will be Trump's 'nightmare'

    National

    ATLANTA — Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election.

    Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday. [Associated Press]
  3. Women's half-marathon champ Stephanie Bruce reps for moms and pro runners

    Running

    TAMPA — As Stephanie Bruce crossed the finish line in Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon she dropped to her knees, dry-heaving, on the Bayshore Boulevard asphalt.

    Stephanie Bruce, 33, of Flagstaff, Arizona crosses the finish line taking first place in the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon Women's division in Tampa on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
  4. Shots fired at Sabal Trail Pipeline site lead to suspect's death in Citrus County

    News

    FLORAL CITY — Citrus County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man who reportedly had been firing a high-powered rifle Sunday morning at construction equipment for the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Marion County.

    Citrus County deputies stand at the scene near Floral Park in Floral City, where a suspect who allegedly fired a high-powered rifle at the Sabal Pipeline was fatally shot after a chase. [Citrus County Sheriff's Office]
  5. Strategy pays off for Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon champ Christo Landry

    Running

    TAMPA — For Christo Landry, Sunday's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic half-marathon resembled a chess match as much as a foot race.

    Christo Landry, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina crosses the finish line taking first place in the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon Men's division in Tampa on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
  6. Book captures 82 years of Plant City Strawberry Festival history

    Books

    PLANT CITY

    In 1993, 3-year-old Lauren McNair, standing all of about 3 feet tall, showed a 1,000-pound dairy cow in the pee wee showmanship at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

    1974 queen and court are pictured with country singer Lynn Anderson.
  7. Actor Bill Paxton, star of 'Apollo 13,' 'Twister,' dead at 61

    Obituaries

    LOS ANGELES — Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as "Apollo 13" and "Titanic" while also cherishing his work in "One False Move" and other low-budget movies and in the HBO series "Big Love," has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

    FILE - In this May 31, 2015, file photo, Bill Paxton arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A family representative said prolific and charismatic actor Paxton, who played an astronaut in "Apollo 13" and a treasure hunter in "Titanic," died from complications due to surgery.  [Associated Press]
  8. Muhammad Ali's son detained by border agents in Florida

    Nation

    Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday.

    FILE - In this April 15, 1975 file photo, Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2 1/2 year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. [Associated Press file]
  9. Photo gallery: Saturday at Daytona International Speedway

    Blogs

    NASCAR's season opener puts the spotlight on Daytona International Speedway as Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to racing after missing half of 2016 Cup Series. Forty drivers will take to the track Sunday with Chase Elliot and Matt Kenseth in the front row. The Daytona 500 start flag drops at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. Sunday, Feb. …

    Drivers make their way around the track during the Xfinity Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
  10. North Korean leader's brother suffered painful, quick death due to nerve agent, say Malaysian authorities

    World

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis."

    A Hazmat crew checks a stain on the wall at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother was so high that it killed him "within 15-20 minutes." A police official leading the investigations said the terminal is "free from any form of contamination of hazardous material" and declared it a "safe zone" after a two-hour sweep. [Associated Press]

David Richardson's crusade finds more prison woes, this time private women's facility

The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Facility lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste....

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Rays report: Archer vs. Red Sox today at 1:05

UPDATE, 10:02: Jose De Leon, Shawn Tolleson, Xavier Cedeno are slated to throw live BPs today, last hurdle before game action, likely mid-week....

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday.

What to watch this weekend: Academy Awards, Amazon's 'Patriot'

Night with the stars: the 89th Academy Awards...

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