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JCPenney to close 130-140 stores, including Lakeland distribution center

JCPenney announced plans Friday morning to close about 130-140 stores nationwide in the next few months, in addition to a distribution center in Lakeland. In a …

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Carlton: A rainy day for counting those who don't seem to count (w/video)

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Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

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Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

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Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

Watch the Oscars in style Sunday at Tampa Theatre's Hollywood Awards Night

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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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Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

Navigating the Gasparilla Distance Classic: Road closures and what you need to know if you're going

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  1. Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole

    Blogs

    After nine years of marriage, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce.

    Charlie Crist and Carole Rome Crist speak to reporters outside the First United Methodist Church in downtown St. Petersburg after their wedding on Dec. 12, 2008.
  2. Siesta Key named top beach in country by TripAdvisor; 3 of top 4 in Tampa Bay

    Attractions

    For the third year in a row, a Florida beach has beaten out the shores of California and Hawaii as the best in the country, according to the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards.

    Tourists take in the sunset off Clearwater Beach. The beach was one of seven Florida beaches that ranked in the top 10 of TripAdvisor's best beaches in the country. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  3. Morning Watch: JCPenney closing 130-140 stores; overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque; next steps for Tangerine Plaza; how to slow Bayshore Boulevard traffic

    News

    The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

    Shoppers and Walmart employees attend the grand opening at the Midtown Walmart in St. Petersburg in January 2014. [Times files]
  4. JCPenney to close 130-140 stores, including Lakeland distribution center

    Retail

    JCPenney announced plans Friday morning to close about 130-140 stores nationwide in the next few months, in addition to a distribution center in Lakeland.

    This Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, photo shows a sale sign in a JCPenney store in Pittsburgh. The store announced on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that it was closing 130-140 stores, including a Lakeland distribution center. [Associated Press]
  5. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  6. MOSI brings back pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday

    Events

    Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry is bringing back its pay for a day ticket deal starting Saturday, giving guests free admission for the rest of the year with one admission ticket.

    Finnegan Dunn and Gracen Cole play in a "glowing rocks" tunnel exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa in 2015. [LOREN ELLIOT   |   Times (2015)]
  7. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

    Politics

    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  8. White House chief of staff Priebus asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

    National

    WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said.

    White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. [Associated Press]
  9. Overnight fire at Thonotosassa mosque under investigation

    Fire

    Authorities are investigating an overnight fire at a mosque in Thonotosassa.

  10. Forecast: Rain, clouds clear for dry, sunny Gasparilla race weekend

    Weather

    An extremely slight chance of light rain may sprinkle across Tampa Bay on Friday before giving way to a dry, sunny weekend.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
Charlie Crist and Carole Rome Crist speak to reporters outside the First United Methodist Church in downtown St. Petersburg after their wedding on Dec. 12, 2008.

Rep. Charlie Crist divorcing his wife, Carole

After nine years of marriage, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce....

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Colby Rasmus' beard was described as "puke" worthy by Deadspin.

Rays' Colby Rasmus says we may not have seen last of beard

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