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  1. Tell Me About It: Pregnant roomie's demands cross the line


    Q: My roommate is pregnant. She will continue being my roommate for the duration of the pregnancy as her significant other — my brother — has not finished renovating their new house. This is fine.

  2. Your team doesn't exist; too bad your state does


    There are two things that make me uniquely qualified to prepare Chicagoans — die-hard hockey fans and bandwagon jumpers alike — for the Stanley Cup Final.

    These are Lightning fans. Or as Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke — a Tampa native — calls us: “The denizens of this humid hellhole.” Can someone pass the meth and rattlesnake meat?
  3. Olive Garden debuts sandwiches made from its famous breadsticks

    Food & Dining

    PINELLAS PARK — Brittany Toner didn't intend to order Olive Garden's new Breadstick Bun Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich, but there it was. Like nearly all sentient beings, Toner, 17, has always been a sucker for OG's unlimited breadsticks. She has been known to eat 10 of the buttery, warm oblongs, sometimes making a …

    Olive Garden offers two new sandwiches: chicken parmigiana, foreground, and meatball.
  4. 'Rabbi to the stars' coming to Clearwater for talk


    Chabad of Clearwater is bringing Rabbi Chaim Mentz — best known as Paula Abdul's rabbi — for a talk called "Secrets from the rabbi to the stars." Mentz, who established the Chabad center of Bel Air in Los Angeles, is known for his charm and wit and built his congregation through his weekly TV show Basic …

    Chabad of Clearwater is bringing Rabbi Chaim Mentz ?€” best known as Paula Abdul?€™s rabbi ?€” for a talk called ?€œSecrets from the rabbi to the stars?€ on June 14.

credit: courtesy of Chabad of Clearwater
  5. Editorial: Bush, Rubio send wrong signal on oil drilling off Florida


    For decades, Florida leaders from both parties worked together to keep offshore oil rigs from creeping further toward Florida's coast. It was an admirable, commonsense commitment that looks particularly smart given the significant damage from the BP oil spill five years ago. But that long history of bipartisan consensus …

    A brown pelican along the Louisiana coast is coated in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Two Republicans eyeing the White House, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, are leaving the door open to bringing offshore rigs closer to Florida’s coast.

    Goalie Ben Bishop grateful for rest before Stanley Cup final

    The path to the Stanley Cup final is a grueling grind, no more so than for Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, who started 20 games in a span of 44 days to help Tampa Bay to their second-ever trip to the final best-of-seven series, which starts Wednesday night against Chicago....


    Capitol Buzz: Things to watch today in the special session

    Not much on tap for day two of the special session as lawmakers put themselves in position to enter budget negotiations, which House and Senate leadership said could happen by this weekend....


    Rays DFA Frieri, will recall Mahtook

    Citing the need to get multiple innings from the last man in their bullpen, the Rays ditched RHP Ernesto Frieri after Monday's game....