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Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)

This is a story about a well-intended photo op that had some good in it and some bad. It involves Tampa Bay's most famous face, one of its most struggling schools, and perhaps a blind spot when it …

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Hillsborough County, driven by 2004 storm season, finishes $36 million safety complex

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As transgender restroom issue heads to high court, local school districts wait for more direction

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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. After Walmart's exit, what's next for plaza in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood?

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A local food co-op. A roller-skating rink. A food court. A flea market. An Applebee's restaurant. A Publix grocery store.

  2. Spring games might not count but performances sure do for these Rays

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE

    Tonight is the start of something. The Rays play the first of 34 games to get ready for the 162 they will battle through for the chance to win the final 11 — or, if they're a wild card, 12 — postseason games needed to finish the year as champions.

    Reliever Shawn Tolleson, who had 35 saves in 2015 with the Rangers, is trying to return from back issues that he struggled with last season.
  3. Charlie Crist invites 8th grader and advocate for Syrian refugees to attend Donald Trump speech

    Blogs

    A St. Petersburg eighth grader trying to help Syrian refugees will be the guest of U.S. Rep.Charlie Crist at Tuesday's address to Congress by President Donald Trump, who is barring Syrian refugees from America.

  4. Looking Back: There's Monkey Business In The Hatfield House (June 18, 1959)

    Human Interest

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on June 18, 1959. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer George Trabant.

    Make Room For Jamie

    All dressed and ready for bed, Jamie stalls as long as possible. In addition to brushing teeth, Jamie has found the toothbrush is great for scratching his head.

TIMES | George Trabant
  5. This guy that Rick killed on 'The Walking Dead' will totally watch 'The Walking Dead' with you in Tampa

    Blogs

    At an Irish Pub in Tampa this Sunday, the small but slowly growing fraternity of Tampa Bay residents who have appeared on The Walking Dead will gather to watch the latest episode of the ultra-violent zombie series. 

    Justin Kucsulain, left, definitely stabbed that guy to his right later on in this scene from "The Walking Dead."
  6. UF focuses on QBs Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Coach Jim McElwain is ready to promote all the positives surrounding his Gators heading into Tuesday's first practice of the spring:

    Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) is seen during the Outback Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017. The Gators beat the Hawkeyes 30-3.
  7. GM accused of self-interested campaign in pushing for self-driving cars

    Autos

    WASHINGTON — With states seizing the initiative on shaping the future of self-driving cars, General Motors is trying to persuade legislators across the country to approve rules that would benefit the automaker while potentially keeping its competitors off the road.

    In this photo provided by General Motors a self-driving car is seen in Detroit. General Motors is trying to persuade state lawmakers across the country to pass legislation that would clear the way for the automaker to make self-driving cars publicly available while potentially barring competitors from putting their own vehicles on the road.
[Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors]

  8. Rubio outlines what he did in Europe

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio's office, which for days declined to detail his trip to Europe, outlined his travels.

  9. Bucs to release cornerback Alterraun Verner

    Blogs

    The Bucs are releasing veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner, who was due to make $6.5-million this season but had fallen into a backup role behind Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves.

    The Bucs are releasing veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner.
  10. Nicole Oulson, widow of Chad Oulson, testifies under questioning from Curtis Reeves' legal team during court proceedings at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City Thursday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Charlie Crist invites 8th grader and advocate for Syrian refugees to attend Donald Trump speech

A St. Petersburg eighth grader trying to help Syrian refugees will be the guest of U.S. Rep.Charlie Crist at Tuesday's address to Congress by President Donald Trump, who is barring Syrian refugees from America....

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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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Justin Kucsulain, left, definitely stabbed that guy to his right later on in this scene from "The Walking Dead."

This guy that Rick killed on 'The Walking Dead' will totally watch 'The Walking Dead' with you in Tampa

At an Irish Pub in Tampa this Sunday, the small but slowly growing fraternity of Tampa Bay residents who have appeared on The Walking Dead will gather to watch the latest episode of the ultra-violent zombie series. ...

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