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Judge, attorneys visit Pasco theater where man was killed in cellphone dispute

WESLEY CHAPEL One day three years ago, retired Tampa police Capt. Curtis Reeves sat in seat No. 9 of theater No. 10 of the Cobb Grove 16 cinemas. As previews rolled, he fired a gun during an …

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Rep. Charlie Crist is divorcing his wife, Carole (w/video)

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Commando crowd sees gritty truth in documentary on Green Beret mission

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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. NASCAR fast tracks changes to improve image, interest

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — As NASCAR's top series prepares to open its season with Sunday's Daytona 500, one theme touches almost everything around Daytona International Speedway.

    Change.

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) 700003205
  2. Rays report: Home opener today vs. Pirates

    Blogs

    After opening the spring slate with a 3-1 win over the Twins on Friday in Fort Myers, the Rays play their home opener at the Charlotte Sports Park today against the Pirates at 1:05.

    RHP David Carpenter, a big-league veteran in camp on a minor-league deal, will start for the Rays; RHP Josh Lindblom for the …

  3. In Harm's Way: What could Florida lawmakers do to keep kids from being shot?

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — When the annual 60-day legislative session gets under way next month, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be looking for ways to keep Florida's kids safe from guns.

    Proper storage of firearms, including the use of a trigger lock, can help prevent gun accidents among children. [Associated Press file photo]

  4. Existing medical marijuana providers would have edge in Hillsborough under proposed rules

    News

    TAMPA — Medical marijuana businesses already approved by the state would get a significant leg up on future competition under regulations being considered in Hillsborough County.

    Trulieve, the company behind Florida's first legal marijuana crops, makes capsules, droppers, syringes and vaporizer cartridges similar to an electronic cigarette. Under Hillsborough County's proposed ordinance, existing growers would have an advantage to obtain the limited number of licenses available to dispense marijuana. Associated Press file
  5. Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Trump's presidency: 'We are not experiencing the best of times'

    National

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a noted critic of President Donald Trump, suggested that she doesn't believe the country is in good hands but said she is hopeful about the future.

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made no secret of her dislike for President Donald Trump. [Associated Press]
  6. Major GOP donors' stake in Breitbart is confirmed

    National

    Breitbart News Network, the far-right media outlet that heralded President Donald Trump's rise and was once led by his top White House strategist, is owned in part by a wealthy conservative family that poured millions into propelling Trump into office, the company's chief executive acknowledged Friday.

    White House adviser Steve Bannon, looking on as President Donald Trump speaks at a working lunch Wednesday, was the executive chairman of Breitbart. [New York Times]
  7. Takeaways from Rays 3-1 win: Beckham hitting, Stanek pitching

    Blogs

    Three takeaways from the Rays 3-1 spring-season opening win over the Twins:

  8. Sen. Jack Latvala: planned connector road to bypass Showtime Speedway

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The Showtime Speedway, once thought to be a temporary attraction until a connecting road was built, is here to stay.

  9. Rays and Mariners: a baseball bromance

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Is there something going on between the Rays and Mariners?

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Brad Miller (13) on the field during a Spring Training workout at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
  10. It's late, but Lightning finds a fun, winning vibe

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — You can sense a completely different vibe with the Lightning the past month.

    "It looks like the old Tampa," wing Alex Killorn, right, said. [AP photo]

Attempt to delay and deny production of records leads to mega fine for Martin County

A company that sued Martin County for allegedly reneging on a contract to use land to clean polluted water from Lake Okeechobee has won a major public records lawsuit accusing county commissioners of denying they conducted public business on private email accounts, delaying producing the accounts once they were discovered and, in one case, destroying the record trail....

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Rays report: Home opener today vs. Pirates

After opening the spring slate with a 3-1 win over the Twins on Friday in Fort Myers, the Rays play their home opener at the Charlotte Sports Park today against the Pirates at 1:05.

RHP David Carpenter, a big-league veteran in camp on a minor-league deal, will start for the Rays; RHP Josh Lindblom for the Pirates.

Of note in the Rays lineup, Corey Dickerson is batting leadoff, Gold Glove winner Kevin Kiermaier is in CF, top prospect Willy Adames at short and veteran Rickie Weeks learning 1B.

The team is encouraging fans to arrive early due to new MLB-mandated security procedures that require metal detectors and wanding at the gates, which open at 11. Today there is a free fan fest that includes player autographs, mascot appearances, music and some kids activities.

Here is the Rays lineup, as posted on Friday
Dickerson DH
Kiermaier cf
Weeks 1b
Bauers lf
Franklin 2b
Casali c
Adames ss
Leonard 3b
Peterson rf
Carpenter p

Also slated to pitch for the Rays are Dana Eveland, Danny Farquhar, Cory Rasmus, Justin Marks, Jaime Schultz, Neil Wagner and Taylor Guerrieri.

And here is the Pirates split-squad lineup, with ex-Ray John Jaso at 1B:
Harrison 2b
Mercer ss
Jaso 1b
Wood dh
Terdoslavich rf
Osuna lf
Gosselin 3b
Meadows cf
Stallings c
Lindblom p
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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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