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Lightning strike, multiple injuries reported at Raymond James Stadium

TAMPA — Lightning struck an SUV in the parking lot of Raymond James Stadium shortly after Sunday's Buccaneers-Packers game, sending seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Resc …

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Rain through Christmas Eve could slow holiday travel

TAMPA — Holiday travelers should allow extra time this week as a low-pressure system moves into Florida and across much of the East Coast, bringing possible rain, windy conditions and fog. …

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Dunedin's Honeymoon Island undergoing beach renourishment

DUNEDIN — Come spring, even more Honeymoon Island visitors than before will be able to watch shore birds frolic among beach plants and sea turtles nest along a sandier coast, officials say. …

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  1. Puzzle Pieces: Dozier's neglected cemetery yields more bodies than expected, but names are harder to find

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — There wasn't much left of the boys.

     University of South Florida assistant professor Dr. Erin Kimmerle watches over excavation efforts in the Boot Hill cemetery at Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla. on February 5, 2014. [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN   |   Times]
  2. Ten years later, unsolved fatal crash still hurts family

    Crime

    LARGO — Every Christmas Eve, Kim Palfy reads her only daughter's favorite book, The Polar Express, and eats the sugar cookies she loved to bake.

    Jacquelyn Palfy’s mother, Kim, treasures photos of her daughter and other memorabilia that she keeps in a chest in her bedroom.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Dec. 22-28

    Events

    Jingle Ball: We sure hope you feel like a room without a roof — whatever that means — so you can clap along to Pharrell's hit Happy tonight as he leads the lineup with Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy and more at Amalie Arena. $41-$151. The free …

    A Christmas Carol at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Pictured are Matt Kamprath as Scrooge and Sarah Kloster as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
  4. Tell Me About It: Mom fears too much emphasis on beauty

    Relationships

    Q: How do I respond to the numerous adults who tell me, in front of my 10-year-old daughter, how pretty she is? I tend to just say thanks and move on (sometimes these are people I know, and sometimes not), but I'm beginning to worry how this is affecting her. She and her friends are starting to become much more …

  5. Railroad garden gives new life to Hernando ghost town, Centralia

    Home and Garden

    Never mind that Centralia has been a ghost town for nearly a century. Christmas lights twinkle, shoppers pour into Mr. Gamble's wonder-filled commissary, and logging trains chug past glowing campfires and piles of packages.

    One of Doug’s G-gauge trains rolls past citrus trees. The garden changes with the seasons. This time of year, Christmas trees and wagons loaded with gifts mix with cold-weather annuals.

    Video: Rubio hits the Sunday shows, talks Cuba, Jeb Bush

    Sen. Marco Rubio was all over the Sunday political shows, talking about Cuba and Jeb Bush. "Look, if Rand Paul wants to align himself and become a supporter of the Obama foreign policy, particularly towards Cuba, he has a right to do that," Rubio said on Meet the Press. "My interest here is singular and that is freedom and democracy for the people of Cuba."...

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    A step back: Offensive line allows season-high 7 sacks

    TAMPA -- If the Bucs offensive line had seemed to take a step forward last week in shifting Demar Dotson to left tackle, there was a pronounced step back Sunday, as the line gave up a season-high seven sacks in a 20-3 loss to Green Bay....

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    Christmas colors with a twist! Tampa's Kellie McRae helps us ring in the holidays Florida style.

    Fab Friday: Kellie McRae

    Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured what better gift to give you than local shoe extraordinaire Kellie McRae?...

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