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Driver faces charges after plowing through crowded patio at Tampa's Independent

TAMPA — A car careened off northbound Florida avenue Tuesday night and plowed through the crowded patio at the Independent, a popular neighborhood bar in Tampa's Seminole Heights, police sai …

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Hillsborough officials quietly hired law firm with ties to baseball

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Police Chief Tony Holloway seeks 'partnership' with St. Petersburg community

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  1. Tampa bars brace for Gasparilla, Super Bowl, Lightning game

    Events

    Monday can't come fast enough for Tampa sports bars preparing to deal with crowds attending Gasparilla and watching the Super Bowl on TV all in one weekend — the first time in six years.

  2. Interview: Mario Lopez dishes on Gasparilla game plan

    Events

    This year, Gasparilla organizers picked the right man for the job when they reached out to actor, author and radio and Extra host Mario Lopez to be one of the grand marshals for the annual Pirate Fest's parade.

    Mario Lopez.
  3. Tips for surviving Gasparilla invasion of 2015

    Events

    For the 100th Gasparilla on Saturday, police officers will have badges adorned with a skull and bones, while Ye Mystic Krewe — the prominent bunch of Tampa citizens who were the first to dress up as pirates to "invade" the city — will man their battle stations. • Some 50 krewes of all stripes now take …

    Melissa Sigmon, front, and Angela Parson walk with their krewe, Sirens of the Golden Sabre, during the 2014 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates in Tampa.
  4. It's a 3-D art party at Bloom in St. Petersburg

    Visual Arts

    Organizers are describing it as "eye-popping," but it sounds more like an out-of-body experience. "Bloom 3D Art Show" is a one-night event on Saturday with all the art in three dimensions. (Special glasses provided.) About two dozen artists will transform the galleries at Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center, a …

    Chromodepth painting by Sebastian Coolidge at Bloom Art Center, St. Petersburg.
  5. Three picks: 'Birds of a Feather,' 'The Barber of Seville,' 'First Date'

    Stage

    Birds of a Feather

    In Marc Acito's Birds of a Feather, two gay penguins named Silo and Roy adopt an egg together in the Central Park Zoo, hatch it and raise the baby. Four actors including Scott Daniel and Robert Richards Jr. play 25 characters in the play, based on a true story, opening at …

    Scott Daniel and Robert Richards Jr. star in Birds of a Feather at Stageworks in Tampa.

    Gov. Scott proposes Cabinet changes in wake of FDLE fiasco

    Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a series of changes in handling of appointments and job reviews of Cabinet-level agency heads in the wake of the fiasco last month in which his office forced the ouster of a top state police executive without the knowledge of the three Cabinet members....

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    NFL Mock Draft Monday: Jameis Winston? Marcus Mariota? Someone else?

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    My Outfit Monday: A cheap way to tie everything together

    I knew when I put this outfit together, it had a lot of potential. Potential to be good. Potential to look ridiculous....

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