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Florida to get $5M back from $20M investment in failed visual effects studio

TALLAHASSEE — Florida will only get back a small portion of the millions it invested in a failed visual effects film studio whose high-profile bankruptcy was used in the contentious 2014 ele …


Oh, the irony: Hills­borough would kill for St. Peters­burg's down­town problem


Trinity Cafe's neighbors say the homeless are straining their compassion


  1. Tampa father still seeking answers a year after boy's slaying

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Police and the father of a young shooting victim are using the first anniversary of the boy's death to seek the public's help in finally solving the crime.

    Last June, students, faculty and staff celebrated the life of eighth-grader E.J. Harris at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace. Harris was killed in a drive-by shooting. [Times file]
  2. Eula Ray, of Hamilton, whose son is a curator for the zoo, touches a sympathy card beside a gorilla statue outside the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Sunday. [AP photo]
  3. Florida to get $5M back from $20M investment in failed visual effects studio

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida will only get back a small portion of the millions it invested in a failed visual effects film studio whose high-profile bankruptcy was used in the contentious 2014 election between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

  4. You can pay to be kidnapped and tormented at Tampa's Fright Nights Campout


    The tent is slashed open and the screams of the camper are drowned out by the roar of the chainsaw as the ghoulish monster hauls the man away from the tent. He dumps him into a casket, laughing hysterically as he sits on top of the coffin.

    And people paid for this experience.

    An ad for the Kentucky-based Fright Nights Production Co. shows what overnight campers are in for in Tampa Friday when the Fright Nights Campout series makes its first appearance in Florida. In addition to goulish games, campers can expect to be ripped from their tents in the middle of the night in a 13-hour spookfest
  5. Police search for driver after pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A person was hit by a car and killed while crossing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street late Monday.

  6. Live from SEC spring meetings!


    DESTIN - Good morning from the SEC spring meetings, where the league's coaches, athletic directors and power brokers will be chatting over the next few days.

    The SEC spring meetings start today in Destin.
  7. Review: 'The Lobster' is weird but shrewd dissection of love


    The Lobster is a shrewd piece of social science fiction, set in a near-future of culturally forced coupling that pestered singles would swear is now.

    Colin Farrell stars in The Lobster.
  8. Police: Man struck, choked to death by roommate at Miami Beach hospital's psychiatric unit


    MIAMI BEACH — A man accused of killing his roommate at a Miami Beach hospital is behind bars.

  9. Ellie Goulding opens up on the pressures of pop stardom before Tampa stop

    Music & Concerts

    Ellie Goulding couldn't sleep.

    "I went to bed about 1, woke up at 3, and then was just wide awake," she said. "It's so frustrating. I've tried all the different techniques to try and sleep, but none of them work."

    “I’m a very open person, and I don’t like the idea of not being honest with a journalist,” 29-year-old English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding says.
  10. From walk-on to NFL: Big leap for FSU's Javien Elliott


    He's still a long shot to stick on the Bucs' roster this fall, but FSU's Javien Elliott can enjoy an extremely rare perspective this spring: a year ago, he had never played college football, and now he's wearing an NFL jersey.

    Javien Elliott, an undrafted rookie cornerback, showed enough upside there and with a speedy showing at FSU's pro day to get a look from the Bucs.

For much-traveled Gov. Rick Scott, ceremonial bill signing No. 10

Gov. Rick Scott must be getting to like these ceremonial bill signings, where local leaders are invited to help him celebrate enactment of a bill already signed into law. On Tuesday, it was a ceremonial two-fer....


Jonathan Drouin was one of the biggest stars in the postseason, with five goals and nine assists in 17 games.

Jonathan Drouin: 'I definitely want to be here'

The relationship between wing Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning seemingly has been salvaged....


For starters: Rays at Royals, on a holiday night

UPDATE, 6:36: Cash said he would like to find a soft landing spot to get Boxberger involved but he will move back onto the closer's role, meaning Alex Colome, 12 for 12 in saves, will go back to 7th  or 8th inning work, and make the bullpen better overall. Colome said he has no issues with the decision, as he fully expected Boxberger to reclaim his job when healthy. Boxberger, for his part, said he is ready to go and willing to help in any role. ... Motter is at SS tonight to keep him involved, Cash said, though it's been obvious Miller's defense has been shaky recently. ... Cash said RHP Ryan Webb, put on the DL Sunday with a pec strain, is not expected to be out long. ... 2B Logan Forsythe hit off a tee for the first time today at the Trop as he eyes a mid-June return from his fractured left shoulder. ... LHP Jonny Venters continues to impress in instructional league play, hitting 93 mph today.  .. The Rays are wearing camo style caps and jerseys as part of MLB's Memorial Day tribute....