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Tampa Bay judges reach consensus on seeking the death penalty: for now, Florida can't

TAMPA — Trial courts in the Tampa Bay area have reached a consensus: Florida has no death penalty and won't until lawmakers rewrite the state's statute. A day after Hillsborough prosec …


Lenten Wheel of Fortune and Ashes-to-Go are options for observing Ash Wednesday


  1. 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture finds latest home in Tampa

    Human Interest


    The new sculpture at Hyde Park United Methodist Church is designed to command attention. In other cities, it has prompted calls to the police.

    The Homeless Jesus statue outside Hyde Park United Methodist Church in downtown Tampa is the work of Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. Replicas of his artwork sit outside churches in 16 other cities across North America. 
  2. Fernando Noriega Jr., Tampa administrator who fought for Ybor City's revival, dies


    TAMPA — Fernando Noriega Jr. understood how special Ybor City could be, how vibrant a community its mix of Cuban, Italian and Spanish immigrants could create.

    Mayor Dick Greco and his old friend, city development official Fernando Noriega, at Noriega's retirement party in 2003. Photo by Kathleen Flynn, Times
  3. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take New Hampshire, with Jeb Bush fighting for third

    State Roundup


    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, while Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets people as he visits a polling station as voters cast their primary day ballots on Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. The process to select the next Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates continues.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
  4. Florida House looks to limit public schools' construction expenses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With resounding opposition from Democrats and school officials, Republican lawmakers in the Florida House are fast-tracking a proposal to significantly change how public school districts use taxpayer money to fund construction projects, while also making it easier for charter schools to get capital …

  5. Florida House committee advances bill to expand casino games

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers made uneven progress on ambitious plans to rewrite the state's gambling laws Tuesday as a House committee did what has been virtually impossible for the conservative chamber to do in the last decade: pass a bill that expands gambling in Florida.

    Gov. Rick Scott, center, talks with James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, at the tribe's headquarters in Hollywood earlier this month. Lawmakers are debating whether to approve a gaming compact signed by Scott and the tribe along with other possible changes to state gambling laws. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
  6. Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold


    WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

  7. Pinellas School Board limits out-of-school suspensions, fires back at critics


    The Pinellas County School Board agreed Tuesday to ease the district's discipline policies by cutting the number of days a student can be suspended out of school and no longer deducting from their grades on make-up work.

  8. LGBT discrimination ban dies in Florida Senate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians will not become law this year.

  9. Toronto's Dion Phaneuf trade stokes Stamkos speculation

    Lightning Strikes

    MONTREAL — The Maple Leafs made a blockbuster nine-player trade with Ottawa Tuesday, fueling speculation they were laying groundwork for an offseason offer for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) works to play the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during third  period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (01/21/16). DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  10. Jones: Cam Newton's Super Bowl silence creates noisy debate (w/video)


    Flash back to last June 15, a little after 10 p.m. inside the visitors locker room at Chicago's United Center.

    Cam Newton reacts after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. [Getty Images]
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) collides with Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) along the boards as left wing Ondrej Palat looks on Monday in Ottawa. [Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP]

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a news conference on Jan. 22, 1996, to  announce that they had picked Tony Dungy as the new head coach. Here, Dungy shakes hands with Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

Photo gallery: A look back at coach Tony Dungy over the years

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ...


Immigration bills dead, Senate chairman confirms

Bills targeting illegal immigration in Florida won't be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee this session, Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, said Tuesday....