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Records show a squalid beginning for toddler who later died in foster care

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  1. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans new store, distribution center in Tampa

    Business

    TAMPA — Thrift store operator Goodwill Industries-Suncoast plans to open a new, 200,000-square-foot distribution center by November and another store by January on a 22-acre parcel in Tampa even as the nonprofit grapples with a $1 million budget shortfall.

    Goodwill Industries -- Suncoast is working with a developer to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution center and store in Hillsborough County off U.S. 301.
[WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE | Times]
  2. Records show a squalid beginning for toddler who later died in foster care

    News

    TAMPA — On the day two child welfare investigators turned up unannounced at the home of little Aedyn Agminalis, a machete, a hookah, a sex toy and a liquor bottle were lying on the living room floor.

    Aedyn Agminalis, seen in this undated handout photo, died Dec. 11. He had been admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital for Children unresponsive and with signs of head injuries.
  3. Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa touts Enterprise Florida's impact on defense industry

    Gubernatorial

    TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday continued his campaign to save the state's business incentive program, Enterprise Florida, this time touting its impact on Tampa Bay's defense community.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott exchanges words with Michael Johnson, left, of Tampa firm Parsons during a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  4. The Thai rolled ice cream trend has finally arrived in St. Petersburg and Tampa (w/video)

    Food & Dining

    It started in Thailand about three years ago, then landed in New York's Chinatown where people lined up on the sidewalk to get it.

    A cup of Thai rolled ice cream sits outside of Iceburg Frozen Yogurt in St. Petersburg. It's one of only three places in the Tampa Bay area making rolled ice cream. [Christopher Spata | Times]
  5. Video: Tampa officer climbs down storm drain to rescue mallard ducklings

    Human Interest

    Susan Carnes was on her way home Tuesday evening when she took the usual shortcut through the Publix supermarket parking lot on Gandy Boulevard.

    Susan Carnes was on her way home Tuesday evening when she took the usual shortcut through the Publix supermarket parking lot on Gandy Boulevard. But there was nothing usual about what happened next - Tampa Police Officer Cameron Greene climbing down a drain to rescue a family of ducks. [Photo from video]
  6. Hernando deputy fired for failing to properly help man in need

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County sheriff's deputy has been fired after an internal investigation found he failed to help a distressed man and instead sent him to another jurisdiction, the Sheriff's Office said.

  7. Rays have a sellout for Opening Day vs. Yankees on Sunday

    Blogs

    Opening Day is a sellout for the Rays.

    The team announced that Sunday's season opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field is sold out. First pitch is 1:10. The game will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Sun.

    This is the 12th straight year the Rays have sold out their home opener, which they say …

  8. He helped build his namesake bridge a century ago, now George Gandy Jr.'s house is for sale

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — George "Gidge'' Gandy Jr. had just moved into the large wood-frame house on Big Bayou in October 1921 when a hurricane that already devastated parts of Southwest Florida churned into Tampa Bay.

    The exterior of the Gandy-O'Brien estate at 2700 Driftwood Road South in St. Petersburg. The property, which sits on 1.25 acres, just went on the market for $1.95 million.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

  9. Bar review: Drinking (and dining) at Above the Salt in Lowry Park, you'll be well served

    Bars & Spirits

    With a name like Above the Salt, an explanation seems in order. The expression dates to medieval times, when esteemed guests were seated at tables with salt — a highly valuable commodity at the time — as a sign of respect.

    In the Lowry Park neighborhood in Tampa, Above the Salt Cafe is a welcoming presence. It’s about friendly drinking, dining and fine service.
  10. U.S. economy grew better-than-expected 2.1 percent in fourth quarter

    Business

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers powered economic momentum heading into 2017.

    A boost in consumer spending helped the U.S. economy grow at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates.
[Associated Press file photo]
Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami: 'You have to work your stuff.'

Winners, losers under new House rules for hometown projects

When it comes to hometown porkbarrel spending in Florida's next budget, this should be a good year for Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties for two reasons: Key members of House Speaker Richard Corcoran's inner circle are from Miami, and the Senate's lead budget-writer is Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater....

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Rays have a sellout for Opening Day vs. Yankees on Sunday

Opening Day is a sellout for the Rays.

The team announced that Sunday's season opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field is sold out. First pitch is 1:10. The game will be shown on ESPN and Fox Sports Sun.

This is the 12th straight year the Rays have sold out their home opener, which they say is the longest such streak among Tampa Bay's major pro sports teams (Bucs and Lightning).

They do note that tickets "are available" for the other six games of the opening week homestand, including the April 8 game against Toronto when the first 15,000 fans will get a Kevin Kiermaier Gold Glove bobblehead....

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Star Wars Celebration is expected to bring nearly 30,000 people to Orlando this year.

Nerd alert: 6 comic cons coming to Tampa Bay, Orlando

Tis the season for cosplay and geeky gatherings. It's comic convention season, and that means for the next five months Tampa Bay and Central Florida host thousands of nerds....

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