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Jailhouse informants have a powerful incentive to help, or hurt, a criminal case: Freedom

LARGO — Jamison Bell is a good listener. In the recreation yard of the Pinellas County Jail, one inmate told him about stabbing a neighbor at a mobile home park. Inside a cell, another …

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Romano: Scientology's problems on Clearwater land deal are of its own making

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It's not just hot, it's record-breaking hot in Tampa Bay for the month of April

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Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 29

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 29

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Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

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  1. Bucs meet goal of adding speed in NFL draft

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The goal still is written on a grease board in Jason Licht's office. The Bucs general manager left it there after a meeting several months ago as a constant reminder that his team had a need for speed.

    Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin, the Bucs’ third-round draft choice, runs a 4.42 40 at 6-1, 209 pounds.
  2. Despite 12-13 record, Rays show resilience during first four weeks

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The result obviously wasn't what the Rays wanted Saturday in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays, but there was some good in the circumstances, as Matt Andriese spared the worn-out bullpen by working seven innings and Steven Souza Jr.'s left hand was only bruised and not broken after being hit by a pitch.

    Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria reacts after striking out in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday April 29, 2017. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) FJT114
  3. Washington's 'nerd prom' loses some of its shine (w/video)

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Washington's once-glitzy "nerd prom" was briefly upstaged Saturday as comedians and Hollywood stars gathered for jokes and jests about President Donald Trump for a tongue-in-cheek event to counter the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

    Samantha Bee said that she cares deeply about the press.
  4. Trump marks 100 days by rallying supporters in Pennsylvania (w/video)

    Politics

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office Saturday with a factory tour and a rally of the faithful in central Pennsylvania, returning to the populist and protectionist themes that fueled his improbable path to the White House.

    President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center on Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., to mark the 100th day of his presidency. Trump discussed media coverage, foreign relations and domestic policies.
  5. Climate March draws massive crowd to Washington in sweltering heat

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — On a sweltering April day, tens of thousands of demonstrators assembled in Washington on Saturday for the latest installment of the regular protests that punctuate the Trump era. This large-scale climate march marked President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, which have already seen multiple …

    People march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House during the People’s Climate March to protest the policies of President Donald Trump on Saturday in Washington, D.C. The president has rolled back regulations put in by Obama.
  6. Gateway condo fire injures St. Petersburg firefighter

    Fire

    A condominium fire in St. Petersburg's Gateway neighborhood was extinguished without injury to its residents Saturday, but a firefighter was taken to an area hospital for a heat-related injury.

  7. Peaceful gatherings mark 25th anniversary of Rodney King riots

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — Twenty-five years ago, a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, sparking looting and violence that would turn into one of the deadliest race riots in American history.

    Peace rally participant Dennis Ojogho, 22, stands at Florence and Normandie avenues in Los Angeles on Saturday to remember the 25th anniversary of the rioting and looting sparked by the verdict in the Rodney King case.
  8. Lightning gets 14th overall pick in NHL draft lottery

    Lightning Strikes

    Amid all the craziness in Saturday's NHL draft lottery, the Lightning got the pick it was supposed to, 14th overall.

    Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures as he speaks to the media about recent trades during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning, over the past few days, have traded goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings, forward Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and forward Valtteri Filppula to the Philadelphia Flyers. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA101
  9. Judge blocks new trauma center at St. Petersburg's Northside Hospital

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Northside Hospital can't immediately move forward with plans to open a trauma center, a circuit court judge ruled late Friday.

    Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg from immediately opening a new Level 2 trauma center. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  10. It's not just hot, it's record-breaking hot in Tampa Bay for the month of April

    Weather

    Saturday's scorching heat broke records in Tampa Bay for the month of April, with the temperature at Tampa International Airport reaching 96 degrees and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport recording 95 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

    Children cool off at the Curtis Hixon Park fountains in Tampa. Saturday’s scorching heat broke records in Tampa Bay for the month of April, with the temperature at Tampa International Airport reaching 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
Florida Capitol

Where are the compromises on education policy for the public to vet? For now, still private.

With barely three days left before lawmakers have to finalize the annual state budget if session is to end as scheduled May 5, Floridians still have very little idea what kind of compromise lawmakers are crafting behind closed doors when it comes to the most consequential reforms this year that affect K-12 public schools....

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Rays Steven Souza Jr. leaves game after being hit on hand by pitch

UPDATE, 4:06: The Rays got what sounds like good news, with word that Souza has a left hand contusion and initial X-rays were negative. He will be evaluated further over the next 24-48 hours....

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Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC

What hath God wrought? American Gods

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....

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