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  1. Sexual predator gets second chance, now faces 14 new charges

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK — They found the fliers on their doors in December, bearing the stiff-jawed mug shot of the stranger in Apartment 211.

    Michael Shepard lived in this Pinellas Park apartment. Neighbors say he lured children here with video games and toys.
  2. In court, the ethics of dementia patients' sex lives

    Health

    There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer's.

    FILE - In this March 10, 2015 photo, Henry Rayhons gets ready to leave court in Garner, Iowa. The nursing home staff caring for Rayhons' wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, told the former Iowa lawmaker that his wife of seven years was no longer mentally capable of legally consenting to have sex. Prosecutors say that Rayhons did not get the message. Rayhons has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse. [Associated Press]
  3. Finally, a family for Davion (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    For a long time after he was sent back to Florida, Davion didn't want to talk.

    Surrounded by his soon-to-be family on March 23, Davion Only, 17, plays NBA 2K15 on the Xbox in his bedroom. Behind him are Connie Going, left, her daughter Carley, 17, and her adopted son, Taylor, 14. Going has been Davion’s caseworker since he was 7.
  4. Stetson law prof took Gideon case to Supreme Court, but believed in the other side

    Courts

    Bruce Jacob, a bright young lawyer from Florida, had landed the case of his career.

    At 80, Stetson University law professor Bruce Jacob works many days in a cluttered office.
  5. Marco Rubio: The making of a presidential candidate

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio had just been sworn into office and sat down with a half-dozen reporters who covered Florida, an exclusive group by design. The senator had arrived in Washington amid red-hot fanfare and was trying to project readiness to keep his head down.

    Then-House Speaker Marco Rubio, the first-ever Cuban-American to have the job, jokes around  during a ceremony in his honor in 2008.
  6. Perspective: Tampa Bay and the Great Migration north of African-Americans

    Perspective

    Almost a century ago, a St. Petersburg resident sat down to write a letter. Perhaps he was writing on a kitchen table; perhaps she had asked a minister to type the letter. "Dear Sir," the letter began. "Please inform me of the best place in the north for the colored people of the south. I am coming north and I want to …

    At Eaton’s Grove, now the Euclid St. Paul’s neighborhood in St. Petersburg, a man hauled fruit in 1917, three years after a lynch mob killed a black man.
  7. Don Zimmer's wife documented every day of his 66 years in pro baseball (w/video)

    Human Interest

    By LANE DeGREGORY

    Times Staff Writer

    SEMINOLE — The last scrapbook has lots of blank pages. ¶ It ends on the first day of January, with the Boston Globe's Year in Review. "Gone but not forgotten," the headline says. The full-page photo is of her husband wearing his Red Sox …

    Carol Jean Zimmer, nicknamed “Soot” by her grandmother, holds one of more than 70 scrap and photo books she created to archive the life of Don Zimmer, who she married at a home plate ceremony before a night game in 1951.
  8. New year brings new violence to Tampa neighborhoods

    Public Safety

    TAMPA

    One minute, Devita Hutchins was congratulating herself on how smoothly her 14-year-old daughter's birthday party had gone. The next, she was running from gunfire.

    Danielle Williams of Tampa grieves over the body of her son, Richard Newton, 14, at Ray Williams Funeral Home in Tampa. Newton was killed while visiting friends during a birthday party in Sulpher Springs. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  9. Erased: How the biggest baseball win in a small Florida town's history never happened

    Baseballpreps

    When Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team was forced to forfeit the 2014 U.S. Championship for using ineligible players, people of a certain age couldn't help but think of the story of Danny Almonte.

    Apopka players engulf Brandon Brewer after his three-run homer in the U.S. title game of the 2001 Little League World Series. Apopka won the game but lost to Japan in the world final.
  10. Two pro soccer players at opposite ends of the monetary turf (w/video)

    News

    ORLANDO

    The Brazilian soccer star known as Kaká stares down at the ball, seconds from the biggest kick in the newest chapter of his storied career. Wealthy and well-known, his place in the sport is well established, his number on the backs of fans around the world. // Kaká doesn't need this goal. But his …

    Kevin Molino draws a small media contingent after a practice. The native of Trinidad and Tobago has played for his national team and in a U.S. minor league.
  11. New roof technology could benefit a new Rays stadium

    Human Interest

    Minor-league baseball can tolerate muggy Florida's open-air stadiums. If rain or lightning wipes out $1 Tuesday, who cares if average attendance slips from 1,300 to 900?

    This is a rendering of the stadium being built for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.  The roof will be made of a polymer that is stronger than glass but lighter.
  12. Photo gallery: Terri Schiavo - Quiet center of a turbulent storm

    Human Interest

    10 years ago, on March 31, 2005, Terri Schiavo died at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park. Her passing, to all appearances a peaceful one, brought to a close her unwitting role in a lengthy legal battle that pitted Terri Schiavo's parents against her husband, Michael, who wanted to remove the feeding tube that kept …

    March 27, 2005 - After working her third 12-hour waitress shift in as many days, Cecily Pond, 29, reads signs at the vigil for Terri Schiavo outside Woodside Hospice about 4 a.m. Easter Sunday. She said she felt she had to come because her son requested that she bring Terri Schiavo his favorite stuffed animal. "He doesn't understand how we can hurt people when we're not allowed to hurt animals. And I don't know how to explain it to him," she said. [Cherie Diez | Times]
  13. Q&A: Jeff Vinik's 'new urbanist' designers discuss reshaping Tampa

    Business

    TAMPA

    David Dixon and Jeff Speck are two of the best urban planners in the business.

    That's why Jeff Vinik hired them.

    Jeff Speck, left, of Speck & Associates LLC and David Dixon, right, of engineering firm Stantec are proponents of “new urbanism,” the movement to build walkable urban neighborhoods for people to live and work in.
  14. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    Nation

    OMAHA, Neb. — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

    Edmund and Enna Chester and their daughter, Patricia, arrive in Cuba on a flight from Florida. When Fidel Castro's government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies in 1959, the Chesters lost an 80-acre farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock. [Photo courtesy of Carolyn Chester via AP]
  15. Openly gay athletes challenge NCAA's culture of silence (w/video)

    College

    Taylor Emery was in seventh grade at Grayslake Middle School outside of Chicago when she first wondered about her sexuality. But as soon as the thoughts entered her mind, Emery immediately pushed them out.

    Freedom High School senior Taylor Emery came out when she was in middle school. The Tulane commit says her future college is supportive of her being gay and she remains unfazed that some may not agree with her sexual orientation. [LARA CERRI | Times]
  16. Column: Inside a pilot's mind (w/video)

    Columns

    I worked as a pilot for about 10 years before going back to school to become an architect. There are a few oddballs I can remember flying with, but mostly we're just talking quirks and eccentricities. Never did I fear a colleague intended to kill himself, or everyone onboard.

    Being a pilot is a unique working environment. You’re stuck with someone one on one, mostly in a tiny room, for days.
  17. Like Angelina Jolie, women at risk for ovarian cancer face complex decision (w/video)

    Health

    Actor and director Angelina Jolie has ignited another worldwide conversation about cancer, revealing in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had undergone surgery, at age 39, to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer. As she did 22 months ago, when she announced that she had had …

    Angelia Jolie announced in an article she wrote for The New York Times that she has had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after having a preventative double mastectomy. [Getty Images]
  18. Rashia Wilson says she was no queen, just a woman struggling with a past

    Criminal

    TAMPA — She recalls, as a kid, coming home to an empty refrigerator in a house where food stamps were traded for crack.

    Rashia Wilson held herself out "as a sort of anti-role model, calling herself the 'queen' and 'first lady' of tax fraud while publicly bragging about her crimes,'' federal prosecutor Sara Sweeney has said.  

  19. Perspective: How this Marine learned to kill

    Perspective

    The voice on the other end of the radio said: "There are two people digging by the side of the road. Can we shoot them?"

    Like these Marines in Afghanistan, the author says “I practiced the techniques of killing for more than a year before taking command of a platoon. ... Mastering the tactics of killing would have been useless if I wasn’t willing to kill.”
  20. Deadly WWII firebombings of Japanese cities largely ignored

    War

    TOKYO — It was not Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but in many ways, including lives lost, it was just as horrific.

    A photo taken March 19, 1945, shows the incendiary bomb-devastated Kameido district after a firebombing raid, as seen from Kameido Tenjin Bridge. [Associated Press / The Center of the Tokyo Raids and War Damage]