Friday, May 25, 2018
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Three murders, one story of perseverance

Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. is scheduled to be executed tonight for the 1986 murders of three Tampa Bay women: Teri Lynn Matthews, Natalie Blanche Holley and Stephanie Collins. But there were other crimes, including the rape of a woman in Ohio in 1987. The woman tells her story and gives her thoughts on his execution. Local, 1B

Claims pile up, VA report finds

A new report by the VA inspector general finds unprocessed claims material piled up at the Veterans Affairs office in St. Petersburg. Local, 1B

Hudson swimmer wins cross dive

Anderson Combs, 17, comes up with the white cross thrown into Spring Bayou for the annual Epiphany Day tradition. Local, 1B

Can price cuts save Winn-Dixie?

Led by ''the Wily Scotsman'' Ian McLeod, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo means to challenge Publix and Walmart. But will it be enough? Business, 4B

IRS watchdog warns tax filers

The agency will push taxpayers to use their computers for help at tax filing time, and advice from the agency may be costly. Business, 4B

Griffey Jr., Piazza new Hall of Famers

Ken Griffey was elected by the highest voting percentage ever. Catcher Mike Piazza was on the ballot for a fourth time. Sports, 1C

N. Korea scorned, H-bomb or not

World powers say they doubt that North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb, but they say the country should face sanctions. World, 6A

2016: a great year for big music acts

Just picking our 10 most anticipated concerts is a tough task. Here are 10 dates for your calendar. Etc, 2B

Dreyfuss looks back on 'Jaws'

Richard Dreyfuss, who played Hooper in the Steven Spielberg classic, will answer questions after a 40th anniversary screening in Clearwater. Etc, 2B

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Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 1 hour ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Updated: 2 hours ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 4 hours ago
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Updated: 5 hours ago