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  1. Family questions Tampa police account of diabetic driver's death


    TAMPA — The family of a diabetic man who died last week after he was detained by officers questioned in a statement Saturday the police version of events.

  2. Pooch helps keeps MacDill skies clear of birds


    TAMPA — The U.S. Air Force can throw a mighty arsenal at its enemies. Smart bombs. Bunker busters. Fighter jets. Flying gunships. Atomic bombs.

  3. Home investment firms raise rents to build profits

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — Flip-flops sit jumbled at the doorstep. Clothes lay scattered across the living room couch. A family portrait from Lewis and Lynn Mayos' vow renewal ceremony hangs proudly over the stairs.

                      Seven of the largest investors buying homes in the Tampa Bay area have in two years spent more than $1 billion, amassing 6,800 houses, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of property records, foreclosure auctions and Securities and Exchange Commission filings has found.
  4. If Bollywood grows U.S. fan base, it may be on strength of actors like Deepika Padukone

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — She has been compared with Jennifer Lawrence, a star whose acting can make you forget her bombshell looks.

  5. Florida Legislature gives budget priority to hometown projects over at-risk kids


    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state's frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

  6. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats


    WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    Charlie Crist addresses volunteers Saturday as he opens his first gubernatorial field office in Plantation. The post in Broward County will be important as the former governor tries to get South Florida Democrats to the polls. Broward is home to almost 564,000 Democrats, more than any other county in the state.
  7. Michigan man dies during triathlon at Fort DeSoto Park

    Public Safety

    A Michigan man died Saturday morning during a triathlon at Fort DeSoto Park, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Donald Bautel, 64, of Alpena, Mich. was participating in the swimming portion of the "Escape from Fort DeSoto" event when he was pulled from the water near the 3500 block of Pinellas Bayway S about 8 …

  8. Tampa woman charged in Sarasota crash that kills sleeping woman


    A Tampa woman speeding away from police after breaking into her former boyfriend's Sarasota home crashed into a house early Saturday and killed a 62-year-old woman sleeping inside, authorities said.

    A Tampa woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after she sped away from police and crashed into a Sarasota home early Saturday, killing a 62-year-old woman as she slept, police say.
  9. Fire damages North Tampa thrift store


    A thrift store was damaged by fire early Saturday, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

  10. Arson suspected in fire that killed animals at Tampa clinic


    TAMPA — Three cats sat on Pam Duval's desk every day.

  11. Rays rally to beat Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — At some point, manager Joe Maddon has insisted, the line drives will have eyes, the ground balls will find holes and the zeros on the scoreboard will be replaced by heroes at the plate.

    Former Ray Kelly Johnson slides under Ryan Hanigan on Scott Sizemore’s three-run double that puts the Yankees up 3-0 in the second.
  12. Loss leaves Lightning full of questions

    Lightning Strikes


    Now what?

    What does the Lightning do now?

    Aside from signing Gretzky, Lemieux and Orr and putting them in a time machine, that is.

    Lightning goalie Kristers Gudlevskis prepares to enter in relief in the third as starter Anders Lindback heads to the locker room.
  13. Lightning may not be ready for this stage

    Lightning Strikes


    Maybe they just aren't ripe enough.

    Maybe they just aren't tough enough.

    Maybe they just aren't tested enough.

    For whatever reason, the players of the Tampa Bay Lightning are in trouble today. Two games into the playoffs, and they are already halfway to the offseason. They trail Montreal …

    Montreal goalie Carey Price stays focused as Lightning right wing J.T. Brown gets near in the first period.
  14. Lightning in 2-0 hole after loss to Canadiens

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning locker room was closed for a while after Friday night's game with the Canadiens. Tampa Bay had lost 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to fall behind two games to none in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Home-ice advantage is a memory. There are …

    Montreal’s Rene Bourque, top, sneaks the puck around Lightning goalie Anders Lindback and defenseman Sami Salo for a goal in the second.
  15. Clearwater man arrested in medication robbery


    Pinellas deputies arrested a Clearwater man Friday who they say grabbed a woman by the neck and stole her medication earlier this month as she left a pharmacy.