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  1. Silver Airways aborts flights to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

    Airlines

    CLEARWATER — Silver Airways has aborted its attempts to launch new air service this spring at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

  2. Plan to expedite medical marijuana hits hurdles

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill attempting to get the implementation of the state's Charlotte's Web marijuana law back on track has created a new dilemma for its sponsor: how to make it equitable for black farmers.

  3. Bucs give rave reviews to Winston's pro day performance

    Bucs

    TALLAHASSEE — Jameis Winston made 102 pass attempts at Florida State's pro day Tuesday, about twice the amount of throws by some quarterback prospects.

    Unofficially, Jameis Winston completed 91 of 102 attempts with five drops, and exhaustive workout choreographed by his private quarterback coach, George Whitfield. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  4. Not being real doesn't stop Manaphin from getting its own craft beer

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Manaphin was long believed to be extinct until its sudden reappearance last April Fool's Day — as a clever marketing hoax perpetrated by Pinellas tourism officials.

  5. Senate panel approves 24-hour waiting period for abortions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After 20 minutes of rushed discussion Tuesday, a Senate panel approved a plan that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

  6. Lawyer's hiring by Cabinet in Sunshine Law case raises new openness questions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Accused of Sunshine Law open meeting violations, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members Tuesday hired a law firm to represent them — an action that in itself should have been handled more openly, some lawyers said.

  7. Date set for next meeting of St. Petersburg pier committee

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The date has been set for what could be the final meeting of Mayor Rick Kriseman's Pier Selection Committee.

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act like Indiana's?

    State Roundup

    Likely presidential candidates have reacted to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Gov. Mike Pence has had to defend the law against those who say it discriminates against gays and lesbians.

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida speaks at a luncheon at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago on Feb. 18. (Andrew Nelles/The New York Times)
  9. John Travolta to host premiere of 'The Forger' at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre (w/trailer)

    Movies

    John Travolta has strutted red carpets at movie premieres his entire career but never in Tampa Bay. Not even for The Punisher, which he filmed here in 2003.

    John Travolta attended the Indian International Film Academy Awards in Tampa in 2014. He’s been a frequent visitor to Clearwater over the years, often flying a personal airplane from Ocala to attend functions at the Church of Scientology.
  10. West Tampa Little League struggles with concession stand burglary

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Katie Roman had to make a run to Sam's Club Tuesday for candy and soft drinks, yet again replenishing the concession stand of the iconic West Tampa Little League, hit for the second time this season by burglars.

  11. Military recruiter admits he scammed government

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A longtime military recruiter faces prison time and must repay $78,000 after admitting in federal court Tuesday that he claimed recruitment bonuses that he didn't deserve.

  12. Pinellas deputies searching for missing 90-year-old man

    Public Safety

    Pinellas Sheriff's deputies were searching Tuesday for a 90-year-old man reporting missing in the morning.

  13. Review: 'The Hunting Ground' a devastating look at rape on campus (w/video)

    Movies

    The Hunting Ground (R) (90 min.) — Kirby Dick's documentary begins with a montage of jubilant high school seniors, learning they're accepted to the college of their dreams and, in some cases, nightmares. Nearly one in five female students will be sexually assaulted before graduating, and practically all …

    The documentary identifies four reasons why sexual abuse is so prevalent on college campuses.
  14. Giant 'sonic sculpture' Fin Harp opens Wednesday at Straz Center

    Events

    Starting Wednesday, music will no longer be confined to the stage of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. With the help of artist Luke Rothschild, the building itself will be part of a gigantic interactive musical instrument, known as the Fin Harp. The "sonic" sculpture will be on display through May 3 as a piece …

    The first Fin Harp, is a sonic sculpture by String Theory's Luke Rothschild , who is building a similar structure Tampa's Straz Center. The huge harp will be a giant interactive musical instrument on display on the River walk April-1-May 3. CREDIT Straz Center
  15. Local restaurants have fun with April Fools' pranks

    Food & Dining

    Z Grille closing? Datz going Chinese? A Burger King perfume?

    Not so fast.

    Courtesy of Datz
For April Fool's Day, Datz in Tampa will be transformed into a Chinese restaurant.