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  1. Hillsborough County sees surge in tourism taxes in May thanks to conventions, Lightning playoff games

    Tourism

    Hillsborough County is reporting a surge in tourism development tax collections for the month of June, thanks in part to the Tampa Bay Lightning's quest for the Stanley Cup.

  2. St. Petersburg teen accused in hit-and-run that injured child on bicycle

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 3-year-old boy was hit by a van while riding his bicycle in an alley near the 600 block of 28th Avenue S on Tuesday, according to police.

  3. Tampa attorney loses a round in bid to unmask anonymous online critic

    Civil

    TAMPA — A Tampa divorce attorney has lost a second round in her attempt to reveal the identity of an anonymous writer who criticized her on the lawyer-review web site Avvo.com.

    Deborah Thomson, a partner in The Women's Law Group in Carrollwood, contends that an anonymous review on the web site Avvo.com damaged her professional reputation.
  4. TV's Shark Week gives local events some bite

    Events

    Shark Week isn't something you watch in Tampa Bay. It's something you do.

    Times file (2014)
Alex Stout enjoys Shark Week at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa in August. This year's event is going on now, and continues through Sunday. Highlights include a shark talk on Friday, delivered from inside the coral reef tank, and a game in which children can figure out what sort of shark they would be.

  5. Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton to share stage in Fort Lauderdale

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush will speak before the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale on July 31, illustrating his campaign's goal of broadening the GOP message.

  6. Pasco man shot by sheriff's deputy alive, facing charges

    Crime

    PORT RICHEY — Frank Thomas Rogers, who was shot by a Pasco sheriff's deputy during an armed standoff Monday night, is expected to survive, Pasco County sheriff's officials said.

  7. St. Petersburg officer suspended after board reviews DUI arrest

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A review board of the St. Petersburg Police Department suspended a 30-year veteran of the force this week for 160 work hours, unpaid, after he was arrested on a DUI …

    Allan Charles McTavish has been on the St. Petersburg Police Department since 1984.
  8. Amazon wants new 'Prime Day' to be bigger than Black Friday

    News

    On the eve of its 20th birthday, Amazon, is launching a global shopping event exclusively for Prime members that it says will be bigger than ''Black Friday''.

  9. No TV, so follow our live coverage of this afternoon's Rays-Royals game

    The Heater

    After Monday's postponement due to severe weather in Kansas City, the Rays and Royals will play twice today, at 2:10 and 8:10 p.m. ET.

    Lefthanded pitcher Matt Moore, who was to pitch Tuesday night, will now start the matinee. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  10. Judge: Bubba-Schnitt trial lawyers guilty of multiple violations in DUI setup

    Courts

    TAMPA — A Pinellas judge on Tuesday found three Tampa lawyers guilty of "deliberately and maliciously" arranging the arrest of a rival attorney during a high-profile trial in 2013.

    Lawyers Stephen Diaco, left, Adam Filthaut, center, and Robert Adams are seated in Courtroom 15 at the Pinellas County Justice Center during their trial in May. On Tuesday, a judge found all three guilty of several Florida Bar rules violations. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD/Times]
  11. Dancers descend on downtown Tampa

    Stage

    The International Dance Challenge, bringing together more than 500 dancers from around the country, runs through Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Dancers who won regional competitions are in town for nationals, performing in a variety of styles and categories.

    Britta Gunlach, 18, of Riverview takes to the air during the International Dance Challenge being held at the Straz this week.  [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  12. Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida's Seahorse Key

    Wildlife

    SEAHORSE KEY — The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast near Cedar Key and Sumner.

    A broken bird egg, photographed June 19 on Seahorse Key, off Florida's Gulf Coast. In May, Seahorse Key fell eerily quiet, as thousands of birds suddenly disappeared, and biologists are trying to find the reason why. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Vic Doig said what was once the largest bird colony on the state's Gulf Coast is now a "dead zone." [Associated Press]
  13. New seats to be released for Taylor Swift's Tampa tour stop

    Blogs

    Good news for Swifties who missed out on the choicest concert spots.

    Taylor Swift brings The 1989 World Tour to 3Arena on June 29, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
  14. Study: Tampa is fourth-best city in the country for recreation

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Head to the nearest park, test your mettle on Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens, or just soak up some rays.