WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican whose last day as House majority leader was Thursday, has told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he is resigning his seat effective Aug. 18 in hopes that his successor will be able to participate in the lame-duck session after the November elections.
TAMPA — Two years ago, Christopher Ponce got drunk and drove the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Tampa, authorities say, crashing head-on with a car and leaving a man dead. He was charged, but before he could face trial, he skipped town.
ST. PETERSBURG — Thrifty thieves stole more than $2,000 worth of designer purses from neighboring discount stores in July.
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers extended their hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.
PINELLAS PARK — A man was arrested late Thursday after he fired on a K-9 unit that was tracking him, police said.
Watch as Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski breaks down the thinking behind acquiring David Price from the Rays.
A small little Twitter skirmish involving local Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch.13 and the Detroit Fox affiliate erupted shortly after the David Price trade was announced.
After a few dry days, this weekend will spell a return to rainy, humid weather.
RIVERVIEW — Northbound U.S. 301 at Balm Riverview Road opened as expected a little after midnight.
SEMINOLE — It was a polite affair.
Nine candidates for the Pinellas County School Board kept it civil Thursday at a two-hour public forum at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus. They found a lot to agree about, though a few sharp differences emerged as well.
TAMPA — Joe Maddon spent the day watching David Price get traded to the Detroit Tigers. Michael Stewart spent the day grouper fishing with the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, at Maddon's suggestion. The former in a grape-colored polo shirt and black jeans, the latter just slightly wind-burned, the duo were …
ST. PETERSBURG — The relics on the walls of Mastry's Bar — including two mounted tarpon, a barracuda head and photos of Babe Ruth — have gotten their last translucent amber coating of nicotine.
TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon has spent nine months and raised nearly $300,000 to become Florida's next attorney general.
With the primary elections mere weeks away, mailboxes are filling with interesting missives.
Shoppers head to the stores today through Sunday to take advantage of Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday. The tax break applies to clothing $100 or less per item and school supplies $15 or less. Computers and related accessories are also tax free for the first $750 of the sale price.