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  1. Lightning falls in OT to Canadiens in playoff opener

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    Let's start with this: The Lightning really had no business being in Wednesday night's game with the Canadiens. Tampa Bay was outshot 44-25, generated little offensive zone time and for most of the game had trouble even getting through a structured Montreal defense in the neutral zone. So it was fitting the …

    Anders Lindback gives up the winning goal with 1:52 left in overtime, scored by Dale Weise on a backhand pass from Daniel Briere in front of a sellout crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
  2. Lightning fans share excitement before first playoff game

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -— Before the Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, Brant Summers had a decision to make.

    John Caposey, 52, and his brother Jim Caposey, 55, hang out  at the Times Forum before the Lightning game on Wednesday.
  3. One person injured in house fire in Hudson

    Fire

    Hudson

    Fire at 3-story home injures one person

  4. IIFA notes: Bollywood awards sound track to feature Tampa native DJ Ravidrums

    Movies

    TAMPA — One of the first songs played at next week's Bollywood film industry awards show will be Do Da Tampa, featuring Tampa native and Chamberlain High School graduate Ravi Jakhotia, also known as DJ Ravidrums.

    Former Tampa resident Ravi Jakhotia, a.k.a. DJ Ravidrums, will play the event’s official music track.
  5. Diabetic driver dies after being stopped by Tampa police

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A driver who struck two cars, and who officers first thought was being reckless, actually suffered a diabetic episode and died later at a hospital Wednesday, police said.

  6. St. Petersburg deputy mayor reveals what led her to halt police promotions

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several weeks have passed since a group of officers, community leaders and city officials gathered at a church to discuss racial tensions at the Police Department.

  7. Challenges ahead for Pinellas County now without a top administrator

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala was so determined to cut costs in the county's emergency medical services system he refused to compromise knowing the fight could end in court.

  8. Pinellas principals tapped to lead new magnet schools

    K12

    Pinellas County school officials have chosen two current principals to lead a pair of new elementary schools opening in August.

  9. Bill Edwards buys prime downtown St. Petersburg block

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG—Bill Edwards strikes again. He's just bought an entire downtown city block with virtually unlimited development options for $12 million.

    The property is known as the Tropicana block because of the pink Tropicana office building.
  10. A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz's public records bill

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Don Gaetz made a public records bill one of his top priorities this session, only to see it stall in the Florida House.

  11. Romano: Pinellas administrator LaSala's legacy? Good hire, good fire

    Local Government

    Do not be misled by the abruptness of Bob LaSala's firing this week.

    Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala addresses the media after being terminated by a unanimous vote by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners at the beginning of Tuesday’s regular public meeting in Clearwater.
  12. Stretch of Tampa's Hillsborough Avenue to get new streetlights

    Energy

    TAMPA — Along with a new crosswalk and traffic light, a hazardous section of E Hillsborough Avenue is getting a streetlight upgrade, Tampa Electric Co. said Wednesday.

  13. BellaBrava owners hire Top Chef's Jeffrey Jew for new restaurant project

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a short turn on Bravo's Top Chef at the end of 2012, Washington, D.C., rising star Jeffrey Jew found himself relocating to St. Petersburg's Old Northeast neighborhood. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who had cooked in Florence, London and New York, he was, he said, …

    Jeffrey Jew
  14. Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

  15. Polk County teacher accused of having sex with student faces Hillsborough charges, too

    Crime

    A 29-year-old Lakeland teacher accused of having sex with one of her 17-year-old students now also faces charges in Hillsborough County.

    Jennifer Christine Fichter, 29, has been suspended.