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  1. Tampa firefighters 'disgusted' to find six American flags in dumpster on Memorial Day

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Firefighters starting their shift Monday morning at Station 19 found six American flags in the dumpster behind the station, fire officials said.

  2. Will Charter grab both Time Warner and Bright House Networks?


    They ought to make a soap opera: As The Cable Deal Turns.

  3. A year after VA scandal, House veterans committee chairman wants to see more progress


    SEMINOLE — Whenever U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller attends a public event, veterans and Department of Veterans Affairs employees find him for short, intense conversations about one VA issue after another.

  4. Romano: A teachable moment for those class clowns who botched school testing


    It's an age-old question in education:

    How do you deal with troublemakers in the classroom?

  5. Ruskin brush fire burns about 40 acres


    RUSKIN — A downed power line and a burning pile of debris started two brush fires that burned about 40 acres east of 15th Street SE early Monday afternoon, Hillsborough fire officials said.

  6. Bousquet: 'Panacea' for what's gone wrong at the Capitol


    The Florida Legislature's regular session was short on accomplishments, all right.

  7. Lightning gets a lift as Steven Stamkos hits his stride at exactly the right time

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Before these playoffs started, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos got some key advice from a Hall of Famer.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn's  (55) third period goal putting the Lightning up 1-0 during game 7 on Wednesday (4/29/15) between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Red Wings of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Amalie Arena in Tampa. Times photo DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD

  8. Rays' attendance woes continue as Lightning captivates Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tropicana Field's dome protects the Rays from all manner of foul weather, but this year nothing can shield the local baseball club from the Lightning.

    Seats in section 144 of Tropicana Field (right field) were mostly empty as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Minnesota Twins on April 14, 2011. Baseball attendance has continued to lag, and now the Lightning's playoff run is further eating into the Rays' fan base.   [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN, Times]
  9. First construction on Vinik's downtown Tampa project targeted for August

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Back in December when Jeff Vinik unveiled his plans for a billion-dollar waterfront development near Amalie Arena, the idea was to start moving dirt this summer after the Tampa Bay Lightning's season ended.

    An artist's rendering shows the proposed new USF medical school and heart institute eyed for downtown Tampa.
  10. Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing


    WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

    In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
  11. What Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are up to the week of May 25


    What Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are up to the week of May 25.

  12. Report: Charter nears cable deal with Time Warner that may include Bright House


    In the latest twist and turn of cable TV deal-making, Charter Communications is reported to be near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable that may also include the simultaneous purchase and merger of Bright House Networks. The deals could happen as early as Tuesday, Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal …

  13. Fake officer robs driver in Seffner


    SEFFNER — A thief posing as an undercover narcotics officer robbed a motorist during a phony traffic stop Monday morning, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies say.

  14. Crews search for man who fell off pontoon boat near Hernando Beach


    HERNANDO BEACH — Rescue crews continued searching Monday for a 31-year-old man who fell off a boat Sunday near the Hernando Beach shoreline.

  15. Reviews of vegan restaurants Taste of Eden, Loving Hut, Vida de Cafe

    Food & Dining


    Remember when veganism was a punch line for joke-telling carnivores? These days it is estimated that 33 percent of the population eats mostly vegetables, 5 percent is strictly vegetarian and 2.5 percent is vegan. Still a fairly small percentage, but folks who eschew all animal products are growing …

    Dishes at Loving Hut in Tampa include a fruit cup, summer rolls, spicy wings, raw sushi, black patty with organic soup, udon noodles and portobello bun.