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  1. Tampa woman gets prison for immigration marriage fraud

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A Tampa woman who arranged at least 10 fraudulent marriages intended to let Jamaican national gain citizenship in the United States has been sent to federal prison for 15 months.

  2. Tampa boy hit while riding scooter dies at hospital

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A 6-year-old boy died Friday, days after he was hit by a car while riding a scooter near his home.

  3. Auto title lender TMX Finance skirts Florida's ban on high-interest loans

    Autos

    When Florida lawmakers banned high-interest car title loans in 2000, then-Gov. Jeb Bush proclaimed that the new law would protect Floridians from lenders "who prey on the desperate."

    This InstaLoan in Brandon is one of 1,470 TMX stores in 18 states. A typical Florida contract carries an effective annual rate of 144 percent.
  4. Warped Tour arrives in St. Pete

    Events

    Downtown St. Petersburg will look considerably younger today as the Vans Warped Tour rolls into town.

    Warped fans line up to get a coveted front row spot when the music starts at 11. This photo was taken around 7:45 a.m. SCOTT KEELER | Times
  5. Five escape East Tampa fire

    Fire

    TAMPA — Five people escaped a house fire early Friday in an east Tampa home.

    Fire was reported about 6 a.m. in the house at 1309 E North Bay St. DAN SULLIVAN | Times
  6. Forecast: High temperatures, scattered showers all weekend

    Weather

    Hot temperatures and afternoon showers are ahead in this weekend's weather forecast.

  7. Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich visits Pinellas, calls on Charlie Crist to debate

    State Roundup

    Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich spoke with Pinellas County Democratic Party supporters in a St. Petersburg hotel conference room Thursdsay night to remind them that she is the only lifelong Democrat running for the office.

  8. Carlton: Tampa council member barhops for a better city

    Local

    So a Tampa City Council member walks into a bar. And another bar. And another bar.

  9. Hotel executive calls out Tampa's 'deplorable, embarrassing' taxicabs

    Business

    TAMPA — Hotel developer Lou Plasencia flies all over the nation from Tampa International Airport. When he steps into a taxi, that's one of his first impressions of the city he's visiting.

    Two companies, Yellow Cab of Tampa and United Cab Co. of Tampa, pay for the right to serve TIA. No others operate there.
  10. Man convicted of murdering cab driver in Clearwater in 2008

    Criminal

    LARGO

    Man convicted in '08 murder of cab driver

    Washington
  11. Hillsborough hotel market on track for pre-recession highs

    Business

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County lodging industry appears to be headed for a record year in 2014.

    Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, said bay area tourism officials have worked better together.
  12. Tampa Bay: Better than most, still behind many for 'best' business metro area

    Economic Development

    Defying the economic success of western cities, Raleigh, N.C., ranked first this year in Forbes' list of the 200 "Best Places for Business and Careers."

  13. Women who drink face special risks but also have advantages over men

    Health

    If you want to get women to your next gathering, there may be nothing that will draw a crowd quite like the promise of wine or fruity cocktails served in frosty stemmed glasses. From grocery stores and salons to trendy boutiques, chic fundraisers, even Botox parties, alcohol lures the "girls' night out'' crowd. • …

    Dr. Carlos Santana
  14. Sen. Marco Rubio wants to 'wind down' program for immigrant youth

    National

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday called for an end to President Barack Obama's program that grants legal status to immigrant youth brought to the United States by their parents.

    Sen. Marco Rubio is eyeing a run for president in 2016.
  15. Votel to succeed McRaven as SOCom commander at MacDill

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Army Gen. Joseph Votel arrives next month in Tampa and will assume leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Command, replacing the man widely credited with planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel now leads the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.