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  1. IIFA notes: No live broadcast of Bollywood film awards

    Events

    TAMPA — Without tickets to Saturday's International Indian Film Academy awards show, chances are slim of witnessing the extravaganza staged at Raymond James Stadium.

    A giant stage is under construction at Raymond James Stadium for the International Indian Film Academy awards.
  2. Turmoil continues in Hillsborough school bus system as more supervisors quit

    K12

    TAMPA — Problems, accusations and resignations continue in the department that maintains buses for the Hillsborough County school district.

  3. Mysterious group right about Crist implementing Bush's A+ Plan

    State Roundup

    Gov. Rick Scott isn't the only one attacking presumptive gubernatorial rival Charlie Crist. An outside group called Progressive Choice Florida has taken a few shots as well — although there's some question as to which side the group is on.

  4. Pinellas County to name interim leader, delay search talks until May

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Wanted: Chief executive to run the government of Florida's sixth most populous county. Will help oversee a budget of nearly $1.8 billion. Florida experience preferred, good people skills a must.

    Pinellas County will soon launch a search for a permanent county administrator after last week’s ouster of Bob LaSala.
  5. Lightning falls to Canadiens, trails series 3-0

    Lightning Strikes

    MONTREAL

    Leave it to Lightning coach Jon Cooper to figure out a way to show his displeasure by making what seemed like a good joke.

    Canadiens wing Rene Bourque raises his arms to cheer after beating Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and scoring on Lightning goalie Anders Lindback 11 seconds into the game. The goal broke two Lightning playoff records: earliest goal allowed, breaking the mark of 55 seconds by the Flyers’ Dale Hawerchuk in the first playoff game in Lightning history, April 16, 1996 (7-3 loss); and earliest goal by either team, besting the 13 seconds by the Lightning’s Adam Hall on May 17, 2011, against the Bruins (6-5 loss).
  6. Laser plus MRI equals less invasive brain surgery option

    Health

    TAMPA — For six years, Markus Muehlheim could keep his epileptic seizures under control with medication. They came on more than a year apart, each lasting less than 10 minutes.

    Markus Muehlheim, 69, had the new laser brain surgery.
  7. Some murderers choose life in prison to avoid death penalty

    Criminal

    In the murder case against William S. Coffin III, a grim life-or-death negotiation came to the surface last week.

    Anthony J. Giancola, a former Tampa school principal, was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences in 2013, for the murders of Mary Anne Allis, 59, and Justin Lee Vandenburgh and four counts of attempted murder.
  8. Plan to split FSU-FAMU engineering school stirs political waters

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — An effort by Florida State University and its well-connected allies to get its own engineering school could be turning into an election-year liability for Gov. Rick Scott.

    The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering was created at Florida State University in 1982. FSU supporters say having a separate school would lift the university’s profile.
  9. Rays lose to Yankees in 12, split series

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The excitement in rookie reliever C.J. Riefenhauser's eyes from the day before was replaced by a telling redness.

    Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts easily tags out the Rays’ Wil Myers trying to steal second for the second out of the 11th inning.
  10. Two killed, two injured in Tampa park shooting

    Crime

    TAMPA

    Bullet casings and plastic Easter eggs lay scattered in the grass after a gunfight broke out Sunday in a park crowded with families and children celebrating the holiday.

  11. Tampa sculptor takes best in show award at 39th Mainsail Arts Festival

    Visual Arts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Charles Parkhill, whose cerebral wood sculptures have been the subject of several exhibitions at museums and prestigious galleries, took the $10,000 best-in-show award at the 39th annual Mainsail Arts Festival on Sunday. He said he'll probably use it for a down payment on a new van, "but I'm not …

    Jade Ulleber, 52, of Tampa peers through a stained- and fused-glass kaleidoscope made by Kathleen Hunt of Conway, S.C., during the 39th annual Mainsail Art Festival held at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday,.
  12. Clearwater nurse shot to death; boyfriend is charged

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A Clearwater woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend early Sunday morning during a birthday party at her home in the Countrypark subdivision, police said.

    Alexander Richardson, 24, is charged with second-degree murder in the Sunday shooting.
  13. IIFA: John Travolta coming for Bollywood film awards

    Tourism

    TAMPA

    Travolta coming for IIFA awards

    First it was for The Punisher. Now it's for Bollywood. Actor John Travolta will be returning to Tampa this week to be part of the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards, IIFA announced Saturday on Twitter. "Come Face/Off …

    Travolta
  14. Pinellas schools cutting special-needs associates

    K12

    At a recent meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, Lisa Grant sat down to give a presentation on the education of students with disabilities.

  15. Rays hit five homers, annihilate Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — So a guy walked into the Trop on Saturday and found himself having the most unexpected conversation:

    (From left) Wil Myers hits his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second; Ryan Hanigan, right, high-fives David DeJesus after his leadoff homer in the third; Hanigan follows an inning later with a two-run shot; and Myers caps his night with a three-run blast in the fifth.