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  1. Jury finds Tampa pharmacist guilty of wife's murder

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Jurors convicted a Tampa pharmacist on Friday of beating his wife to death with a baseball bat in 2010.

  2. Pot Roast Spud?! Three restaurant chains look to conquer Tampa Bay

    Retail

    One has a "secret menu" and a beef-and-marinara monster sandwich called "the Godfather." Another makes pretty pizzas with spicy twists. And another is a breakfast joint that serves an omelette called "the Bacquezo" (bacon, chorizo, cream cheese).

  3. In John Hopkins sex assault case, school's handling in question

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was almost too heavy for her to carry, but she fell for the saxophone all the same, practicing in the band room at John Hopkins Middle School. She named her instrument "Reed." It made her feel calm. She would come in an hour early to play. She would stay long after the last bell.

    A 12-year-old girl who withdrew from John Hopkins Middle School after she says she was sexually assaulted in the band room poses for a portrait with her saxophone in her home.  
  4. Ethics complaint filed over FDLE controversy

    State Roundup

    A day after State Attorney Willie Meggs took a pass on investigating the ouster of Gerald Bailey as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Villages resident asked the Florida Commission on Ethics to take a look at what happened.

  5. For women in the Pinellas County Jail, the Red Tent room offers tears, growth, hope

    Human Interest

    Editor's note: The four-hour Red Tent Project session was recorded. The women's words have been edited for length and clarity.

    LARGO

    Pinellas County Jail inmates Amanda Casler, left, and Yalira M. Perez have a light moment at a Red Tent Project meeting at the jail in December. Perez, 26, is in jail for forgery. “I’ve been rejected all my life, and I’m used to it,” she says. “I’m a loving, giving person. But I belittle myself, and I deserve that.”
  6. Obama seeks studies on 'precision medicine' based on individuals' genetics (w/ video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.

    President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. [Associated Press]
  7. Dunedin woman waits, wonders why Social Security is denied

    News

    DUNEDIN — Gabriela Pezzuti remembers sitting on the balcony of her family's Havana apartment as a child and looking up at the clouds.

    Gabriela Pezzuti, 65, center, and her daughter, Nina Womack, 22, left, both of Dunedin, say they have been fighting for Pezzuti's rights to Social Security benefits for the last year. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  8. St. Petersburg police warn of 'alarming spike' in car thefts and burglaries

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Car thefts and burglaries have risen dramatically across the city in the last two years and for the most part, police say, kids are behind it.

  9. New methodology helps boost Florida consumer confidence index

    Personal Finance

    Florida consumer confidence rose sharply in January, but researchers attributed much of the climb to changes in how survey data was collected.

  10. In their own Super Bowl battle for most jobs, can Florida topple Texas?

    Economic Development

    Florida overtaking Texas as the nation's top producer of new jobs?

  11. Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

    Music & Concerts

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Marion "Suge" Knight, the former music mogul who created one of hip-hop's leading labels and became the impresario of gangster rap, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck and then fleeing the crash near Los Angeles.

  12. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred encouraged, optimistic about Rays stadium situation

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 2:46: Sternberg said he and Manfred are very much on the same page: "The new commissioner is in tune with my feelings and intentions. I stand behind his characterization.''

    Rob Manfred told the Tampa Bay Times on Friday that Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg remains optimistic something can be worked out somewhere in the Tampa Bay area, and that he shares that view.
  13. Commission on Ethics the latest to be asked to look at Bailey ouster

    Blogs

    A day after State Attorney Willie Meggs took a pass on investigating the ouster of Gerald Bailey from commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Villages resident …

  14. As measles spreads, concern over unvaccinated children does, too

    Health

    TAMPA — If parents refuse to vaccinate their children, Dr. Marcy Solomon Baker politely asks them to find a new pediatrician. She doesn't want their children sitting in the waiting room and putting others at risk.

  15. Funding for St. Petersburg's proposed new police headquarters mostly comes from other projects

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed deal to build a new police headquarters by redirecting $20 million in Penny for Pinellas money will make significant changes to the Penny spending plan, but nonetheless, the administration says it won't mean dramatic cuts in other city projects.

    The St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters building at the intersection of First Avenue N and 13th Street. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times (2011)]