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  1. Cambridge Christian in Tampa burglarized twice during spring break

    Crime

    TAMPA — Burglars hit Cambridge Christian School in Tampa twice during spring break last week, making off with clothing and electronic equipment.

  2. SeaWorld shares jump on news of large Chinese investment

    Tourism

    NEW YORK — Shares of SeaWorld, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, are up 12 percent before the opening bell on a big investment from China.

     Shares of SeaWorld, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, are up 12 percent before the opening bell on a big investment from China. 
[Associated Press file photo]
  3. March column: Constitution another uphill battle for Arthenia Joyner

    Politics

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa says serving as one of the small minority of Democrats on the state's Constitutional Revision Commission will be "just a continuation of the battle I've been in since I've been here."

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa is one of three current or former Democratic legislators named to the state Constitutional Revision Commission. [AP photo (2016)]
  4. Gradebook podcast: Education bills on the move, turnaround schools and more

    Blogs

    Times education reporter Jeff Solochek highlights some of the bills moving closer to becoming to state education law, including SB 964 and SB 926 on …

    Potter Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Ciera Fox, 28, who attended Potter as a child, says repetition and routines help to comfort kids as they take on responsibility.
  5. Twitter slams Vice President Pence's all-male photo of GOP health care talks

    National

    WASHINGTON — A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the GOP health care bill that was tweeted out by Vice President Mike Pence is drawing criticism from Democrats.

    Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this photo of White House negotiations with members of the House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday. [Vice president's Twitter feed]
  6. The Cross-Bay Ferry cruises along the Vinoy Yacht Basin as it heads toward Tampa. The Vinoy condominiums can be seen in the background. The city hopes to attract more vessels for entertainment and tourism to the downtown waterfront. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. Reversing Obama, Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the conclusion of the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

    Senior U.S. officials say the State Department will recommend approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.  [Associated Press]
  8. Lawmaker to Rick Scott: Restore order in privately run women's prison

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state's largest privately run women's prison, Rep. David Richardson on Thursday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility.

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, is asking Gov. Rick Scott to declare an emergency about the conditions at Gadsden Correctional Facility, the state's largest women's prison. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Rays report: Ramirez starting on bullpen day in Bradenton, 1:05

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 9:35: Change in pitching plans for the Rays, apparently, as Erasmo Ramirez is now listed as the starter. That makes sense, as he is a potential trade candidate since he may have more value to another team as a starter than the to the Rays as a middle reliever, and it also gets him stretched out for multi-inning …

  10. The week's 20 best news photos, from the Associated Press and Getty Images

    World

    This week's collection of the best news photos features an IRA funeral, dramatic rescues, Russian opposition leaders and metal fans rocking to Brujeria.

    Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, March 19, 2017. Every year the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient "Las Fallas" fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph that ends in the midnight of March 19, burning large paper mache satiric figures displayed around the streets of the city. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
  11. National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale is coming to Tampa to tell you about pandas

    Events

    Rhinos can't talk. That's where photojournalist Ami Vitale comes in.

    Zhang Hemin??Papa Panda? to his staff?poses with cubs born in 2015 at Bifengxia Panda Base. ?Some local people say giant pandas have magic powers,? says Zhang, who directs many of China?s panda conservation efforts. ?To me, they simply represent beauty and peace.?
  12. Flying defined Bud Parker, son of pioneers and former Hillsborough appraiser

    Obituaries

    Knowing her husband Alton Brooks "Bud" Parker Jr. had to fly 100 missions in the Vietnam War before his tour was over, his wife would count them down by cutting out little paper planes and taping them to a wall in her house.

    Alton Brooks Parker Jr., standing third from left with hands bracing the sign, poses with his squadron during the Vietnam War.
 Eighth from left,  standing with arms behind his back, is Tom Johnson, who saved Mr. Parker's life. [Courtesy Parker family]
  13. Coast Guard suspends search for Citrus man who went overboard during cruise to Cuba

    Public Safety

    The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Floral City man who went overboard early Wednesday morning during a cruise to Cuba.

  14. HARTline bus with nine passengers and cement mixer hit in Ybor, shut down traffic

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A HARTline bus carrying nine passengers and a cement mixer hit each other early on Friday, shutting down and slowing traffic in Ybor, according to police.

    A HARTline bus carrying nine passengers and a cement truck crashed into each other around 6 a.m. in Ybor Friday morning. Tampa police said the passengers' injuries were minor. (DENNIS JOYCE | TIMES)