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  1. Tuesday and Wednesday to see lower temperatures, more storms


    TAMPA — The forecast for the next couple of days calls for more storms but lower temperatures. Toward the end of the week it will be hotter and drier.

    After a brief shower near downtown Tampa, a rainbow formed west of the Hillsborough River on Tuesday morning. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  2. Carnival Corp. gets U.S. approval for Cuba cruises


    Carnival Corp. is steering a course toward Cuba.

    Fathom, the newest brand from Carnival Corp., will launch using the 710-passenger "Adonia" from P&O Cruises. [Carnival Corp.]
  3. Teens arrested after destructive device explodes in Dunedin park


    Six teens in Dunedin are facing charges after an explosion of some kind at a recreation center on Garrison Road, authorities said.

  4. Coast Guard searching for missing boaters off Indian Rocks Beach

    Public Safety

    The Coast Guard was searching Tuesday morning for two missing boaters in the Gulf of Mexico whose last location according to cell phone records was about 10 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach.

  5. Shark Week: six local shark tales to feed your appetite

    Human Interest

    There are ninja sharks and alien sharks. Shark clans, serial killer sharks and sharks the size of submarines.

    Erik Norrie, of Largo, holds a skeletal jaw of a reef shark over the scar left by a reef shark that attacked him in August 2013 while spearfishing in the Bahamas. The shark took a huge bite out of his calf, leaving him hospitalized for weeks and with an impressive scar. [Times files]
  6. Florida Avenue Papa John's robbed, police say


    TAMPA — Three men robbed the Papa Johns pizza restaurant at 9430 N Florida Ave early Tuesday, Tampa police said.

  7. Condo craze spreads to Tierra Verde

    Real Estate

    TIERRA VERDE — A condo development on a barrier island off Tierra Verde that was stalled during the recession is moving back to the front burner with different owners. Four Tierra Verde businessmen are planning Sunset Pointe at Collany Key, a cluster of 120 condos priced between $900,000 and $1.3 million.

    This striking view of a sunset could become a nightly occurrence for some condo owners who buy at Sunset Pointe at Collany Key in Tierra Verde.  The view, looking southwest, carries past Shell Key.
  8. Rays pitchers Chris Archer, Brad Boxberger named AL All-Stars


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brad Boxberger didn't really have an idea why pitching coach Jim Hickey summoned him to manager Kevin Cash's office Monday afternoon, wondering if given the forecast for heavy rain — which eventually wiped out the game — maybe they were toying with having him start.

    Rays reliever Brad Boxberger was named to the AL All-Star team for the first time.
  9. Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closes after food service violations


    TAMPA — Seminole Heights institution Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closed Monday after being found in violation of a number of food service regulations involving cockroaches and rodents.

    Seminole Heights institution Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closed its doors Monday after being found in violation of a number of food service regulations involving cockroaches and rodents.  "This establishment is closed to protect public health and safety," a gold flier on a restaurant window read. [Handout photo]
  10. Port Richey man hospitalized when deputies shoot him following dispute


    PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies responding to a neighborhood dispute about animals Monday night shot a man who pointed a rifle at them, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

  11. St. Petersburg installs cameras along problematic stretch of Pinellas Trail

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Alex Gallegos rolls along the Pinellas Trail on his green Schwinn, he does not ride in fear.

    St. Petersburg has installed 16 video cameras between 43rd and 49th streets S.
  12. Lawsuits from public records group are a nuisance, Florida cities say

    Human Interest

    It starts with a demand that a low-level city employee produce a public record on the spot. Or with an email to a private company demanding invoices relating to a public agency.

    Often, it ends with a lawsuit.

    Joel Chandler left the Citi?zens Aware?ness Foun?dation after feeling his job was to sue, not educate.
  13. After loss, a caretaker seeks new meaning

    Human Interest


    In guilty moments, Gary LeBlanc's thoughts turned to the life he'd live when it was over.

    Gary LeBlanc is the owner of US 41 Books, which he opened with his dad. He cared for his father for more than a decade. He’s now writing a book about how to become yourself again after you lose the person you’re caring for.
  14. Romano: Flag burners overreach, repel those they most want to convince


    Sometimes, it helps to be provocative.

    In the right situation, in the proper moment, it can be more effective than a polite or subtle plea for attention.

  15. Florida Veterans Hall of Fame ceremony draws Confederate protest

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A decision to omit three Confederate soldiers from the state's fledgling Veterans Hall of Fame likely never looked better than it did Monday to state officials.