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  1. Montanari to have heart surgery, out of St. Petersburg council mix for few months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of the City Council's newest members will be missing from the dais for the next few months.

    “Get checked out even if you don’t have any symptoms,” said council member Ed Montanari.
  2. Tampa police search for second person of interest in Club Rayne shooting

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police are searching for another person of interest in the strip club shooting that left two dead and six others wounded over the weekend.

    Tampa police are looking for help identify this person of interest in the Club Rayne shooting that left two dead and six injured over the weekend. Anyone who can identify the man in the photo is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130. [Courtesy of Tampa Police Department]
  3. India giant Wipro's $460 million deal for HealthPlan Services spotlights area tech firms

    Corporate

    A major tech company in India just agreed to buy a Tampa health care IT firm for a healthy $460 million in a deal that shows Tampa Bay's rising technology market is very much on the global radar.

  4. Garrison out 3-5 weeks, a blow to Lightning defense

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Veteran Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison is expected to be out 3-5 weeks due to a lower body injury, a big blow to the blueline.

  5. Lightning boosts season ticket rates

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning announced Thursday that season tickets for next season will increase by an average of seven percent.

  6. Florida Senate proposes reforming charter schools' capital funding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Responding to a controversial plan fast-tracked by Miami Republican Rep. Erik Fresen, a Florida Senate subcommittee is proposing its own reforms to how much school districts can spend on capital costs and what access the state's 650 charter schools should have to state and local dollars.

  7. USF loses Hope, may add King

    College

    TAMPA — USF co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope, credited with helping develop the Bulls' resurgent "Gulf Coast Offense" in 2015, is resigning after one year for family reasons.

  8. 'You didn't hear this from me, but ...': Why South Carolina primary politics are so dirty

    National

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Here's a story, the gist of which will sound familiar to anyone living in South Carolina: Natalie Barrett, a 53-year-old schoolteacher from Westminster, got a robocall earlier this month, and ended up furious.

    Senior citizens listen to Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio during a campaign town hall meeting Thursday at the Sun City Hilton Head's Magnolia Hall in Okatie, South Carolina. [Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images]
  9. Carlton: Goats, glitz, and sawed-off ducks: Reasons to love the Florida State Fair

    Human Interest

    Last week on opening day of the Florida State Fair, Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober walked the midway to ensure that the games of chance were legal, that those tantalizing jumbo stuffed animals and sacks of live goldfish could actually be won.

  10. 'The Lion King' cast takes break from stage to visit the real big cats of Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Amanda the tiger stretched her body, lunged into the walls of her metal enclosure and roared at the group passing by her cage at Big Cat Rescue.

    Members of the cast of Disney's The Lion King (left to right) Aaron Nelson (Simba), Tryphena Wade (Sarabi) and Gerald Ramsey (Mufasa) listen to tour guide Jeff Kremer during a visit Thursday to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa. [



MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  11. Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill

    World

    ABUJA, Nigeria — Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.

    Victims of  a suicide bomb attack at a refugee camp receive treatment, at a hospital in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday. Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. [AP Photo/Jossy Ola]
  12. Latino celebrities say Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush belong to the 'party of Trump'

    National

    Two dozen Latino celebrities came together Thursday to implore voters to reject Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and other top Republican presidential candidates who they say have turned their backs on the Latino community and "embraced the party of Trump."

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives thumbs up to supporters during a primary night rally Tuesday in Manchester, N.H. [David Goldman | Associated Press]
  13. Republicans, Democrats take aim at likely late entrant into Florida's U.S. Senate race

    Blogs

    A wealthy land developer from Manatee County still hasn’t said if he intends to run for the U.S. Senate, but potential GOP rivals and Democrats are already taking aim at him.

  14. Florida House and Senate approve budgets at odds with each other and Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Senate and House on Thursday passed differing versions of a state budget but with the common theme of opposition to Gov. Rick Scott's biggest priorities.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott, appearing at a news conference earlier in February at the Hillsborough County Health Department, has been pushing for $1 billion in tax cuts. (ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times)