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  1. Feds put restrictions on St. Petersburg's plan to sell African-American museum's home

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Visiting federal officials on Thursday checked the local housing authority board's plan to sell the building that is home to the city's only African-American museum.

  2. Lightning tops Maple Leafs

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — It's hard for the Lightning not to notice the standings.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates as he scores the first goal of the game beating Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening  (03/05/15).
  3. Tampa City Council members say thanks — and no thanks — to honoring MaryEllen Elia

    Politics

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board is not the only locally elected body with mixed feelings about outgoing school superintendent MaryEllen Elia.

    City Council member Frank Reddick opposed the honor.
  4. Harrison Ford hurt in crash of small plane (w/video)

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries. He brought the plane down on a golf course and avoided nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed maneuver.

    A small plane lies where it crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2015. The course is near the Santa Monica, Calif. Municipal Airport, just west of a runway, but there was no immediate confirmation on whether the plane had taken off or was trying to land. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) LA113
  5. Patient who died at Young VA had bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease

    Veterans

    A pneumonia patient who died on Feb. 20 at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center tested positive for the strain of bacteria that causes Legionnaires' Disease. And hospital officials said they expect test results Friday to confirm whether the facility's water system was contaminated.

  6. Father tells jury about boy's death at Boston Marathon

    Criminal

    BOSTON — With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seated at the defense table no more than 15 feet away Thursday, the father of an 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing described the moment when he looked down at his son's pale, torn body and realized he wouldn't make it.

    In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Boston. [Associated Press]
  7. Perspective: On nutrition, the FDA's steady diet of getting it wrong

    Perspective

    Nutrition science is the only science in which most of us actively participate. We all consume electricity, petroleum products and pharmaceuticals, but we aren't hunched over beakers or measuring magnetic fields. With food, we actively choose what and how much to eat, under what circumstances and in what …

  8. Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast (w/ video)

    Weather

    PHILADELPHIA — A late winter storm blanketed the Northeast on Thursday after zipping across much of the South, leaving hundreds of drivers and their passengers stranded on highways in Kentucky and thousands without power in West Virginia.

    More than 50 miles of Interstate 65 southbound in Kentucky is shut down from the weather, Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Mt. Washington, Ky. Kentucky State Police has reported that the interstate will not reopen for 6-8 hours. Kentucky has been walloped by a winter storm that has dumped nearly two feet of snow in parts of the Bluegrass state. [Associated Press]
  9. Q and A: Which hybrid workout is right for you?

    Health

    Spoxing, along with Piloxing, Barre Ride, Tread and ZenCore, are all examples of a hot trend known as fusion fitness or hybrid training.

  10. Clearwater man accused of running prostitution ring from his condo

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday on charges that he was running a prostitution ring from his condo, police said.

  11. Seminole Hard Rock's proposed hotel project gets airport okay

    Real Estate

    TAMPA

    Airport clears Seminole Hard Rock for proposed hotel

  12. Cardinal Egan, retired New York archbishop, dies at age 82

    Obituaries

    NEW YORK — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Edward Michael Egan, former archbishop of New York, died, Thursday, March 5, 2015 of cardiac arrest in New York. He was 82. [Associated Press]
  13. Technology sheds new light on fingerprints and other evidence (w/video)

    Crime

    LARGO — Forensic science manager Greg Mason calls it the Ferrari of crime scene processing.

    Greg Mason, section manager with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s Forensic Sciences Division, works with the full spectrum imaging system at the forensics lab in Largo.
  14. House overwhelmingly passes water management bill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Dismissing pleas from environmental groups, the Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an agricultural industry-backed overhaul of the state's water management and preservation system that could force taxpayers to pick up more costs.

    Rep. Matt Caldwell, R- Lehigh Acres, takes a sip of bottled spring water after his water bill passed the Florida House on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  15. Police asking for information in dog shooting

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Blood still clings to a handful of rocks beneath the train tracks where Cabela was left for dead.

    Tampa police Detective Jeremy Larson walks the train tracks Thursday where a dog was shot and belted to the tracks Wednesday afternoon. Police have not named a suspect. The dog, named Cabela, is expected to survive.