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  1. Josh Freeman a cautionary tale for Winston in Bucs' finale win

    Bucs

    MIAMI — Out of the tunnel he emerged, wreathed in smoke and flames as he ran onto the field at Sun Life Stadium. A first-round draft pick, a big-armed quarterback with size and strength, exactly the kind of player good NFL teams are built around.

    Josh Freeman, Miami’s No. 4 QB, walks off the field at the end of an actionless first half against the Bucs.
  2. Clearwater City Council gives initial approval of 2016 budget

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council gave initial approval to the proposed 2016 fiscal year budget on Thursday with no change from this year's property tax rate.

  3. St. Petersburg workers protest Kriseman plan to end raises tied to seniority

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Public employees jammed City Council chambers Thursday to demand higher wages as part of the administration's proposed $224 million main operating budget for next year.

  4. Bucs sign free agent cornerback Tim Jennings

    Bucs

    Bucs add a familiar face in former Bears cornerback Jennings

    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 23:  Cornerback Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Soldier Field on November 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
  5. Bush, Rubio attempt to balance religious rights with government duty in response to Kentucky clerk case

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both called for a middle ground in the controversial case involving the Kentucky clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush a speaks to employees at Foss Manufacturing during campaign stop Thursday in Hampton, N.H,
  6. NFL smacked down as judge overturns Brady Deflategate ban

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — The most powerful sports league in the country found itself powerless in federal court again Thursday.

    Tom Brady
  7. DeWitt: A tribute to Logan Neill, Tampa Bay's own music man

    Human Interest

    Logan Neill caught what was maybe Bill Monroe's last performance 19 years ago, and, while he was at it, caught the great bluegrass musician himself.

  8. Three developers bid on Toytown site

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg developer who pitched a baseball stadium for the Carillon area a few years ago is among three groups bidding to build on the former landfill known as Toytown.

    Darryl LeClair isn’t saying what his intentions are for the 240-acre parcel in Pinellas.
  9. Labor unrest ends hectic day for St. Petersburg City Council

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG---The City Council got its first public reaction to a proposed $224 million general fund budget at the end of a busy day.

  10. President Obama rejects Gov. Rick Scott's plea for federal disaster declaration from Tampa Bay flooding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request for a federal disaster declaration for Tampa Bay's August flooding, adding another chapter in an often antagonistic relationship between the two that dates back to before Scott took office.

  11. Did Reince Priebus get Trumped?

    Blogs

    On Wednesday, Donald Trump dug the GOP’s hole with Hispanics deeper, lashing out at Jeb Bush for using Spanish. On Thursday Trump got a personal visit from RNC chairman Reince Priebus and another huge wave of media attention.

    Donald Trump, certifiable Republican
  12. Hudson man convicted of murder, given life in prison

    Criminal

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A jury took just two hours to convict Robert Xavier Goodie of first-degree murder Thursday in the September 2013 killing of 27-year-old Kevin Wright.

    Robert Xavier Goodie, 64, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2013 killing of Kevin Wright, 27. Goodie was sentenced to life in prison. [Credit: Pasco Sheriff's Office]
  13. St. Petersburg City Council to talk budget, Pier and utility rates today

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— City workers unhappy with negotiations on a new contract and Pier Park opponents leery of improvements to the approach are likely to make appeals to City Council members today.

  14. Rapper Kevin Gates charged with battery after Lakeland fan-kicking incident

    Music & Concerts

    Less than a week after being caught on camera kicking a female fan at a concert in Lakeland, rapper Kevin Gates has been charged with battery and could face a year in a Polk County jail.

    Rapper Kevin Gates has been charged after kicking a fan during a show at Lakeland’s Rumors Night Club, according to police. He’s due to perform Sunday in Tampa.
  15. After a summer of rain and flood, Tampa doubles yearly stormwater fee

    Local Government

    TAMPA — For the first time in more than a decade, property owners in Tampa will pay more next year to help keep the city's drainage system unclogged and flowing.

    Marianna Chavez, 54 stands in front of her home looking at N. Hesperides St. that has been flooded for the past 2 weeks. 

Tampa was hit with another round of rain showers creating yet another day of local flooding around Tampa area streets. This intersection of N. Hesperides and W. Knollwood was closed due to flooding. Aug. 8, 2015 [Photo Luis Santana | Times]