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  1. Lyft will take Hillsborough to appeals court over citation

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Lyft officials say they will appeal a hearing officer's decision to uphold a citation against the ride-sharing company issued by Hillsborough County.

  2. City of Clearwater cracks down on derelict building

    Briefs

    Clearwater

    STRAND CONDO HAS ITS POWER CUT OFF

    Clearwater officials cut off electrical power to the unfinished Strand condominium tower at 1100 Cleveland St. downtown. They also issued a stop work order to the building's owner for putting up a new fence without a permit.

  3. Clearwater police identify man found dead in abandoned building

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Police have identified Charles J. Ferrell, 51, as the victim in a homicide reported Monday evening.

  4. Hillsborough will seek reimbursement for Al Higginbotham's legal fees in ethics complaint

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Wednesday to seek financial reimbursement from a Plant City winery owner who filed a failed ethics complaint against one of their own.

  5. House, Senate leaders agree to meet in June for special session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It's a start.

    After dissolving the annual legislative session last week over a budget and health care impasse, House and Senate leaders on Wednesday agreed on one thing: the dates of the special session to finish their work.

  6. Romano: A brief oral history of the St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    Usually, it's money that divides us. We tend to get loopy over the origin and the destination of every dollar that passes through the doors of City Hall.

  7. Hillsborough commissioners quarrel over using MOSI land for USF football stadium

    Local Government

    TAMPA — There are no concrete plans yet to move the Museum of Science and Industry, but the fate of its current site is already becoming a political football — literally.

    Since Lightning owner Jeff Vinik expressed his desire to bring MOSI downtown to help anchor his redevelopment project, speculation about the future of the museum's existing location has intensified. [Times files]
  8. Former Pasco teacher gets 15 years for plan to have sex with teens in Belize

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A Pasco County school teacher who used Facebook to set up a proposed sexual liaison in Belize with two teen girls was ordered to prison Wednesday for 15 years.

  9. Grassy lot near Catholic church catches fire

    Fire

    TAMPA — A grassy lot next to a Catholic church on Cross Creek Boulevard caught fire Wednesday afternoon but was quickly extinguished, Tampa Fire Rescue officials said.

  10. Walter Energy, spun out of Tampa's Jim Walter home, may face bankruptcy

    Business

    Walter Energy Inc., the Alabama coal company once spun out of Tampa's Jim Walter home building business, is dwindling fast. Its stock continued to plummet Wednesday, dropping 17 percent to 38 cents per share after the company said there's "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern. Walter …

  11. VIP sports auction raises money for pediatric surgical fellowship

    Human Interest

    05.02.2015

    Several hundred supporters, many wearing attire celebrating their favorite sports teams, crowded the hallway outside the grand ballroom in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, competing for hundreds of silent-auction items donated to support an accredited pediatric surgical fellowship at All …

    Top row, from left: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce officials Chris Steinocher, Noemy Gonzalez, Ceridian vice president Todd Simmons, Anne Drake McMullen, William Ulricht and Cory Adler. Bottom row from left: Iconic Women award winners Jacqueline Williams, Catalina Farrington, Kanika Tomalin, Karen Mertes, Erin Cece, Janet Caramello and Cheryl Sanchez.
  12. Skyway memorial dedication set for Saturday

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thirty-five years to the day since the horrific accident that sent 35 people plummeting to their deaths from the Sunshine Skyway, a monument is to be dedicated to their memory.

    Kris Dianic, 83, left, and his son, Ed Dianic, 56, look at the Skyway disaster memorial at the rest area on the north end the Sunshine Skyway on Tuesday.
  13. First nest signals start of sea turtle season in Pinellas County

    Wildlife

    REDINGTON BEACH

    Mike Anderson is supervisor of sea turtles and aquatic biology programs for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so you'd think finding a sea turtle nest is just another day on the job.

    Dan Larremore, an environmental specialist for the Florida Park Service, walks the north end of Honeymoon Island to checks for sea turtles and nests early Tuesday. Pinellas County’s first nest of the year was found Sunday.
  14. Chefs, students join to make dinner for Ryan Wells Foundation

    Food & Dining

    CLEARWATER BEACH — This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ryan Wells Foundation's Evening with the Chefs. In a decade the foundation has awarded 75 high school students $514,000 in scholarship money and donated $283,000 to the culinary programs of Dixie Hollins High, Northeast High, Osceola High, Pinellas …

    Ryan Michael Wells was a Palm Harbor Eagle Scout who died at age 18 in 2005.
  15. SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in first test of crew escape (w/video)

    Space

    CAPE CANAVERAL — SpaceX chalked up another big test flight Wednesday, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts.

    SpaceX's Dragon capsule launches from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday. SpaceX fired the mockup capsule to test the new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. [Associated Press]