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  1. Gulfport, St. Petersburg team up for mayors' cleanup of 49th Street

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are about to get dirty.

    Henderson
  2. Shots fired in Canada's Parliament after soldier shot (w/ video)

    World

    OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday, then entered Parliament and shots rang out, police and witnesses said.

    A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance.  [Associated Press]
  3. Poll: Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are deadlocked

    State Roundup

    The mean and personal Florida governor's race remains deadlocked with Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist each getting just 42 percent of the vote in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University.

  4. Review: 'Renoir to Chagall' leaves a lovely impression

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA

    So much has been done with French impressionism that there's not really much to add to a scholarly discussion.

    Claude Monet, Port of Dieppe, Evening, ca. 1882, oil on canvas.
  5. Eastbound Hillsborough Avenue bridge stuck in the up position

    Roads

    TAMPA — The eastbound Hillsborough Avenue drawbridge over the Hillsborough River was stuck in the up position and blocking traffic Wednesday morning.

  6. Police: Clearwater wrestling coach accused of hitting students had a history of similar claims

    Crime

    A wrestling coach arrested Tuesday on charges that he recently hit two students was accused of stripping a Pinellas Park High student naked in 1998 after he caught the boy smoking a cigarette, according to records.

  7. Clearwater woman accused of setting boyfriend on fire

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Melissa Dawn Sellers was arguing with her boyfriend early Wednesday, police said, when she soaked him in nail polish remover and set him on fire with either a lighter or a lit cigarette.

    Melissa Dawn Sellers, 33, faces an attempted murder charge. [Clearwater Police Department]
  8. Late dramatics boost Lightning past Flames

    Lightning Strikes

    CALGARY — As injuries continue to mount for the Lightning, coach Jon Cooper said his team just needs to "rise to the occasion."

    The Lightning’s Brett Connolly, right, has his shot deflected by Flames goalie Karri Ramo, who made 20 saves on Tampa Bay’s 22 shots.
  9. Undocumented immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio tells of becoming lawyer

    Courts

    It took nearly 10 yeas of legal battles and three branches of government to clear Jose Godinez-Samperio's path to practice law.

    Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, of Largo on Tuesday shares his story: an undocumented immigrant who passed the Bar.
  10. Giants pound Shields, Royals in World Series opener

    The Heater

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner and the Giants put a sudden stop to the Royals' perfect postseason roll.

    Royals starter James Shields gets pulled by manager Ned Yost with two runners on and no outs in the fourth inning.
  11. The final Scott-Crist debate: Four takeaways

    State Roundup

    The final televised debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist was certainly entertaining, much as boxing matches or arguments between two adolescents can sometimes be amusing to watch. If, however, viewers of the hourlong CNN debate Tuesday night hoped it would make them more enthusiastic about their choice or help …

    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, talks to Ken Evans at a watch party in Plantation as they watch Tuesday night's debate between the two candidates running for governor.
  12. Watergate-era Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies (w/video, gallery)

    Nation

    Ben Bradlee, who presided over the Washington Post's exposure of the Watergate scandal that led to the fall of President Richard M. Nixon and that stamped him in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era — gruff, charming and tenacious — died on Tuesday. He was 93.

    Ben Bradlee speaks at the question and answer session of the screening of "All The President's Men" the Tribeca Cinemas on July 19, 2005, in New York City. [Getty Images]
  13. Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls after Florida mom's petition (w/video)

    The Feed

    NEW YORK — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

    Some parents are incensed over the new "Breaking Bad" action figures now being sold at Toys "R" Us, including a Florida mom. [McClatchy-Tribune]
  14. In final debate, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist clash bitterly (w/video)

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country.

    Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before the debate Tuesday in Jacksonville. It was downhill from there.
  15. Pinellas commissioners delay decision on waste-to-energy plant

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Already embroiled in a lawsuit with the current operator of its waste-to-energy plant, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday decided to put off a decision to award a $450 million operating contract to another company.