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  1. Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants proof or an apology from NFL

    Bucs

    CHANDLER, Ariz.— Patriots owner Robert Kraft came to the Super Bowl seeking another Lombardi Trophy but might not be satisfied unless NFL commissioner Roger Goodell presents his embattled organization with something even more rare: An apology.

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addresses reporters during the team’s media availability ahead of the Super Bowl in Chandler, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2015. (New York Times)
  2. Ex-mobster who talked to feds now wants to talk for a living

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The book starts off with him naked and defensive in a dingy jail cell in Brazil, pulling a rag-wrapped knife from a body cavity to shred a malevolent trustee named Bomba.

    That was a decade ago.

    After his 2006 extradition from Brazil to face federal charges in Tampa, Alite became an informer. His cooperation led to a reduction in his 10-year prison sentence. He has been free since 2012.
  3. Pinellas' Long, Morroni, Hibbard and Susan Latvala return from Cuba

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The two dozen local residents who joined Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long in Cuba for four days ranged from an educator to a restaurateur. But as the United States normalizes relations and reignites a debate over lifting the embargo, they appear to agree the Tampa Bay region needs to be ready …

    Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long, left, organized the four-day Cuba trip.
  4. Case closes for Tampa teen beaten, jailed by Israeli police

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A Tampa teen who Israeli police beat and jailed without cause last summer is now free to return to that country, according to U.S. authorities.

    Tariq Abu Khdeir says he plans to go back to Israel this year.
  5. Romano: Don't dicker on new police headquarters

    Local Government

    Be prudent.

    (But also realistic.)

    Be thorough.

    (But don't nitpick.)

    Be responsible.

    (But, for heaven's sake, have the courage, wisdom and foresight to actually make a decision of consequence on the city's future.)

  6. Dozens of Tampa flights to and from Northeast canceled ahead of 'potentially historic' blizzard

    Transportation

    About 40 flights to and from Tampa International Airport were canceled and about 50 were delayed Monday because of the snowstorm in the Northeast. In the Tampa Bay area, more than 30 hotels, beachfront resorts and condo complexes reached out to stranded travelers, offering discounted rates that extend through the …

  7. Scientology movie 'Going Clear' creates buzz at Sundance Film Festival

    Movies

    A hot ticket at the snowy Sundance Film Festival this week is a scathing documentary about Scientology from an Academy Award-winning director.

    Although Scientology’s spiritual headquarters are based in Clearwater, the film focused on the Los Angeles branch.
  8. TGH/USF program turns weight loss into a team sport for former NFL heavyweights

    Human Interest

    As a former linebacker for the Detroit Lions and the Kansas City Chiefs, James Harrell knows all about teamwork.

    Retired NFL players, from left, Rob Taylor, Brian Holloway and Jason Maniecki appear at a news conference Monday to tell of their success in HOPE, which stands for Heart, Obesity, Prevention & Education.
  9. Pinellas Commissioner Dave Eggers recuperating from blocked artery

    Local Government

    Pinellas County

    Commissioner has heart procedure

    Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers announced Monday he will be out of office for a week following unexpected treatment at Morton Plant Hospital over the weekend for a blocked artery. In a statement, Eggers, 57, said he went to the Dunedin …

  10. Man hits pregnant woman with car, flees scene, Pasco Sheriff's Office says

    Crime

    HOLIDAY —- A man driving a white 2006 Dodge Charger hit a female pedestrian who is seven months pregnant, crashed the car into a pole, then fled, according to Florida highway Patrol.

  11. Sewage spill closes Pam Callahan Nature Preserve

    Local Government

    RIVERVIEW — Hillsborough County officials said Monday the Pam Callahan Nature Preserve at 5750 Memorial Highway in Riverview is temporarily closed because of a nearby sewage spill.

  12. Port Richey woman charged with abuse of 2-year-old

    Crime

    PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested a Port Richey woman Sunday night after her husband said she hit a 2-year-old multiple times and threw the child onto a tile floor, according to arrest records.

  13. Jameis Winston's accuser reveals identity in documentary

    College

    The woman who accused former Florida State star Jameis Winston of rape has identified herself and told her story publicly for the first time in a new documentary.

    Florida State QB Jameis Winston. [Getty Images] 
  14. Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it's his (w/video)

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president's security — and a growing threat from the sky.

    A photo from the Secret Service shows the quadcopter drone that crashed on the southeast lawn of the White House.
  15. Trigaux: 'Love Where You Live' author likes what he sees in Tampa Bay

    Economic Development

    Four years ago, Peter Kageyama introduced us to the powerful concept that cities need a growing core of people who show great passion and involvement in their metro area.

    SP_337359_DIEZ_Trigaux_1 of 2 (04/18/2011)     Peter Kageyama, local entrepreneur and "creative class" proponent, chose to be photographed in the beautiful tree just to the right (southern end) of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Kageyama has written a book called For The Love of Cities. It says cities benefit greatly when they can get more residents to love them and help make them better. He explains how to make that happen. Kageyama's been an activist in this area for Tampa Bay for years.  [CHERIE DIEZ, Times]