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  1. St. Petersburg Opera delights with its take on 'Barber of Seville'


    ST. PETERSBURG — Everyone knows the refrain: "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!"

    Blake Friedman as Count Almaviva, Gabriel Preisser as Figaro, Megan Marino as Rosina, Tony Dillon as Dr. Bartolo and Todd Donovan as Don Basilio in St. Petersburg Opera's "Barber of Seville." [Courtesy Thee Photo Ninja]
  2. Romano: A lack of integrity hangs over the Bailey affair


    Based on what we currently know, there seem to be two possible conclusions about Gerald Bailey's departure as head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


    Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announces details of the arrest of Jim Greer, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida at a news conference in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Greer was charged with allegedly running a scam bilking money from the party [Associated Press]
  3. Tampa's assistant police chief prepares to depart after 30 years

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — John Bennett likes to use big words.

    Tampa's Assistant Police Chief John Bennett  [MELISSA LYTTLE, Times]
  4. Tampa police showcase Gasparilla coverage plans

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Police chiefs from around the country used Gasparilla as a case study Saturday morning when they observed Tampa police's operation center to see how the department handles large-scale events.

  5. Palm Harbor man arrested, accused of attacking deputy


    PALM HARBOR — Pinellas County deputies arrested a Palm Harbor man after he struck a deputy several times and attempted to carjack his patrol car early Saturday. Deputy Richard Tipton had gone to help the man after it appeared he had been hit by a car. When Tipton neared him, the man hit Tipton several times, …

    Zane Thomas Gavin [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sherrif's Office]
  6. Hillsborough faces strong competition for top talent as superintendent search begins


    TAMPA — As Hillsborough County School Board members get ready to search for a new superintendent, they sound confident they'll attract some top candidates.

  7. Click here for live reports from Gasparilla

    Human Interest

    2:46 p.m. Tampa police are reporting no significant incidents so far related to the invasion or parade. Some of the krewes are shooting blanks. And some of the spectators keep getting startled.

    Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor poses with "Tampa's oldest pirate" before the invasion of the Jose Gaspar. [Courtesy of Tampa Police Department]
  8. Pasco firefighters find man dead in burned camper


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Firefighters found a dead man after putting out a camper/trailer fire early today.

    Pasco County officials said fire rescue responded to a call about 1:17 a.m. at 12011 Belmont Ave. in the area of Moon Lake. When they arrived, they found a 30-foot vehicle with an attachment ablaze and  the body of a middle-aged man inside. [Courtesy Pasco Fire Rescue]
  9. Crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him


    LOS ANGELES — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life.

  10. Most Americans support action on climate, poll finds


    WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by the New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

  11. Hudson High teacher named Pasco Teacher of the Year


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Four Pasco County school district employees were honored Friday as tops in their field at the Pasco Education Foundation's annual celebration.

  12. Police searching for suspect who wounded three in Tampa


    A suspect shot three people in a dispute Friday night before fleeing the scene, police said.

  13. Hillsborough deputies arrest Lecanto man for robbery


    A 43-year-old Lecanto man was arrested early Friday afternoon in Hillsborough County, authorities said.

  14. Vinik home up north sells at discount, as couple builds in Sarasota


    Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has one less house.

    Jeff Vinik sold his 19,306-square-foot mansion in Massachusetts for $10.3 million. He and his wife, Penny, live in a contemporary-style mansion in South Tampa’s Palma Ceia neighborhood.