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  1. Lightning's pain is only temporary

    Lightning Strikes

    MONTREAL

    Late in the second period Tuesday night and Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos was zooming all alone into the Montreal zone.

    Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis is consoled by his teammates following the Lightning's Game 4 loss to the Canadiens.
  2. At a rare field hearing, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls Miami Beach ground zero for sea level rise

    Weather

    Miami Beach became ground zero for climate change Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson convened a rare field hearing to draw national attention to the dangers posed by rising seas.

  3. Lightning loses to Canadiens, swept out of playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    MONTREAL — Cedric Paquette hung his head and spoke even more quietly than usual Tuesday night.

    As the Canadiens celebrate Max Pacioretty’s go-ahead goal with 42.6 seconds left, goalie Kristers Gudlevskis, Victor Hedman (77) and Tyler Johnson ponder the looming end of the Lightning season.
  4. David Price pitches complete game as Rays rout Twins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays left-hander David Price impressively earned a complete game in a 7-3 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.

    But his protective cup deserves a save.

  5. PolitiFact: Rubio's claim that Snowden scandal 'most damaging' U.S. espionage not definitive

    National

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden's exposure of the National Security Agency's spying programs: The situation couldn't be more dire.

    Edward Snowden, a former 
CIA employee, faces charges of espionage after leaking classified documents. He is now living in Russia.
  6. IIFA notes: IIFA Stomp brings public party to downtown Tampa

    Events

    TAMPA — The awards known as the Bollywood Oscars have gone all over the world — Toronto, Bangkok, Singapore, Johannesburg — but tonight's IIFA Stomp is a first.

  7. Bill to reduce Florida greyhound racing dies

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to end the requirement that dog tracks race greyhounds in order to keep their gaming permits died Tuesday in the Florida Senate on a procedural vote.

  8. Charter school bill wins support in Florida House

    K12

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit school districts' control over privately managed charter schools.

  9. Voucher bill revived, while immigrant tuition stalls in Senate

    K12

    TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel used a procedural maneuver Tuesday to put a controversial school voucher bill back in play.

  10. Criminal inquiry opened into Tampa police detective

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A detective set to testify in the upcoming trial of a New Tampa woman accused of killing her two children is the subject of a federal criminal investigation, according to a court document obtained Tuesday.

  11. Tea party candidate Curt Clawson wins Republican primary to replace former Rep. Trey Radel

    National

    WASHINGTON — Curt Clawson, a businessman who was little known months ago in Southwest Florida, won a contentious GOP primary Tuesday to fill the U.S. House seat left open by the scandalous downfall of Trey Radel.

  12. Pasco after-school program administrator arrested on child porn charges

    Criminal

    PORT RICHEY — An FBI task force raided the home of a Schrader Elementary after-school program administrator on Monday and found more than 100 compact discs filled with child pornography, as well as numerous lewd pictures sent and received over electronic communications, authorities said.

    Dempsey
  13. Pension reform championed by conservatives running into trouble

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Few issues would seem to score higher among conservatives than public pension reform.

  14. Libertarian Lucas Overby will not seek District 13 seat in the fall

    Elections

    Lucas Overby, a Libertarian who won nearly 5-percent of the vote in last month's special congressional election in Pinellas County, said he has decided not to run for the seat in the regularly scheduled election this fall.

  15. St. Petersburg officials hopeful antipoverty project will get favor with state legislators

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the 2020 Plan have an ambitious goal: reduce poverty by 30 percent in the city's poorest neighborhoods by the end of this decade.