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  1. More than a 1,000 pounds of trash left in Gasparilla's wake

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For those who missed out on the pirate festivities Saturday or whose memories failed them the day after, it was not hard to piece together the events of the invasion by taking a look at Bayshore Boulevard on Sunday.

  2. Rand Paul headed to Sarasota


    Sen. Rand Paul is headed to Sarasota, marking his return to Floridaa as he moves toward a run for president.

  3. Marco Rubio is Iowa bound for book signing


    Marco Rubio will kick off his book signing tour in Iowa on Feb. 13.

    Sen. Marco Rubio in Iowa last August with Senate candidate Joni Ernst
  4. Largo man dies in motorcycle crash in Brooksville


    BROOKSVILLE — A Largo man was killed Saturday night after his motorcycle veered off the road at Hayman and Batten roads, collided with a utility pole and flipped over, officials said.

  5. Spring Hill man dies after he is hit by pickup truck


    HUDSON — A Spring Hill man was killed Saturday night when a pickup truck crashed into his motorcycle at an intersection, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  6. Tampa man killed in motorcycle crash


    A Tampa man died in a crash Saturday night when he lost control of his motorcycle on Hillsborough Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  7. Man facing attempted second-degree murder charge in St. Pete stabbing


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man was charged with attempted second-degree murder after stabbing another man repeatedly late Saturday night, police said.

  8. Man shot near Clearwater Saturday night


    Authorities are looking for someone who they say shot a man Saturday night in an unincorporated area near Clearwater, drove him to an emergency room then disappeared.

  9. Straz Center's 2015-16 Broadway series includes 'Kinky Boots,' 'Matilda,' 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'


    Maybe you get to New York every so often. Maybe you can manage to fit in one Broadway show. Maybe you watch the Tony Awards and pine at the sheer selection, wishing they could all come to Tampa Bay.

    Kinky Boots will be coming to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa from Dec. 1-6.
  10. Gov. Rick Scott ignored alarms about rundown prisons, ex-chief says

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was July 10, 2014. Mike Crews, then-secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, was in the thick of a public firestorm over allegations that a mentally ill inmate had died in a scalding shower as part of a punishment ritual by officers at Dade Correctional Institution.

  11. Lightning shakes off Blue Jackets

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning added two more players to the league's largest group of double-digit scorers. That depth was the pivotal piece Saturday night in extending the longest home winning streak in franchise history to 10 games.

    Brett Connolly scores on Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney for a 1-0 Lightning lead with 24 seconds left in the first period.
  12. Eight make Hall of Fame; Dungy, Lynch denied


    PHOENIX — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage Saturday night as their names were called. When the eighth man was announced, the late Junior Seau, his two sons stood with the group.

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30:  Former NFL player Jerome Bettis attends ESPN the Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for ESPN)
  13. Gasparilla parade's 100th edition marked by mostly behaved revelry



    Scores of bead-crazed fanatics. Some 1,400 cops. One wedding. About 50 gallons of Bloody Mary mix. Lemonade stands. More than 1,000 portable toilets. And 100 years of saucy tradition.

    Carol Treftz, center, of Tampa reaches for beads as the Gasparilla parade of pirates moves through downtown Saturday.
  14. Ringleader in Tampa tax refund scam gets 10 years


    TAMPA — A ringleader in a scheme that netted $1.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identities will spend the next 10 filing seasons in prison.

  15. Tampa stem cell clinic is long on promises, not evidence


    TAMPA — Dr. Burton Feinerman has spent more than a decade using stem cell therapies that are banned in the United States, sending desperate families to Peru seeking treatments for their babies' terminal conditions like Tay-Sachs disease.

    Dr. Feinerman’s claims of success are mostly anecdotal, like the testimonial of “Vickie B.” on the Tampa-based Lung Institute’s website.