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  1. Review: Eric Church, rebellious as ever, rocks through the night at Amalie Arena in Tampa

    Blogs

    It took six songs for an honest-to-goodness smile to form beneath Eric Church’s silvery aviators on Saturday at Amalie Arena. No surprise it came while he was singing about Merle Haggard.

    Eric Church performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on March 28, 2015.
  2. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    Nation

    OMAHA, Neb. — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

    Edmund and Enna Chester and their daughter, Patricia, arrive in Cuba on a flight from Florida. When Fidel Castro's government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies in 1959, the Chesters lost an 80-acre farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock. [Photo courtesy of Carolyn Chester via AP]
  3. Unbeaten Kentucky rallies past Notre Dame to reach Final Four

    College

    CLEVELAND — Pushed to the brink, Kentucky is still perfect and still playing.

  4. Pier's inverted pyramid could inspire another referendum battle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man who launched the first volley against a decision to demolish the city's unique inverted-pyramid pier almost five years ago is preparing another salvo.

  5. Clearwater officer who lived on street as teen helps the homeless

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER

    Officer Eric Mitchell watched as the homeless gathered in a grassy lot on Pierce Street.

    Clearwater police Officer Eric Mitchell, 36, talks with Robert Geno, 57, from left, Terrell Shelton, 50, and Robert Frederick, 44, last week at Crest Lake Park on S Glenwood Avenue. The men all said they have been homeless for years.
  6. Hernando volunteer fire department may stop fighting fires

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — High Point residents appreciate that the first responders to their fire and medical emergencies are friends and neighbors.

  7. Romano: Voter registration legislation focusing most on who gets a ballot

    Elections

    We are days away from the anniversary of Congress affirming George Washington as the first president of the United States on April 6, 1789.

  8. Wisconsin beats Arizona to advance to Final Four

    College

    LOS ANGELES — Just call him Sam Dagger.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28:  Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a three-pointer over Elliott Pitts #24 of the Arizona Wildcats in the second half during the West Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) 527066549
  9. Pole-sitter Will Power leads Penske 1-2-3-4 in St. Petersburg qualifying

    Auto racing

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Team Penske driver Juan Montoya said he had one takeaway from Friday's first day of practice, when his team had the three quickest cars.

    "That we're not 1-2-3-4," Montoya said.

    They were Saturday.

    IndyCar driver Will Power pumps his fist as he climbs from his car after winning the pole position during IndyCar qualifying at the Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg on Saturday (03/28/15).
  10. Lightning battles injuries, loses to Detroit

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The Lightning fell 4-0 to the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon, missing another chance to clinch a playoff spot.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) leaves the ice after being injured in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) MIPS104
  11. Making a difference in world a mission for Rays' Chris Archer

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Like other talented young pitchers on the front end of promising careers, Rays opening day starter Chris Archer hopes to help his team win lots of games over the next few years. Getting a few All-Star selections, making a couple of World Series appearances and earning a Cy Young Award or two would …

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning during the Spring Training game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Fla. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. /
  12. Jones: Welcome back, 'Coach'

    College

    Remember the old ABC show Coach, starring Craig T. Nelson? It's making a return. NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the show that originally ran from 1989-97. Nelson will reprise his role as football coach Hayden Fox. In the updated version, Fox returns to coaching as an assistant under his son, who is head coach at an Ivy …

  13. Two-alarm fire burns down mattress store east of Ybor City

    Fire

    TAMPA — A fire decimated the Quisqueya Mattress II store on E Seventh Avenue in Ybor City early Saturday afternoon, causing an estimated $200,000 in damage, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

  14. Obama golfing in Florida

    Blogs

    President Obama this afternoon is at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, continuing his love affair with the sport.

  15. New Port Richey man dies in crash on Rowan Road

    Briefs

    new port richey

    55-year-old man killed when car leaves road