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  1. Homeless man dies from punch in face at St. Petersburg's Williams Park


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 33-year-old homeless man died Saturday, a couple of days after he was punched in downtown's Williams Park and fell down, slamming his head onto pavement, police said.

  2. Relationship between nonprofit volunteers and for-profit companies raises questions


    TAMPA — Julio Alvarez Jr. has worked concessions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers games since 2004.

    New Beginnings of Tampa residents walk into Raymond James Stadium on Sept. 7 in Tampa. The men, many of them homeless, work concessions in exchange for shelter and food.
  3. Transparency lost in reviews of Florida child abuse deaths

    State Roundup

    In December 2009, the state panel that reviews child abuse deaths released a 179-page report. The document included a detailed analysis of what killed Florida children the year before, dozens of charts and graphs describing both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse, and brief memorials for several of the …

  4. Pinellas authorities make 16 DUI busts, write 105 tickets overnight


    Pinellas County sheriff's deputies, working with other local law enforcement agencies, arrested 16 drivers on DUI charges and wrote more than 100 tickets Friday night and early Saturday in a DUI "wolf pack" operation in which they heavily monitored traffic countywide.

  5. Pinellas deputies: Driver causes six-vehicle crash on McMullen Booth Road


    SAFETY HARBOR — Sheriff's deputies are investigating a six-vehicle crash that happened Friday night on McMullen Booth Road after a driver rear-ended another vehicle and then attempted to flee the scene.

  6. Brandon man dies in yet another wrong-way crash in Tampa Bay


    PLANT CITY — A wrong-way collision in Plant City claimed the life of yet another Tampa Bay driver Saturday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  7. Bicyclist killed in crash on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist died early Saturday after a traffic accident on Gandy Boulevard near the on-ramp for Interstate 275.

  8. Lightning falls to Devils in shootout

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — The Lightning was happy to at least salvage a point in Friday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Devils, having overcome a two-goal deficit to tie the score in the final minute.

    "We earned it," wing Ryan Callahan said.

    Lightning goalie Evgeni Nabokov makes a second-period save as Anton Stralman, left, waits to help clear the puck.
  9. Rays' president strikes cooperative tone on stadium deal with St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after the City Council slammed the stadium door on the Tampa Bay Rays, two main players made pointed overtures toward reconciliation.

    Rays official Matt Silverman cited momentum.
  10. Cuban-Americans split along generational lines on new Cuba policy, new poll shows

    State Roundup

    Cuban-Americans nationwide are almost evenly divided over support for the embargo and for President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba, according to a new poll that shows a vast generational divide in reaction to this week's historic announcement.

    A U.S. and Cuban flag hang from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. After the surprise announcement on Wednesday of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S., many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the comforts taken for granted elsewhere, and lift their struggling economy. However others feared a cultural onslaught, or that crime and drugs, both rare in Cuba, will become common along with visitors from the United States. [Associated Press]
  11. Supreme Court denies stay in Florida gay marriage case; couples could marry after Jan. 5

    State Roundup

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday chose not to meddle in Florida's tug-of-war over marriage equality, declining to delay the Jan. 6 start of same-sex vows.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi sought uniformity on the issue.
  12. Deputies searching for suspect in Palm Harbor bank robbery


    PALM HARBOR — Deputies were searching Friday for a suspect who robbed a Palm Harbor bank.

  13. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Scott touts reaching 700,000 jobs, but he promised more

    State Roundup

    Less than three weeks before his second-term inauguration, Gov. Rick Scott is crowing that he has accomplished a goal he initially said could take seven years, despite the fact he isn't even halfway to what he actually promised.

  14. Police: Two deaths in Plant City related to botched robbery


    PLANT CITY — The two men who were killed early Thursday morning at a home on S Johnson Street died from gunshot wounds to their upper torsos, Plant City police spokesman Sgt. Al Van Duyne said Friday.

  15. Reinventing Jeff Vinik: From Wall Street to hockey to real estate

    Economic Development

    Analysts at Morningstar, the mutual fund consulting firm in Chicago, are so dazzled by Jeff Vinik that they call him ''Amazin' Jeff.'' At 32 years of age, Mr. Vinik has a limited track record. Yet his performance to date is undeniably stellar.New York Times, 1991.

    Jeff Vinik unveiled his plan Wednesday to transform 40 acres surrounding the Amalie Arena into a carefully crafted, mixed-use urban neighborhood.