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  1. Rays beat Yankees in hot-tempered game

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — What started as a night of good vibes with a ceremony for retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter ended with hot tempers and bruised feelings in the Rays' 6-1 Tuesday win.

    Nick Franklin slides around Chase Headley’s tag to take third base on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Initially ruled out, the call is reversed on video review.
  2. Largo commissioner urged to resign for inappropriate use of city iPad


    LARGO — City Commissioners condemned one of their members and suggested he resign Tuesday for downloading inappropriate material to his city-owned iPad.

  3. Insurer that paid Culpepper disability claim accuses him of fraud


    TAMPA — Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper is being sued by a California insurance company that asserts he fabricated ailments and injuries while leading an active life as a mixed martial arts practitioner.

    Jeff Probst extinguishes Brad Culpepper's torch on an episode of the Survivor: Blood vs. Water television show last year.
  4. Kenneth City council to try again to pass budget

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — The Town Council will try once again today to pass a budget.

  5. Enrollment continues to grow in Hillsborough schools


    TAMPA — Students continue to fill seats in Hillsborough County's public schools, with enrollment climbing to 206,099 and charter school enrollment growing by 12 percent.

  6. At MacDill, former war foe Obama must defend his fight against ISIS

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Florida was still getting to know Barack Obama when he showed up for a rally in Tampa in May 2008, but his message seized the mood. "We are at a defining moment in our history," the candidate declared to 15,000 people at the St. Pete Times Forum.

     Greeting President Barack Obama from left to right are, Col. Daniel H. Tulley, commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing; Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, U.S. Central Command; and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa. Obama arrived at MacDill AFB in Tampa on Tuesday evening. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

  7. Student absences still a problem in Pasco schools


    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County schools still have an attendance problem.

  8. Rays present Derek Jeter with framed Don Zimmer jersey

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like most of the other teams bidding farewell to retiring Yankees superstar Derek Jeter, the Rays made a donation to his Turn 2 Foundation, presenting a check for $16,000. And they gave him a customized gift reflective of the area, delivering a 16-foot sea kayak painted with pinstripes and his No. …

    Rays catcher Jose Molina, left, and third baseman Evan Longoria, right, join Soot Zimmer, widow of Don Zimmer, front, in presenting a framed Don Zimmer jersey to Derek Jeter, center. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  9. Too many Pinellas graduates not ready for college classes, SPC official says


    LARGO — The boards governing St. Petersburg College and Pinellas County schools do not meet often, so Tuesday's joint meeting was supposed to be informational and pleasant, until it wasn't.

    SP_303284_diez_spmayor 8 of 11 (03/17/09 St. Petersburg) St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons. [CHERIE DIEZ, Times]
  10. Obama makes rounds at MacDill before arriving at downtown Tampa hotel


    TAMPA — President Barack Obama arrived Tuesday evening at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base in advance of meeting with military leaders to talk strategy against Islamic State militants.

    President Barack Obama greets members of the military at MacDill Air Force Base after landing in Tampa on Tuesday evening. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  11. Second suspect in murder of Riverview man arrested


    RUSKIN — Detectives arrested a second suspect Tuesday in the murder of Octavio Reyes, a Riverview man missing for nearly two weeks before his body was discovered, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

  12. Scott makes appeal to women voters at Tampa campaign stop


    TAMPA — With polls showing women favor his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, Gov. Rick Scott and his backers urged a mostly female gathering Tuesday to flip the gender gap to his advantage.

    Gov. Rick Scott greets Whitney Jones, 33, as first lady Ann Scott, right, talks with others in the crowd during a campaign rally at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa. Polls give Scott’s opponent, Charlie Crist, an edge with female voters.
  13. Chinese middle school students might study again in Hernando


    SPRING HILL — The Hernando County School Board on Tuesday gave tentative approval to continue a highly touted exchange program with a Chinese boarding school that debuted last school year.

    (From left) Jen Simon (wearing a gray jacket), Angela Ruiz, 13, Han Wang, 13, (wearing a plaid shirt), and Rang Ji, 13, have lunch in the school cafeteria at Challenger K8 School of Science and Mathematics on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. International exchange students from the New Talent Academy in Beijing, China will return home on Thursday after spending nearly two months attending Challenger K8 School of Science and Mathematics in Spring Hill, Florida.
  14. Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

    State Roundup

    With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

  15. Shares in treasure hunter Odyssey Marine plummet below $1


    Shares in Tampa treasure hunter Odyssey Marine Exploration dived nearly 19 percent Tuesday, making the stock one of the bigger losers on Wall Street.