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  1. Photos: Packing the trucks for Port Charlotte

    Blogs

    Tuesday was a busy day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Several trucks were loaded with equipment to be driven to the Ray's spring training home in Port Charlotte. 

    Jack Thistle and Greg Ickes, workers for TranZPort Services of St. Petersburg, load several trucks with baseball equipment and personal items for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The trucks are headed to Port Charlotte for spring training.
  2. Hillsborough law enforcement officials launch gun bounty program

    Crime

    TAMPA — Local law enforcement officials said Tuesday they will pay tipsters $1,000 for information about an illegal gun that leads to an arrest.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks at a press conference held to announce a new reward program designed specifically to help curb gun violence in Hillsborough County at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The program is a gun bounty program, as opposed to a gun buyback program. With a buyback, law enforcement offers cash for guns turned in. With a gun bounty, law enforcement offers higher rewards in exchange for information leading to illegal firearms on the streets. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Maple Leafs deal Phaneuf in 9-player trade; clearing space for Stamkos?

    Lightning Strikes

    TORONTO — The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in a nine-player blockbuster trade weeks before the deadline.

    Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf, left, carries the puck past Lightning's Steven Stamkos during a 2014 game in Toronto. [AP Photo/Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese]
  4. American Athletic Conference releases 2016 USF Bulls football schedule

    College

    TAMPA — Barring another scheduling tweak by the prevailing forces, the UCF-USF football rivalry is headed back to a Saturday.

    Marlon Mack, taking a hit from former Lakewood star Shaquill Griffin, has a USF season record eighth game of 100 rushing yards. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 

  5. Second teen who escaped from Hillsborough lockup arrested

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a second teen who escaped from a Hillsborough County juvenile detention center last month.

  6. With a Lenten Wheel of Fortune and Ashes-To-Go, options abound for observing Ash Wednesday

    Religion

    Christ the King Catholic Church is making Christian history, giving believers a new reason to observe the Lenten season.

    The Lenten Wheel of Sacrific debuts on Ash Wednesday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Tampa. [Photo courtesy of Christ the King]
  7. Second victim dies after shooting at crowded Tampa strip club

    Crime

    TAMPA — One of the seven people wounded in an eruption of gunfire at a crowded strip club over the weekend died late Monday, according to Tampa police.

  8. Amid war of words, Pinellas changes discipline policy

    Blogs

    The Pinellas County School Board agreed Tuesday to limit the number of days a student can be suspended out of school and to stop docking students' grades for absences, even as some board members fired back at critics who want to further curb punishments that disproportionately affect black students.

  9. News at noon: New Hampshire Primary; Missing Chihuly recovered; Manatees flood Crystal River; Local Valentine's date ideas

    News

    New Hampshire voters are braving the snow and cold to vote today for their choice for president in their "first in the nation" primary. Follow the latest from Times political editor Adam C. Smith and Washington bureau chief Alex Leary Matt Parri, left, and Martin Munro, with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office, move one of 18 pallets containing more than 204,000 ballots to a delivery truck at the warehouse in Largo on Tuesday (2/9/16)  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

  10. Can Jeb Bush's ground game deliver?

    Blogs

    Hundreds of Florida supporters of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush spent the last few days in New Hampshire staffing events, making phone calls and knocking on their doors. With more than 20 percent of voters saying they could change their mind today, the ground game is critical.

    A Rubio badge as worn by Adam Hasner in Bedford, N.H.
  11. Great Tampa Bay date ideas for Valentine's Day or all year long

    Florida

    You want to take your sweetie on a great date on Valentine's Day, of course. And rest assured, there is some pretty fun stuff happening around town this weekend. But why limit yourself? Here, from the brains of the Tampa Bay Times entertainment and lifestyle experts, are some original and lovey-dovey Tampa Bay …

    The main lobby of the Tampa Theatre, with the concession stand on the left, and stairs to the balcony on the right. .  [Edmund D. Fountain, Times photo]
  12. Senate will take dead aim at Gov. Scott's 'property tax increase'

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Senate have been on a collision course for months over how to pay for a big increase in public school spending, and a showdown is looming on Thursday in a budget subcommittee.

  13. Marco Rubio: 'It's great to be targeted'

    Blogs

    Marco Rubio, appearing on Good Morning America, portrayed the shots coming at him from all sides as a sign of strength. "It's great to be targeted because it means you're doing something right."

  14. Why Trump's Tampa Bay rally is perfectly timed

    Blogs

    Donald Trump's rally planned for Friday evening at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa could not be better planned. Consider that as New Hampshire residents heard to the polls today, elections …