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  1. Another defeat for Rays at St. Pete City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It took nearly five hours of often heated debate Thursday for the City Council to end up where it had started: deadlocked on reaching a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

  2. Romano: St. Pete City Council should stop feeling slighted, work on Rays deal

    Local Government

    To borrow a line from a movie, this isn't personal.

  3. Joshua Malina of 'Scandal,' 'West Wing' talks about being a mensch in Hollywood

    The Feed

    TAMPA — Even after more than 40 speaking engagements at Jewish Federations around the country, Joshua Malina doesn't consider himself an authority on the faith.

    Joshua Malina, who plays David Rosen in ABC’s Scandal, spoke at the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federations Thursday.
  4. Marco Rubio drops in on 'Pawn Stars' during Nevada campaign stop

    State Roundup

    LAS VEGAS -—Sen. Marco Rubio kicked off his first presidential campaign visit to the key early nominating state of Nevada on Thursday with a promise: You're going to be seeing a lot of me.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio tours the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn shop with owner Rick Harrison on Thursday in Las Vegas. Harrison is on the television show "Pawn Stars.'' [Associated Press]
  5. Son of 'Barney' creator faces 15 years in prison for shooting neighbor

    Bizarre News

    LOS ANGELES — The son of the creator of Barney & Friends pleaded no contest Thursday to shooting his neighbor in the chest after accusing him of trespassing.

    This is Barney of "Barney and Friends.'' The son of Barney's creator pleaded no contest to shooting his neighbor in the chest. [Times files]
  6. Obama drops by Our Lady of Charity, becoming first U.S. president to visit Miami shrine to Cuban saint (w/video)

    National

    MIAMI — President Barack Obama extended a symbolic olive branch Thursday to Miami's Cuban Americans by paying his respects to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Coconut Grove.

    President Barack Obama looks at a mural with the Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity during an unannounced stop before heading to airport Thursday in Miami. Obama was being shown a replica of Our Lady of Charity, the original statue resides at the shrine of El Cobre outside the city of Santiago, Cuba. [Associated Press]
  7. Federal prosecutors say father, daughter worked together in kickback scheme

    Courts

    TAMPA — A former union leader was arrested Thursday on federal charges of orchestrating a kickback scheme with his daughter, court records show.

  8. Former assistant chief among handful of top Tampa police promotions

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A former assistant chief who took a voluntary demotion three years ago to become a captain has been promoted to the rank of major, one of several personnel changes announced Thursday by the Tampa Police Department.

  9. Florida gun owners without concealed weapon permit get exemption for hurricanes

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida gun owners who don't have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane.

    Republican state Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg sponsored the bill. He said, "We looked at the real life examples of what happened in Louisiana when people were trying to evacuate, some on foot, and they were stopped at bridges and certain checkpoints and their firearms were seized." [Times (2014)]
  10. MacDill AFB captain arrested in Brevard County during underage-sex sting

    Crime

    TAMPA — A MacDill Air Force Base captain was arrested last week after authorities said he drove to Brevard County to have sex with an underage girl who turned out to be a Department of Homeland Security agent in disguise online.

    Capt. Christopher Everding
  11. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio open to more oil drilling as issue gains attention in Florida

    State Roundup

    Efforts to open oil drilling off both Florida coasts could inject the issue into the race for president, and home state contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are supportive of more production.

    On oil rig sits off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Efforts to open up oil drilling off both Florida coasts could inject the issue into the race for president, and home state contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are supportive of more production. Neither Republican appears receptive to legislation U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., filed last week to block a proposal from gulf state lawmakers that would end the ban on drilling within a certain distance of the coast. [Associated Press (2008)] 

  12. Hernando High's 'Mr. Fix-it' on his way to high-tech career

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE

    When Lizelle Williams walks across the stage at Saturday night's Hernando High School graduation, his fellow students will recognize him as their Mr. Fix-It.

    Lizelle Williams, right, helps sales manager Bill Williamson with a software question on May 22 while working at radio station WWJB in Brooksville. Lizelle provides IT and technical support, and assists faculty and students at his school.
  13. Shredded documents may cost Hernando schools as much as $3.7 million in state funding

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — A recent audit of state money paid to Hernando County schools last school year found several small problems — and a very big one that could cost the already cash-strapped district as much as $3.7 million.

    “It’s a very serious concern. We’re waiting to see how the process plays out,” Hernando School Board member Matt Foreman said.
  14. 7 keys for Lightning in Game 7 vs. Rangers

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK

    Seven.

    By itself, it's just a number. Nothing really significant about it unless you dig that Brad Pitt-Morgan Freeman thriller with the demented ending.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, a former Ranger, is 6-0 in Game 7s. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  15. Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery for Tampa Bay area

    Retail

    Many Tampa Bay residents who are Amazon Prime members can now get orders delivered to their door the same day for free.

    An Amazon employee prepares merchandise at a fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif. In the Tampa Bay area, same-day delivery is now available to certain ZIP codes.