Breaking news

  1. Early forecasts indicate Caribbean storm may spare Florida

    Hurricanes

    Early projections by the National Hurricane Center indicate a weather system in the eastern Caribbean that may strengthen into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours will turn northward and spare Florida a direct hit.

  2. Former MacDill AFB chief new V.P. at GTE Financial

    Macdill

    TAMPA — The former commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base has been named as senior vice president for products and member sales at GTE Financial, one of Florida's largest credit unions.

  3. Man seriously injured in hit-and-run in Palm Harbor

    Crime

    PALM HARBOR — A 27-year-old Massachusetts man was seriously injured early Saturday when a vehicle struck him on Palm Harbor Boulevard and drove away, authorities say.

  4. Man lying in street on birthday killed in hit-and-run

    Accidents

    GIBSONTON — A man who was lying on a roadway early Saturday on his birthday was struck and killed by a driver who then fled the scene, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

  5. Rays rout Blue Jays behind Drew Smyly

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Drew Smyly had just dominated the potent Blue Jays lineup by twirling a two-hit shutout that was the first complete game of his professional career. But even after the 8-0 win, his Friday night wasn't yet done.

    Evan Longoria homers to lead off the second, part of his three-hit, three-RBI night.
  6. Artist tells the story of Melrose Elementary journalism magnet in mural

    News

    When St. Petersburg artist Sebastian Coolidge worked during the summer nights to finish the mural he created for the journalism program at Melrose Elementary, the brightness of a supermoon illuminated his art, as well as inspired it.

    Artist Sebastian Coolidge of St. Petersburg puts finishing touches on his mural at Melrose Elementary on Aug. 20, 2014.The mural decorates the outside of the portable that houses the journalism program at the school.   
Photo by Lakewood High student Naudia McDaniel.
  7. Records show Gov. Rick Scott's office put up barriers to public records

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become a "unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works."

  8. Mother upset after 5-year-old son gets off Hernando school bus at wrong stop

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — The bus filled with Brooksville Elementary School students had arrived at a stop Wednesday afternoon and was letting students out when the driver heard a disturbance.

  9. Mistrial declared in Pinellas murder trial of man accused of burning girlfriend

    Criminal

    LARGO — A mistrial was declared in a murder case this week after a juror admitted to looking at a news story about the crime.

    Jeffrey Robert Grant is accused dousing his girlfriend with gas and setting her on fire.
  10. Tampa Bay Bucs, HSN among latest corporate backers of Greenlight Pinellas

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Home Shopping Network are the latest big corporate names to back the Greenlight Pinellas transit campaign.

  11. St. Petersburg Free Clinic program faces allegations of racism

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, highly regarded for its decades of work with the poor, is being accused of racism at its shelter for homeless women.

    Alberta Brown, 55, a former resident, says white women received things that she did not.
  12. Man accused of stealing Haley VA patient ID info

    Veterans

    TAMPA — The documents with the Social Security numbers of veterans treated at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center were supposed to be shredded by a company whose website warns, "Don't become a victim of identity theft."

  13. Romano: Duke Energy billing switch is latest sign it just doesn't care

    Energy

    Sticking customers with roughly $1.5 billion in bills for a nuclear plant in Levy County that everyone knew would never be built is pretty bad, I'll admit.

  14. At Healthbox Tampa, a mission to support 7 startups taking on silos of medical industry

    Business

    Who in their right mind would purchase expensive, personal services with minimal information about the provider and little if any idea of the price?

    Employees at several aspiring health care companies get some valuable instruction Tuesday from Healthbox Tampa at the Tampa Bay WaVE incubator.
  15. Spring Hill man agrees to deal, sentenced to prison on sex charges

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man accused of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual battery, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly.

    Daniel William Hoover will spend more than 25 years in prison on child sex charges.