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  1. Governor ignored alarms about rundown prisons, ex-chief says

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It was July 10, 2014. Mike Crews, then-secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, was in the thick of a public firestorm over allegations that a mentally ill inmate had died in a scalding shower as part of a punishment ritual by officers at Dade Correctional Institution.

  2. Lightning shakes off Blue Jackets

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning added two more players to the league's largest group of double-digit scorers. That depth was the pivotal piece Saturday night in extending the longest home winning streak in franchise history to 10 games.

    Brett Connolly scores on Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney for a 1-0 Lightning lead with 24 seconds left in the first period.
  3. Eight make Hall of Fame; Dungy, Lynch denied


    PHOENIX — One by one, the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame stepped onto the stage Saturday night as their names were called. When the eighth man was announced, the late Junior Seau, his two sons stood with the group.

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30:  Former NFL player Jerome Bettis attends ESPN the Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale on January 30, 2015 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for ESPN)
  4. Gasparilla parade's 100th edition marked by mostly behaved revelry



    Scores of bead-crazed fanatics. Some 1,400 cops. One wedding. About 50 gallons of Bloody Mary mix. Lemonade stands. More than 1,000 portable toilets. And 100 years of saucy tradition.

    Carol Treftz, center, of Tampa reaches for beads as the Gasparilla parade of pirates moves through downtown Saturday.
  5. Ringleader in Tampa tax refund scam gets 10 years


    TAMPA — A ringleader in a scheme that netted $1.5 million in fraudulent tax refunds using stolen identities will spend the next 10 filing seasons in prison.

  6. Tampa stem cell clinic is long on promises, not evidence


    TAMPA — Dr. Burton Feinerman has spent more than a decade using stem cell therapies that are banned in the United States, sending desperate families to Peru seeking treatments for their babies' terminal conditions like Tay-Sachs disease.

    Dr. Feinerman’s claims of success are mostly anecdotal, like the testimonial of “Vickie B.” on the Tampa-based Lung Institute’s website.
  7. Florida ethics panel drops complaint against former Hernando School Board member


    BROOKSVILLE — The Florida Commission on Ethics, acting against the recommendation of the assistant attorney general who presented the case, has decided not to proceed with a complaint against former Hernando County School Board member John Sweeney.

    John K. Sweeney says being on the board worked against him.
  8. Hit-and-run crash kills Brooksville pedestrian

    Public Safety


    Hit-and-run crash kills pedestrian

  9. Rand Paul says Bush is a hypocrite over marijuana use


    Sen. Rand Paul says it's hypocritical for Jeb Bush to oppose legalizing marijuana given that Bush smoked a fair amount at prep school.

  10. St. Petersburg Opera delights with its take on 'Barber of Seville'


    ST. PETERSBURG — Everyone knows the refrain: "Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!"

    Blake Friedman as Count Almaviva, Gabriel Preisser as Figaro, Megan Marino as Rosina, Tony Dillon as Dr. Bartolo and Todd Donovan as Don Basilio in St. Petersburg Opera’s The Barber of Seville.
  11. Romano: Lack of integrity hangs over FDLE mess


    Based on what we know, there seem to be two possible conclusions about Gerald Bailey's departure as head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


    Questions persist on how FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey left office.
  12. Tampa's assistant police chief prepares to depart after 30 years

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — John Bennett likes to use big words.

    Assistant Tampa police Chief John Bennett listens to protesters at a rally during the 2012 Republican National Convention.
  13. Tampa police showcase Gasparilla coverage plans

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Police chiefs from around the country used Gasparilla as a case study Saturday morning when they observed Tampa police's operation center to see how the department handles large-scale events.

  14. Retired teacher, 59, injured helping deputy under attack


    PALM HARBOR — A retired school teacher from Indiana was injured early Saturday when she went to help a sheriff's deputy who was trying to subdue a suspect.

    Zane Thomas Gavin [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]