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  1. Man charged in transgender woman's slaying a person of interest in second Tampa homicide

    Crime

    TAMPA — The man accused in last week's shooting death of a transgender woman is also a "person of interest'' in a second slaying that happened Sunday, according to Tampa police.

  2. SPC looks to expand its mission with unveiling of new Midtown building

    Education

    BY ELIZABETH DJINIS

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg College will debut its Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center on Saturday, a long-anticipated event that will elevate the school's presence in one of the county's poorest areas.

  3. Florida lottery exploring ticket sales online and alongside bank machines

    Human Interest

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Lottery is considering selling lottery tickets online or alongside ATMs to combat relatively flat sales of some of the more well-known games.

  4. Carlton: Why cops oppose body cams: The answers might surprise you

    Public Safety

    A campus cop in Cincinnati shoots and kills a motorist he pulled over. He says he was dragged when the man tried to drive away. A fellow officer backs him up.

  5. Clearwater man arrested on charges of possessing child pornography

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

  6. Friday's full moon will be a blue moon, the last till 2018

    Science

    WASHINGTON — This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like on Friday. Maybe.

    On Jan. 30, 2010, a full moon is seen from Nairobi, Kenya; as the second one of the month, it is also called a "blue moon." A blue moon is expected to appear at 6:43 a.m. EDT Friday. [Associated Press]
  7. Elderly woman's death in New Port Richey ruled a homicide

    Crime

    Pasco County sheriff's detectives said Thursday they believe the death of a 91-year-old New Port Richey woman was a homicide.

  8. For Bucs, training camp brings many storylines

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Training camp for NFL teams center around three things — heat, health and hope. For the Bucs, there is one more — hype.

    For the next three weeks or so, the spotlight will be as bright as the midday sun on quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick from Florida State. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
  9. Fundraising effort aims to save free floating sandbar concerts

    Events

    For eight years now, hundreds and sometimes thousands of people have turned out for the free floating sandbar concerts held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend in Riviera Bay near the Tanglewood area of St. Petersburg.

  10. Jeb Bush to National Urban League: 'There are unjust barriers to opportunity and upward mobility in this country'

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush in his address Friday to the National Urban League will talk about a “listening and learning” phase following his 1994 campaign in which he made comments that were offensive to African-Americans, play up charter schools, criticize a "losing" war on poverty and discuss his decision as governor …

  11. Tampa Bay: 'the hottest cult horror movie scene in the country'

    Human Interest

    Call them a creatively incestuous bunch of filmmakers, often working on each other's movies, sometimes helping each other to distribute their macabre artistry. Grisly loves company. Especially in Florida.

    Krista Grotte, who often stars in Tampa Bay movies, teases a killer clown during a break in filming.
  12. Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

    Nation

    ATLANTA — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church.

    Confederate flags sit in the back of a police car outside Ebenezer Baptist Church Thursday in Atlanta. U.S. authorities are investigating after several Confederate battle flags were discovered near the church and a civil rights center named after Martin Luther King, an iconic leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Thursday morning. [AP photo]
  13. Pinellas County Commission gives initial nod to wage theft ordinance

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Pinellas County is on track to give local workers recourse in disputes with employers they accuse of cheating them out of wages.

  14. Bartow man named as fifth victim in Monday's fiery wreck near Brooksville

    Accidents

    BROOKSVILLE — A Bartow man was named Thursday as the fifth victim in Monday's fiery crash north of Brooksville.

  15. Jones: Arrogance deflates opinion of Patriots

    Bucs

    This is for you, Patriots fans.

    It's not that people outside of New England hate the Patriots because they are too good. They hate them because they are too arrogant.

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wipes the sweat from his head during camp Thursday in Foxborough, Mass. [AP photo]