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  1. Inefficient Rays lose to Red Sox

    The Heater

    BOSTON — Five times in the first six innings Tuesday, the Rays got a runner to second base, but never any further. The chances they wasted offset the great opportunity Drew Smyly gave them in holding the Red Sox hitless through five innings and to one run through six.

    Mookie Betts hits his second homer of the game — accounting for both Red Sox runs — with a shot in the eighth.
  2. Cage or courtyard? Homeless flock to the area near St. Vincent de Paul

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The homeless call it "the cage." The Huffington Post said it resembles "a giant chicken coop for humans."

    Georgette Collins, 47, is eight months pregnant and has cancer and lupus. She sleeps with her partner in what some homeless residents call “the cage” outside the St. Vincent de Paul shelter under I-375 at 15th Street N. 
  3. Welcome to hockey country

    Human Interest

    Here we are again, on the edge of our seats, our flags unfurled, our overpasses adorned with lightning bolts. The hockey team from Tampa Bay is again making a run at greatness, up two games to none against the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey organization in the world.

    Tyler Moore, 29, an assistant pastor at Our Savior Lutheran’s Largo campus, is a huge hockey fan who has been using the church’s marquee to support the Lightning.
  4. Rays' Alex Cobb has partially torn ligament in elbow

    The Heater

    BOSTON — Rays ace Alex Cobb has a partially torn ligament in his elbow that jeopardizes not only this season but potentially all of 2016 as well.

    Rays top starter Alex Cobb is now expected to be sidelined at least into May with forearm tendinitis. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  5. Justice Department seeks to bar Rapid Tax 1 owner from tax prep work in Tampa area

    Civil

    TAMPA —The Justice Department wants to kick a Tampa Bay area man out of the tax preparation business, alleging in a lawsuit that his stores target low-income clients and promote the filing of fraudulent returns.

  6. Carlton: A race for clerk (yawn) turns contentious

    Elections

    The race to become clerk of the circuit court — sorry, had to stifle a yawn there — is traditionally as scintillating as picking who sits on your local mosquito control board.

  7. Sierra Club seeks federal protection for Florida's aquifer

    Water

    Florida's aquifer needs special protection from being overpumped, the Sierra Club contends in a petition sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The club's Florida chapter has filed the petition asking the EPA to declare it a "sole source aquifer," a tool to protect drinking water supplies in areas where there …

  8. Lyft violated rules, operated as a taxi company in Hillsborough, hearing officer says

    Transportation

    TAMPA — For all intents and purposes, Lyft is a taxi company, and it violated Hillsborough County rules by operating without proper permits.

  9. Duke Energy buys into natural gas pipeline for Florida

    Energy

    Utility giant Duke Energy bought ownership stake in the proposed Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline that will run through Florida. In a statement released Tuesday, Duke Energy announced it will invest about $225 million in the approximately 500-mile pipeline. The $3 billion pipeline will run from Alabama, across Georgia, …

  10. Give Day Tampa Bay way ahead of last year in fund drive

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The lunchtime crowd was sparse Tuesday for the Give Day Tampa Bay celebration at Channelside Bay Plaza. Volunteers staffing charity display tables talked among themselves. A lonely bartender dressed for Cinco de Mayo waited for customers.

    But online, the party was hopping.

    Michael Cooper, from left, and Mike McGinnis talk with Nancy Wright at the Paralyzed Veterans of America table on Tuesday at Channelside Bay Plaza during Give Day.
  11. Locale Market's Rajat Parr nabs second James Beard award

    Food & Dining

    Despite a dramatic uptick in notable new restaurants, the Tampa Bay area was once again shut out of what has come to be known as the Academy Awards of food. On Monday night at a ceremony presented by TV host, author and chef Alton Brown at Lyric Opera of Chicago, winners of the 2015 James Beard awards were announced. It …

  12. Dramatic video shows migrants rescued from deflating dinghy

    World

    CATANIA, Sicily — Migrants frantically shimmied up ropes dangling from a towering rescue ship and others jumped into the water grasping at lifesavers. Five bodies were recovered and more were feared drowned in the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy.

    Dramatic footage emerged Tuesday May 5, 2015, filmed by a crew member, showing a Mediterranean Sea rescue of migrants on a sinking rubber boat desperately clambering up ropes and a ladder from the cargo ship Zeran that came to their aid on May 3, 2015, in the sea between Libya and Sicily.  Five bodies were recovered and were brought ashore Tuesday along with the migrant survivors to the port in Catania, Sicily, Italy. [Associated Press]
  13. As restaurant analysts ask, 'Where's the beef?' Bloomin' execs say, 'Right here'

    Retail

    Bloomin' Brands CEO Liz Smith and executive vice president David Deno did their best to verbally wine and dine top restaurant analysts Tuesday morning.

  14. Fingerprint ruse IDs Florida man as longtime Ohio fugitive

    Crime

    ORLANDO — A man convicted of manslaughter walked away from an Ohio prison farm in 1959, then was allowed to slip away from law enforcement in 1975 and disappeared until a ruse to get his fingerprints led to his arrest in Florida this week, investigators said Tuesday.

    This pair of photos shows shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, left, in a Feb. 26, 1959 Ohio State Reformatory photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service, and right, in a May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday in Melbourne. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. [AP Photo/Ohio State Reformatory and Brevard County Sheriff's Office]
  15. Miami Beach man sentenced in Hillsborough real estate flipping scheme

    Criminal

    A Miami Beach man who cost lenders millions during a real estate flipping scheme in Hillsborough County was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years, 3 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The court also ordered Stephen Mayer, 51, to repay more than $3.1 million to affected lenders and forfeit $4 million.