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The remains of a male Florida panther, about 6 months old, that had been hit by a vehicle were collected on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, on Golden Gate Boulevard, near the intersection with Sixth Street NE in Golden Gate Estates in Collier County. It was the 20th Florida panther killed in a crash this year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [USFWS photo]

Record-breaking 20th panther killed by vehicle in Collier County

Two weeks ago, when the year's 19th Florida panther was killed by a vehicle, experts warned that the all-time record would fall by New Year's Day. It happened Friday, when the remains of a roughly 6-month-old male panther were found on a roadside in Collier County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commiss …

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  1. Police identify St. Petersburg couple as victims in Thanksgiving day collision

    Crime

    UPDATE: The man and woman killed in the crash were Douglas Simpson, 64, and his wife Christina Simpson, 53, both of 5545 4th St. S in St. Petersburg, according to St. Petersburg Police. The two were returning home after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, police said. More details to come as this story …

  2. Tampa police officer faces domestic battery charge

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa police officer faces a domestic battery charge after being arrested Thursday in Pasco County.

  3. Record-breaking 20th panther killed by vehicle in Collier County

    Wildlife

    Two weeks ago, when the year's 19th Florida panther was killed by a vehicle, experts warned that the all-time record would fall by New Year's Day.

    The remains of a male Florida panther, about 6 months old, that had been hit by a vehicle were collected on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, on Golden Gate Boulevard, near the intersection with Sixth Street NE in Golden Gate Estates in Collier County. It was the 20th Florida panther killed in a crash this year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [USFWS photo]
  4. Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, the players' union said Friday.

    In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL in New York.   Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the NFL football players' union said Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. [Associated Press]
  5. UCF Knights shut out USF Bulls

    College

    The UCF Knights shut out the rival host USF Bulls 16-0 Friday.

    UCF linebacker Troy Gray drops USF running back Darius Tice. TheBulls running game mustered 5 yards in the game. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  6. 'Special wax' offer is a scam, Clearwater police say

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 34-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he tried to scam another out of $300 for car repairs that he couldn't complete.

  7. Gifts sometimes prove too tempting for mail thieves

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Mail carriers rank among the nation's most trusted workers. They brave snarling dogs and inclement weather. But beneath the rain-resistant, snow-sturdy exterior, some are crooks.

    In the past five years, 2,848 U.S. Postal Service carriers, clerks and truckers have been convicted of charges relating to mail theft. In Florida alone, they stole cash, checks, gift cards, diamond rings, computers, gaming devices and a microwave oven.
  8. Tampa Walmart protesters seek $15 hourly wages

    Retail

    TAMPA — About 50 people protested Friday outside a Tampa Walmart Supercenter for the chain to pay higher wages.

  9. The end of Black Friday? Tampa Bay shoppers call 2014 a dud (w/video)

    Retail

    Like a once-faddish toy that has lost its luster, the great retail tradition of Black Friday endures, but only as a shell of its former self. If it was not clear already, shoppers said, 2014 made it undeniable.

  10. Where to start in reviving downtown Clearwater?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER

    The job of reviving downtown Clearwater is so big that it's hard to know where to start.

    In June, experts with the Urban Land Institute presented Clearwater with a large number of recommendations for its downtown.
  11. Pinellas Park, Lealman: Take EMS oversight away from County Commission

    Local Government

    The war between the cities and fire districts that provide emergency medical services and Pinellas County, which parcels out the money to pay for those services, stretches back to the beginning of the system in the 1980s.

    Pinellas Park City Council member Rick Butler wants to work on the proposal immediately.
  12. Austin police: Gunman fired more than 100 rounds (w/video)

    Crime

    AUSTIN, Texas — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.

    Police tape marks off the scene after authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. In the distance, police cars surround the suspect's vehicle parked near the Interstate 35 overpass. [Associated Press]
  13. Another mystery monkey of Tampa Bay?

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Two people called police on Thanksgiving Day to report a monkey on the loose.

  14. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters receive official White House Christmas tree

    National

    WASHINGTON — The White House Christmas tree has arrived.

    First lady Michelle Obama, second from right, joined by her daughters Sasha Obama, left, and Malia Obama, waves to the press after welcoming the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Penn. Dogs Bo and Sunny also participated. [Associated Press]
  15. Treasure Island considers canceling, relocating beach events

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city is fighting a recent court ruling prohibiting motorized traffic on its beachfront but at the same time is considering canceling or relocating city-sponsored events held there.