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  1. IIFA: John Travolta coming for Bollywood

    Tourism

    TAMPA

    Travolta coming for IIFA awards

    First it was for The Punisher. Now it's for Bollywood. Actor John Travolta will be returning to Tampa this week to be part of the International Indian Film Academy's 15th annual Weekend & Awards, IIFA announced Saturday on Twitter. "Come Face/Off …

    Travolta
  2. Pinellas schools cutting special-needs associates

    K12

    At a recent meeting of the Pinellas County School Board, Lisa Grant sat down to give a presentation on the education of students with disabilities.

  3. Rays hit five homers, annihilate Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — So a guy walked into the Trop on Saturday and found himself having the most unexpected conversation:

    From left, Wil Myers hits his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second; Ryan Hanigan high-fives David DeJesus after his leadoff homer in the third; Hanigan follows an inning later with a two-run shot; and Myers caps his night with a three-run blast in the fifth.
  4. Search is on for Nina, adopted dog who ran off after Palm River crash

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Animal advocates are looking for Nina, a German shepherd mix, who ran off after an Army veteran who adopted her hours earlier was injured in a traffic crash.

  5. Some fear Charles Koch's influence damages FSU's integrity

    College

    It's not quite a fair fight. Or even a practical fight.

    Some say Charles Koch has too much influence at Florida State.
  6. St. Petersburg lawyer still plans Everest ascent

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 13 Sherpas and is considered the mountain's most deadly incident has not deterred a St. Petersburg lawyer from attempting the ascent.

  7. Family questions Tampa police account of diabetic driver's death

    Accidents

    TAMPA — The family of a diabetic man who died last week after he was detained by officers questioned in a statement Saturday the police version of events.

    Arthur Green, here with his wife, Lena Young-Green, was handcuffed before help arrived and he stopped breathing.
  8. At MacDill, Sonic's bark is better than a boom

    Macdill

    TAMPA — The U.S. Air Force can throw a mighty arsenal at its enemies. Smart bombs. Bunker busters. Fighter jets. Flying gunships. Atomic bombs.

    Lindsey Garven praises Sonic after she chases some birds from a field along a MacDill Air Force Base runway.
  9. Home investment firms raise rents to build profits

    Real Estate

    RIVERVIEW — Flip-flops sit jumbled at the doorstep. Clothes lay scattered across the living room couch. A family portrait from Lewis and Lynn Mayos' vow renewal ceremony hangs proudly over the stairs.

                      Seven of the largest investors buying homes in the Tampa Bay area have in two years spent more than $1 billion, amassing 6,800 houses, a Tampa Bay Times analysis of property records, foreclosure auctions and Securities and Exchange Commission filings has found.
  10. Actors like Deepika Padukone building Bollywood's U.S. fan

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — She has been compared with Jennifer Lawrence, a star whose acting can make you forget her bombshell looks.

  11. Florida Legislature gives budget priority to hometown projects over at-risk kids

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state's frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

  12. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    Charlie Crist addresses volunteers Saturday as he opens his first gubernatorial field office in Plantation. The post in Broward County will be important as the former governor tries to get South Florida Democrats to the polls. Broward is home to almost 564,000 Democrats, more than any other county in the state.
  13. Michigan man dies during triathlon at Fort DeSoto Park

    Public Safety

    A Michigan man died Saturday morning during a triathlon at Fort DeSoto Park, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Donald Bautel, 64, of Alpena, Mich. was participating in the swimming portion of the "Escape from Fort DeSoto" event when he was pulled from the water near the 3500 block of Pinellas Bayway S about 8 …

  14. Tampa woman charged in Sarasota crash that kills sleeping woman

    Crime

    A Tampa woman speeding away from police after breaking into her former boyfriend's Sarasota home crashed into a house early Saturday and killed a 62-year-old woman sleeping inside, authorities said.

    Authorities say Eleanor Ball was sleeping in her Sarasota home when a car came through a bedroom early Saturday.
  15. Fire damages North Tampa thrift store

    Fire

    A thrift store was damaged by fire early Saturday, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.