The Bucs open the preseason at 7 p.m. tonight in Philadelphia. The starters, including QB Jameis Winston, aren't expected to play much, but there will be plenty to look for as Dirk Koetter debuts as Tampa Bay's head coach. That includes a new defensive scheme under coordinator Mike Smith. Follow our live coverage from Lincoln Financial Field.
TAMPA POLICE CHIEF TO DISCUSS ARREST
A former Tampa police officer, fired in March, was arrested today on a sexual battery charge, Police Chief Eric Ward said. The arrest of Adam York, 42, comes in connection with a traffic stop downtown Feb. 1 as he was headed into work. Stay with the Times for updates.
DISNEY WORLD ENDS MAIN STREET ELECTRICAL PARADE
The long-running after-dark parade, featuring illuminated floats such as Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, has entertained crowds at Disney World's Magic Kingdom for decades. Today, the Disney Parks Blog announced the procession will end its run at the Orlando park Oct. 9.
TAMPA'S ODYSSEY MARINE PREPS TO SWAP TREASURE
Odyssey Marine Exploration at one time captured the world's eye as a swashbuckling hunter of deep sea treasure on sunken ships. But after legal fights and other difficulties, it's switching its focus to a deep sea treasure that isn't nearly as sexy but could be far more lucrative.
STATE POLITICOS THINK TRUMP WILL LOSE FLORIDA
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Florida by just 2.2 percentage points in the RealClearPolitics.com average of recent polls. However, the political pros who know Florida politics best overwhelmingly think Trump will lose. Among more than 165 people surveyed for a Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll this week, three in four expected Clinton will win Florida. Trump has a campaign appearance slated for tonight in Kissimmee.
EX-GAWKER EDITOR BACK IN COURT OVER HOGAN LAWSUIT
Former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio returns to a St. Petersburg courtroom today, five months after the gossip website and founder Nick Denton lost a civil suit brought by Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea. Daulerio will be asked to explain why his few assets shouldn't be used to satisfy the massive $140.1 million award won by Bollea. The former pro wrestler sued Gawker after it posted a sex video of him in 2012. The proceedings begin at 3:30 p.m. Follow reporter Claire McNeill on Twitter (@clairemcneill) for updates.
CLEARWATER CITY MANAGER CALLS OUT RESORT OVER BAR INCIDENTS
Since the beginning of last year, police have needed to use force on disorderly patrons at Shephard's Beach Resort 24 times, and City Manager Bill Horne is not pleased. He said he gas "reached out to the council encouraging them to use their influence to encourage the property owners to act on this issue."
BICYCLIST DROWNS WHILE TRYING TO RETRIEVE HAT
Authorities say a bicyclist drowned when he tried to retrieve his hat after it flew into the water as he rode across the Anna Maria Island Bridge. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer who was driving across the bridge saw 51-year-old Andy Lewis Milton Sr. go into the water and called for help. Milton was later spotted by a boater, but he died at a hospital.
TARPON SPRINGS BUDGET SHOWS STEADY PROPERTY TAX RATE
A rise in property values will allow Tarpon Springs officials to maintain this year's property tax rate and keep from dipping into reserves to complete scheduled infrastructure projects. City Manager Mark LeCouris said the proposed budget shows the city is in a healthy financial state after suffering through several years of a struggling economy.
BROMELL FOCUSED ON COMPETITION IN RIO
Trayvon Bromell, a former Gibbs High athlete, is pegged as the premier up-and-coming sprinter in the nation, if not the world, but the 21-year-old is not consumed with the notion of winning his signature race or even placing among the top three at the Olympics. For him, just being at the Games is all that matters.
PILE-DRIVING PERMIT UPSETS CRESCENT LAKE RESIDENTS
Neighbors are angry at the city for giving a builder a permit despite what they say were code violations and damages caused in his company's construction of another home on scenic Crescent Lake Drive. The residents are worried that pile-driving will damage their homes or, worse, cause disturbances in an area with a history of sinkholes.
POLL: RUBIO'S LEAD OVER DEMOCRATS EVAPORATING
Marco Rubio's lead over Patrick Murphy or Alan Grayson, Democrats trying to block him from having a second term in the U.S. Senate, is shrinking, a new Quinnipiac University poll of more than 1,000 likely voters shows.
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