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Rays' insurance runs pay off in bottom of 9th

It looked like extra runs when the Rays scored four times in the top of the ninth against Baltimore. But then the Orioles batted. The Rays hung on, 8-6. Sports, 1C

Burrell hurt: Designated hitter Pat Burrell returns to St. Petersburg ahead of the team to have his stiff neck evaluated. 4C

'American Idol' final set: Kris vs. Adam

The ax drops on Danny Gokey, setting up next week's showdown between dark horse Kris Allen and Simon's favorite, Adam Lambert. Etc, 2B

Live chat! Talk with Sean Daly about the Idol final today at 11:30 a.m. at blogs.tampabay.com/popmusic.

Continental to shut down Tampa facility

The airline expanded its reservation center near the airport in 2000 with plans to employ more than 1,500 people. On Wednesday, it announced plans to close the center by July. Tampa Bay, 1B

Obama changes stance on photos

The president says he wants to block the court-ordered release of photos showing U.S. troops abusing foreign prisoners. Nation, 2A

To fight cell costs, pay as you go

As the price of prepaid phone plans goes down, so does the stigma attached to them. A primer on going without a contract. BayLink, 1F

today In Weekend 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:33pm]
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  1. Police: Uber driver's gun discharges during fight at Adventure Island in Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — An Uber driver's gun went off Sunday at Adventure Island during a fight between the driver and two passengers.

  2. Baker cautious on Pride politics

    Elections

    Rick and Joyce Baker strode down Central Avenue Sunday amid rainbow flags, corporate booths, and blaring music of the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Baker chats Sunday with people at the St. Pete Pride Festival. As mayor, Baker did not sign a Pride parade proclamation, but now he says he would.
  3. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.
  4. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who can be a free agent Saturday, counts the Lightning among his early suitors.
  5. Senate leaders try to appease members as support for health bill slips

    National

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill, even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday, is one of the five Republican senators who announced they cannot support the health care bill as drafted.