Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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John Paul nears sainthood

John Paul nears sainthood

Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday. The ANSA news agency reported that a commission of cardinals and bishops met Tuesday to consider John Paul's case and signed off on it. One possible canonization date is Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a major day of celebration for the Catholic Church. This year the feast coincidentally falls on a Sunday, which is when canonizations usually occur.

Giffords on gun tour

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska as part of a seven-state tour to lobby for expanded background checks for gun sales. On Monday, Giffords visited a Las Vegas-area range and shot a gun publicly for the first time since surviving a 2011 attack. Kelly started Tuesday at an Anchorage shooting range and shot a variety of guns and rifles. They hope to emphasize that they support Second Amendment rights but also believe additional background checks will save lives and keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

Associated Press

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Forecast: After storms produce damage in Ruskin, clear conditions ahead for Tampa Bay

Forecast: After storms produce damage in Ruskin, clear conditions ahead for Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Forecasters said rain could fall on Monday before conditions cleared, leaving drier air and less humidity behind.That rain moved through Ruskin with a vengeance Monday night, and produced a treacherous early-morning commute for resid...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
The Daystarter: A Murphy-Jolly gubernatorial run?; ALF residents’ deplorable conditions; committee to pick pier art; Lightning must wait to learn opponent

The Daystarter: A Murphy-Jolly gubernatorial run?; ALF residents’ deplorable conditions; committee to pick pier art; Lightning must wait to learn opponent

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.   • Give thanks for drier air. There is a small rain chance this morning, but things dry out by the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Beats yesterday’s humidity. The...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Ex-Bucs QB Jeff Garcia doesn’t care about NFL draft: ‘I have a life’

Ex-Bucs QB Jeff Garcia doesn’t care about NFL draft: ‘I have a life’

So much of the attention Monday surrounding the Bucs' announcing who'd be announcing their late-round draft picks was, of course, that a parrot would be delivering the name of the fourth-round pick to the pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium.But late...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL Draft: Date, time, TV schedule and draft order for the April 26-28 draft

NFL Draft: Date, time, TV schedule and draft order for the April 26-28 draft

The NFL Draft starts Thursday from Arlington, Texas, with coverage of the first round beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Here's a look at the broadcast schedule for all three days and the draft order for every round:Schedule(all times Eastern)Thursday, April 26...
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Authorities searching for missing Wesley Chapel boy, 12

Authorities searching for missing Wesley Chapel boy, 12

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been issued for a 12-year-old boy in Wesley Chapel.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Tyshawn Govan was last seen near the 2200 block of Marsh View Drive.He is 5 feet 6 and 110 pounds, with blac...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete Pier public arts committee to meet with finalists, make decision

St. Pete Pier public arts committee to meet with finalists, make decision

ST. PETERSBURG — The pier public arts committee is expected to decide today which artist or artists will have their work showcased in the new 26-acre Pier District. The committee, which selected six finalists with the help of consultant Ann Wykell, w...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

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Published: 04/24/18
There’s a five-year waiting list at the New Tampa rec center. That’s changing

There’s a five-year waiting list at the New Tampa rec center. That’s changing

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Published: 04/24/18
Lightning wait goes on: Leafs top Bruins to force Game 7

Lightning wait goes on: Leafs top Bruins to force Game 7

TORONTO — Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 3-1 to force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series Monday night.William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec, into an empty net, scored for the Leafs, who tr...
Updated: 1 hour ago