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  1. District boy soccer: Northeast dispatches Seminole

    Preps

    SEMINOLE— Seminole brought the energy looking for an upset, but failed to maintain the intensity in overtime. …

  2. Perspective: Dolphins and a long paddle

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the story of the third week.  …

  3. Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: An early fog, a broken link

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the story of the second week.  …

  4. Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt (w/video)

    Crime

    A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.  …

  5. Jury quickly rejects 'too drunk' defense in Vanderbilt rape trial

    Nation

    Tennessee Jury quickly rejects 'too drunk' defense in trial …

  6. Region boys soccer: East Bay notches first playoff win

    Preps

    GIBSONTON — The school fight song blared over the PA system, students rushed the field, and players hugged. It was time for East Bay to celebrate school history. …

  7. George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

    Crime

    ORLANDO — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.  …

  8. Attempt at singing turns criminal

    Crime

    TREASURE ISLAND Broken Microphone ends in arrest An intoxicated man who wanted to sing was arrested on charges that he broke a microphone at a bar, police said. …

  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 28

    Events

    Ballroom With a Twist: Professional dancers from Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance join for a family-friendly production choreographed by Dancing with the Stars' Emmy-nominated Louis van Amstel. Performers include DWTS' pro Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer as well as SYTYCD's Serge Olnik, Jonathan Platero, Randi Lynn Strong and Legacy. American Idol finalists Gina Glocksen and Von Smith provide the soundtrack. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $39.50-$65.50. (727) 893-7832; themahaffey.com. …

  10. Travel through time with our '100 doubloons' of Gasparilla in Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    Who knew a civic prank — businessmen pretending to invade Tampa during the 1904 May Festival — would evolve into the city's signature event, lending its name to festivals, a road race and conjuring the mascot of a pro football team a century later? Since those pirates, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, mixed Mardi Gras style and marketing savvy, the "invasion" and parade have grown exponentially, spawning a multimillion-dollar impact, 60 krewes, 9,000 parade participants and 300,000 spectators along Bayshore Boulevard and downtown streets. • With a fledgling start, wars and one infamous cancellation causing the festivities to skip certain years, this is the 100th procession. We honor it with 100 doubloons of history. …

  11. Perspective: Impeded by 'progress' (w/video)

    Perspective

    Editor's note: The three members of the second Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are filing weekly dispatches of their 1,000-mile, 10-week journey to highlight the value of keeping an open pathway through the state for wildlife. Here is the first week's dispatch, from biologist Joe Guthrie.   …

  12. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 24

    Events

    Martina McBride: The four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year performs on her tour for new album Everlasting at 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $45-$85. (727) 791-7400. …

  13. Region girls soccer: Largo 8, Bayshore 0

    Preps

    LARGO — The shackles were off, and Largo took full advantage. …

  14. District boys soccer: Weeki Wachee stops Central's Cinderella run

    Preps

    BROOKSVILLE — The Cinderella run for Central came to an end on Wednesday night. In the first of two all-Hernando County semifinals in Class 3A, District 7, Weeki Wachee dispatched the Bears 2-0. …

  15. Baby born on Lee Roy Selmon Expressway '100 percent healthy'

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Jaden Juniel Rosales was born in a hurry. So quickly that his mother, Grendalee Rosales of Riverview, couldn't make it to the hospital in time for his arrival early Tuesday. Jaden was born in the family car as his father, Jose Rosales, raced along the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. …

  16. Top things to do for Jan. 21

    Events

    David Feherty: The former professional golfer turned writer and broadcaster brings us behind the scenes stories from the golf course and the studio at 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $61.25-$171.25. (727) 791-7400. …

  17. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 20

    Events

    The Book of Mormon: The hit musical comedy about two 19-year-old missionaries dispatched from Utah to Uganda from the creators of South Park returns at 7:30 p.m. to Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $38.50-$163.50. (813) 229-7827. …

  18. Wrong-way driver stopped near Skyway Bridge

    Public Safety

    The Florida Highway Patrol stopped a wrong-way driver Friday night in a 2007 Cadillac CTS near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge after receiving a call reporting a vehicle driving northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 275. No crash or injuries were reported. …

  19. The audacity of Jeb Bush: A governor goes all in on the Terri Schiavo case

    State Roundup

    Tricia Rivas had never written to an elected official, but gripped with emotion, she composed an urgent email to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. "Please save Terri Schiavo!" she wrote from her home in Tucson, Ariz., on March 20, 2005. "Do something before it is too late … please! Every parent is watching this drama unfold … and will remember the outcome in future elections." Schiavo would be dead by the end of the month at a hospice near St. Petersburg, but not before Bush took a series of actions that, looking back a decade later, are stunning for their breadth and audacity. …

  20. Florida pelicans are being slashed, beaten

    Wildlife

    Someone has taken a violent dislike to Florida's iconic brown pelicans. In the Florida Keys over the past six weeks, more than a dozen pelicans have turned up with their pouches slashed, left to die of starvation. …

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