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  1. East Region: Florida silences doubters, dispatches East Tennessee State 80-65

    College

    ORLANDO — When analyst Seth Davis pegged fourth-seeded Florida as a potential first-round upset victim on CBS's Selection Sunday Show, the Gators were watching on their locker-room big screen TV. The volume was cranked up. They heard what Davis said.  …

    Gators forward Devin Robinson, driving for two of his 24 points, leads a run to rally UF from its only deficit of the game. Robinson ties his career high for points.
  2. Pinellas firefighters battling large commercial fire in Oldsmar

    Fire

    OLDSMAR — Fire crews from across Pinellas County were called in to battle a massive fire at a commercial facility on Thursday night. The fire was reported at 8:16 p.m. at a commercial building at 100 Dunbar Ave. Smoke and flames could be seen escaping the building, according to news reports. …

  3. Tillerson to go to Russia but will skip NATO meeting next month

    Politics

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Russia next month, a week after a NATO summit meeting he is skipping, State Department officials said Monday. …

    China's President Xi Jinping, right, meets with U.S. State of Secretary Rex Tillerson at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sunday. [Associated Press]
  4. Former Pinellas teacher acquitted in ex-husband's slaying faces wrongful death lawsuit

    Civil

    Two months ago, a jury acquitted Cara Ryan of murdering her ex-husband, a former St. Petersburg police officer. But Ryan may go to court again for the 2015 shooting — this time because of wrongful death lawsuit recently filed by the daughter of Sgt. John "J.J." Rush. …

    Meghan Rush, daughter of former St. Petersburg police Sgt. John "J.J." Rush, testified against his ex-wife at her murder trial in January. Ex-wife Cara Ryan was acquitted, but now Meghan Rush has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her for the 2015 shooting death of her father. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]
  5. Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

    World

    TOKYO — North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama.  …

     Then President-elect Donald Trump looks over at then President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 before being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. [Associated Press]
  6. Defunct Clearwater private jet company Avantair goes from boom to bankruptcy to federal court

    Airlines

    In early 2012, Avantair was the darling of the charter plane industry and Tampa Bay business executives, a publicly traded company with a fleet of 56 executive airplanes and hundreds of employees based at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. …

    Avantair, a fractional jet ownership company with headquarters in Clearwater, collapsed in 2013. Workers were furloughed, planes grounded, lawsuits filed and customers left out to dry.
  7. Two-time WBC champion Japan outslugs Cuba; Israel, Netherlands win

    Sports

    TOKYO — Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer as Japan scored five in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-6 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday.  …

  8. Lawmaker to Rick Scott: Restore order in privately run women's prison

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Warning that inmate health and safety is at risk at the state's largest privately run women's prison, Rep. David Richardson on Thursday asked Gov. Rick Scott to use his emergency powers to replace the top officers and take state control of Gadsden Correctional Facility. …

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, is asking Gov. Rick Scott to declare an emergency about the conditions at Gadsden Correctional Facility, the state's largest women's prison. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Academy at Fivay High shows students the basics of criminal justice

    K12

    HUDSON — During the course of a typical day at Fivay High School's Criminal Justice Academy, students might find themselves making mock arrests, testing their skills on the shooting range or deeply involved in a fingerprinting activity. …

    Fivay High School student Christian Starling, 16, left, is fingerprinted by Sarah Finn, 17. They are in the school’s Criminal Justice Academy under the leadership of former New Port Richey police Chief Martin Rickus.
  10. Trump adviser Roger Stone says he was a victim in Florida hit-and-run, possibly 'deliberate'

    National

    Longtime friend of President Donald Trump and informal adviser Roger J. Stone Jr. said he was a passenger in a vehicle struck Wednesday in a hit-and-run collision in Pompano Beach. …

    Roger Stone speaks to the media at Trump Tower on Dec. 6 in New York City. Stone said he was a passenger in a vehicle struck Wednesday in a hit-and-run collision in Pompano Beach, Florida. [Spencer Platt | Getty Images]
  11. Springstead's Rivera wins title with father in hospital

    Wrestlingpreps

    There are only a select number of wrestlers who ever earn the right to stand atop the podium at the state championships with a gold medal around their necks. And most never have to overcome the emotional obstacles Richie Rivera did last weekend. …

    Springstead 113-pounder Richie Rivera celebrates moments after sealing up a state title with a dramatic pin at 5:06 against Brandon ‘sTrey Lane.
  12. An asteroid hunter explains how she's protecting Earth from a killer space rock

    Space

    In the early hours of Oct. 6, 2008, the astronomers who study objects in Earth's neighborhood in the solar system made a startling discovery: One of those objects was going to hit Earth. In 12 hours. …

    An artist's conception of the NEOWISE spacecraft, which Carrie Nugent uses to search for near-Earth asteroids. [NASA]
  13. Editorial: Trump travel ban better, still flawed

    Editorials

    The watered-down travel ban that President Donald Trump ordered Monday may be easier to legally defend than the more sweeping one that was poorly drafted and blocked by the courts. But this revised version remains terrible public policy that is not supported by the facts. Such an arbitrary approach will harden anti-American sentiment around the world and will not better protect the nation from terrorists. …

    The watered-down travel ban that President Donald Trump ordered Monday remains terrible public policy that is not supported by the facts.
  14. The Daystarter: Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day; fact-checking Trump as he returns to Florida; FSU dunks 'Dunk City'; bankrupt bank executive offered $1.4 million loan

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today. 10News WTSP The latest 7-day forecast INLINE Feels Like Temps 10News WTSP Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area  …

    Happy St. Patrick's Day. May we offer a few suggestions? [Times (2011)]
  15. State wrestling: Northside Christian's Kamen Wilmington claims gold

    Wrestlingpreps

    KISSIMMEE — It took six trips to the state tournament to make it happen, but Northside Christian senior Kamen Wilmington finally came home with a title. …

    KISSIMMEE - Palm Harbor University 145-pounder Gavin Mitchiner made to the Class 3A state title match Saturday night and gave it a good fight before finally succumbing in a 11-3 decision. Taken 3-4-17 by Scott Purks
  16. David Richardson's crusade finds more prison woes, this time private women's facility

    The Buzz

    The 284 women housed in C-dorm at Gadsden Correctional Facility lived for months without hot water or heat, faced flooded bathrooms daily and endured water rations when the septic tanks were jammed with food waste. …

  17. Hooper: Repair-challenged homeowners can turn to on-demand Tampa app

    News

    TAMPA — Growing up, my family seldom relied on a professional handyman. When we needed something fixed, we didn't call a plumber or an electrician, we called our next door neighbors, the Toomes family. …

    Homee has turned home repairs into an on-demand service that promises a quick response, cost controls and quality service using an app similar to Uber. Photo courtesy of Homee.
  18. Hillsborough County, driven by 2004 storm season, finishes $36 million safety complex

    Publicsafety

    TAMPA — Larry Gispert surveyed the cavernous space, taking in the huge video screens and rows of work stations, and thought back to an infamous Florida hurricane season. "I could have used this in 2004," said Gispert, who served as Hillsborough County's emergency management director for 14 years. …

    Chris Stark, a fire training officer, rappels down the side of a three story "burn building" Thursday on the county's new $36.1 million public safety operations complex. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  19. Pasco narrows administrator search to five candidates

    Localgovernment

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco commissioners narrowed the search for their next county administrator to five candidates Tuesday, but not without a curveball from Commissioner Jack Mariano. …

    Pasco County Administrator Michele Baker is leaving when her contract expires in July.
  20. Colorful cast vies for Gulfport Council seats

    Elections

    GULFPORT — When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will decide whether to reward two City Council incumbents with another two-year term. One incumbent has drawn token opposition. The other has drawn a crowd. …

    Bobby Reynolds

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