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  1. St. Petersburg teen shot July 4 taken off life support


    ST. PETERSBURG — A teenager shot on Saturday has died after being taken off life support, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

    La'menzo Burnett Jr., 17, of St. Petersburg, was shot in the head about 6:54 p.m. at 2011 Queensboro Ave. S, investigators said.

    Dayshawn Hopkins, 16, is facing a manslaughter charge in the shooting, according to police.

    No further information was immediately available....

  2. Tuesday and Wednesday to see lower temperatures, more storms


    TAMPA — The forecast for the next couple of days calls for more storms but lower temperatures. Toward the end of the week it will be hotter and drier.

    WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Bobby Deskins said high temperatures will hover between 88 and 90 Tuesday, with a 50 percent chance of rain. Scattered storms started early this morning and will move east of I-75 through the afternoon and taper off from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m....

    After a brief shower near downtown Tampa, a rainbow formed west of the Hillsborough River on Tuesday morning. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  3. Teens arrested after destructive device explodes in Dunedin park


    Six teens in Dunedin are facing charges after an explosion of some kind at a recreation center on Garrison Road, authorities said.

    Deputies responded about 10:30 p.m. to a call about people in the Louis A. Vanech Recreation Center park after hours, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. A "destructive device" reportedly exploded near the racquetball courts as investigators searched the area. They later found another "device," the Sheriff's Office said, though authorities did not describe the items in any detail. ...

  4. Coast Guard searching for missing boaters off Indian Rocks Beach

    Public Safety

    The Coast Guard was searching Tuesday morning for two missing boaters in the Gulf of Mexico whose last location according to cell phone records was about 10 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach.

    Michael Forehand and Lisa Harris, of Carrabelle, in the Panhandle, were supposed to drive a 39-foot Sea Ray from Charlotte Harbor back to their home port Sunday, according to the Coast Guard. A friend on Monday called officials in Mobile, Ala. to report them missing....

  5. Shark Week: six local shark tales to feed your appetite

    Human Interest

    There are ninja sharks and alien sharks. Shark clans, serial killer sharks and sharks the size of submarines.

    During Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's most anticipated week of the year, producers pull together outrageous tales from around the globe about those gnawing and gnashing sea predators that exist for the sole purpose of devouring human flesh.

    A whole lot of that is pure fiction. But here in Tampa Bay, we have some legendary — and true! — shark tales of our own. Here are a few from the archives: ...

    Erik Norrie, of Largo, holds a skeletal jaw of a reef shark over the scar left by a reef shark that attacked him in August 2013 while spearfishing in the Bahamas. The shark took a huge bite out of his calf, leaving him hospitalized for weeks and with an impressive scar. [Times files]
  6. Florida Avenue Papa John's robbed, police say


    TAMPA — Three men robbed the Papa Johns pizza restaurant at 9430 N Florida Ave early Tuesday, Tampa police said.

    Officials said the men, who wore sunglasses and bandanas over their faces, went into the building and demanded cash and personal items from the employees working there. One of them had a handgun, officials said.

    The men then left the store, but there was no sign of a vehicle, officials said. Nobody was hurt....

  7. Condo craze spreads to Tierra Verde

    Real Estate

    TIERRA VERDE — A condo development on a barrier island off Tierra Verde that was stalled during the recession is moving back to the front burner with different owners. Four Tierra Verde businessmen are planning Sunset Pointe at Collany Key, a cluster of 120 condos priced between $900,000 and $1.3 million.

    "When they bought (the property in 2012) they didn't have any definite plans. You wouldn't have even thought about a condo project because we were still fresh out of the recession," said Mark Stroud, who is managing Sunset Pointe's development and sales. "They figured the worst-case scenario would be they split it up and sell it as residential lots. Subsequent to that … the condo market started coming back."...

    This rendering shows that units will have a view of the water, with many offering that amenity from every window.
  8. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio


    Cardinals at Cubs, Game 11:20 p.m.MLB
    Rays at Royals, Game 12:10 p.m.620-AM
    Marlins at Red Sox7 p.m.FSF
    Rays at Royals, Game 28 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Cardinals at Cubs, Game 28 p.m.MLB
    Cycling, Tour de France
    Stage 48 a.m.NBCSN
    NBA Summer League
    Magic (Blue) vs. Grizzlies1 p.m.NBA
    Nets vs. Hornets3 p.m.NBA
    Thunder vs. Clippers5 p.m.NBA
    Celtics vs. 76ers7 p.m.NBA
    Spurs vs. Jazz9 p.m.NBA
    Gold Cup: Panama vs. Haiti7 p.m.FS2
    Gold Cup: Honduras at United States9:30 p.m.FS1, Unimas
    National Pro Fastpitch: Pennsylvania at Chicago8 p.m.CBSSN
    Wimbledon8 a.m.ESPN, ESPN2
    Tulsa at Atlanta8 p.m.ESPN2
    World University Games
    Men's basketball: United States vs. Serbia11 p.m.ESPNU

  9. Rays rainout brings Matt Andriese up for spot start

    The Heater

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Heavy Monday storms which included tornado warnings and caused an evacuation of Kauffman Stadium forced the Rays and Royals into double duty today.

    The teams will play a day-night doubleheader (2:10 and 8:10 p.m.) to make up for the postponement, opting to play two today given the potential for more rain Wednesday and Thursday.

    To accommodate the change, the Rays shuffled their pitching plans, bumping RHP Alex Colome, who was to start Monday, to the bullpen and summoning RHP Matt Andriese from Triple-A Durham, under the 26th man rule for doubleheaders, to start the night game. LHP Matt Moore, who was to start tonight, will work the matinee — in part to allow Andriese time to travel from Durham....

    Matt Andriese arrives today for a spot start as a 26th player, allowed in a doubleheader under major-league rules.
  10. Rays pitchers Chris Archer, Brad Boxberger named AL All-Stars


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brad Boxberger didn't really have an idea why pitching coach Jim Hickey summoned him to manager Kevin Cash's office Monday afternoon, wondering if given the forecast for heavy rain — which eventually wiped out the game — maybe they were toying with having him start.

    But then when Chris Archer walked in a moment later, Boxberger's mind started racing a different direction....

    Rays reliever Brad Boxberger was named to the AL All-Star team for the first time.
  11. Rays-Royals doubleheader preview


    Rays at Royals

    When/where: Two games, 2:10 and 8:10 p.m.; Kansas City, Mo.

    TV/radio: Sun Sports (Game 2 only); 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Game 1 Probable pitchers

    RAYS: LH Matt Moore (0-0, 7.71)

    ROYALS: RH Chris Young (7-4, 2.64)

    On Moore: Makes 2nd start since returning from April 2014 Tommy John surgery, working into fifth vs. Cleveland on Thursday. Is 0-2, 5.29 vs. Royals, including last start before surgery....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Matt Andriese #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  12. Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closes after food service violations


    TAMPA — Seminole Heights institution Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closed Monday after being found in violation of a number of food service regulations involving cockroaches and rodents.

    "This establishment is closed to protect public health and safety," a gold flier on a restaurant window read.

    Bo's was flagged by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation after a routine inspection found eight "high-priority food service violations," described as "those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury."...

    Seminole Heights institution Bo's Ice Cream temporarily closed its doors Monday after being found in violation of a number of food service regulations involving cockroaches and rodents.  "This establishment is closed to protect public health and safety," a gold flier on a restaurant window read. [Handout photo]
  13. Port Richey man hospitalized when deputies shoot him following dispute


    PORT RICHEY — Pasco County sheriff's deputies responding to a neighborhood dispute about animals Monday night shot a man who pointed a rifle at them, Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

    "Ultimately, it ended up where someone who we know had an irrational past pointed a weapon at law enforcement, and it's not going to be tolerated in Pasco County," Nocco said.

    The sheriff said Frank Rogers, 56, had a contentious history with a neighbor whose many cats often roamed his yard....

  14. East Lake football coach Bob Hudson steps down


    East Lake football coach Bob Hudson, who led the program to the state semifinals the past two seasons, said he has stepped down after 12 seasons to pursue a career opportunity outside of the teaching and coaching worlds.

    "It was a tough decision, but now was the time to do it," Hudson said. "It just came down to something that will be better to help my family."

    Hudson told the players about the decision Monday. He went 91-48 during his tenure, which is currently the third-longest in Pinellas County. He led the Eagles to the playoffs eight times, including four straight region final appearances and two straight trips to the state semifinals. The Eagles also own a 25-game regular-season win streak....

    Bob Hudson was 91-48 in 12 years at East Lake including eight playoff appearances.
  15. St. Petersburg installs cameras along problematic stretch of Pinellas Trail

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Alex Gallegos rolls along the Pinellas Trail on his green Schwinn, he does not ride in fear.

    But the 26-year-old St. Petersburg resident hasn't forgotten that a friend of his was robbed at knifepoint a few years ago while walking along a stretch of trail that Gallegos rides a few times a week. So he was glad to see that the city installed cameras between 43rd and 49th streets S. ...

    St. Petersburg has installed 16 video cameras between 43rd and 49th streets S.