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  1. Pedestrian killed crossing 66th Street North

    Accidents

    A pedestrian was killed early Wednesday when he was struck by a car on 66th Street North.

    Police said the man, who has not yet been identified, was walking away from the Checkers near the intersection of 38th Avenue North about 2 a.m. when he stepped into the road outside a crosswalk.

    Ramiz Suljic, 28, of St. Petersburg was driving north on 66th Street North and approaching a green light, police said. He saw the man in the road at the last second and swerved left to avoid the pedestrian, but hit him, throwing him into the air and then onto the ground....

  2. Wednesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Rays at Orioles12:30 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Pirates at Reds 12:30 p.m.MLB
    Cubs at Yankees7 p.m.MLB, WGN
    Nationals at Marlins7 p.m.Sun Sports
    College softball
    Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton7 p.m.ESPNU
    Golf
    LPGA: Lotte Championship6:30 p.m.Golf
    High school baseball
    Maitland Orangewood Christian at DeLand7 p.m.BHSN
    NBA
    Pacers at Magic7 p.m.FSF
    Mavericks at Grizzlies8 p.m.ESPN
    Clippers at Trail Blazers10:30 p.m.ESPN
    NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals
    East, Game 1: Canadiens at Lightning7 p.m.Sun Sports; 970-AM
    East, Game 1: Blue Jackets at Penguins7:30 p.m..NBCSN
    West, Game 1: Stars at Ducks10 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    EPL: Sunderland at Manchester City2:45 p.m.NBCSN
    Spain: Barcelona at Real Madrid3:25 p.m.ESPN, ESPND
    Tennis
    ATP: Rolex Masters4:30 a.m.Tennis
    ...

  3. Huge gun range wins approval from Tarpon Springs

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — A huge indoor gun range that's planned for a blighted spot alongside U.S. 19 won approval late Tuesday night from Tarpon Springs commissioners who heard passionate arguments for and against it.

    Developers intend to start construction this summer on the nearly 60,000-square-foot Reload Gun Range, which will be at 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway north of Klosterman Road. The 45-lane range, which could open early next year, is to include a cafe, gunsmith service, classroom space, a firearms store and training areas for law enforcement....

    The nearly 60,000-square-foot Reload Gun Range is planned at 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway, north of Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  4. Rays' Matt Moore convinced surgery is the best option

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — LHP Matt Moore is confident the Tommy John surgery he is having next week eventually will make his left elbow feel better. He just had to be sure he felt it was the right thing to do before deciding Monday to proceed.

    And he said that when he opened his eyes Tuesday, he knew it was.

    "I don't think that there was a whole lot of hesitation when I woke up (Tuesday) morning," he said. "I knew I wasn't dreaming. It wasn't like, 'Do I really want to do this?' "...

    Rays All-Star starter Matt Moore says that a day after announcing that he’d have Tommy John surgery, he had no doubt that he’d made the right call.
  5. Rays try not to panic over rough start

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Tuesday's rainout could not have been much better timed for the Rays, a chance to reset their rotation torn asunder in the past week by injuries to Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, and to refresh their confidence.

    Two weeks — and just two weeks — into their season of grand expectations, the Rays' record may be 7-7, but it seems they're fighting a losing battle.

    "It's hard not to look at what we're going through right now and be kind of, I guess, disappointed is the word that comes to mind, with the things that have happened," third baseman and team leader Evan Longoria said. "Things really have probably gone completely opposite of what we would have expected or wanted to this point. But the good thing is we're finding a way to win games."...

    Longtime reliever Cesar Ramos, who struggled in his first start, remains an unplanned member of the Rays’ rotation for the time being.
  6. Pasco School Board hires consultant for $290,000

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — The Pasco County School Board agreed Tuesday to spend nearly $300,000 for a consultant to help write its next strategic plan.

    Tampa-based TransPro would receive $290,000 over two years to guide the district's effort to set priorities that are clearly defined and measurable. The priorities would drive future budgets.

    "If it sits on a shelf it is not successful," group CEO Mark Aesch told the board. "It needs to be a part of daily life."...

  7. State tennis: Bogie's Dan Stefan repeats as singles champ

    Tennis Preps

    CASSELBERRY — Boca Ciega junior Dan Stefan needed a furious rally in his first trip to the state tournament to come away with a championship.

    The only drama in his return trip Tuesday centered on whether the Pirates could sweep the individual bracket honors.

    Stefan cruised to the individual Class 2A singles title and teamed with Nikita Goldenberg to win the individual doubles crown without dropping a set at Red Bug Lake Park....

    Bogie’s Dan Stefan wins his second straight 2A singles title.
  8. Daily treatments help get severely burned dog on the mend

    Crime

    DANIEL WALLACE | Times

    Leigh Sockalosky, above left, of the Hardee Animal Rescue Team holds a dog she calls Hope, a Shar-Pei mix that was severely burned March 20 in Arcadia, as veterinary surgeon Helga Bleyaert finishes a daily bandage change Tuesday at Blue Pearl veterinary hospital in Tampa. Sockalosky, who works in a vet's office in Hardee County, makes a 180-mile round trip to see Hope every day. Hope's owner Larry Wallace, 66, left, was taken into custody Monday, accused of setting his dog on fire. He faces felony charges of arson and animal abuse. For a video report, go to video.tampabay.com....

    Larry Wallace, 66, is accused of setting his Shar-Pei mix, Hope, on fire.
  9. Return of Tampa 2 excites Bucs' Gerald McCoy

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The uniform design is contemporary. Some players still need directions to One Buc Place, and the coaching staff is new.

    But as disruptive as the changes might be, the Bucs and tackle Gerald McCoy hope a nostalgic return to the Tampa 2 will create more havoc on defense.

    "It's definitely going to be different," McCoy said. "We're playing the old-school, traditional Tampa 2 defense, and all we've been watching is old Chicago tape when (new Bucs coach Lovie Smith) was there. When (the Bucs) were in their prime, from 1996 to 2002, we've been watching all that tape because that's when the Tampa 2 was really thriving and took over the league. I'm excited about it."...

  10. Teddy Purcell hopes playoffs revive game

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — In 2011, the last time the Lightning was in the playoffs, RW Teddy Purcell was a force with six goals and 17 points in 18 games.

    So after "a grind" of a 2013-14 season that Purcell — with 12 goals and 42 points and minus-3 in 80 games — said "didn't go my way," perhaps the intensity of the postseason is what he needs to shake loose.

    "It's so much easier to get up for games in the playoffs," Purcell said Tuesday. "It's a fun atmosphere."...

    Lightning wing Teddy Purcell had 12 goals and 42 points in 80 regular-season games.
  11. Rays: Weather as bad as Maddon has seen

    The Heater

    A cause for pause

    With Tuesday's rainout, all Rays (and Orioles) uniformed personnel will wear No. 42 today in honor of Jackie Robinson. For some Rays, it is a particularly significant tribute:

    • David Price: "It's a great day. To be able to wear that number one day a year, to signify what Jackie means to the game of baseball and just to people in general. The way he carried himself in that time period, not only on the field but off the field, it's a testament to his character. And I think it's pretty special."...

  12. 'The Deuces' loses its grocer and lifelong student Paul Barco

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — For a few decades, 22nd Street S offered all the amenities available to white people downtown.

    At its peak in the early 1960s, more than 100 businesses crowded "the Deuces," or 22nd Street S between Fifth and 15th avenues, including auto repair shops, hair salons, doctor and lawyer offices, grocers and cobblers, real estate hubs, car dealers, funeral homes and a theater....

  13. Intel chief condemns NSA leaks that led to Pulitzer Prizes

    Military

    TAMPA — The nation's intelligence chief didn't wait for the next-day, Pulitzer Prize hangovers to recede before criticizing leaks of National Security Agency surveillance that helped two newspapers win journalism's highest honor.

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a crowd at the Tampa Convention Center Tuesday that the NSA leaks, which helped The Guardian and Washington Post win journalism's highest honor, put the nation at risk and jeopardized American lives....

  14. Belleair Commission creates new zoning district that could affect Belleview Biltmore

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place.

    Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.

    The new zoning option, RM-10, offers more flexibility and height than the town's two existing multifamily residential zoning designations. It allows up to 10 units per acre —- a density between the other two zoning categories — and the potential for building heights up to 80 feet if the developer incorporates certain incentives like enclosed parking....

  15. Largo commission votes to take Pinellas to mediation over proposed EMS cuts

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners here voted unanimously Tuesday to take the county to the bargaining table over proposed cuts to Pinellas emergency medical services system.

    The vote triggers a conflict resolution process that state law requires before a lawsuit is filed. Should the mediation fail, the Largo commission could vote to sue Pinellas County.

    Former Pinellas County Administrator Bob LaSala has proposed cutting about $2.3 million over the next three years from the overall $116 million EMS budget. LaSala wanted to slash the budgets of the five departments — Largo, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg and Lealman — that answer 70 percent of the 150,000-plus fire and EMS calls in the county. Seminole would also see a reduction. ...