TAMPA — Polls open at 7 a.m. today so Tampa voters can decide five City Council races and, in all likelihood, re-elect Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
Here are five things to know:
Want to vote? Bring your ID
First, you have to vote at the polling place for your precinct.
Don't know your precinct? Go to VoteHillsborough.org and click on "Election Day." Or you can call the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections at (813) 744-5900.)...
03/02/15 TV and Radio
Baseball, spring training Pirates at Blue Jays 1 p.m. MLB College basketball Iowa at Indiana 7 p.m. ESPN North Carolina at Georgia Tech 7 p.m. ESPNU Mississippi at Alabama 7 p.m. SEC Georgetown at Butler 7 p.m. FS1 Rhode Island at Dayton 7 p.m. CBSSN Maryland at Rutgers 7 p.m. Big Ten Texas A&M at Florida 9 p.m. ESPNU; 620-AM Kentucky at Georgia 9 p.m. ESPN West Virginia at Kansas 9 p.m. ESPN2 Auburn at Missouri 9 p.m. SEC North Carolina State at Clemson 9 p.m. Sun Sports Villanova at Creighton 9 p.m. FS1 Michigan at Northwestern 9 p.m. Big Ten NBA Rockets at Hawks 7:30 p.m. NBA NHL Sabres at Lightning 7:30 p.m. NBCSN; 970-AM Soccer EPL: West Brom at Aston Villa 2:30 p.m. NBCSN CONCACAF U-17 championship: Mexico vs. St. Lucia 6 p.m. FS2 Mexican Cup: Atlante at Merida 8 p.m. ESPND CONCACAF Champions League: Pachuca at Montreal 8 p.m. FS2, Galavision Mexican Cup: Queretaro at Santos 10 p.m. ESPND
03/02/15 Public Safety
PORT RICHEY -- An unknown suspect robbed a food delivery man at Taste of Philly restaurant on U.S. 19 Tuesday evening, according to Port Richey police.
The delivery man, who works for the restaurant, was walking into Taste of Philly to turn in the evening's cash receipts around 8:10 p.m., Port Richey Police Captain Bill Ferguson said.
A suspect came from behind and pointed a handgun at the victim, Ferguson said, and told the victim, "Give me all the money."...
One of the first public images of Jameis Winston's accuser comes more than an hour into the documentary The Hunting Ground. Zephyrhills native Erica Kinsman appears as a little girl in a photo, wearing a garnet and gold Florida State University cheerleading outfit.
By the end of her scene, Kinsman is in tears.
The controversial film — which the Tampa Bay Times viewed Monday in an advance screening — reveals little new information about the 2012 sexual assault allegations against FSU's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. But it does put a name and face on the woman at the other end of the accusations and shares a candid comment from a Tallahassee prosecutor....
03/02/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman didn't sleep much Sunday night, the eve of the trade deadline.
"Couple hours," Yzerman said. "Up late, up early."
That was because Yzerman struck two separate deals — contingent on each other — before sunrise to land the veteran defenseman the Lightning needed for a deeper playoff run. And Yzerman felt he did so without "mortgaging a lot of our future."...
TAMPA — Lettuce and tomato on a Cuban sandwich?
Tampa politics doesn't have much that could qualify as a purity test, but this might be it.
So when voter Danny Thro got a campaign mailer from City Council member Mike Suarez that had a picture of a Cuban with lettuce and tomato, he paused.
"I'm a vegetarian and imagine a Cuban sandwich to be my weak spot if I ever go back to eating meat," Thro said Monday in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. "Maybe that's why I looked so closely."...
03/02/15 The Heater
PORT CHARLOTTE — RHP Alex Cobb can't wait to see the Pirates on Saturday afternoon.
It's nothing personal, just a matter of the Rays' top starter, after throwing bullpen sessions for months and batting practice for two days, itching to get back in a competitive environment.
"I'm ready to go," Cobb said after Monday's session. "I'm over throwing bullpens, I'm over throwing live BP, where most of the guys aren't even swinging. I'm just ready to compete, try to get some real outs, have some real fielders. That's the only time you get your real feedback. And you even get a little bit of adrenaline going during spring training. You can work off that, too."...
03/02/15 Lightning Strikes
TAMPA — If all the seeds hold true in the upcoming American Athletic Conference women's tournament, USF will get another crack at its daunting New England nemesis in less than a week.
In the wake of Monday night's humbling proceedings, some fans may deem that cruel bracketology. For the Bulls, it's consolation.
"Hopefully we play them two more times," junior guard Courtney Williams said....
TAMPA — Police were investigating a fatal shooting at the Hope Food Mart on 22nd Street N in central Tampa Monday night.
Authorities said the shooting followed an argument between two young men around 7 p.m., though three to four parties were present. When authorities pulled into the gas station, they found the shooter waiting for them. He was cooperating with investigators.
No names have been released because the investigation is ongoing. The victim was identified though, and authorities were in the process of notifying relatives. ...
TAMPA — Amid talk of low turnout, Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer sees a reason to be encouraged about today's city elections in Tampa.
This is the last day to vote in the mayor's race and five City Council elections. For some traditionalists, it is the only day to vote.
"In Tampa, we have people who like to vote on election day," Latimer said Monday. At this point in the election, with early voting over, nearly 2,000 more voters have cast ballots than did at the same point four years ago, Latimer said, which suggests that turnout could be robust....
03/02/15 The Heater
Hit of the day
INF Tim Beckham provided the "highlight" of the day, a batting practice blast that shattered the windshield of LHP Drew Smyly's car, which was parked beyond the leftfield fence. After joking that pitching coach Jim Hickey was to blame for grooving the pitch, Beckham said he would make good. "I hope BMW covers that," Beckham said. "If not, meal money will." Smyly was scrambling to see if he could get it repaired ASAP, musing, "I'll find a new spot tomorrow."...
Florida vs. Texas A&M
When/where: 9; O'Connell Center, Gainesville
TV/radio: ESPNU; 620-AM
Records: Florida 14-15, 7-9 SEC; Texas A&M 20-8, 11-5
Notable: This is the home regular-season finale for the Gators and the second meeting between the two this season. … The Aggies have won four of five, beginning with their one-point win over Florida on Valentine's Day. … TAMU has three players scoring in double figures in conference play: Danuel House (17.2), Jalen Jones (13.8) and Alex Caruso (10.1). … A victory would give Gators coach Billy Donovan 200 regular-season SEC wins. He would join Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) and Dale Brown (LSU) with that distinction....
Duke Energy Florida on Monday said it wants to suspend most of the remaining nuclear charge on customers' bills for the canceled Levy County nuclear plant until it resolves a half-billion lawsuit over the project's contract.
The proposal would give customers at least temporary relief from a $3.45 charge on the average bill each month, beginning around June 1, about six months earlier than expected....
03/02/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The distinct histories and architecture of the city's neighborhoods have been credited with fueling its recent renaissance, but a battle has started over what kind of balance to strike between preservation and development.
At issue is a proposed overhaul of the city's historic preservation ordinance — part of a 176-page package recently approved by a city board. Among the revisions: decreasing the number of property owners in a neighborhood that would have to agree before an application for local landmark status could be submitted....