TAMPA — Polls open at 7 a.m. today for a special Tampa City Council election in northern Tampa and New Tampa.
The race is a runoff in council District 7, where the seat came open after Lisa Montelione resigned mid-term to run for the Florida House of Representatives.
Emergency room doctor Jim Davison and attorney Luis Viera emerged from a field of six candidates — including a former police officer, a retired teacher, a journalist and another doctor — on Nov. 8....
The first few weeks in December are just about the best times to visit Florida's many theme parks to enjoy the holiday lights, shows and Christmas characters.
The weather is mild and the crowds are much lighter than, say, the week of Christmas, when tourists and relatives flock to the Sunshine State.
Even though you won't have to worry about snow flurries or icy roads, the parks are still cheerfully bedecked for the holidays.
We checked out attractions around Tampa Bay and beyond that offer holiday festivities, from Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
Here's what to expect if you go....
TAMPA — The planned cutback on courtesy busing will get a public discussion Tuesday at the 3 p.m. Hillsborough County School Board meeting.
As of midday Monday, members Melissa Snively, April Griffin, Tamara Shamburger and chairwoman Cindy Stuart had flagged the transportation item for comment.
To save money, the district plans to phase out busing for nearly 7,500 middle and high school students who live within two miles of their schools. Such service, known as "courtesy busing," does not get dedicated transportation funding from the state, meaning the millions of dollars spent could be used in the classrooms instead....
TAMPA — The choice of a Palm Beach neurosurgeon with no political experience to oversee an agency responsible for providing homes for more than five million of the nation's poorest residents has alarmed some public housing advocacy groups.
President-elect Donald Trump on Monday announced Ben Carson as his nomination for secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The former Republican presidential candidate, who lived in public housing during part of his childhood, has never held office. He has said helping the poor is not the job of government....
If the start of Florida's dry season has seemed even drier than normal, it's not because your rain gauge is out of whack.
Just one-tenth of an inch of rain fell at Tampa International Airport last month, making it the second-driest November on record, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted Airport saw only three-tenths of an inch, third-driest in the record books. And Tarpon Springs, where not even a trace amount of rain fell, saw its driest 11th month since record-keeping began there in 1892....
The Daystarter: A rainy day; Obama visits MacDill in Tampa, a plot twist in St. Petersburg's sewage sage; and backlash over Carson's appointment12/06/16News
• Rain is expected Tuesday with a chance for storms, as highs reach the mid-to-upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP.
VITA training classes: The United Way of Hernando County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will provide free training for those interested in volunteering for the 2017 tax season. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. (352) 688-2026.
Eckerd Kids Family Fest: The event is a fundraiser to support needy families and Eckerd Youth Challenge. It includes free food and activities. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Family Chiropractic Health Center, 13315 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 777-3633....12/06/16 Visual Arts
SAN ANTONIO — On any given work day, the genesis from a blob of clay to something from which one can eat or drink commences with a swirling potter's wheel and a fair amount of elbow work.
For 44 years, Jack Boyle has carved a living this way, the last 40 in a studio and shop housed in a brick building on Curley Street. There, he builds, glazes and fires functional and decorative pieces that adorn the wooden shelves....12/06/16Events
Holiday craft fair: Local artists and vendors will sell an array of items, including jewelry, designer handbags, homemade decorative items and edibles. There will be a $3 lunch available, which includes a hotdog, drink and chips; proceeds will benefit the local Alzheimer's Association. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. (813) 783-8100....12/05/16Preps
Clearwater 4, Dixie Hollins 1
Largo 8, Keswick Chr. 0
Countryside 2, St. Petersburg 1
Northeast 5, Pinellas Park 2
Dixie Hollins 4, Clearwater 0
Canterbury 56, Universal Academy 54
Lakewood 65, Boca Ciega 24
IMG 67, Calvary Chr. 51...12/05/16 TV and Radio
College basketball Purdue vs. Arizona State 7 p.m. ESPN Villanova at La Salle 7 p.m. ESPN2 Youngstown St. at Michigan St. 7 p.m. ESPNU East Carolina at Virginia 7 p.m. Fox Sun Houston at Arkansas 7 p.m. SEC California vs. Princeton 7 p.m. FS1 Brown at Providence 7 p.m. FS2 Fresno State at Marquette 7:30 p.m. CBSSN NJIT at Minnesota 8 p.m. Big Ten IU-Fort Wayne at Notre Dame 9 p.m. ESPNU Texas at Michigan 9 p.m. ESPN2 Florida vs. Duke 9 p.m. ESPN 620-AM Lamar at DePaul 9 p.m. Fox Sun Hawaii vs. Seton Hall 9:30 p.m. FS1 NBA Magic at Wizards 7 p.m. FSF Spurs at Timberwolves 8 p.m. NBA Soccer UEFA Champions League: Atletico Madrid at Bayern Munich 2:30 p.m. ESPN2, ESPND UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Basel 2:30 p.m. FSF UEFA Champions League: Celtic at Manchester City 2:30 p.m. FS1 UEFA Champions League: Borussia Monchengladbach at FC Barcelona 2:30 p.m. FS2 UEFA Champions League: Arsenal at Basel (taped) 4:45 p.m. ESPND12/05/16Bucs
"There are those with immense talent and others with great passion. And then there are those who galvanize an entire organization. @jaboowins" — Tweet from Bucs director of player development Duke Preston.
TAMPA — Sure, sometimes it looks as if he has anvils for feet. He has thrown only six touchdowns and three interceptions in the past four weeks. And you wondered at times if anything could wipe off that cantaloupe grin. But when the season was about to fall like a bad souffle, Jameis Winston knew exactly what to do and what to say to pump belief back into the Buccaneers....12/05/16Bucs
TAMPA — With Cecil Shorts done for the year with a major knee injury and Adam Humphries in concussion protocol, the Bucs are again scrambling to replenish an already depleted group of receivers as they go for their fifth straight win Sunday at home against the Saints.
"We're concerned. We finished the game with three wide receivers," coach Dirk Koetter said of Sunday's 28-21 win at San Diego. "I think we'll be okay."...12/05/16 The Heater
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Another option came off the board — well, the computer screens — for the Rays on Monday as Steve Pearce decided against a comfortable return to Tampa Bay to take $12.5 million over two years from the Blue Jays.
While that may be a loss — though how big may be based on how quickly and effectively Pearce recovers from elbow surgery — it is not defeat for the Rays....12/05/16Accidents
A Valrico man was killed Monday when he was struck by a semitrailer truck while riding his farm tractor.
James B. Simmons, 84, was driving his tractor on State Road 674, east of Owens Lake Road, partially in a westbound travel lane and partially in the shoulder of the road, when the accident occurred around 3 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Tommy Mars, 57, of Lake Alfred was driving his semi west on SR 674 and failed to see Simmons on his tractor. The front of Mars' truck struck the back of the tractor, killing Simmons. ...