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  1. Lightning's Johnson, Palat among Calder Trophy finalists

    Blog

    Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year. Colorado's Nathan McKinnon is the other finalist.

    The Lightning is the first team with two Calder finalists since Chicago's Patrick
    Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third in 2008.

    The winner will be announced during the NHL Awards show June 24 in Las Vegas.
    at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2014 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBCSN in the
    United States and CBC in Canada....

    Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson, left, and Ondrej Palat, right, are among three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's rookie of the year.
  2. Ticket window: LeAnn Rimes; Julianne and Derek Hough; Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Events

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

    LeAnn Rimes, 9 p.m. June 6 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, $55, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Hard Rock Cafe, 5223 Orient Road, and through Ticketmaster online at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling toll-free 1-800-745-3000.

    3 Doors Down, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, $53, on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster....

  3. Truck driver hurt after vehicle collides with train near Plant City

    Accidents

    A logging truck driver was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital Wednesday morning after a CSX train crashed into his truck as he tried to cross the tracks at State Road 39 and Moriczville Lane in Plant City, according to authorities.

    The condition of the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was unknown but his injuries were not considered life threatening, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Chip Shields said. The train did not derail during the crash, which happened about 9:45 a.m., but the truck was heavily damaged, he said....

  4. Police: Six gang members arrested during Largo investigation

    Crime

    LARGO — Six gang members were arrested during a year-long investigation focusing on gang violence and drug trafficking in Largo, city records show.

    Largo police declined to discuss the arrests, but in an email to the Largo Police Department and city officials, Sgt. John Trebino detailed the results of the investigation, which also involved the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives....

  5. FCAT testing resumes after computer glitches are fixed

    Testing

    Florida schools returned to computerized FCAT testing on Wednesday after receiving word from the state that the systems were again running properly.

    Twenty-six districts reported problems with student access to the online exams on Tuesday, prompting the Florida Department of Education to recommend a delay in testing for affected schools.

    Education commissioner Pam Stewart blamed testing company Pearson for the troubles....

  6. New shuttle makes commute easier, safer for Middleton High students

    K12

    TAMPA — The first shuttle pulled out of the low at Meridian Pointe Apartments about five minutes before 7 a.m., just as 16-year-old Elijah Collins came jogging behind it.

    A security guard yelled for the shuttle to stop. But Collins said it was okay, he would catch the next one in a few minutes.

    For Collins, a ninth-grader at Middleton High School, the new shuttle makes getting to school on time much easier than having to brave the traffic along Hillsborough Avenue....

  7. Fatal pedestrian accident closes part of 49th Street N

    Accidents

    PINELLAS PARK — The Florida Highway Patrol was investigating a fatal pedestrian accident Wednesday morning on 49th Street N.

    Troopers said one man was killed in the crash, which happened near Daniels Drive just south of Ulmerton Road.

    Only one southbound lane of 49th Street was open about 8:30 a.m.

  8. Tampa man, 45, dies in early-morning crash on I-275

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A Tampa man died early Wednesday in a single-car crash on Interstate 275.

    Troopers said James Peterson, 45, was driving north near Sligh Avenue just before 2 a.m. when he lost control of his Buick LeSabre as he rounded a curve.

    Peterson went off the road and collided with a guardrail, then rotated clockwise and back into the road before his car came to rest in an outside lane. ...

  9. Pedestrian killed on I-75 in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A pedestrian was killed late Tuesday as he walked in a southbound lane of Interstate 75.

    Troopers said the 66-year-old man, who has not been identified, was walking in an outside lane south of Fowler Avenue just after 11:30 p.m.

    He was struck by a car driven by Jason Henriques, 39, of Tampa as Henriques traveled south in the same lane, authorities said.

    The man died at the scene....

  10. School bus chief resigns in Hillsborough County

    K12

    TAMPA — John Franklin, the chief of Hillsborough County's troubled school bus system, has resigned.

    In an email obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Franklin told the school district's new facilities chief, Chris Farkas, that he is grateful for the opportunity the district gave him to reorganize the system in 2007.

    "At this time, it is best that I explore other opportunities. I wish you and everyone else the best of luck," he wrote....

  11. Video: David Price throws complete game

    Blog

    David Price talks about throwing a complete game, striking out 12, in the Rays' 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

  12. Lightning's pain is only temporary

    Lightning Strikes

    MONTREAL

    Late in the second period Tuesday night and Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos was zooming all alone into the Montreal zone.

    As the puck worked its way toward him, Stamkos cocked his stick and was about to unleash a wicked one-timer that you just know was going to end up in the back of the net.

    Instead, Stamkos' stick snapped in half and the puck strayed harmlessly into the corner. Stamkos furiously whipped what was left of his splintered weapon against the boards....

    Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis is consoled by his teammates following the Lightning's Game 4 loss to the Canadiens.
  13. Girl is planted in paradise on Earth Day excursion

    Environment

    LARA CERRI | Times

    "This is awesome," 9-year-old Madison Batchelder of Largo said Tuesday as she photographed numerous plants and flowers in the Florida Botanical Gardens' herb section in Largo. Her father, Scott Batchelder, took her to the gardens, where she took so many photos that her Kurio Tablet battery died during her Earth Day excursion. Madison said she loves nature trails, gardens and animals. "We're going to make a jungle room in my bedroom with plants all over the place," she said. "It's like living in the jungle." She told her dad she also wants a waterfall in her room. "That's highly unlikely," said Scott, who then asked her, "What about a painted waterfall?" As she held up her camera to photograph another flower, she told him, "Call Bob Ross then."...

  14. Sports on TV/radio for Wednesday, April 23

    TV and Radio

    TODAY
    >Baseball
    >Marlins at Braves noon FSF
    Diamondbacks at Cubs 2 p.m. MLB, WGN
    Twins at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Yankees at Red Sox 7 p.m. ESPN, ESPND
    College baseball
    >Florida A&M at Florida 7 p.m. FSF
    Iowa at Creighton 7:30 p.m. CBSSN
    College lacrosse
    >Villanova at Johns Hopkins 7 p.m. ESPNU
    High school softball
    >Class 4A region quarterfinal: Titusville Astronaut at Montverde 7 p.m. BHSN
    NBA playoffs, conference quarterfinals
    >East, Game 2: Bobcats at Heat7 p.m. TNT
    West, Game 2: Mavericks at Spurs 8 p.m. NBA
    West, Game 2: Blazers at Rockets 9:30 p.m. TNT
    NHL playoffs, conference quarterfinals
    >East, Game 4: Penguins at Blue Jackets 7 p.m. NBCSN
    West, Game 4: Ducks at Stars 8 p.m. CNBC
    West, Game 4: Blues at Blackhawks 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
    NFL
    >2014 schedule release 8 p.m. ESPN2, NFL
    Soccer
    >UEFA Champions League semi: Bayern Munich at Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. FS1
    CONCACAF Champions League final, Leg 2: Cruz Azul at Toluca 8 p.m. FS1, Unimas
    Tennis
    >ATP: Barcelona Open 7:30 a.m. Tennis
    TV: FSF: Fox Sports Florida; FS1: Fox Sports 1; CBSSN: CBS Sports Network; BHSN: Bright House Sports Network; ESPND: ESPN Deportes....

  15. District baseball: 'Home' field suits St. Petersburg just fine

    Baseballpreps

    ST. PETERSBURG — When given the choice of playing Tuesday's Class 8A, District 8 semifinal against Palm Harbor University at either Gibbs or spacious Huggins-Stengel Field, St. Petersburg players unanimously chose the latter.

    It was clearly a good decision. The Green Devils know how to play at Huggins-Stengel.

    Using small ball on the large field, St. Petersburg stole home for one run and had a fielder's-choice ground out for another. That proved to be enough in a 2-0 win over the Hurricanes....