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  1. Pavel Kubina drinks from the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Calgary Flames in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final at the St. Pete Times Forum in 2004.
  2. Rodney Adams snares memorable catch for USF


    TAMPA — Arguably the most bittersweet half of football in Rodney Adams' life unfolded in Friday night's downpour.

    Four days after his birthday, in his fourth game as a Bull, on fourth down, Adams had a play he'll likely remember the next four decades. The former Lakewood High standout, who turned 20 on Monday, hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from Mike White on fourth-and-10 to give USF a 14-0 first-quarter lead....

  3. Food for thought for children

    Human Interest


    Marquishia Winters, 27, with the Edible Peace Patch Project, joins volunteers from Bloomin' Brands, Eckerd College, the city of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Education Foundation to rehabilitate the community garden at Campbell Park Elementary School on Friday. "I think it's important for children to know about healthy, home-grown food and that it is cool to garden. It's not just something your grandma does," Winters said as she spruced up the St. Petersburg plot. "I want kids to see young adults out here setting an example."...

    Marquishia Winters, 27, with the Edible Peace Patch joins volunteers from Bloomin‚€™ Brands, Inc., Eckerd College, the City of St. Petersburg,  and the Pinellas Education Foundation to rehabilitate the community garden at St. Petersburg‚€™s Campbell Park Elementary School Friday, Septmeber 19, 2014. "I think it's important for children to know about healthy home grown food and that it is cool to garden. It's not just something your grandma does," Winters explains. "I want kids to see young adults out here setting an example."
  4. Former Pasco clerk candidate sues Tampa Bay Times


    DADE CITY — A onetime candidate for Pasco clerk of courts has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Times and two of its writers.

    Roberta Cutting, who is representing herself in the suit filed this week, claims that the Times "maliciously prepared and published false statements of fact" about her during the 2012 campaign.

    The suit says a story about Cutting's previous involvement with the clerk's office, where employees said she tried to improperly access a court file and where she was once a volunteer, was not accurate....

  5. Other state schools


    Miami at No. 24 Nebraska, 8, ESPN2, 1040-AM, 1250-AM: The Hurricanes (2-1) believe they're a better team than the one that lost at Louisville in its opener. There's no better way to find out than playing on the road in front of 90,000 fans, many of whom remember the days when UM beat their Cornhuskers regularly in bowl games. Nebraska's best test came from Division I-AA McNeese State, and it barely escaped. The Huskers (3-0) could use a solid win over a quality opponent before Big Ten play....

  6. Lutz man accused of molesting underage girl


    TAMPA — Authorities have arrested a Lutz man they say sexually molested a 14-year-old girl.

    Earl "Aga" Villagomeza, 30, was arrested Thursday on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

    Authorities began investigating him in July. He was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on $22,500 bail.

    Authorities said Villagomeza frequented the Philippine Cultural Foundation in northwestern Hillsborough and they believe there could be more victims. Anyone with information about Villagomeza was asked to call FDLE Special Agent Al Danna at (800) 226-1140....

  7. Gerald McCoy aims to get fans back on Bucs' side


    TAMPA — DT Gerald McCoy, held out Thursday with a broken left hand, had to watch from the sideline as his Bucs teammates took a 56-14 loss to the Falcons and fell to 0-3.

    He said he understands the frustration fans are feeling.

    "There's some really, really upset fans right now. … To get the fans back on our side, we can't sit and sulk in this," McCoy said Friday. "We're going to watch the film, and we've got to get back to work. In 2001, the Patriots started 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl. It happens. This is an unpredictable league. You never know what can happen....

    “To get the fans back on our side, we can’t sit and sulk in this,” says Gerald McCoy, who hopes to play in the Bucs’ next game.
  8. Lovie Smith sticks with Josh McCown as Bucs QB


    TAMPA — After watching three wobbly performances by his quarterback, Lovie Smith's patience in Josh McCown remains unshakable.

    Friday, a day after the Bucs' 56-14 loss to the Falcons, the coach said McCown will start against the Steelers on Sept. 28 if healthy. McCown injured the thumb on his right (throwing) hand during the second quarter on a sack and did not return. He was scheduled to have an MRI exam Friday, and the team will have a better gauge of his status when players return to the practice facility Monday....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (12) is under pressure from cornerback Robert McClain (27) of the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his hand during a game at the Georgia Dome on Thursday in Atlanta. {Getty Images]
  9. More bike lanes coming to Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard


    TAMPA — Tampa's showpiece boulevard is getting more bike lanes to make it safer for both cyclists and motorists.

    The City Council this week approved spending $505,882 to create a bike lane on Bayshore Boulevard from south of Rome Avenue to just south of Howard Avenue.

    Watch for construction to start in October and be done by April. That means the contractor, Florida Safety Contractors of Tampa, will have to coordinate its work with Gasparilla planners....

  10. Feds say Riverview mom filed bogus IRS claims while public housed her family


    TAMPA — Last year, a Riverview woman collected $1,351 a month in housing assistance from the federal government while also falsely claiming federal tax refunds totaling $61,544, authorities allege.

    Ronika Paris, 35, didn't tell the Tampa Housing Authority about all of her bank accounts, the government says, and so now she faces extra federal charges.

    Paris, arrested Friday, was indicted by a grand jury this week on eight counts of wire fraud, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of access device fraud and two counts of making false statements....

  11. Pinellas County reaches deal with area hospitals over health care for the poor

    Local Government

    Contract talks between Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and Pinellas County broke down earlier this year after hospital officials disputed figures that showed it was caring for far fewer indigent patients than in previous years.

    The county uses the numbers to decide how much to reimburse Bayfront for caring for patients in the county's health plan.

    The dispute will officially come to an end Tuesday, when the County Commission considers a deal that pays Bayfront $570,000 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 to provide inpatient care for uninsured adults ages 18 to 64....

  12. Stamkos starts with familiar Lightning linemates

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said players were told not to read too much into what groups they practice with or what lines they are on during training camp.

    But Stamkos centering a line with LW Ondrej Palat and RW Ryan Callahan during Friday's first practice wasn't a random selection. The trio played together a little bit last season, and coach Jon Cooper said Stamkos will be paired with several familiar faces during camp before deciding on the top line....

    Lightning coach Jon Cooper conducts drills on the first day of training camp at Amalie Arena. “After each session, I was utterly impressed with everything that went on,” he says.
  13. Brooksville police chief defends officers' actions in Taser incident

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville police Chief George Turner on Friday strongly defended two of his officers who have recently come under scrutiny after a man they were trying to place in custody was shot with a Taser, stunned and eventually hospitalized.

    Turner said 38-year-old Phillip Glenn Napier was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Bayfront Health Brooksville on Friday. ...

    Phillip Glenn Napier was in critical condition Friday.
  14. 5 Things to Do in October

    Life Times

    Tampa Bay Wingfest

    Never met a chicken wing you didn't want to devour? While listening to music? And quaffing craft beers? Well, the inaugural Tampa Bay Wingfest is the place for you to be from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the special events building at the Florida State Fairgrounds. You'll be able to vote for your favorite or enter a wing-eating contest. Admission is free. You buy the food and drink. tbwingfest.com....

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30:  Musican Ringo Starr on stage at "SiriusXM's Town Hall With Ringo Starr" And Host Russell Brand and Moderator Don Was Live On SiriusXM's The Spectrum Channel performs at Troubadour on January 30, 2012 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  15. Consultant offers recommendations to liven up west Pasco


    NEW PORT RICHEY — Create a "real downtown." Make better use of the waterfront. Cooperate with cities. Encourage more pedestrian traffic. Market bundles of events.

    Those were a few of the recommendations from a federally funded consultant to help Pasco leaders redevelop the county's heavily populated but blighted west side.

    "Pasco County has made a good start in preparing for a prosperous and sustainable future with the work that has been done," according to the report from Smart Growth America, a nonprofit agency that encourages urban, walkable communities....