TAMPA — Middle linebacker is a crucial position in Lovie Smith's defense, calling defensive signals, covering plenty of ground in pass coverage and having a natural leadership role in the middle of the field.
Bruce Carter is ready for that challenge.
"It's got to be somebody who can lead on and off the field, somewhat of a captain," said Carter, speaking to local media Monday for the first time since he signed with the Bucs last month. "Guys have to look up to him, not only vocally but in your play, how you carry yourself. That's something I'm going to work on, and hopefully I can do a great job at it."...
04/21/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The three pier design team finalists must prove their worth Thursday before dozens of supporters, naysayers and a beleaguered six-member selection panel.
The stakes are high for Alfonso Architects, the St. Pete Design Group and ASD and its partners, the three teams competing for the $46 million pier project.
When last the selection committee met, it appeared to be leaning toward Alfonso's Alma idea, with Destination St. Pete Pier from the St. Pete Design Group and ASD's Pier Park coming in second and third in that order....
04/21/15 Public Safety
A semitrailer truck containing fertilizer overturned early Tuesday morning, spilling the substance and 120 gallons of diesel fuel across Interstate 4, said Florida Highway Patrol officials.
The truck overturned in the eastbound lane of Interstate 4, near the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at U.S. Highway 301, FHP spokesman Steve Gaskins said. No one was injured.
Crews used heavy equipment to scoop the mounds of granular urea fertilizer off the road, Gaskins said. ...
You'd better be ready to join in when the MythBusters duo of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman bring their live show to Tampa on Thursday. The show promises no less than a dozen chances for audience members to swing a sledgehammer or match wits with the Discovery Channel's most popular wizards of weird science.
Because it's in an enclosed theater at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, there won't be fire and explosions like on the long-running TV show in which the hosts use scientific methods to prove or debunk rumors, myths and pop culture legends. ...
A 31-year-old Port Richey man suffered critical injuries when he crashed his Chevrolet Camaro into a home on Grant Drive about 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Victor Rivera was driving east on Ranch Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car, troopers said. The Camaro spun off the road, through a fence and into a tree before hitting the house, according to the FHP....
ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was badly burned on her face and upper body by a fire in a home on 19th Avenue South overnight, authorities said.
She was flown to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of second- and third-degree burns, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Steve Lawrence.
The blaze struck 1719 19th Ave. S about 3:05 a.m., firefighters said. Three other occupants made it out safely. Rescuers said there were no working smoke alarms inside the house....
Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, the Broadway smash The Producers and the movie-turned-musical Saturday Night Fever are among the shows announced Tuesday by Ruth Eckerd Hall for its 2015-16 Broadway season.
Ruth Eckerd CEO Zev Buffman said he was proud they could offer "such a wide variety of stellar musicals this season," which will also bring Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway and some classic Broadway shows. ...
04/20/15 TV and Radio
Baseball Red Sox at Rays 7 p.m. Sun Sports; 620-AM Cardinals at Nationals 7 p.m. MLB College baseball Clemson at Georgia 7 p.m. SEC College softball Michigan State at Michigan 7 p.m. Big Ten NBA playoffs, first round East, Game 2: Celtics at Cavaliers 7 p.m. TNT East, Game 2: Wizards at Raptors 8 p.m. NBA West, Game 2: Mavericks at Rockets 9:30 p.m. TNT NHL playoffs, first round East, Game 3: Lightning at Red Wings 7 p.m. FSF; 970-AM East, Game 4: Capitals at Islanders 7:30 p.m. USA West, Game 4: Predators at Blackhawks 9:30 p.m. NBCSN West, Game 4: Canucks at Flames 10 p.m. USA Soccer UEFA Champions League: Paris St. Germain at Barcelona 2:30 p.m. FS1; ESPND UEFA Champions League: Porto at Bayern Munich 2:30 p.m. FS2 Mexican Cup: Guadalajara at Puebla 8:50 p.m. ESPND Tennis ATP: Barcelona Open 7:30 a.m. Tennis
Clearwater High football coach Donnie Abraham announced Monday that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities.
The decision comes a week before the start of spring football. Don Mesick, an assistant coach with the Tornadoes, will take over as interim head coach.
Abraham, a former player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who previously coached at Gibbs, did not say what those opportunities would be. He was 4-16 in two seasons at Clearwater. His son, Devin, a former East Lake standout, is currently a defensive back at USF....
04/20/15 Public Safety
Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick called Monday for an investigation into whether the Tampa Police Department is violating civil rights law with its long-standing practice of targeting poor, black neighborhoods for bicycle tickets.
Reddick said he wants police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn to publicly answer questions about how officers are handing out tickets.
Reddick's call was in response to a Tampa Bay Times report on Sunday that revealed police have been using bicycle law as an excuse to stop, question and search riders in high-crime neighborhoods. ...
1 Pets in the Park: See Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel at this free day out for pets, formerly called Pet-a-Palooza, in Raymond James Stadium's Lot 6. The Ultimate Air Dogs dock jumping competition will also be there and there's a pet costume contest and lots of vendors. It runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free.
2 Healthy Kids Day Tampa: The day to help families develop healthy routines at home includes bounce houses, fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, water safety tips, healthy snacks, music by DJ Jake Dela Cruz and sports giveaways. It's free at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday....
04/20/15 Lightning Strikes
DETROIT — The Lightning is feeling pretty good after the first two games of its first-round series with the Red Wings.
It has been arguably the better team in both, controlling play for large portions, dictating the action with its speed.
But with a 5-1 victory Saturday clinching just a split at home, Tampa Bay still needs to steal at least one win on the road to take this best-of-seven series....
04/20/15 Lightning Strikes
DETROIT — Lightning D Jason Garrison isn't likely to return to the lineup by tonight's Game 3 in Detroit.
"Doubtful," coach Jon Cooper said. "He's probably out."
But Garrison, sidelined with an upper-body injury since March 28, is encouraged with his progress, and it appears he could be back this week. Originally scheduled to be out 3-4 weeks, the four week mark is Saturday's Game 5. Cooper said after tonight, he'll be a "game-time decision" going forward....
04/20/15 The Heater
The Rays announced that budding country music star Kacey Musgraves will join the summer concert series. She's scheduled to perform on Saturday, July 25, after the Rays host Baltimore.
Numbers of the day
.425 Home winning percentage since the start of the 2014 season
.609 Home winning percentage from 2008-13
Rays vs. Red Sox
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field...
TAMPA — If U.S. Rep David Jolly gets his way, MacDill Air Force Base could see about $94 million more dollars next year.
Jolly, R-Indian Shores, announced Monday he secured the money in a bill that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee approved.
The bill allots $39 million for a new 36,600-square-foot Special Operations facility at the base. It also allots another $55 million for runway improvements, which will accommodate 23 incoming Army Reserve Black Hawk helicopters. ...