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  1. Rays: Wide-open field for annual charity golf event

    The Heater

    Taking their swings

    The Rays will leave the fields early today to hit the fairways as all 40-man rostered players and staff will take part in the team's annual charity golf tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. With David Price traded and Jake McGee sidelined, the field seems wide open, with C Curt Casali, RHP Matt Andriese and C Rene Rivera considered among the Rays' best, though they compete with teams of corporate and community partners. "Since David's not here I think I have a good chance to win it," Casali said. "I'm looking forward to having some fun out there."...

  2. Things to do in north Pinellas


    06 Today

    Tommy Emmanuel: The two-time Grammy-Award winner and acoustic guitarist returns to the historic theater for two performances. 8 p.m. $45. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 791-7400.

    Other Desert Cities: A woman returns to Palm Springs after a six years to celebrate Christmas with her family, announcing she will publish a memoir dredging up a tragic event in the family's history. Through March 22. 8 p.m. $19. West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 437-2363....

  3. Cars slams into several vehicles on Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge


    LARGO — An overturned vehicle on the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge Tuesday evening blocked traffic and almost cost one young man his life.

    Bobby Stoychev, 19, was driving to work at a gas station Subway around 5 p.m. when he saw a black Mustang hurtling toward him on its side at 40 or 50 miles per hour, he said.

    When the sliding car slammed into his Toyota Camry, Stoychev blacked out for a second, he said, and his car ricocheted to the other side of the bridge. He regained consciousness and with bleeding knees got out of his car, now totaled....

  4. Jameis Winston visits One Buc Place


    TAMPA — Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, potentially the Bucs' choice as the No. 1 pick in next month's NFL draft, spent Tuesday at One Buc Place for a one-day, face-to-face meeting with team officials.

    Winston, who met with the Bucs two weeks ago in Indianapolis during the NFL combine, spoke about his interest in becoming the top pick and showing the Bucs he's the right man to lead their franchise in a video posted on the team's official site....

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston comments on his half-game suspension Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014,  during a news conference at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner apologized for leaping on a table and shouting obscenities on campus. The university benched him for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson. (AP Photo/Tallahassee Democrat,  Bill Cotterell)  NO SALES FLTAL201
  5. Pasco commissioners pick charter study committee members

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Retired County Administrator John Gallagher heads the list of citizens who will consider the merits of a charter government for Pasco County.

    Commission Chairman Ted Schrader included Gallagher as one of his two appointments to the 15-member advisory committee that will make recommendations to the commission next year. Gallagher, who turned 68 later this week, retired last year after 32 years as county administrator....

  6. Reliever Ernesto Frieri seeks revival under Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — His delivery in need of repair, his reputation as a dominant late-inning reliever tattered after a brutal 2014 season, Ernesto Frieri had a pretty good idea of how to get right.

    Citing turnarounds made by Fernando Rodney, Joaquin Benoit and others before him, Frieri seized on the opportunity to sign with the Rays and become the next project for Jim Hickey's Career Revival Program....

    Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said it's too early to say Ernesto Frieri is "back"  yet, but he is encouraged by what he has seen  on and off the mound. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  7. Longtime Seffner Christian coach Greg Fawbush steps down


    Seffner Christian girls basketball coach Greg Fawbush has resigned after 20 years with the Crusaders, athletic director Andy Holmes confirmed Tuesday.

    Fawbush, who began working and coaching at Seffner Christian Academy when the school first started its high school basketball program, also serves as the assistant athletic director at Seffner Christian, is a teacher at the school and pastor at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church. Reducing his work load, Holmes said, factored into Fawbush's decision....

    Seffner Christian was a regular state contender under Greg Fawbush.
  8. Seminole man arrested on two dozen charges of child pornography


    SEMINOLE — A Pinellas County man trying to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex was arrested Tuesday on more than two dozen child pornography charges, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Michael Frontz, 27, of 84th Street N in Seminole, was arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, five counts of electronically transmitting harmful material to a minor, one charge of prohibited computer usage and one charge of traveling to meet a minor....

  9. Bob Buckhorn cruises and City Council incumbents lead in low-turnout election


    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn breezed to a second term Tuesday night in a city election with the lowest voter turnout since the Nixon administration.

    With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, Buckhorn piled up more than 96 percent of the vote against a write-in candidate.

    "To have the job for four more years, to finish the job I was hired to do ... I couldn't ask for more," Buckhorn, 56, said early Tuesday....

  10. Find A Friend: TinkerBell the cat


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    TinkerBell is petite and curious, but unlike her mischievous namesake, this sterling-colored stray with Irish eyes is one of the calmest and most patient kitties at the Hillsborough County shelter. Check out the party hat pose. TinkerBell (ID A25025395) is easygoing and gets along with others. Meet and adopt Tink and hundreds of dogs at this weekend's First Saturday Celebration at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. All adoptables come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed. Visit

  11. Brooksville council votes to increase speed limit on right turns at intersections with cameras

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Making right turns on red lights in the city of Brooksville should soon be less stressful, at least for those who fear receiving red-light camera tickets.

    On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would increase the allowable speed for someone making a right turn on red, at a red-light-camera intersection, from 5 mph to 10 mph — no stop required. That means that if someone is going under 11 mph, the person would not get a red-light camera ticket....

  12. Mom says teen girl disappeared from Temple Terrace home Saturday


    TEMPLE TERRACE — Deputies are searching for a 15-year-old who never returned home after leaving her mother's Temple Terrace apartment Saturday afternoon.

    Tekeyah Kendrick, a King High School student, disappeared into the rain around 2 p.m., said her mother, Tangila Hymes.

    "When she went out the door it didn't bother me," said Hymes, 40. "I trusted her to go outside."

    The mother and daughter communicated throughout the afternoon, mostly by text. The last time Hymes said she heard from her daughter was 11:16 p.m. "It's too late for you to be out," Hymes recalled saying. "If you don't come home, I'm calling the sheriff." ...

    Tekeyah Kendrick left her mother's Temple Terrace apartment around 2 p.m. Saturday and never returned. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  13. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 for March 5-11


    1Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series: This monthly lunch and concert party in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square this month salutes the Florida Strawberry Festival with food trucks serving up lunchtime dishes that incorporate strawberries, accompanied by live music in the park. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Boulevard and Morgan Street in downtown Tampa. ...

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith will speak at the Men’s Health Forum on Saturday at USF’s Marshall Student Center.
  14. Accident doesn't shake friendship of Seminole teammates


    SEMINOLE — Andrew Mills and Matthew Emerick met on a baseball field. They were teammates on a developmental squad at Seminole High School. Mills was a freshman, Emerick a sophomore.

    But it was an incident off the field that will forever link the two.

    After a Sunday practice March 2, 2014, while hanging out in Emerick's bedroom, Emerick was showing off his father's .22-caliber rifle and accidentally shot Mills. The bullet entered Mills' abdomen and lodged in the right side of his back, near his spine....

    Seminole’s Matthew Emerick, left, and Andrew Mills met on the developmental team and are varsity teammates this year.
  15. Valrico man dies after collapsing in court


    TAMPA — A 67-year-old Valrico man died Tuesday morning after collapsing in a Hillsborough courtroom during a hearing on the pending foreclosure of his home.

    Frank Collelo was with his wife, Antoinette Collelo, 57, when he fell to the floor in the Hillsborough County Circuit courtroom of Judge Wayne S. Timmerman around 9 a.m., according to Cristal Bermudez, a public information officer with the Hillsborough sheriff's office....