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Published Apr. 23, 2019

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Straz says he could work with Castor, however this election turns out

David Straz has blasted Jane Castor for taking campaign money from powerful interests and for doctoring police crime statistics, but he said as he worked the polls on Election Day that "she's a good person and I'll have a good relationship with her." Straz spoke to reporters outside a South Tampa polling station at about 7:30 a.m., saying in response to a question that no matter how the election turns out, "I'm able to get along with anybody, no matter what happens." If you still need to head to the polls, here's our guide to the election, and stay with for continuing coverage with our live blog starting at 2 p.m.

Easter Bunny brawler is Pasco man and fugitive from New Jersey with violent past

A bar hopping bunny who claimed he was defending a woman when cameras caught him in a downtown Orlando brawl Easter Sunday may not be so innocent. Turns out, the man in the suit -- 20-year-old Antoine McDonald -- is wanted in New Jersey in connection with a vehicle burglary last fall, possibly fleeing to Florida under an assumed name.

That community cat that roams around your neighborhood? There's a law for that.

A Pinellas County ordinance allows for neighborhood cats that don't have owners, and some residents see that as a plus. The county actually accounts in law for these cats who have no home and yet are not technically strays, and the ordinance is part of a nationwide effort to control stray and feral cat populations through a process of trapping, spaying or neutering, vaccinating and returning them to their environment.

Jason Licht's Buccaneers drafts haven't been good, and they're getting worse

About two-thirds of the players Bucs general manager Jason Licht has drafted since 2014 remain on the roster — but is it as good as new coach Bruce Arians has suggested? To find out, the Tampa Bay Times built a database of every draft pick from the past five years. Then, we compared the value of the players the Bucs picked to the value of the players other teams picked. It shows that though Tampa Bay has owned several premium picks in recent years, the gap between it and other NFL teams has grown.

Former Wesley Chapel fitness center targeted for craft brewery

A Seminole Heights craft brewery is considering expanding to property that formerly housed the Sports & Field training center at the northwest corner of State Road 56 and Arrowgrass Drive in. Plans call for turning the building into a 27,000-square-foot brewery, restaurant and bar with outdoor seating and private event space. Anthony Derby, CEO of Brew Bus Brewing and Florida Avenue Brewing Co. in Tampa, along with his mother, Toni Derby, a company cofounder and chief financial officer, and the company's attorney and architect met with Pasco County planning staff members last week to discuss the project.

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