News at noon: An unpredictable Florida stone crab season; no BP settlement money for Bucs; and more

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Published May 28, 2019

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Hit-or-miss hauls end another unpredictable Florida stone crab season

It was a strange boom-or-bust season for stone crabbers on Florida's west coast, and to an extent, for the consumers who yearn for that sweet, flaky and oh-so-pricey claw meat. The effects of a long-lasting red tide that persisted since the previous season left crab traps woefully uncrowded from Marco Island north to Tampa Bay.

Court: Bucs not entitled to damages from BP for oil spill

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Bucs are not entitled to damages from BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At issue were the accounting practices the team used to argue that the 2010 spill caused the team's revenues to fall. The Bucs had sought $19.5 million in damages. The team's stadium is about 360 miles southeast of the site of the spill.

Tampa pastor, daughter sentenced in $11 million tax prep scheme

For years, Pastor Luckner Stimphil was a well-known figure in Tampa's Haitian-American community, sheltering new immigrants while helping them find jobs and permanent housing. Stimphil also helped them and others prepare their tax returns — and for that he is going to prison. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced Stimphil, pastor of Tampa's First Calvary Life Ministry, to four years and nine months in a tax fraud scheme that also involved his daughter, Elwolfine Dufort of Riverview. She previously had been sentenced to two years.

Bearss? Wimauma? Masaryktown? Here's how to pronounce the tricky names around Tampa Bay.

As part of our Florida Wonders series, a reader asked what is the correct way to say Bearss Avenue and those other hard-to-pronounce names around town. We have those answers.

For the Rays, a strong record on Memorial Day means more than you might think

It's not Labor Day. It's not even the Fourth of July. It's just the day after Memorial Day so how pumped should you be that the Rays are currently leading the American League wild card race? Quite a bit, actually, sports columnist John Romano writes.

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