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In St. Petersburg mayor's race, Rick vs. Rick is also Rays vs. Rowdies

In St. Petersburg mayor's race, Rick vs. Rick is also Rays vs. Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG — Maybe before the NFL's national anthem uproar you assumed professional sports were apolitical endeavors. You'd be dead wrong in the case of St. Petersburg's mayoral race.The historically non-political Tampa Bay Rays have jumped...
Published: 10/21/17
Florida's 'Turtle God' is ailing. What happens to his remarkable collection of specimens?

Florida's 'Turtle God' is ailing. What happens to his remarkable collection of specimens?

OVIEDOIn a small town about 5 miles from the University of Central Florida, there stands a two-story yellow house built in the 1920s. A modest sign mounted on the wall next to the front door says, "Chelonian Research Institute."Step inside that door ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Backlog of immigration cases stymies immigrants in Florida

Backlog of immigration cases stymies immigrants in Florida

It was supposed to be a routine green card renewal for a Thai woman who has called Central Florida home for years.Instead, federal immigration authorities took her into custody for a decade-old blemish on her criminal record, putting her on a potenti...
Updated: 11 hours ago
'Days were lost': Why Puerto Rico is still suffering a month after Hurricane Maria

'Days were lost': Why Puerto Rico is still suffering a month after Hurricane Maria

MAUNABO, PUERTO RICO — Before Hurricane Maria tore through the rest of this island, it came to Mayor Jorge Márquez's home.The storm ripped through improvised plastic shutters, shook the windows and sent his panicked family, including his g...
Updated: 12 hours ago
In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

In fear and vigilance, a Tampa neighborhood holds its breath

TAMPA — There was a time, not long ago, when Wayne Capaz would go for a stroll at night and Christina Rodriguez would shop whenever she wanted. Michael Fuller would go to his night job as a line cook, not too worried about his wife at home.That...
Published: 10/20/17
Updated: 10/21/17

"Someone is terrorizing'' Seminole Heights after third slaying in 11 days

TAMPA — When asked Friday if Tampa police believe a serial killer is stalking the residents of Seminole Heights, interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan paused for a moment."We can call it what we want," said a clearly frustrated Dugan, who call...
Published: 10/20/17
Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle

Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle

PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged."In a letter addressed to Pinellas County school district offici...
Published: 10/20/17
Judge won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity

Judge won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity

TAMPA — A claim of obesity won't shave time off a Tampa man's prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday on Friday declined to reduce the 76-month term he imposed Oct. 12 on Stephen Donaldson Sr., 72, for peddling an illegal offsho...
Published: 10/20/17
Encounters: In the quiet of exam rooms, women have been saying 'Me too' for years

Encounters: In the quiet of exam rooms, women have been saying 'Me too' for years

TAMPA — Meet her with her clothes on.Don't make her greet you in a paper gown, slits down the front and flimsy ties. Shake her hand, if she wants to, and introduce yourself. Pause between sentences. This will make it clear that you are listenin...
Published: 10/20/17
Tampa-based Checkers testing delivery, aims for record expansion

Tampa-based Checkers testing delivery, aims for record expansion

TAMPA — Tampa-based Checkers Drive-In Restaurants continues to fly under the radar compared to dominant burger chains like McDonald's and Burger King. But as new owners have taken charge this year — the third changing-of-hands in just ove...
Published: 10/20/17