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Invest 92 could target Florida as Tropical Storm Harvey heads west

Invest 92 could target Florida as Tropical Storm Harvey heads west

While Tropical Storm Harvey continues its westerly track toward Central America, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on a trailing system that could target the East Coast — and Florida — by late next week.As of Friday at 8 a.m., Invest 92 ...
Published: 08/18/17
'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

Despite intense public opposition and dubious traffic projections, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that construction of the toll road known as "Suncoast 2" is expected to start in early 2018.The 13-mile, four-lane extension of ...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Times investigation: Tampa Electric knew the procedure was dangerous. It sent workers in anyway.

Times investigation: Tampa Electric knew the procedure was dangerous. It sent workers in anyway.

TAMPA — The blast happened suddenly, with enough force to toss Carlton Nelson across the power plant's floor.When he came to, the veteran Tampa Electric mechanic lifted his head and squinted. The tank he had been trying to fix was spewing a dea...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Good luck finding solar eclipse glasses across Tampa Bay, U.S.

Good luck finding solar eclipse glasses across Tampa Bay, U.S.

When Andi Figart arrives to work at the New Port Richey Library, she often finds small groups of people waiting for the doors to open up at 10 a.m. But when she arrived Thursday morning she had never seen this before: People lined up in lawn chairs o...
Published: 08/17/17
Updated: 08/18/17
Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire

Despite pain, woman in court faces ex-boyfriend who lit her on fire

PORT RICHEYSheron Pasco sat in the wheelchair as her mother pushed it toward the man in the orange jail suit.His name was John Riggins, her former boyfriend. More than a year ago, he doused Pasco with gas as she lay in bed and flicked on a lighter. S...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Monument debate renews push by Red Sox to rename Yawkey Way

BOSTON ­— A dark blue banner with red letters reads "Welcome to Yawkey Way," and on Friday morning it still hung over a street lined on one side by shops selling Red Sox gear and souvenirs, and on the other by the brick facade of the team'...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard

Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard

JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.And its members were disappointed."We want them to have negative-90 (yards), negative-80...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Temple Terrace Citizen of Year skips his awards banquet in protest of Confederate event

Temple Terrace Citizen of Year skips his awards banquet in protest of Confederate event

TEMPLE TERRACE — Travis Malloy was supposed to show up to the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club on Thursday to pick up his Citizen of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce banquet. Instead, Malloy stayed away in protest. The club, he r...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

Tonight: vs. Mariners6:10, Tropicana FieldTV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)Tickets: $26-$300; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.Promotion: Rays Tote Bag to fi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

ST. PETERSBURG — Four batters into his return from a lengthy stay on the disabled list CF Kevin Kiermaier found himself embroiled in a "did he" or "didn't he" debate Friday.Did he intentionally break in on the line drive hit to left-centerfield...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sen. Bill Nelson ready to campaign on GOP failure to fix Obamacare

Sen. Bill Nelson ready to campaign on GOP failure to fix Obamacare

For years, Sen. Bill Nelson has faced a steady barrage of partisan attacks over the Affordable Care Act, but as he begins the 2018 re-election campaign, the Democrat stands to benefit from a flipped script:Republicans, who have a complete lock on Con...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Man, 75, struck by lightning while playing golf in Clearwater

A 75-year-old man was hospitalized after he was struck by lightning while playing golf in Clearwater on Friday morning.Clearwater police say the Frank Sink was struck around 11 a.m. while on the seventh hole at Clearwater County Club, 525 N Betty La...
Updated: 4 hours ago

A sports rout on Wall Street

NEW YORK — Sporting goods retailers can't shake their losing streak. Shares of stores that mostly sell sneakers and sporting gear plummeted Friday after Foot Locker and smaller rival Hibbett Sports reported a drop in sales in the latest quarter...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 20

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 20

The Art of the Brick: An elaborate display of more than 100 pieces of Lego artwork including the life sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous works including Vincent Van Go...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often

Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often

Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach. On Friday, he was happy to report that the Bucs, by rushing for 130 yards in Thursday's 12-8 preseason win over the J...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Grocery and hotel deals in reach for Tampa Encore project

Grocery and hotel deals in reach for Tampa Encore project

TAMPA — After failing to land both Publix and Walmart, the Tampa Housing Authority says it is close to a deal to bring another well-known grocer to its Encore project.The agency expects to enter into a contract in the next 30 days for the sale ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Pinellas deputies investigating death near Clearwater

CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's robbery and homicide unit is investigating a death at a retirement condo complex at 2426 Persian Drive, unit 34.Deputies said they first got a call at 8:14 p.m. on Thursday night about reports...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?"I just felt hot," Wi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
There's a local memorial for Linkin Park's Chester Bennington this weekend

There's a local memorial for Linkin Park's Chester Bennington this weekend

Because he sang so often, and so passionately, about the trials of pushing through pain and desperation, Linkin Park fans have taken the July 20 suicide of singer Chester Bennington really hard. So hard in fact, that hundreds of fan-organized, band-s...
Published: 08/16/17
Designer's 'I hate I-275' sticker is a hit

Designer's 'I hate I-275' sticker is a hit

A graphic designer says he's scored a modest hit with a sticker reading "I hate I-275." The irony is that Corey Danks, 26, of Philadelphia, has never even driven the interstate known to frustrate Tampa's rush hour commuters with a bott...
Published: 08/15/17