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Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's 'half-baked' comment (w/video)

Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's 'half-baked' comment (w/video)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, saying "people have to be careful because at some point I fight ba...
Published: 10/17/17
Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance

Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance

Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes. But the triangle can rock, apparently, as a member of the Florida Orchestra demonstrated in a recent Coffee Concert performance at t...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Dodgers close in on World Series with 6-1 win over Cubs

Dodgers close in on World Series with 6-1 win over Cubs

CHICAGO — Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Andre Ethier also went deep and...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

Peter Budaj, Lightning lose to Devils in shootout; Nikita Kucherov scores

NEWARK, N.J. — For Peter Budaj, Tuesday's season debut had a shaky start. This was a tough position for Budaj, 35, playing in his first game in about three weeks. And he looked rusty early on, Budaj allowing an innocent-looking wrist shot squea...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Speakers: Getting tough can't be only response to teen car thefts

Speakers: Getting tough can't be only response to teen car thefts

ST. PETERSBURG — Bob Dillinger remembers coming to Pinellas County as a legal intern in 1975. There were five major poverty zones in St. Petersburg. Forty years later, Dillinger is the Pinellas-Pasco public defender, but the same poverty zones ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa police link two shootings, tell Seminole Heights residents to avoid walking alone

Tampa police link two shootings, tell Seminole Heights residents to avoid walking alone

TAMPA — One was a 22-year-old African American man. The other was a 32-year-old white woman. Both died mysteriously of gunshot wounds in southeast Seminole Heights last week. Now police are asking nervous residents to be alert, avoid walking...
Updated: 4 hours ago

How fast is too fast to raise the minimum wage? St. Pete might be about to find out

Say this about St. Petersburg's City Council members: Their hearts are in the right place. It's their math that's askew. The council's budget, finance and taxation committee voted unanimously last week to move forward with a mandatory minimum wage in...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Mother's testimony about toddler's death brings judge to tears

Mother's testimony about toddler's death brings judge to tears

TAMPA — Nayashia Williams woke up early on May 7, 2014, to the sound of her daughter calling for her. It was the last time the young mother's mornings would begin with a summons from Myla Presley, who couldn't yet climb over the mesh fencing ar...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Police: Woman shoots, kills teen who carjacked her son in Clearwater

Police: Woman shoots, kills teen who carjacked her son in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — They met after dusk in the parking lot of a bank for what seemed like a routine transaction.Louise Ornduff and her son Kalaeb were there to negotiate the sale of a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Lasupta Singletary, 18, and Jernalen Dreshaw...
Updated: 7 hours ago
It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier

It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier

TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools will start an hour later next year, beginning the day at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:25 p.m., the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote. Elementary schools will run from 7:40 a.m. to 1:55 p.m., and mi...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass

ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday. Westbound traffic on Roosevelt was closed, police said, until the Florida Department of Transportation can assess damage ...
Updated: 10 hours ago

District volleyball: Mitchell survives Sunlake; Land O'Lakes dispatches Springstead

SPRING HILL – Sunlake had played plenty of good matches this season, taking its Class 7A, District 8 opponents to the brink on a few occasions.   None of those hard-fought matches amounted to anything like the Seahawks did against top-seed...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Exposť 'Champions Way' uses FSU to illustrate bad behavior in college programs

Exposť 'Champions Way' uses FSU to illustrate bad behavior in college programs

While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.Champions Way: Football, Florid...
Published: 10/17/17
Trigaux: On new Forbes 400 list of U.S. billionaires, 35 now call Florida their home

Trigaux: On new Forbes 400 list of U.S. billionaires, 35 now call Florida their home

The latest Forbes 400 richest people in America was unveiled Tuesday, with 35 billionaires on that list calling Florida home. That's actually down from 40 Florida billionaires listed last year when a full 10 percent listed declared they were Floridia...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Pinellas deputies go door-to-door at dawn to arrest unlicensed contractors

Pinellas deputies go door-to-door at dawn to arrest unlicensed contractors

For years, licensed contractors in Pinellas County have yearned for law enforcement to target unlicensed roofers, painters and others in the construction trades who perform shoddy work and swindle money from homeowners.Deputies fulfilled that wish on...
Updated: 7 hours ago

District volleyball: Berkeley Prep shuffles lineup, eventually tops Tampa Catholic

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep coach Mackenzie Dagostino wanted to see what her team could do without its two best hitters, so when the Bucs’ Class 5A-9 semifinal began Tuesday against Tampa Catholic, they were both on the bench. For the first two...
Updated: 5 hours ago
District volleyball: Newsome completes season sweep of Riverview

District volleyball: Newsome completes season sweep of Riverview

LITHIA — It’s tough to go 3-0 against the same team in the same season, a sentiment Newsome voiced after Tuesday night’s Class 9A, District 6 semifinal. “After beating Riverview two times this season there was very l...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Pinellas sheriff investigating deputies who hit suspect during arrest

Pinellas sheriff investigating deputies who hit suspect during arrest

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 25-year-old man after dash camera footage appears to show deputies beating, choking and yanking him by the hair while he lay on the pavement.Sheriff Bob Gualtieri s...
Published: 10/13/17
Restaurant review: Noble Crust's second location is a boon to booming Wesley Chapel

Restaurant review: Noble Crust's second location is a boon to booming Wesley Chapel

WESLEY CHAPELWesley Chapel is said to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country, due to the perfect cocktail of available and affordable land, broad but upwardly mobile demographics and easy access to other parts of Tampa Bay. And while mall...
Published: 10/16/17
Pasco delays Irma food distribution after problems elsewhere

Pasco delays Irma food distribution after problems elsewhere

DADE CITY — Pasco County has pulled the plug on a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center that had been scheduled to open to the public on Sunday.Instead, the county and the Florida Department of Children and...
Published: 10/17/17