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A Santa flight academy? Malls pull out stops to counter online shopping
Santa's Flight Academy at International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa.
[ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
TAMPA — One of Santa's helpers warns the grown ups to stand back. Sawyer Baker is about to be fitted for his virtual flight academy suit.The four-year-old from Safety Harbor holds his arms straight out, just like he's told, and sees a moving,...
Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan speaks about the Seminole Heights killings at an NAACP general meeting at the Seminole Heights Branch Library in Tampa on Thursday.
Black residents question arrest spike during search for Seminole Heights killer
Anyone honorably discharged from the military can now shop online through the militarty base excchange, which fills some of its orders from the exchange building at MacDill Air Force Base. But some veterans finding it hard to sign up. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
Howard Altman: Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website
Stephen Bittel, a Miami developer, won the race to become the next chairman of the Florida Democratic Party in January. He agreed to resign on Friday after allegations that he created an uncomfortable work environment for women.
Florida Democratic chairman resigns over allegations of being creepy

Fun Fact

Sports

Rays give Rocco Baldelli new title of major-league field coordinator

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays completed the new look of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli a newly created title — major-league field coordinator.

Baldelli, who had been...

Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town
Rocco Baldelli’s promotion on Rays coaching staff now makes him major league field coordinator
USF freshman receiver Kevaughn Dingle arrested
Uber called Jameis Winston about ‘you or someone in the vehicle with you’
Jameis Winston says groping allegations are ‘false’

US & World

Finns scramble to calculate path of blazing Arctic meteorite
Finnish experts were scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball which lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body
AP Top News at 6:39 a.m. EST
Saudis summon ambassador from Germany over Lebanon comments
The Latest: Hariri meets Macron for talks on Lebanon crisis
Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri meets France's Macron amid Saudi-Iran tensions over Lebanon's future
The Latest: 'Massive' march in Zimbabwe's 2nd-largest city

Offbeat

Navy grounds air crew that made vulgar drawing in sky
The air crew who used their U.S. Navy warplane to create a vulgar sky writing above the town of Okanogan, Washington, this week have been grounded, the U.S. Navy said Friday
'Cone Weed' gets Christmas makeover in North Carolina town
Lawsuit: Couple detained after hibiscus mistaken for pot
NYC taxi drivers camp it up in playful pinup calendar
Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks
Billionaire Norwegian given $30,400 drunken driving fine