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Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
Tampa sign spinners twirl to the World Sign Spinning Championships (w/video)
Kadeem Grant, 25, right, of Tampa helps coach Jim Rogers, 19, center, and his older brother Dennis Rogers, 22, during their sign spinning training class at the AArrow Sign Spinners office in Tampa. Grant, general manager at the Tampa location, will participate in the World Sign Spinning Championships on February 24th and 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
TAMPA — On a cloudy afternoon in Tampa's V.M. Ybor neighborhood, four young men with eyes squinted in concentration stood clutching duct-taped edges of signs printed with offers for a free Metro PCS phone.In the parking lot of AArrow...
Ruby, a 7 year-old calico cat, survived a fire at the home of her owner Florence White that claimed the lives of six other pets. Ruby was treated at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Tampa.[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Tampa woman sees surviving cat as gift after losing six pets to house fire
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston talks with students during a visit at Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave S, in St. Petersburg, Wednesday afternoon (02/22/17). Winston spoke with students in the cafeteria for about 40 minutes.
Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)
Alibey Alvarez works on packaging espresso beans at Naviera Coffee Mills in Ybor City. The operation will soon be leaving its longtime home for a larger plant in an industrial area on E Henry Avenue. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
Carlton: Ybor City to lose that distinctive, century-old smell of roasting coffee

Fun Fact

US & World

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in Congo's east
A Congo military spokesman says the army has killed at least 16 members of a former rebel group who crossed back into Congo's east
Low-cost Norwegian Air promises bargain flights to Europe
The Latest: Turkish troops, allied forces seize town center
Somalia's new president appoints prime minister
Conservative activist James O'Keefe to release CNN tapes
Author Helen Bailey's partner jailed for 34 years for murder

Florida

2 teens killed, man injured in northeast Florida crash
Authorities say two teenagers are dead following a crash in northeast Florida
Woman posing as doctor, sentenced after botched surgeries
National oral history project to record Pulse stories
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

Politics

DNC race tight as Democrats seek gains against Trump
Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains
DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
South Dakota House approves limits on out-of-state donations
Vermont House recount ends after ballot discrepancy found
Poll: Trump approval rating at 51 percent in Tennessee
Turnout tops 8 percent in Wisconsin superintendent race

Sports

Roma's American president losing patience over stadium delay
Roma's American president is starting to lose patience with city officials over long-delayed plans for a new stadium
Latest Florida sports
Winter Asian Games are very topical in tropical East Timor
Lawsuit against ex-Espanola coach moved to federal court
Wednesday's Sports in Brief
UNC: fan ejected after exchange with Louisville's Pitino

Offbeat

Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal's fate
A New Hampshire farm that posted a video of a newborn calf is coming under fire from animal rights supporters who don't want the animal to be slaughtered
Altar in Mexico town hides illegal fuel tap
Cops: Philly man made up abduction story to spur theft probe
Ohio policeman answers girl's request for math homework help
Iceland's president says he would not ban pineapple pizza
Man who smashed Trump star to pay damages, serve probation