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Saturday, Dec 10, 2016
Tampa apartment construction squeezes Straz Center parking
Crescent Communities of Atlanta is building 394 apartments and a parking garage on this 5 acres next to the Ashley Drive off-ramp from Interstate 275. That, a Tampa official says, is exacerbating a parking squeeze for patrons of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. [Richard Danielson   |   Times]
TAMPA — The construction of an apartment complex on the northern edge of downtown is causing major traffic problems for patrons of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and chairman of the Historical Monument Trail Steve Anderson unveil a bronze sculpture of civil rights attorney Francisco A. Rodriguez Jr.
Tampa honors six more pioneers with bronze busts on the Riverwalk
National Weather Service Meteorologist Rodney Wynn labels equipment before releasing the 6 a.m. weather balloon Friday at the service's Tampa Bay Area Office in Ruskin. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]
Weather service dismisses union concerns about possible cuts in service
One threat to the Bryde’s whales, which have long, slender bodies up to 55 feet long, is oil drilling in the gulf. Right now, the section where they live is off-limits to drilling through 2028.
'World's weirdest whale' swims in Gulf of Mexico, may need endangered species protection

Florida

Congress includes help for Everglades, beaches in major bill
Congress is including millions to help with Everglades restoration in a wide-ranging water bill being sent to President Barack Obama
Woman charged in murder-for-hire plot to stay in jail
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Evening' game
Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Evening' game

Sports

Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko says the country will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by Russian athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics
Former Major League pitcher becomes police officer
Worley wins 2nd straight giant slalom as Shiffrin loses lead
Messi scores 2 as Barcelona ends run of draws in Spain
Preparing for White House, Trump to attend Army-Navy game
Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples