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Ominous question preceded Tampa man's murder charge:

Ominous question preceded Tampa man's murder charge: "Did you find her?"

TAMPA — As Hillsborough sheriff's deputies led him to a patrol car, blood spattered on his clothes and legs, Hector Acevedo asked an ominous question."Did you find her?" the 24-year-old convicted felon asked moments after his arrest Saturday on...
Updated: 1 hour ago
In his fight to stop sprawl, Hillsborough commissioner takes to the sky

In his fight to stop sprawl, Hillsborough commissioner takes to the sky

SOMEWHERE ABOVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY — Excuse Stacy White for getting on his soapbox or sounding like a broken record or whatever disclaimer he offers before launching into yet another diatribe on his favorite punching bag: land use policies. D...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.Loud, sustained applause and shouts of "Yeah," from nearly 100 people greeted ...
Published: 04/23/17
St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists

St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of advocates for pedestrian safety recently strolled through the city and found themselves dodging distracted drivers, navigating sidewalks that petered out and traversing darkened thoroughfares lacking proper lighting....
Published: 04/23/17
Now it's Pinellas' turn to wrestle with $14 million extra for St. Pete's Pier District

Now it's Pinellas' turn to wrestle with $14 million extra for St. Pete's Pier District

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council's prolonged discussion Thursday night to formally request that Pinellas County allot an additional $14 million to the Pier District, downtown transportation and parking eventually ended with a compromise that p...
Published: 04/24/17
Tampa Bay area business leaders lobby on contentious transit bill

Tampa Bay area business leaders lobby on contentious transit bill

TALLAHASSEE — More than a dozen top business local executives went to Tallahassee with an appeal in the days following last week's political showdown between three GOP senators from Tampa Bay over a regional transit bill.Keep talking. Please.Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
PolitiFact: Does USF invest in oil companies, tobacco companies and private prisons?

PolitiFact: Does USF invest in oil companies, tobacco companies and private prisons?

A new video from the USF Divest coalition of students, faculty and alumni urges administrators to stop investing in a number of industries that they don't support.A cool-talking student narrator (he's "kind of a big deal") lays out the problem, calli...
Published: 04/24/17
As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and House Spe...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Adam Putnam: Fighting wildfires and steps to prevent new ones

Adam Putnam: Fighting wildfires and steps to prevent new ones

In every corner of our state, severe drought conditions have made Florida a tinderbox.Roughly 100 wildfires are burning about 75,000 acres, and our Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are working side by side with partner agencies to battle ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The next step Bucs' Mike Evans knows he needs to take

The next step Bucs' Mike Evans knows he needs to take

TAMPA — Even at 23, Bucs WR Mike Evans understands he needs to take on more of a leadership role with veteran Vincent Jackson not back for 2017."I'm going to be a more vocal leader," said Evans, entering his fourth season in the league. "I alwa...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Disney's Star Wars land joins trend of theme parks putting you 'in the movie'

Disney's Star Wars land joins trend of theme parks putting you 'in the movie'

In Star Wars land, you'll be able to fly Han Solo's Millennium Falcon. You can drop by the Cantina for a drink with a droid. The attraction, coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando in 2019, is being designed to take you out of the theme park ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Editorial: Don't cut legal aid for the poor

Editorial: Don't cut legal aid for the poor

President Donald Trump's budget-slashing proposals to defund Planned Parenthood and PBS have received plenty of attention. Flying dangerously under the radar is the president's push to eliminate federal money for the Legal Services Corp., which distr...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Haley, Young center among VA hospitals where drugs disappeared en route to patients

Haley, Young center among VA hospitals where drugs disappeared en route to patients

The Tampa area's two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals — James A. Haley in Tampa and C.W. Bill Young in St. Petersburg — are among five in Florida reporting the loss of prescription pain killers, according to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchana...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution's headquarters to downtown Tampa

Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution's headquarters to downtown Tampa

TAMPA — I'm not sure whether to credit the mushroom ricotta stuffed Paccheri pasta or wild boar lasagna at the Cena restaurant. Such tasty Italian fare, it can be argued, is at least one good reason a billion-dollar company based in a Tampa off...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay waterfront builder pioneer Jack Apple dies

Tampa Bay waterfront builder pioneer Jack Apple dies

Asked for the key to a successful home-building career, Gale J. "Jack'' Apple liked to say: Be honest and never build something you wouldn't live in yourself. It was a philosophy that served Apple well as his Apple Homes built thousands of houses ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting embattled Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her leg...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa mother charged with child neglect after leaving infant in hot car at courthouse

Tampa mother charged with child neglect after leaving infant in hot car at courthouse

TAMPA — A 23-year-old Tampa woman was arrested Friday after she left her infant daughter in a hot car at the Hillsborough County courthouse, police said.Brandi Leigh Guggino was charged with child neglect after she returned to her black Kia par...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Editorial cartoons for April 25

Editorial cartoons for April 25

These cartoons are from various Times wire services.
Updated: 4 hours ago
University of Tampa's media services director charged with sexually battery on minor

University of Tampa's media services director charged with sexually battery on minor

TAMPA — A director on the staff of the University of Tampa was arrested Sunday after police say he had sex with a minor against her will.John Paul Stepro, director of media services at the university, is charged with sexually battering a person...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Tampa jury awards $15 million to widow in tobacco lawsuit

TAMPA — A Tampa jury has awarded $15 million in damages to the widow of a man who died from illnesses related to years of cigarette smoking.After a four-week trial, the jury said Mary Lima, 83, is entitled to $3 million in compensatory damages ...
Updated: 5 hours ago