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Navy expected to relieve admiral in charge of 7th Fleet in response to deadly disasters at sea

Navy expected to relieve admiral in charge of 7th Fleet in response to deadly disasters at sea

The Navy will relieve the senior admiral in charge of the service's 7th Fleet based in Japan in response to four embarrassing accidents this year, two of which killed sailors at sea, two U.S. officials said.Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin will be removed fro...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'

Jones: Koetter-Winston exchange highlights latest 'Hard Knocks'

There are certain things that make HBO's Hard Knocks must-see television.Like the moments when viewers can eavesdrop on funny conversations between teammates. And players getting cut from the team have long been a Hard Knocks staple. It's hard to wat...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

C Wilson Ramos, coming off right knee surgery, often takes it easy on the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single, finishing with three more hi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
'Hard Knocks' star Riley Bullough still not a lock for Bucs

'Hard Knocks' star Riley Bullough still not a lock for Bucs

TAMPA — Bucs undrafted rookie LB Riley Bullough is perhaps the surprise star of HBO's Hard Knocks and has been productive in two preseason games, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said Tuesday that he's caught in a numbers game competing for a backup...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say the Rays are out of it, but scoring a half-dozen runs in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays was another promising sign. After three on Sunday and six on Satur...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Polk sheriff: Gibsonton man sent child porn to Bay News 9 anchor

Polk sheriff: Gibsonton man sent child porn to Bay News 9 anchor

A 20-year-old Gibsonton man was indicted on federal charges after authorities said he repeatedly sent child pornography to a news anchor for Bay News 9. Marchaun Browning faces three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of posses...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Second person resigns from Hillsborough diversity council after Confederate activist appointed

Second person resigns from Hillsborough diversity council after Confederate activist appointed

TAMPA — A second person has resigned symbolically from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the appointment of a known activist of Confederate causes to the panel.  In a letter to the county, Gary Howell, the director o...
Published: 08/21/17
Drinking alcohol on St. Pete beaches now allowed  for hotel guests only

Drinking alcohol on St. Pete beaches now allowed for hotel guests only

ST. PETE BEACH — Guests at gulffront hotels here can now drink alcoholic beverages in permitted hotel beach cabana areas. Residents and other beachgoers who are not registered guests of the hotels continue to be barred from imbibing anywhere on...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Vision Zero strategy for safer Hillsborough roads: repaint, narrow lanes, educate

Vision Zero strategy for safer Hillsborough roads: repaint, narrow lanes, educate

TAMPA — What would it take to eliminate all traffic deaths in the county that has the most of them? Local planners think a combination of repainting roads, narrowing lanes, expanding data-driven policing and installing new lighting will help en...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Man found floating in 'Cotee River in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — A body was found floating in the Pithlachascotee River on Tuesday morning, police said.Several people reported to New Port Richey police that they saw what looked like a male body floating face down in the river near the Grand...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Man accused in slaying of two Kissimmee officers was well-regarded during time at MacDill

Man accused in slaying of two Kissimmee officers was well-regarded during time at MacDill

A man accused of shooting to death two Kissimmee police officers was well known at MacDill Air Force Base as a Marine who served key roles at two major commands.Everette Glenn Miller, 45, is being held without bail after authorities say he killed Off...
Published: 08/21/17
'Hard Knocks' effect: Jameis Winston jersey sales surging

'Hard Knocks' effect: Jameis Winston jersey sales surging

Two weeks into the national publicity of HBO's "Hard Knocks," Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's No. 3 jerseys are selling well, as he made the biggest leap in this week's jersey report from Dick's Sporting Goods.Winston jumped up 35 spots in one week...
Published: 08/22/17
Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm. Hopes down, Rays fans and foes. Manf...
Updated: 8 minutes ago

Fire at Wesley Chapel home leads to discovery of marijuana plants

WESLEY CHAPEL — A fire that broke out Monday at a Wesley Chapel home led to the discovery of a room with marijuana plants, the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.No one was injured, and the homeowner, Linda Roper, managed to get out safely. After the ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Epilogue: Martin Giles a man of few, but strong, words for WFLA-AM 970

Epilogue: Martin Giles a man of few, but strong, words for WFLA-AM 970

As the story goes, his higher-ups at Misawa Air Base in Japan were clear in their edict to Martin Giles: If he married the Japanese woman with whom he'd fallen in love, he would lose the security clearance needed for his job intercepting Soviet messa...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Girl, 3, dies when she darts into pickup's path while walking with mom

Girl, 3, dies when she darts into pickup's path while walking with mom

RIVERVIEW — A 3-year-old girl died from injuries received when she darted into a residential street while walking with her mother and was struck by a pickup truck, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.The accident occurred about 7:30 a...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Trump chides media over Charlottesville

Trump chides media over Charlottesville

President Donald Trump is blaming the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Va., protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Former Sen. Greg Evers, advocate for law enforcement, dead at 62.

Former Sen. Greg Evers, advocate for law enforcement, dead at 62.

TALLAHASSEE — Former State Sen. Greg Evers, the Baker Florida strawberry farmer and veteran politician, was killed in a single car crash hear his home in Okaloosa County. The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed the death late Tuesday, but deferred...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Suspect in robbery of Brandon woman, 86, has been arrested more than 40 times

Suspect in robbery of Brandon woman, 86, has been arrested more than 40 times

BRANDON — One spring day in 2012, Marcus Wayne Hunt walked out the of Orient Road jail a free man after posting bail on a charge of fleeing from police and driving without a license Sixteen minutes later and 1.4 miles away, he walked up to a 34...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Proposed Tampa tax increase prompts second thoughts about Riverfront Park spending

Proposed Tampa tax increase prompts second thoughts about Riverfront Park spending

TAMPA — Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park has a $35.5 million price tag with something for everyone, including a rowers' boathouse, a sheltered cove for beginning paddlers, an event lawn, a community center with sweeping views of downtown and all ...
Updated: 3 hours ago