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UK expats around Tampa Bay talk Brexit

It wasn't just another day at work on Friday for Laurie Black, a 67-year-old expatriate from the United Kingdom. He was filled with a bit more pride than the day before while behind the coun …


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  1. Unopposed candidates across Tampa Bay 'win' their races


    More than a dozen politicians across Tampa Bay won election on Friday without a single voter casting a ballot.

    How did they manage to pull this off?

    No one ran against them.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, who automatically won office on Friday because no one opposed him. 
[Carolina Hidalgo, Times] 

  2. Jones: In sports business, don't expect athletes to match fans' loyalty

    Lightning Strikes

    A few words about loyalty in sports.

    As much as we hate to admit it, the cold reality is sports are a business. For the athletes, it's a job. For franchises, it's an investment.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates after he shoots and scores the game winning goal in the shoot out to beat the Winnipeg Jets with a final score of 6 to 5 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (02/18/16). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  3. Fennelly: Clearwater boxer Keith Thurman set to defend welterweight title


    He's run out of fighting words. Not that there were that many between Keith Thurman and his opponent tonight. Thurman and Shawn Porter have known each other since their amateur careers. Porter came to the St. Pete Boxing Gym two years ago to train and spar with Thurman. They're friends as much as boxers can be friends …

    FILE- In this June 20, 2015, file photo, boxer Shawn Porter reacts after being declared the winner by unanimous decision against Adrien Broner after a welterweight fight in Las Vegas. Porter and Keith Thurman will meet Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, N.Y., for Thurman's WBA welterweight title.(AP Photo/David Becker, File) NY154
  4. Rays Tales: Oh, the pain

    The Heater

    May 9 was a fine night in Seattle as the Rays headed into their 30th game with a winning record and in good health, having gotten that deep into a season without putting a player on the disabled list only twice before in their first 18 seasons.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is helped off the field after getting injured diving for a single by Detroit Tigers' James McCann during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) MICO111
  5. UK expats around Tampa Bay talk Brexit


    It wasn't just another day at work on Friday for Laurie Black, a 67-year-old expatriate from the United Kingdom.

    Laurie Black, 67, is the owner of London Pride British Store in Largo. He's in favor of the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. SARA DINATALE | Times
  6. One more mission for remarkable career: A medal for the OSS


    ST. PETERSBURG — The life of Caesar Civitella reads like a Robert Ludlum novel. Or several of them.

    Caesar Civitella, right, was inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor earlier this year. Among those attending was Army Gen. Raymond "Tony" Thomas III, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base. [Courtesy of Caesar Civitella]
  7. Agency enlists high-tech help keeping drones from wildfires


    BOISE, Idaho

    When Brian Cresto and his fellow firefighters fly toward a wildfire at just a few hundred feet off the ground, he's scouting for the best spot for them to land when they parachute down.

    A U.S. Forest Service poster warns against flying drones at wildfires.
  8. Here's how some Tampa Bay companies' shares fared in wake of Brexit decision


    Backlash to Britain's "Brexit" vote to exit the European Union pounded stocks worldwide with the Dow closing down Friday by 611 points. Shares of Tampa Bay's companies were not immune.

    St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial is one Tampa Bay company that saw its stock price drop on Friday. 
DAVID W DOONAN   |    Special to Times
  9. Man shoots and kills himself at Tarpon Springs gun range

    Public Safety

    Times Staff

    TARPON SPRINGS — An unidentified man shot and killed himself Friday afternoon at Reload Gun Range, police say.

  10. Dr. BBQ and Datz team up for a new restaurant in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — Suzanne Perry, the indefatigable co-owner of Datz, Dough and Roux in Tampa, better start working harder on a sport or hobby. Skeet shooting? Curling? Her husband, Roger, is already an inductee in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. And new partner Ray Lampe has been inducted into the Barbecue Hall of …

    Ray Lampe of St. Petersburg, known as Dr. BBQ, grills some pork chops at home in 2014. SCOTT KEELER | TIMES

Gov. Scott rejects Rep. McBurney for judgeship after NRA furor

When Rep. Charles McBurney of Jacksonville learned Friday that a member of Gov. Rick Scott's staff had called, he didn't need to ask why....


Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

UPDATE, 5:44: Cash said the change in the batting order was two-fold, to thicken the middle and add protection for Morrison by dropping Miller to 5th and to try to get Dickerson going at No. 2. ... The Rays haven't said yet who the 26th man will be for the Saturday doubleheader but if they opt for a reliever RHP Danny Farquhar is the likely choice. ... OF Brandon Guyer (hamstring) took BP and ran the bases in Port Charlotte and could start a rehab assignment as soon as Saturday, with an eye on returning by early next week.

Orioles lineup:...


Bucs join NFL in $400,000 donation to Orlando shooting victims

The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors....