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Wildlife commission considers new protected areas for birds, bats

The birds and the bats are about to get some help from the humans. On Wednesday, just before launching into a 10-hour discussion about holding a second bear hunt, the Florida Fish and Wildli …


66-year-old Gulfport woman dead after police say she was neglected by caretakers


One more mission for remarkable career: A medal for the OSS


  1. 3 things that popped into Tom Jones' head

    Lightning Strikes

    1. I think the NHL expanding to Las Vegas is a terrible idea. Not the Vegas part or the possible relationship to gambling. My issue is the league already is watered down and adding another team waters it down even more. Not only aren't there enough good players to go around, there aren't enough good officials.

    Tampa Bay Lightning Vinny Lecavalier (4) celebrates his game winning over time goal beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery (30) (down on ice in background) as the Lightning win with a final score of 5 to 4 at the St.Pete Times Forum in Tampa Friday evening (11/04/11). [Dirk Shadd, Times]
  2. Rays Romero sustains only bruised hand after deflecting line drive


    Rays LHP Enny Romero came through a scary incident in the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee with just a bruised left hand.

  3. Slumping Rays shut out by Orioles in doubleheader opener

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — The first part of Saturday's day-night doubleheader with the Orioles didn't go well for the Rays, the 5-0 defeat extending their losing streak to nine.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Enny Romero (45) is helped off the field by Evan Longoria (3) and a trainer after being injured during the eighth inning of the first baseball game in a split doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 5-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) BAB107
  4. 'ShotSpotter' technology helps Hillsborough deputies pinpoint gunfire


    TAMPA — Late one night in April, Hillsborough sheriff's Lt. Dennis Fogarty was about to get into his patrol cruiser when he heard four distant — but distinct — popping sounds from his perch off E Fletcher Avenue.

    He paused, then looked at his watch.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Capt. David Fleet looks at a computer screen while using a program called ShotSpotter Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his office in Tampa. ShotSpotter, a gunshot triangulation system that the Sheriff?•s Office purchased last year. It uses a network of sensors ?‘ essentially, very sensitive microphones ?‘ to detect when and where gunshots are fired in public. Between Jan. 1 and June 24, the Sheriff?•s Office has recorded 239 incidents of gunfire.
  5. Jones: Worst ESPN ticker item


    Actual line on ESPN's ticker crawl on the bottom of the screen before the NBA draft:

    Buddy Hield poses with Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement..  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) 641326351
  6. Steven Stamkos sweepstakes begin


    The Steven Stamkos Sweepstakes have officially begun, and there's going to be no shortage of suitors trying to reel him in.

    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 in February.
  7. Coast Guard ends five-day search for Sarasota family missing in Gulf of Mexico


    ST. PETERSBURG — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for the Sarasota family missing in the Gulf of Mexico, Capt. Gregory Case announced today.

    Coast Guard crews searching for a family missing off the coast of Englewood found a debris field early Wednesday but no sign of the missing boaters. Capt. Gregory Case said supplies from the family's 29-foot sailboat were located more than 30 miles west of Sanibel Island. A man left Sarasota early Sunday with his sons, ages 13 and 15, and his 17-year-old daughter. They were heading to Fort Myers to have repairs done on the sailboat. [U.S. Coast Guard]
  8. Tom Jones' media tidbits on Skip Bayless and more

    TV and Radio

    • Skip Bayless' last appearance on ESPN2's First Take was last Monday. He is set to join Fox Sports 1 next. He spent 12 years on First Take (or versions of it) and 23 overall at the network. For the record, not everyone at ESPN is sad to seen Bayless go, but you can't argue that he held his …

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28:  Skip Bayless attends the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)
  9. Pinellas deputies: Trio uses dating app 'Plenty of Fish' to rob people at Oldsmar motel


    OLDSMAR — Pinellas County deputies have arrested three people they say used the dating app Plenty of Fish to lure victims to motel rooms and rob them.

    Cameron Davis, 20, of Oldsmar is one of three people deputies say used a fake dating app profile to lure victims into motel rooms and rob them. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
  10. One man dead, another critically injured after Tarpon Springs Road crash


    ODESSA — A Land O' Lakes man is dead after he drove off the south shoulder of Tarpon Springs Road, striking another car while trying to avoid a large white Styrofoam roadblock, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

No contest: Fourth of Legislature elected without opposition

More candidates are running for the Florida Legislature than in past cycles, but one of every four seats was decided with no opposition. The lucky lawmakers are 12 senators (eight Republicans and four Democrats) and 30 state representatives (16Rs and 14Ds)....


Rays Romero sustains only bruised hand after deflecting line drive

Rays LHP Enny Romero came through a scary incident in the eighth inning of Saturday's matinee with just a bruised left hand....


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....