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A simple holiday message from the police chief: Lock the car, take that purse with you

ST. PETERSBURG — At a recent meeting of neighborhood leaders, police Chief Tony Holloway chose humor to make a serious point as the holiday season drew near. "I have to say thank you …


Shop local with our Tampa Bay area holiday gift guide


Carlton: At last, a downtown outdoor market in Tampa that could just work



  1. Mark your calendar: Here are the top holiday parades, shows and events now till New Year's


    As the last of the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it's time to look at the holiday season ahead.

    Busch Gardens Tampa transforms into Christmas Town with twinkling light sculptures of flamingos and palm trees, Christmas trees, dancing lights, holiday-themed entertainment, attractions and shopping.
  2. Talks continue over how to limit — but still expand — gambling in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The deadline has passed for the Seminole Tribe to complete its negotiations with the state over whether it will be allowed to continue operating lucrative blackjack games at its Hard Rock casinos, but the cards are still on the table.

    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. (Luis Santana | Times)
  3. Donald Trump says his mocking of reporter was misread (w/video)


    Responding to criticism over remarks he made Tuesday, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and real estate developer, denied on Thursday that he was mocking the appearance of a reporter for the New York Times with a physical disability.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday  in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trump, who insisted that he had never met the reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski, issued a statement over Twitter one day after news media reports that he had imitated the reporter during a rally in South Carolina. [Associated Press]
  4. USF Bulls rout UCF, stay in conference contention


    ORLANDO — The marketers of UCF football made a final attempt to breathe life into a season on its last gasp Thursday. Knights fans were encouraged to wear all black to Bright House Networks Stadium. The ol' "blackout" ploy.

    South Florida Bulls tight end Sean Price (12) scores a touchdown in early in the second quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The USF Bulls leads the first half over the UCK Knights 24-3.
  5. Photo Gallery: USF vs. UCF


    View a gallery of photos from Thursday's game between the USF Bulls and UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando.

    South Florida Bulls running back D'Ernest Johnson (32) catches the ball over UCF Knights defensive back Tre Neal (33) for huge gain in the second quarter at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The USF Bulls leads the first half over the UCK Knights 24-3.
  6. Five things you might have missed from USF-UCF football game


    ORLANDO — From quarterback Quinton Flowers' five total touchdowns, to tailback Marlon Mack's record eighth 100-yard rushing performance of the season, there were plenty of highlights for USF in its 44-3 rout of winless UCF on Thursday night. Here are five items you might have overlooked:

    USF linebacker Auggie Sanchez, left, helping bring down UCF receiver Nick Patti, reaches 100 tackles for the season.
  7. NFL officially notifies Bucs of Kwon Alexander suspension (w/video)


    TAMPA — The Bucs might be forced to play the final month of the season without rookie MLB Kwon Alexander.

    Bucs’ Kwon Alexander: Energy drink caused failed test.
  8. Malia Obama is applying for college and here's what's known about her search


    WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's message for high school seniors fretting about their college prospects is simple.

    In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2014, President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington toward Marine One.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  9. Shop local with our Tampa Bay area holiday gift guide


    Malls and box stores make me itchy during the holiday season. Crowded parking lots, people wearing too much cologne, all squabbling over the last giggling Elmo doll or whatever the cool kids want these days.
    Last year, I set out to shop local for all my gift-giving needs — and that went pretty okay, with a …

    At Strands of Sunshine at 633 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, owner and artist Amy Marshall has always carried work from other local artists, such as these killer Vintage Neon prints ($20-$25) from Todd Bates that are perfect for friends and family who dig vintage area signage.
  10. Pinellas Park woman, 90, dies in crash


    A 90-year-old Pinellas Park woman died in a two-car crash Thursday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Podcast: Pierre McGuire says Stamkos contract can be 'problem'

NBCSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said he's seen most of the Lightning games this season....


NFL officially informs Bucs of Alexander's 4-game suspension

The Bucs may be forced to play the final month of the season without rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander....


Marco Rubio: 'We are most definitely at war with ISIS'

Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, were interviewed by TODAY's Natalie Morales this week in South Carolina and it aired this morning during the Thanksgiving telecast. Together they talked about how their kids are supportive of dad's presidential run, but also tough critics. One on one with Morales, Rubio talked about the war with ISIS and the refugee crisis....