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Lightning watch party moved, per NHL policy

NHL policy allows each team only one watch party per playoff round. League spokesman John Dellapina said it's not a new policy and all teams were reminded with a note on April 12. The Lightning held …

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Clearwater police handing out Tampa Bay Rays game vouchers to owners of locked cars

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Mystery remains after arrest in killing of FSU law professor Daniel Markel

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  1. 'That was brutal': National Spelling Bee is down to the top 10 spellers (w/photo gallery)

    K12

    OXON HILL, Md. — Tejas Muthusamy knew he was in trouble.

    Mitchell Robson, 14, of Danvers, Mass. reacts to correctly spelling his word during the final round Thursday of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md. [Associated Press]
  2. Metropolitan Ministries' newest partnership takes off at Tampa International Airport

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A couple stints in prison for drug-related and other charges made for a "rough job hunt," as Joshua Keene put it.

    Metropolitan Ministries' Inside the Box Culinary Arts Program has formed a new partnership with Stellar Partners at Tampa International Airport. [SKIP O'ROUKE  |  TIMES]
  3. St. Pete yacht club working to resume annual race to Havana

    Local Government

    The walls of the bar at the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba are hung with some 100 pennants representing yacht clubs from around the world.

    The start of the annual St. Petersburg to Havana yacht race is seen in 1935. [Image courtesy of the J.S. Wooley Collection, University of Miami Special Collections]
  4. Sixth-grader from Seffner takes home top prize at National Geographic Bee

    News

    The final question was complex. Rishi Nair's reaction was simple — unrestrained joy.

    Rishi Nair of Seffner, a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Williams Magnet Middle School in Plant City, took top honors at the 28th annual National Geographic Bee held Wednesday in Washington, D.C. In addition to earning the title of National Geographic Bee champion, Rishi received a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. [Photo courtesy of National Geographic]
  5. Tampa police announce major spice bust

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — With a spice epidemic gripping the city, police announced a major raid on a warehouse where the drug was being stored.

    Tampa Police warned people to watch for drugs with packaging like this. [Photo courtesy of Tampa Police]
  6. Forecasters give Atlantic system a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm (w/map)

    Hurricanes

    National Hurricane Center forecasters said Thursday morning that an area of low pressure over the Atlantic Ocean had a 60 percent chance of growing into a tropical storm by the weekend — and a 70 percent chance over the next five days.

  7. Donald Trump reaches number of delegates needed to clinch GOP nomination (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Albuquerque, N.M. According to an AP count: Trump has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president. Trump, the only remaining GOP candidate left in the race, will go on to accept the nomination at the party's national convention in Cleveland. [Associated Press]
  8. Lightning watch party moved per NHL policy

    Blogs

    The Lightning's watch party for tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final has been moved from Thunder Alley to Channelside, the team saying it is to accommodate more fans. 

    Fans pile inside the Channelside Bay Plaza during an official Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs watch party March 13 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  9. Mystery remains after arrest in killing of FSU law professor Daniel Markel

    Crime

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE — After an investigation spanning nearly two years, a South Florida man has been arrested in the killing of a well-known Florida State University professor.

    Daniel Markel, a criminal law professor at Florida State University and leader in the world of online legal scholarship,  was shot at his home in Tallahassee in July 2014. [Florida State University College of Law via New York Times]
  10. Clearwater police handing out Tampa Bay Rays game vouchers to owners of locked cars

    Crime

    Clearwater police were giving out tickets Thursday morning -- but not the kind that land you in traffic court.

Florida Supreme Court opens the door for new hearings for juvenile killers

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that juvenile killers serving lengthy sentences tantamount to life in prison must have their cases reconsidered by a judge, even if they are eligible for parole....

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Fans pile inside the Channelside Bay Plaza during an official Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs watch party March 13 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Lightning watch party moved per NHL policy

The Lightning's watch party for tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final has been moved from Thunder Alley to Channelside, the team saying it is to accommodate more fans. ...

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Drew Smyly will be on the mound for the Rays.

For starters: Rays vs. Marlins, in another matinee

UPDATE, 11:59: 2B Logan Forsythe said he is feeling better, and is targeting the next homestand, June 10-19, for his return. He took ground balls on Wednesday, his first baseball activity since having his left shoulder franctured by a Felix Hernandez pitch on May 9. … RHP Ryan Garton said he heard from close to 100 friends and relatives after his unexpected promotion to the majors on Wednesday. … With Tim Beckham sent down, the Rays have Pearce at 2B and Motter at 3b....

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