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Police: 7 fatally shot, gunman dead in southeastern Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Seven people were shot to death and one was injured in overnight attacks in a small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead in a neighboring co …


Firefighters douse blaze at family-owned upholstery business in Clearwater


How Tampa Bay became a "foodie" paradise


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    Florida Strawberry Festival: It's not just the strawberries that make this event sweet. Come for the strawberry shortcake, stay for Hunter Hayes ($40) with opener Brett Eldredge ($20-$25). 10 a.m., 303 N Lemon St., Plant City. $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert tickets are extra. (813) 752-9194; …

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04:  Hunter Hayes performs onstage at the 2013 CMT Music Awards Rehearsals Day 2 at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CMT)
  2. Tell Me About It: Mom's hurt by child's difference from her


    Q: My only child is 28 and lives 1,000 miles away. Said child is self-supporting in a challenging field and professes to look up to me personally and professionally.

  3. Diggin' Florida Dirt: Spring for summer winners with picks from Costa Farms' trial garden

    Home and Garden

    Whether we plan to or not, and whether we need them or not, you can bet we'll buy a plant or five this month. Who can resist? It's spring! Time to shake the frost off our flip-flops and celebrate!

    Big Bounce, an alternative to the popular Impatiens walleriana, which has been nearly wiped out in recent years by a new mildew, is a larger, hearty plant. It’s available in pink and white, but red performed best in Costa Farms’ summer trials.
  4. Kids triathlon at Adventure Island includes free water park ticket


    Adventure Island lets kids show their muscle in a triathlon for tykes, and the first 450 who sign up get a free "stay and play" ticket for the Tampa water park. Set for March 21 at 7:15 a.m., the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon sends kids off to run, bike and swim in the park's lazy river, Rambling Bayou. The athletes at this …

     Adventure Island in Tampa. (Times files)
  5. Editorial: Public Service Commission ripe for reform


    Electric bills were rising. The Florida Public Service Commission was too cozy with utilities. Homeowners were mad, and the governor and state legislators demanded changes.

    Given the choice between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner chose Winston, based on promising things he's heard more than what he's been able to see from his college days.

    Verner: Both QBs great, but edge to Jameis Winston

    The question to be debated for the next two months is whether FSU's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota is better for the Bucs and the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft, and Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner was asked for his preference while appearing on the "NFL AM" show on NFL Network on Thursday morning....


    Rubio gets warm CPAC reception and plays up border-first approach to immigration

    OXON Hill, Md. -- Sen. Marco Rubio took another step in erasing the damage of his role in immigration reform, receiving a warm reception at the annual CPAC gathering here while effectively saying the comprehensive approach he once championed was a mistake....


    Boog Powell reports to Rays camp, only one still missing

    PORT CHARLOTTE – Outfielder Boog Powell reported to Rays camp this morning, leaving right-hander Alex Colome as the only one of the 63 players who hasn’t yet arrived. Colome is being delayed because of visa issues in the Dominican Republic....