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Florida Lottery Secretary resigns under fire

Cynthia O'Connell, the under-fire Secretary of the Florida Lottery, has resigned. Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he has appointed longtime lottery executive Tom Delacenserie as the Interim Secr …

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USF student stranded in Cuban hospital being airlifted to Tampa this afternoon

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Pinellas records first human case of West Nile Virus in 2015

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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 30

    Events

    Sylvia: In this comedy, empty nesters Greg and Kate put their marriage to the test when Greg brings home Sylvia, a street smart lab/poodle mix. Ends today. 3 p.m., Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 374-2416.

    Kari Goetz and Harold Oehler star in 'Sylvia' at Stageworks Theatre in Tampa.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 29

    Events

    Patton Oswalt: The writer, comedian and actor has been in a slew of mainstream shows and movies from King of Queens to HBO's Veep to the voice of Remy Pixar's Ratatouille. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $30-$50. (813) …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Actor Patton Oswalt arrives at the premiere of FX's "Justified" Season 4 at Paramount Studios on January 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  3. 97X's Next Big Thing moves back to Tampa with Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon

    Music & Concerts

    For the third time in a decade, Next Big Thing is on the move.

    The Next Big Thing music festival thrown by alt-rock station 97X will shift this year from Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg back to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, its home from 2006 to 2011.
  4. tbt* pix of the Tampa party scene at Blue Martini

    Bars & Spirits

    This week's party scene comes to us straight up from the Blue Martini at International Plaza's Bay Street in Tampa.

    Katherine Pulgar celebrates the theme with any icy blue refreshment at Blue Martini, located at International Plaza's Bay Street. [By Luis Santana/tbt*]
 

  5. Tell Me About It: New romance haunted by past relationship

    Relationships

    Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering columns from her archive.

    The Rays put OF Desmond Jennings back on the DL today with a bruised left knee.

    Jennings back to DL, Butler called up

    The Rays put OF Desmond Jennings back on the DL today with a bruised left knee and called up OF Joey Butler....

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    Florida Lottery Secretary O'Connell resigns

    Cynthia O'Connell, the under-fire Secretary of the Florida Lottery, has resigned....

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    Connor Barth, 29, signed a two-year, $2.75-million contract with the Bucs and will have two preseason games to convince the team to give him his old job back.

    Kicker Barth's battle with Murray: 'almost like deja vu'

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