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Tarpon Springs police officer shot and killed overnight

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Ground Truth: In Dozier's neglected cemetery, a search for lost boys and the reasons why they died

M ARIANNA — The darkness started to fall on the pines and the kudzu-covered fiel …

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If Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio both run for president, Florida loyalty belongs to Bush

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Anna Maria Island excels at ecotourism

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  1. Ten years later, unsolved fatal crash still hurts family

    Crime

    LARGO — Every Christmas Eve, Kim Palfy reads her only daughter's favorite book, The Polar Express, and eats the sugar cookies she loved to bake.

    Jacquelyn Palfy’s mother, Kim, treasures photos of her daughter and other memorabilia that she keeps in a chest in her bedroom.
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Dec. 22-28

    Events

    Jingle Ball: We sure hope you feel like a room without a roof — whatever that means — so you can clap along to Pharrell's hit Happy tonight as he leads the lineup with Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy and more at Amalie Arena. $41-$151. The free …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Recording artist Pharrell Williams performs onstage at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 Powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeart Media) 526361165
  3. Tell Me About It: Mom fears too much emphasis on beauty

    Relationships

    Q: How do I respond to the numerous adults who tell me, in front of my 10-year-old daughter, how pretty she is? I tend to just say thanks and move on (sometimes these are people I know, and sometimes not), but I'm beginning to worry how this is affecting her. She and her friends are starting to become much more …

  4. Railroad garden gives new life to Hernando ghost town, Centralia

    Home and Garden

    Never mind that Centralia has been a ghost town for nearly a century. Christmas lights twinkle, shoppers pour into Mr. Gamble's wonder-filled commissary, and logging trains chug past glowing campfires and piles of packages.

    One of Doug’s G-gauge trains rolls past citrus trees. The garden changes with the seasons. This time of year, Christmas trees and wagons loaded with gifts mix with cold-weather annuals.
  5. Neighborhood Profile: Belleview Island, Belleair

    Home and Garden

    Like an unkempt sentry with torn clothes and rotting teeth, the shut-down Belleview Biltmore Hotel stands guard at the entrance to the exclusive Belleview Island.

    Tampa Bay Sports Cars owner Charley Grose, with his standard poodle, Oliver, has both his Belleview Island home and his Porsche 356 replica decked out for the holidays. Grose purchased the home in 2010.

    Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

    Winner of the week

    Kathy Castor. No elected leader in Florida has pushed harder for normalizing relations with Cuba than Tampa's Democratic congresswoman. Others may see that position as too risky for a politician in Florida, but Castor saw a no-brainer potential economic boon for Tampa Bay and Florida, and she was persuasive at the White House....

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    Bucs' Tedford, healthy, lands with CFL's B.C. Lions

    Two weeks after he was released from his contract by the Bucs, former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was formally introduced Friday as the new head coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions, saying he's healthy and eager to return to coaching....

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    Christmas colors with a twist! Tampa's Kellie McRae helps us ring in the holidays Florida style.

    Fab Friday: Kellie McRae

    Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured what better gift to give you than local shoe extraordinaire Kellie McRae?...

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