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Another defeat for Rays at St. Pete City Council

ST. PETERSBURG — It took nearly five hours of often heated debate Thursday for the City Council to end up where it had started: deadlocked on reaching a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. M …


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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sunday May 31


    Monet to Matisse Exhibit: This the last day to see the exhibit of Impressionist and Modernist visions including Boudin, Renoir and Picasso in addition to the headliners Claude Monet and Henri Matisse. The museum will open at 11 a.m. instead of noon, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. $17, …

    Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)  The Customs House at Varengeville (1897)  Oil on canvas
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Saturday May 30


    Clearwater Centennial Parade and Block Party: Clearwater celebrates its 100th birthday with a parade followed by a community bock party and fireworks. Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who played Hazel in the Dolphin Tale movies, will serve as the parade grand marshal and will attend the block party. 6:30 p.m., Drew …

    Cozi Zuehlsdorff narrates the new documentary about Winter the Dolphin.
  3. Jehovah's Witnesses still going door-to-door in a closed-door world

    Working Life

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like any group of spirited salesmen, this crew swaps stories about the big scores, those times when people couldn't wait to buy what they were selling.

    Mary and Jonathan Burns, both Jehovah Witnesses, left and right,  share some Bible verses and literature with Pinellas Park resident Leslie Pevey, center. The Burns have stopped several times to share Bible verses and information with Pevey over the past 6 months. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES
  4. Hillsborough School Board teaches wrong lesson


    I don't know about you, but if I had a daughter enrolled at Ben Hill Middle School in Carrollwood, I would have her transferred to another campus faster than you could say, "The Hillsborough County School Board is populated by complete dopes."

  5. Saturday's letters: Put focus on nation's needs, not morals


    More help needed for poor areas and A majority says soak the rich | May 10

    Put focus on needs, not morals

    'Tweaked' hamstring sidelines Evans

    A Thursday OTA that began with the Bucs' first overall draft choice absent ended with one of its 1,000-yard receivers out of commission as well.

    WR Mike Evans exited in the waning stages of Thursday's non-padded workout with an apparent right hamstring injury, but Coach Lovie Smith didn't seem fazed afterward. Evans injured his left hamstring during the first OTA last year and missed an extended period of summer work.

    "My hammy is even a little sore right now. You get through it," Smith said. "You say he tweaked it last (summer), how did he do this past year? Pretty well (1,051 yards, 12 TDs), so it's not something we're concerned about at all. He tweaked it a little bit; he'll be fine."

    Also nursing a sore hamstring is second-round draft choice Ali Marpet, who didn't participate. The offensive lineman from Division III Hobart attended Thursday's workout, albeit in a baseball cap. His fellow second-round pick, Donovan Smith, logged some second-team reps at left tackle.

    "Offseason, every day I'm gonna talk about a little tweak, and that's about all it is. Eventually they'll get back."...


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