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Hills­borough's trans­por­ta­tion plan goes down in defeat … so, what now?

TAMPA — The day after Wednesday's failed transportation vote, one question loomed over Hillsborough County: What now? Sitting in his downtown office overlooking Kennedy Boulevard …

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Florida Supreme Court strikes down workers' comp fee law

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Rescue crews search for missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island

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  1. What you need to know for Friday, April 29

    News

    • Temperatures continue to shoot above April averages, reaching the low 90s tomorrow with mostly sunny skies, according to 10Weather WTSP. The weekend ahead should prove to be similarly hot.

    The big show is tonight. [special to the Times]
  2. Ex-Montana Sen. Conrad Burns dies; influenced energy policy

    Politics

    HELENA, Mont. — Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81.

  3. Large graffiti carved at Arches National Park in Utah

    Nation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park were investigating large graffiti Thursday that was carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials said.

    An April 15 photo, released by the National Park Service, shows carved graffiti at Frame Arch at Arches National Park. Officials at Utah's Arches National Park are investigating large graffiti so deeply carved into one of the park's famous red rock arches that it might be impossible to erase. [Associated Press]
  4. 'Orphan Black' season 4, episode 3: Gross occurrences

    Blogs

    Guys, Orphan Black is getting super gross. We've had eye trauma, mouth robot maggots and now decomposing bodies with sound effects. And I love every minute of it.

    Ari Millen and Tatiana Maslany share the screen again in the new episode of "Orphan Black" titled "The Stigmata of Process."
  5. K-tel creator Philip Kives has died at age 87

    Obituaries

    TORONTO — Philip Kives, the tireless TV pitchman whose commercials implored viewers to "wait, there's more!" while selling everything from vegetable slicers to hit music compilations on vinyl, has died at age 87.

    Phil Kives, president of K-Tel International, poses for a photo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Associated Press, 2009)
  6. Refugee baby Serbia Merkel in transit across Europe

    World

    KRNJACA, Serbia — She has wide brown eyes, rosy cheeks and thick black hair. Her name is Serbia Merkel al-Mustafa.

    A baby named Serbia Merkel Al Mustafa sleeps in the "Krnjaca" collective centre, in Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  7. After nearly 70 years, the Tamborello brothers close their Ybor City service station (w/video)

    Working Life

    TAMPA — Joe Tamborello's dad opened his service station in Ybor City on Sept. 6, 1946, the day he was born.

    The Tamborello brothers plan to close the doors of their family service station on Friday. It ha been open in Ybor City for almost 70 years. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  8. Jones: Bucs give fans more reason for optimism by drafting Hargreaves

    Bucs

    TAMPA — They're getting there.

    Slowly but surely. Steadily but prudently. They are getting there.

    Vernon Hargreaves gets his photo with commissioner Roger Goodell and a Bucs jersey after being drafted 11th overall.
  9. Rescue crews search for missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island

    Public Safety

    DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY — Rescue workers were searching for a missing jet skier near Honeymoon Island State Park late Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

  10. Tampa Bay Bucs draft former Gators star Vernon Hargreaves (w/video)

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The first time Vernon Hargreaves slipped on his NFL hat was at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago on Thursday night. He was dressing for a homecoming game.

    celebrates after Florida's 27-3 victory over Georgia in October in Jacksonville. [LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times]

Democrats denounce Broward GOP Chairman's Monica Lewinsky comment

"I think when Donald Trump debates Hillary Clinton she's going to go down like Monica Lewinsky," Broward County Republican Chairman Bob Sutton told the Washington Post....

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Erik Condra looked dazed, having to get helped off by a trainer and two teammates, and never returned in a 5-3 Game 1 loss to New York.

Erik Condra 'much better' after big hit Thursday

It certainly didn't look good Wednesday when wing Erik Condra took a nasty fall into the boards early in the first period, thanks to a hit by the Islanders' Casey Cizikas....

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Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. flips his helmet after grounding out to end the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.

Here's that amazing catch by Rays OF Steven Souza Jr.

Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. made a spectacular running/diving/flying through the air catch in Wednesday's game against the Orioles, earning high praises from his teammates. Manager Kevin Cash provided the ultimate compliment with a nod toward Gold- and Platinum Glove award-winning CF Kevin Kiermaier, saying it was "KK-esque.'' And Kiermaier told Souza Jr. it was "Platinum-ish.''...

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