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St. Petersburg police say they are close to an arrest in Chihuly theft, release surveillance video

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said Wednesday they are closing in on a suspect in this week's theft of a Dale Chihuly original glass sculpture. Cobalt and Lavender Piccolo Venetian with Gi …


Major Madeira Beach development moves forward


Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen


  1. Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina

    State Roundup

    Rick Santorum started it. Chris Christie kicked down the door. And the voters of New Hampshire finished the job.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio holds a campaign town hall at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Feb. 10, 2016, in Columbia, S.C.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
  2. Corey Dickerson expects to add 'thump' to Rays lineup

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Dickerson made his first appearance Wednesday with the dozen or so Rays who have been working out at the Trop, but he needed no formal introduction. The sound of the ball coming off his bat and rattling around when it eventually crashed down in the seats made it clear.

    New Rays OF/DH Corey Dickerson takes batting practice during a workout at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.  [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. Hillsborough jury deciding fate of woman accused in brutal death of 3-year-old boy


    TAMPA — A jury will reconvene today in the case of a woman on trial for the death of her boyfriend's son.

    Kara O'Connell is accused of brutally abusing 3-year-old John Taylor Baxley along with her then-boyfriend, Justin Garwacki, who is also the child's father. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]
  4. On its way to wrinkles elsewhere, bootleg Botox hunkered down in St. Petersburg warehouse


    TAMPA — An illegal Botox operation that peddled $1.9 million in foreign-labeled anti-aging drugs to American clients used a St. Petersburg warehouse as a distribution center, according to a federal plea agreement.

  5. Romano: Florida residents have always said no to gambling. So why are we expanding it?


    A boring confession:

    I don't feel all that passionate about gambling. Not enough to rail against it, not enough to rabidly support it.

    Gov. Rick Scott, center, talks with James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, at the tribe’s headquarters on Feb. 1 in Hollywood, Fla. [Associated Press] 
  6. Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions


    WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved legislation that aims to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons by hitting Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, to the chamber for the vote to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea for willfully violating international law by pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program and for what they say are flagrant violations of international law, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. [AP photo]
  7. Ex-priest arrested in 1960 slaying of Texas beauty queen


    HOUSTON — For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen.

    This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows John Feit. The former priest has been arrested in Arizona in the 1960 slaying of a 25-year-old Texas schoolteacher and beauty queen, Irene Garza. [Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP]
  8. Government sues Ferguson after city tries to revise deal


    FERGUSON, Mo. — The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

  9. PostSecret show at the Straz reveals the inner life of millions


    Perhaps you've heard the story. Frank Warren, an American businessman who was visiting Paris, awoke from a vivid dream.

    Courtesy of the Straz Center. An impulse by Frank Warren, the creator of PostSecret, has connected the lives of millions of strangers.
  10. Pinellas School Board member Ken Peluso draws two challengers for August election


    Pinellas County School Board member Ken Peluso was the first to file for reelection in September.

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) collides with Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison (5) along the boards as left wing Ondrej Palat looks on Monday in Ottawa. [Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP]

Garrison injury tough blow to Lightning blueline

The Lightning lost more than just a game Monday night in Ottawa....


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a news conference on Jan. 22, 1996, to  announce that they had picked Tony Dungy as the new head coach. Here, Dungy shakes hands with Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

Photo gallery: A look back at coach Tony Dungy over the years

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ...


House, Senate start state budget debate with big differences to resolve

As the 2016 session reached the midway point Wednesday, the Senate and House tentatively approved separate budgets in advance of floor votes Thursday and the start of marathon budget negotiations by next week....