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St. Petersburg couple active in business and civic leadership die in murder-suicide, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — The American flag flew at half-staff Saturday in front of the Allendale Terrace home of Gary and Marie Stempinski. It was a symbol of the loss of the Stempinskis, whom …


Responding to congressional HIV questions, state points to website


Clearwater man dies in collision with tanker on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor


  1. SUV passenger dies in Plant City when driver loses race to beat freight train


    PLANT CITY — An SUV whose driver was trying to beat a CSX freight train across a roadway Saturday was struck by the train, killing his passenger.

  2. Casali walkoff single gives Rays win over Blue Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have to do a lot better offensively over the next five months if they are to make something of this season.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer winds up for a pitch in the first inning during the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday evening, April 30, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Rays 
  3. Jonathan Drouin goes from villain to Lightning savior

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — A spoiled brat. That's what he was called. A selfish, arrogant, self-entitled punk. A quitter and a whiner. A rotten, no-good, waste-of-talent know-it all.

    Jonathan Drouin flips the puck past goalie Thomas Greiss in the first period for his first career playoff goal. And it’s the winner.
  4. Romano: 11 students, an unpaid teacher and decades of history mark one special schoolhouse

    Human Interest

    It's barely 10 a.m., and the school day is already starting to unravel.

    Duette is a throwback to a simpler time. The nearest traditional elementary school is more than 20 miles away.
  5. Analysis: Bucs roll dice with Robert Aguayo pick


    TAMPA — Trading up to the second round of the NFL draft and using two picks to take Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo was either the dumbest thing the Bucs have ever done or a move that will bring them pots of gold, Super Bowl rings and limousines.

    The Bucs valued Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo for his kickoffs as well as his accuracy on field goals and extra points.
  6. Offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch finds right sport, and Bucs


    TAMPA — Caleb Benenoch's path to the NFL draft started with a miscommunication.

    Caleb Benenoch, right, played three seasons on the offensive line at UCLA.
  7. Bucs go small college route again to take cornerback Ryan Smith


    TAMPA — A year after finding a small-school gem by drafting Ali Marpet out of Division III Hobart College, the Bucs went the same route in the fourth round Saturday, taking Division I-AA North Carolina Central's Ryan Smith, who could help at safety and on returns.

    Defensive back Ryan Smith has run 4.3 seconds in the 40, according to the Bucs.
  8. Rays Tales: Architect Andrew Friedman returns this week with Dodgers

    The Heater

    During a decade-plus with the Rays organization, Andrew Friedman never swung a bat or threw a ball, except for the omnipresent pink rubber one he would toss around the office and hallways for fun.

    Andrew Friedman, who helped turn the Rays into an annual contender as their executive vice president of baseball operations for nine years, returns to town this week with the Dodgers.
  9. Two die after kayak flips on Lake Manatee


    BRADENTON — Two men died Saturday afternoon when their kayak flipped over on Lake Manatee, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

  10. Tampa activists say feds' biking-while-black report is a start, but they want more

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — The Rev. Russell Meyer said he has never seen a bicyclist stopped where he lives in Tampa Palms.

David Jolly and the NRCC fight over fundraising

Rep. David Jolly is in a fight with the NRCC, which has accused him of lying about fundraising practices. Jolly has returned the fire....


Anton Stralman, center, five weeks into his recovery from a fractured left leg, isn't close to returning to the lineup.

Anton Stralman skates, 'not near ready'

Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman made an appearance Friday, skating in full gear on his own before the team's practice at the Ice Sports Forum....


Chris Archer, coming off his first win of the season on Monday, will be on the mound for the Rays against a Jays lineup that beat him on opening day.

For starters: Rays vs. Jays, on Archer day

UPDATE, 4:17: Cash said he needs to find ways to get Guyer involved more since he has been swinging well and a number of Rays are struggling. ... He also said he is leaning towards making Souza the No. 5 hitter, which means dropping Jennings to 7 when they face a lefty. .... Boxberger threw a 30-pitch bullpen and will throw another early next week and then advance to two live batting practice sessions. ... Cobb and Whitley also threw bullpen sessions.

Blue Jays lineup:
Saunders lf
Donaldson 3b
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Tulowitzki ss
Smoak 1b
Pillar cf
Goins 2b
Thole c
Happ p