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St. Petersburg police say they are close to an arrest in Chihuly theft, release surveillance video (w/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. Tech Data emerges as key LGBT rights activist as antidiscrimination bill dies


    CLEARWATER — Just a day after an antidiscrimination bill it promoted died in the Florida Senate, Tech Data Corp. launched a new effort aimed at making the company more welcoming to gay and lesbian employees.

  2. Pasco Sheriff: Brooksville man arrested attempt to run over deputy


    A man Pasco County authorities say tried to run over a sheriff's deputy on Saturday has been arrested in Winter Springs.

  3. Plant City police searching for Sunshine Bank robber


    PLANT CITY — Police are looking for a woman who robbed a Sunshine Bank Wednesday evening.

  4. Sea turtles stunned by cold weather arrive by the dozen to Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Sickly sea turtles stunned by the cold weather have been arriving by the score at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, stretching the aquarium's turtle team thin.

  5. House Democrats fail to remove Planned Parenthood ban from budget


    Among the most hotly debated issues in the House’s budget proposal Wednesday was language to block all state money from Planned Parenthood.

  6. 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)
  7. 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]
  8. 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]
  9. 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.

  10. 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] 
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. ...


Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina

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