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Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m. Someone had poured gasoline and lit a flame. Three adults and an infant were sle …

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Rubio blames himself (and the media) for what happened in New Hampshire

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Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth is part of the game

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  1. Major Madeira Beach development moves forward

    News

    MADEIRA BEACH — Despite protests from more than 50 residents Monday night, the planning commission unanimously approved an $80 million development project that could add thousands of cars to daily traffic on the Tom Stuart Causeway.

    Shane Crawford, city manager, says the hotel has pared back.
  2. Dunedin nears solution for downtown parking woes

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — It has been a long time coming.

  3. Florida adds 17,900 private sector jobs in January

    Business

    Florida's private employers added 17,900 jobs in January — an increase of 3,900 jobs compared to the same month in 2015. The state added the largest number of private sector jobs (3,800) in trade, transportation and utilities, a category that also includes retail jobs. It was followed by 3,700 in professional and …

  4. Aerial adventures zipping their way to Oldsmar

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — As you soar 70 feet above the ground, secured in a harness, you'll see Old Tampa Bay to the west and Mobbly Bayou to the east. In between, you'll float over a mix of mangrove swamp, salt marsh and oak hammocks. And if you're lucky, from your perch, you'll spot an assortment of shorebirds often spotted …

    Jason Clement with Empower Adventures says, “Our goal is to increase exposure and visibility” to Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve in Oldsmar. The water on the right will be crossed by two legs of Empower Adventures’ $1 million zip line course, which also will include an aerial adventure park.
  5. Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed off on prosecution of man for threats to Pinellas mosques

    Criminal

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch — or at least her signature — made a cameo appearance this week in the federal court file of a Seminole man accused of threatening Pinellas County mosques in the wake of the Paris attacks.

  6. Pinellas school officials ask community to help with plans for Melrose Elementary

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG — While everyone agrees that 53-year-old Melrose Elementary School needs a face-lift, a question remains for officials, community leaders and concerned citizens: keep some of the school's old charm and build around existing buildings, or raze it and start anew?

  7. Couple falls for the biggest game at the fair

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — At the edge of the midway, where the air tastes like turkey legs, the young couple keeps kissing behind their booth: Fool the Guesser.

    Kiersten Copon, 19, and Josh Bennett, 20, kiss at their Fool the Guesser booth Tuesday at the Florida State Fair.
  8. Five things Iowa and New Hampshire taught us about the presidential race

    Blogs

    TAMPA -- Just stepped off the plane in New Hampshire after more than two weeks of watching the presidential candidates and voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Contrary to expectations a few weeks ago, the topsy turvy Republican primary contest is not much clearer after New Hampshire than it was before the voting …

    New Hampshire resurrected Bush, but he big hurdles remain
  9. AP: Christie expected to end 2016 White House bid

    Elections

    NASHUA, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, after failing to break out from a field in which nontraditional candidates are making strides.

  10. Fish and Wildlife dispatcher arrested on arson, aggravated stalking charges

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — The first fire at the house on Howard Street erupted the day after Christmas, at 2:42 a.m.

    Ryan Elliott Butler, 29, used his access to the state's confidential license plate database to track his ex-girlfriend, investigators say. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff's Office]
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....

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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. ...

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New Hampshire resurrected Bush, but he big hurdles remain

Five things Iowa and New Hampshire taught us about the presidential race

TAMPA -- Just stepped off the plane in New Hampshire after more than two weeks of watching the presidential candidates and voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. Contrary to expectations a few weeks ago, the topsy turvy Republican primary contest is not much clearer after New Hampshire than it was before the voting starting. We've said goodbye to a few candidates but we still have a jumble of contenders vying to be the mainstream alternative to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, including both Floridians, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. ...

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