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On Memorial Day, she remembers her fallen father, verse by verse


Romano: Fifty years later, this bay area soldier is forever 19


Identifying fallen U.S. soldiers carries a high emotional cost


  1. June brings a rainbow of events for Pride Month to the Tampa Bay area


    Expect to see a lot of rainbows and pink triangles throughout June as LGBT Pride Month brings events from the solemn to the celebratory. It ends in one of the biggest gay pride parades in the country on the streets of St. Petersburg.

    The St. Pete Pride Night Parade in 2015. LARA CERRI   |  Times
  2. Voters feel disconnected, helpless in 2016, AP-NORC poll shows


    WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and helpless about the presidential election.

    Republicans and Democrats feel a massive disconnect with their political parties and report an overwhelming feeling of helplessness heading into the next phase of the presidential election, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. [Associated Press, 2014]
  3. New video shows 400-pound gorilla Harambe dragging 4-year-old boy at Cincinnati zoo

    Public Safety

    Social media lit up with arguments Monday over whether staff at the Cincinnati Zoo was justified in shooting and killing a 400-pound-plus gorilla that was looming over a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a shallow moat.

    More extensive video of the encounter between the 400-pound lowland gorilla, Harambe, and the 4-year-old boy has surfaced. At times, the gorilla appears to be gently holding the boy's hand and at other times, he is violently dragging the boy. [Image from ViralHog YouTube video]
  4. Marvel creator Stan Lee weighs in on Captain America controversy at MegaCon Orlando


    Maybe if Captain America had settled down with a wholesome boyfriend he wouldn't be in this mess.

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 contains a shocking revelation about the first Avenger's history.
  5. Pinellas deputies conducting traffic stop involved in Madeira Beach crash


    MADEIRA BEACH — A Pinellas Sheriff's deputy and another man suffered minor injuries during a crash early Monday, the Sheriff's Office said.

  6. Kozuba & Sons brings Polish craft distillery to St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Fred Langford swept up the coarse drifts of Canadian rye malt that had escaped the auger on the concrete platform outside. Inside, the Kozuba family tidied up from milling grain.

    Matt Kozuba, left, and his father, Zbigniew "Papa" Kozuba watch the distilling process at Kozuba & Sons Craft Distillery, 1960 5th Avenue S. in St. Petersburg.   The craft distillery recently opened in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg. The Kozubas are Polish and have been in the spirits business since 2005. With the understanding that the spirits market epicenter is the United States, especially with regard to craft products, the Kozubas made plans to move to the US. After a lengthy search, they selected St. Petersburg, with the thriving arts scene and small business support that they were pledged by the city being major factors in their decision. Spirits production will begin next week and public tours and tastings will start soon. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  7. Charter school management company Newpoint Education Partners pleads not guilty


    Newpoint Education Partners, a charter school management company that was indicted along with three related companies earlier this month, has pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft, money laundering and aggravated white collar crime.

    Newpoint Education Partners logo
  8. Trinity Café's homeless clientele strain neighbors' compassion


    TAMPA — The chain link fence separating his yard from the sidewalk is a recent addition to James Stephens' real estate office on Nebraska Avenue.

    Kerry Hanson, 66, who's been homeless for 16 years, passes the time before lunch doing a crossword puzzle outside the new Trinity Caf?. Neighbors blame the caf? for trash and loitering. Operators have taken steps to reduce the problems. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  9. Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery


    ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama challenged Americans on Memorial Day to fill the silence from those who died serving their country with love and support for families of the fallen, "not just with words but with our actions."

    President Barack Obama, center, arrives with Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, right, for the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. [Associated Press]
  10. A sign at Chatham Lighthouse Beach beach warns of dangerous currents and sharks in Chatham, Mass. Additional Cape Cod towns have installed the signs this year. Officials and researchers from Cape Cod to the Carolinas are looking at responses ranging from the high-tech to the decidedly low-tech as they deal with a growing great white shark population. [Philip Marcelo | Associated Press]
Former Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford

Weatherford plots his political future, with a wary eye on Trump

Donald Trump's outsized presence on the political landscape will shake up Florida in a multitude of ways, including redefining the field of contenders for governor in 2018. That's clear after a talk with Will Weatherford, the former House speaker who left office in 2014....


Jonathan Drouin was one of the biggest stars in the postseason, with five goals and nine assists in 17 games.

Jonathan Drouin: 'I definitely want to be here'

The relationship between wing Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning seemingly has been salvaged....


For starters: Brad Boxberger says he;s ready to return, lineups vs NYY

The Rays finish their five-game homestand today against the Yankees with a chance to leap over the Yankees into fourth place in the AL East with a win....