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Cuba’s removal from U.S. terror list opens door in Tampa

Cuba’s removal from U.S. terror list opens door in Tampa

TAMPA — Local political and business leaders Friday largely welcomed the removal of Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist, a symbolic step but one that paves the way for normalizing relations with the communist island. ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Hospitals shudder at deep cuts Scott seeks in Medicaid debate

Hospitals shudder at deep cuts Scott seeks in Medicaid debate

TAMPA — A proposal by Gov. Rick Scott to retain a pool of money for hospitals that serve the poor includes dramatic cuts to many local medical centers, with Tampa General, the area’s largest safety net hospital, targeted for a $31 milli...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Nine months after brutal murders, no word on justice for 2 slain Tampa teenagers

Nine months after brutal murders, no word on justice for 2 slain Tampa teenagers

TAMPA — Jerlean Moore bought a copy of the same dress she buried her youngest daughter in to frame in her home. A wooden frame holds photos of her daughter and her best friend’s sassy smiles.
Updated: 1 hour ago

Judge: Tests on gun in Pasco theater shooting case must be supervised

NEW PORT RICHEY — Attorneys for movie theater shooting suspect Curtis Reeves Jr. will not be able to remove Reeves’ gun from the state’s possession to conduct their own tests, but Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa will allow them to tak...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Combat wounded Marine sees new horrors in role as child porn hunter

Combat wounded Marine sees new horrors in role as child porn hunter

Sitting in his wheelchair in the cramped but neat cubicle in the headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Justin Gaertner explains the basics of computer forensics to a Clearwater police...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Polk City man charged in fatal April crash

A 20-year-old Polk City man is facing DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges in an April crash that killed one person and badly hurt three others, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Tampa lesbian couple will be allowed to divorce

Tampa lesbian couple will be allowed to divorce

TAMPA — A year after being denied by a judge, a lesbian couple in Tampa will be allowed to divorce, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Friday.
Updated: 3 hours ago

Tampa man faces prison for carrying gun, breaking into FBI vehicle

A 25-year-old Tampa ex-con could face 20 years in prison after he admitted today to carrying a gun and breaking into an FBI vehicle, U.S. attorney A. Lee Bentley said.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Second jury can’t agree if accused St. Pete killer is guilty

Second jury can’t agree if accused St. Pete killer is guilty

CLEARWATER — A second murder trial of a transient man accused of shooting a St. Petersburg woman to death has ended with jurors unable to reach a unanimous verdict, just like the first trial.
Updated: 3 hours ago
Covington sentenced to death in gruesome 2008 murders

Covington sentenced to death in gruesome 2008 murders

TAMPA — Responsible for the grisly murders of his girlfriend and her two young children, Edward Covington expected a death sentence, and on Friday, that’s what he got.
Updated: 3 hours ago