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Review: Taylor Swift lights up Tampa with majestic, open-hearted concert at Raymond James Stadium

Review: Taylor Swift lights up Tampa with majestic, open-hearted concert at Raymond James Stadium

The world's biggest pop star sat alone at a piano in Tampa, looking for the first time in a long time like she wasn't quite sure what to say."This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa," Taylor Swift told the crowd of mo...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

NEW YORK — The return the Rays got from the Pirates for Chris Archer already looked good.Right-hander Tyler Glasnow has been increasingly impressive in three starts using his high-octane fastball and cruel breaking balls, and outfielder Austin ...
Updated: 8 hours ago
What’s up with that crazy, steel cube yacht that ran aground on Gandy Beach?

What’s up with that crazy, steel cube yacht that ran aground on Gandy Beach?

It has been spotted frequently in Tampa Bay recently, both in the water and on social media. It’s gigantic, strangely cube-shaped and according to the many who have gawked at it, very cool. Described as a Bond villain-esque "floating mansion," the mo...
Published: 08/14/18
More afternoon storms across Tampa Bay, but dry air is on its way

More afternoon storms across Tampa Bay, but dry air is on its way

Ongoing pockets of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are drifting along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico due to a southwestern air flow. Those storms will begin to expand and shift inland by the afternoon and evening, pushing the Tampa Bay ...
Published: 08/14/18
State Vacuum and ‘Bernie Apestein’ may be waving goodbye to longtime location

State Vacuum and ‘Bernie Apestein’ may be waving goodbye to longtime location

For nearly 40 years, while wearing an eclectic mix of fashion, a mechanical gorilla has stood outside State Vacuum of Tampa, waving hello to Kennedy Boulevard motorists.His name is Bernie Apestein. "That gorilla has been a mainstay" said David Epstei...
Published: 08/14/18
As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

As Jonchuck nears trial, defense takes novel approach to gain any advantage

In the coming trial of a father accused of tossing his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge to her death — a crime for which he faces the death penalty — nothing is normal.That has certainly been true for the flurry of motions filed by defendant John Jon...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Labor union launches ads targeting Gwen Graham over the American Dream mega-mall

Labor union launches ads targeting Gwen Graham over the American Dream mega-mall

A major labor union says it's launching a six-figure ad buy against Gwen Graham, targeting the Democratic front-runner for governor over her family's involvement in the American Dream Miami mega-mall.UNITE HERE, which represents more than 2...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional place.Standing ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

TAMPA —  It seems a little odd, but Tony Dungy is just now being installed in the Bucs' Ring of Honor, two years after his bust was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Leave it to his former team.As if it matters to this man. Dungy...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens and its sister park SeaWorld are having a flash sale this week that can save you more than $50 on admission tickets, but the offers expire Sunday. Calling it a BOGO Back to School sale, Busch Gardens announced Tuesday you can buy one si...
Published: 08/15/18
The Daystarter: Read our Taylor Swift recap; what’s with that gigantic cube-shaped boat?; Jonchuck’s lawyers take novel approach ahead of trial

The Daystarter: Read our Taylor Swift recap; what’s with that gigantic cube-shaped boat?; Jonchuck’s lawyers take novel approach ahead of trial

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Scattered afternoon and evening showers expected, especially along Interstate 75, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature will reach the upper 80s along the co...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Amalie Arena tries to lure millenials to its Firestick Grill

Amalie Arena tries to lure millenials to its Firestick Grill

TAMPA — How to attract the cool kids? This is the mantra for so many restaurants these days: That huge generation of millennials eats differently, thinks differently and spends differently than their parents. So how do you reel them in and make them ...
Published: 08/14/18
The hardest part: actually choosing the day of his death. ‘No one is ever really ready.’

The hardest part: actually choosing the day of his death. ‘No one is ever really ready.’

In the end, it wasn’t easy for Aaron McQ to decide when to die.The 50-year-old Seattle man — a former world traveler, triathlete and cyclist — learned he had leukemia five years ago, followed by an even grimmer diagnosis in 2016: a rare form of amyot...
Published: 08/15/18
A judge saw this video before denying stand your ground claim by Hillsborough sheriff’s son

A judge saw this video before denying stand your ground claim by Hillsborough sheriff’s son

TAMPA — George Zachary Chronister may have feared embarrassment when he used a knife to slash and stab another man during a 2017 brawl.But he wasn’t in fear for his life and well-being, a judge ruled Tuesday.Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nas...
Published: 08/14/18
The JCC honors Tampa’s wrestling history at its old home

The JCC honors Tampa’s wrestling history at its old home

TAMPA — Her visit to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC for a first look at the West Tampa building’s new attraction didn’t last long. Moments after gazing upon the wall mural in the lobby featuring her grandfather and father, Nicole Alonso broke into sobs ...
Published: 08/15/18
Seminole man faces DUI manslaughter charges in deaths of father, son

Seminole man faces DUI manslaughter charges in deaths of father, son

SEMINOLE — A 60-year-old man was arrested Tuesday evening on two counts of DUI manslaughter in the July 28 chain-reaction crash that fatally injured a father and his son, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies arrested James Wolf ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

ST. PETERSBURG — Food trucks, grocery stores, restaurants and any business that serves food and drink in the city could face some big changes in the way they use plastic and polystyrene products in the coming years.Imagine paying 5 cents f...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Solid not good enough in loss to Yankees

Rays journal: Solid not good enough in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK — The Rays got another solid outing from LHP Jalen Beeks on Tuesday, though the few mistakes he did make were costly. Add their inability to muster much of anything offensively against J.A. Happ and two relievers, and the result was ye...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Subtropical depression forms far off in north Atlantic

Subtropical depression forms far off in north Atlantic

What could become the fifth named storm of the 2018 hurricane season has formed far off in the north Atlantic and poses no threat to land.As of Wednesday at 5 a.m., Subtropical Depression Five had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph with higher gusts a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Deputies: Pinellas County jail inmate died during surgery

Deputies: Pinellas County jail inmate died during surgery

ST. PETERSBURG — A jail inmate died Monday while undergoing surgery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Cesar Gonzales-Espana, 43, had suffered a medical episode at the Pinellas County jail on Saturday, the agency said, and was taken t...
Published: 08/14/18