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TAMPA — A 4-year-old Tampa boy under the watch of his mother's boyfriend suffered a gunshot wound to the chest Tuesday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. I …

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  1. "This is what we do": analyzing the Rays' Forsythe-De Leon deal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday's paper informs us that the specific reason the Rays traded Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers was the unexpected opportunity to get highly touted pitching prospect Jose De Leon in return.

    Logan Forsythe says he was caught off guard when he was told that he was traded.
  2. Pinellas County Commission: Reform construction licensing board and give us control

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Calls to reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board grew louder on Tuesday. The Pinellas County Commission said the board that oversees the county's contractors should be brought under its control. Some of the public officials who serve on the agency's governing board agreed.

    Pinellas County Commission Chair Janet Long and her fellow commissioners talked about reforming the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board during Tuesday's commission meeting. She also read from a stern letter she sent to the licensing board. "We strongly encourage the PCCLB to address the issues reported in the Tampa Bay Times to increase accountability and oversight, eliminate conflicts of interest" and follow public records laws, she said. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. All Eyes photo gallery: Armed Forces History Museum in Largo to close

    Blogs

    The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo will permanently cease operations on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 4:00pm after more than 8 years due to the lack of funding. The announcement was made after the museum’s founder, John J. Piazza, Sr. passed away last October (2016). After its grand opening, August 16, 2008, …

    Volunteer docent, Jeff Spotz, of Belleair Beach, center, talks about a MIG 21 PFM Russian jet fighter, background, during a tour on Tuesday (1/24/17) at the  Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo. The jet fighter was built in 1976 by the Russians for the Polish Army. The museum is closing on January 29 (2017) due the the owner's death.
  4. Man charged with human trafficking, holding five people captive on trial this week

    Criminal

    LARGO — Jeffrey Keowin lived a nomadic life, shuffling back and forth between Florida and Indiana. Along the way, he befriended five people, some of them underage and others with disabilities, prosecutors said.

  5. Lead level in water falls below federal limit in Flint, Mich.

    Water

    LANSING, Mich. — Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan environmental officials said Tuesday was good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis.

    The public health emergency in Flint, Mich., began when lead from old pipes leached into the water supply. State officials say the city’s levels are now comparable to similarly sized U.S. cities.
  6. Forsythe has "mixed emotions" over trade from Rays to Dodgers

    Blogs

    2B Logan Forsythe was "taken back a bit" to get the news Monday that he had been traded by the Rays to the Dodgers.

  7. St. Pete police looking for 18-year-old suspected in fatal shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A first-degree murder warrant was issued Tuesday for an 18-year-old suspected in a fatal shooting Monday night.

    A first degree murder warrant has been issued for Chaz Bynum, 18, in the shooting and killing of Emmanuel Isaiah Sims Monday night. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  8. Bill seeks to turn 'stand your ground' around, shift initial burden of proof

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An effort by conservative Republican lawmakers to revise Florida's "stand your ground" law is back under consideration with a plausible chance of passing this year, even as opponents again warn that enacting such changes would "water down" the state's gun laws and make it easier for people to kill …

    Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, is pushing to revise the state's "stand your ground" law. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Tampa police searching for suspect in Sulphur Springs sexual assault

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police hope a sketch released to the public on Tuesday will lead to the identification of a suspect in a reported sexual assault in Sulphur Springs.

    Tampa Police are searching for a man in his early to mid-twenties suspected in a sexual assault in Sulphur Springs early Sunday. [Tampa Police Department]
  10. Trump dogged by insecurity over popular vote, media coverage

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump holds the most powerful office in the world. But he's dogged by insecurity over his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media, aides and associates say.

    Donald Trump is dogged by insecurity over his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media, aides and associates say. [Getty Images]
State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota

Steube plans to dismantle his comprehensive gun bill into several smaller ones

Senate Judiciary Chairman Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, told reporters Tuesday that he's switching strategies in the hopes of getting legislation passed this year that will make it easier for gun-owners with conceal-carry permits to carry their guns in public....

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Nikita Kucherov skates away as the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal during their victory over the Lightning Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

Lightning Strikes! podcast: Last-place Lightning

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Sean Spicer has been tweeting about Dippin' Dots ice cream for years now.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has a years-long feud with Dippin' Dots

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