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  1. Outback Steakhouse out, giant Bloody Marys and local food in at Tropicana Field

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and Centerplate trotted out the Trop's new menu items on Monday and the big shock-and-awe food was a liquid refreshment.

    Some of the new glasses for the new Green Bench Brewing Co. beer seen during an event showcasing food that will be available during the upcoming baseball season at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, March 27, 2017. The Home Opener for the Tampa Bay Rays is Sunday, April 2. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  2. Editorial: Try bipartisanship on health care


    "I believe we should have more attention paid to the centrists in both parties. Instead of showing all this attention to three or four people who never vote for anything, let's do an American health plan, not a Republican or Democrat one.''

    If Trump really wants to be a dealmaker and fulfill his campaign promises, he should call reasonable Republicans and Democrats together and create a bipartisan plan for making health care more accessible and affordable.
  3. It's been almost two years since Mark Taber moved his 81-year-old house in July 2015 from St. Petersburg's Old Northeast to the rapidly gentrifying Historic Uptown District. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. Rays' risk assessment: Backgrounding Derek Norris

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Sitting in front of his locker during his first day as a Ray on Saturday, Derek Norris pointed to the iPad sitting atop a travel bag as a key tool in his challenging task, learning an entire new pitching staff with just a week until the season opener.

    PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Derek Norris #3 of the San Diego Padres walks to the dugout after the seventh inning of a MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
  5. Video: Treasure Island police seek 'reckless' pilot illegally taking off from Johns Pass


    TREASURE ISLAND — Police are asking for the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass.

    The Treasure Island Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass on March 25, 2017. [Photo from video]
  6. Night hike: A feast for the senses


    TAMPA — As program coordinator for Hillsborough County's Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department, one of Chris Kiddy's jobs is to come up with ways the public can enjoy the parks. Bird watching, canoeing and kayaking, camping and hiking trips. He's always thinking about the next …

    Hikers embark on a night hike at Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve in Plant City. Hikes are usually scheduled near a full moon and last between two and three hours. (Courtesy of Chris Kiddy)
  7. NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas


    PHOENIX — NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday.

    Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, left, and Linda Del Rio arrive for the start of the NFL football annual meetings Sunday in Phoenix. [AP photo]
  8. Viola Davis lecture in Tampa moved to USF Sun Dome


    Wow, who knew booking a hugely acclaimed and admired Oscar winner would prove to be so popular?

  9. Trial date scheduled for John Jonchuck, charged with throwing daughter off Dick Misener bridge


    John Jonchuck is scheduled to stand trial next February, three years after he was arrested on charges of throwing his 5-year-old daughter off the Dick Misener bridge.

    John Jonchuck is accused of throwing his daughter, Phoebe, off the Dick Misener Bridge in 2015. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Rays new Trop offerings include Urban Dugout, Fish Shack, Cuban Favorites


    In addition to announcing new head chef Marcelo Miranda, the Rays and concessionaire Centerplate today unveiled a number of new food and drink offerings at the Trop for this season.

    Among the highlights in the release from the team:

    Urban Chicken and Waffle Cone and Urban Mac and Cheese which will be available at Urban Dugout.
  11. Review: 'T2 Trainspotting' deftly ages a drugged-out bunch


    The other needle drops in T2 Trainspotting, Danny Boyle's berserker encore for four Scottish heroin junkies.

    Simon (Jonny Lee Miller) and Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) in " T2: Trainspotting." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk
  12. McKibbon Hospitality unveils revamped corporate headquarters


    McKibbon Hospitality, a hotel management and development company, finished expanding its Tampa headquarters Monday. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was constructed and designed by local architects, designers and consultants. Its chairs and tables, for example, were …

    McKibbon Hospitality finished expanding its Tampa corporate headquarters in Avion Park this week. | Courtesy of McKibbon Hospitality]
  13. Florida surfer okay after shark bites foot


    NEW SMYRNA BEACH — Beach patrol officials say a shark bit the foot of a surfer along Florida's Atlantic coastline.