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  1. Jones: Jameis Winston's pep talk to kids sends wrong message (w/video)

    Sports

    This is a story about a well-intended photo op that had some good in it and some bad. It involves Tampa Bay's most famous face, one of its most struggling schools, and perhaps a blind spot when it comes to how little boys and girls view the world and how the world views them.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston exchanging high fives with students before taking a selfie and group pictures with them during a visit at Melrose Elementary, 1752 13th Ave S, in St. Petersburg, Wednesday afternoon (02/22/17). Winston spoke with students in the cafeteria for about 40 minutes.
  2. Lightning's Callahan likely out for season

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan's season is likely over.

  3. Should local governments have less power? Some state lawmakers think so.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Wage theft laws meant to help workers get paid what they are owed, rules meant to curb pollution and protections for LGBT Floridians could be on the chopping block this year if some Republicans in the Florida House get their way.

    Democratic Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn objects to such a law.
  4. Plan your weekend Feb. 24-26: Gasparilla Distance Classic, Mardi Gras pops, dinos at the zoo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Road runners

    Gasparilla Distance Classic: One of Tampa's best-known road races floods Bayshore Boulevard with runners this weekend for the Gasparilla Distance Classic. The race attracts elite runners and first-timers alike for the lovely route that the 15K takes …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  TV personality Steve-O attends the 10th annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia on May 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  5. Wife of ex-cop says man he shot in Pasco theater was acting aggressively

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — Vivian Reeves, who sat beside her husband as he shot a man dead in a movie theater in 2014, testified in court Wednesday that the man had acted aggressively toward her husband and had cursed at him before gunfire erupted.

    Vivian Reeves testifies Wednesday, describing the escalating dispute. She also was questioned about her husband’s gun.
  6. Lakewood High student hid machete in trombone case at school, police say

    K12

    ST. PETERSBURG — An 18-year-old Lakewood High student was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a machete to campus and hid it in a trombone case.

  7. Fennelly: Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, finds his name cuts both ways

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — It happens when he plops down his credit card, especially in a race city like this one.

    Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 33 Little Joes Autos/Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18. [Getty Images]
  8. Rick Scott's PAC slams House Speaker Corcoran as "career politician" in new video

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott's political action committee released a new video on Facebook today that slams House Speaker Richard Corcoran as a career politician, job killer and is full of "fake news."

    Gov. Rick Scott's Let's Get to Work political committee released a new video on Facebook that slams House Speaker Richard Corcoran for his attempts to eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.
  9. Pummeled in 2016, HSN's Mindy Grossman looks for year of growth regeneration for shopping service

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like a lot of Americans, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman is happy to say goodbye to 2016. It was not the best of times for her home-shopping empire.

    Rod Little, who started as HSN's new chief financial officer in January, participated in his first quaterly conference call with analysts on Wednesday with HSN CEO Mindy Grossman. [Handout photo]
  10. Vivian Reeves, wife of Curtis Reeves, takes the stand during the third day of the "stand your ground'' hearing for murder defendant Curtis Reeves. [Screen grab from WTSP-Ch. 10]
  11. Review: Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' a smart allegory wrapped in a horror flick

    Movies

    Jordan Peele's Get Out isn't Oscar material, yet it's a razored rebuttal to the movie industry's so white, so what reputation. Nothing is more Hollywood than horror movies, nor more show-business-as-usual than cultural appropriation.

    Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) takes boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) to meet her potentially ill-meaning parents in Get Out.
  12. Scientists discover 7 'Earthlike' planets orbiting a nearby star

    Space

    A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say.

    This chart shows, on the top row, artist conceptions of the seven planets of TRAPPIST-1 with their orbital periods, distances from their star, and radii and masses as compared to those of Earth. The bottom row shows data about Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. [NASA | JPL-Caltech]
  13. Evacuations lifted after broken gas line repaired in Town 'N Country

    Public Safety

    A broken gas line Wednesday morning caused the evacuation of a shopping center and nearby apartment complex in Town 'N Country.

    Hillsborough County officials say the gas leak occurred when construction crews, using an auger, struck the line behind the Buccaneer Square shopping plaza at the 8500 block of W  Hillsborough Avenue, near Memorial Highway. [Hillsborough County]

  14. Jones: Want a face of the Lightning? Give me Nikita Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Who is the Lightning's best player? Who would you call The Franchise?

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) is named the number two star of the game as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat he Edmonton Oilers with a final score of 4 to 1 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (02/21/17).