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This tax cut would cost Florida's local governments $644 million. And it just advanced in the Senate.

TALLAHASSEE — An election-year tax break for Florida home­owners that cities and counties say would hurt basic services emerged Friday as the key to a budget deal in the Legislature. …

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Polk deputies: Boy, 13, dies after drunk former cop plows into five kids at school bus stop

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At Riverview High, a teacher who supports LGBT students is accused of shutting out others

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Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

Dining Planner: The Dinner Series at Rooster & the Till, Cuban Pete

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Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

Sunscreen Film Festival brings stars and indie films to St. Pete

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Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

Music Planner: Red Hot Chili Peppers, 98 Rockfest, Spoon, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper

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  1. Bucs fufilling GM Jason Licht's need for speed on offense

    Blogs

    The goal still is written on a grease board in Jacon Licht’s office. The Bucs general manager left it there after a meeting several months ago as a constant reminder that his team had a need for speed.

  2. Review: At 98 Rockfest, Soundgarden returns to the road with a roar at Amalie Arena in Tampa

    Blogs

    The rust of two years off the road isn't showing on Soundgarden in 2017.

    Soundgarden performed at 98 Rockfest at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 28, 2017.
  3. Bucs trade up into 3rd for LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith

    Blogs

    The Bucs squeezed in a buzzer-beater on Friday night, trading up to get the final pick in the third round and using it to select LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith.

    Kendell Beckwith won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery.
  4. Tampa Bay weekends were made for the Cross-Bay Ferry; weekdays, not so much

    Transportation

    The Cross-Bay Ferry was an experiment for a region struggling with traffic, wedded to cars and separated by a big body of water.

    The Cross-Bay Ferry has been sailing between the downtowns of St. Petesburg and Tampa from November to April. The six-month trial ends Sunday, but officials are already working to bring it back for next season, and hope to one day make the service permanent. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Bucs get speed in 3rd with Penn State WR Chris Godwin

    Blogs

    The Bucs put their search for a running back on hold for a day but went back on offense, adding speed to their passing game in the third round with Penn State receiver Chris Godwin.

    The Bucs added speed to their passing game in the third round with Penn State receiver Chris Godwin.
  6. Four homers in final two innings rally Rays past Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Blake Snell gave the Rays another too-short start Friday and more reasons to wonder if he really is ready to be a key part of their rotation.

    Blake Snell gives up only two runs against the Blue Jays but throws 96 pitches in five innings, 43 of them balls.
  7. FSU's Dalvin Cook slides to Vikings at No. 41; three Gator DBs taken in Round 2

    Bucs

    After being passed over by the Bucs —and every other team in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft — former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook didn't have to wait too long on Day 2.

    Dalvin Cook, FSU’s all-time rushing 
leader, slides to the Vikings with the 41st overall pick. There were questions involving 
off-field issues coupled with his unimpressive NFL combine numbers.
  8. Florida House marijuana bill moves closer to Senate version

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers are inching closer to an agreement on medical marijuana after more than 70 percent of voters declared they wanted to allow patients with debilitating conditions to use the drug.

    House majority leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero
  9. Meet the descendant of a Confederate soldier who is blocking Florida's first slavery memorial

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to create the first slavery memorial in Florida unanimously passed the state House on Friday with roaring applause — but its prospects in the Senate are uncertain after one committee chairman stalled the legislation over a "philosophical objection" to the concept.

    Sen. Dennis Baxley, seen here in 2007. [Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Bucs top pick O.J. Howard lifted by love of family, hometown

    Bucs

    TAMPA — There's nobody else like O.J. Howard. At least, that's what everybody says. The 6-foot-6, 251-pound tight end from Alabama can block, run, jump and catch better than almost any man in the NFL draft.

    Tight end O.J. Howard of Alabama, selected by the Bucs in the first round of the NFL draft, is introduced at a press conference at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala

Black lawmakers, Democrats irate after senator says slavery memorial would 'celebrate defeat'

House Democrats and members of the legislative black caucus are offended and irate after a conservative Senate committee chairman said Friday the reason he didn’t hear a bill to create the first slavery memorial in Florida was because he didn’t want to “celebrate defeat.”...

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Evan Longoria scores as Russell Martin waits for the throw during a game between the Rays and Blue Jays earlier this month in St. Petersburg.

Video preview: Rays at Blue Jays

With a day off to get over their tough walkoff walk loss in Baltimore on Wednesday, the Rays tonight open a weekend series against the struggling Blue Jays. Here is our video preview from the Rogers Centre, with first pitch tonight at 7:07:...

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Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle star in American Gods on Starz.

What to watch this weekend: 'American Gods' on Starz, L.A. Riots documentary on ABC

What hath God wrought? American Gods

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....

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