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  1. Pasco sheriff: 4-year-old Zephyrhills boy injured in accidental shooting

    Crime

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Deputies are investigating what it called the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy on Wednesday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

  2. About 200 march on South Tampa Publix, Wendy's to protest farm-worker exploitation

    Corporate

    TAMPA — About 200 protesters from across the state picketed outside two food giants Wednesday in support of the people who pick tomatoes in Florida.

    Dominique Aulisio of Orlando protests in front of the Wendy's fast-food restaurant on Kennedy Boulevard as officers stand by. Farm workers, church members and students from across Florida converged at the Publix GreenWise Market in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood for a mile-long march that concluded with a candlelight vigil at a Wendy's fast-food restaurant on W Kennedy Boulevard. The "March and Vigil for Human Rights" was the final stop on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) 12-city "Return to Human Rights Tour," in which farm workers are seeking to escalate a national boycott of the hamburger chain.   The boycott was launched by farm workers last year in response to the retailer's decision to shift tomato purchases from Florida to Mexico. Florida protesters are also calling on Publix supermarkets to take responsibility for working conditions in its supply chain. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  3. Tampa Catholic's Kevin Knox soars at McDonald's All-American Game

    Preps

    CHICAGO — Kevin Knox lingered on the sideline for a while as the rest of his teammates took turns scoring in the McDonald's All-American Game.

    Kevin Knox is guarded by Michael Porter as two of the top recruits battle in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
  4. Scientology leader David Miscavige ups offer for aquarium property before Clearwater vote on land deal

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The city may be poised to vote next month on whether to buy a vacant downtown lot from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, but that hasn't stopped the Church of Scientology from trying to acquire the property.

    NP_365129_DAMA_clwmarina_2  (1/10/2013 CLEARWATER)  The vacant  The Clearwater Marine Aquarium owns the vacant downtown lot between City Hall (bottom) and the Church of Scientology's Oak Cove religious retreat (above.) The City Council will vote April 20 to buy the land, but the church hasn't given up trying to buy the land itself and has made an offer that it said "far exceeds what the City can pay." [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]

  5. Ros-Lehtinen says she would have broken GOP ranks in Internet privacy vote

    Blogs

    Two Miami Republicans, Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart, voted this week to lift restrictions on internet providers from tracking and sharing personal data without consent, joining a Republican majority that sent the legislation to President Donald …

  6. No one is showing cards yet, but a gambling compromise could be coming

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The ice is melting on Florida's gambling impasse.

    Gamblers play slot machines in the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Its 2012 expansion made the casino's  the 6th largest in the world.  [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Tampa Bay Times]
  7. Plan your weekend: Cuban Sandwich Festival, Rays opening day, new food event at the zoo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Food

    Cuban Sandwich Festival: The sixth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival gets pressing at the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College this weekend. A team of Cuban sandwich professionals will attempt to break the record for the world's largest Cuban sandwich …

  8. Legislature tries to turn the tables on judges in redistricting cases

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In an aggressive attempt to weaken the Fair Districts amendments to the Florida Constitution, a House committee on Wednesday passed legislation to create new hurdles to legal challenges to the maps lawmakers draw.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, is sponsoring a bill that would make it harder for the courts to challenge maps of districts that lawmakers draw. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  9. Saving the day? Rays go with catchers Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays went into the offseason seeking to improve a catching corps that has seemed perpetually in need of an upgrade since — save for a brief flash from Dioner Navarro — the halcyon days of Toby Hall and John Flaherty.

    Catcher Jesus Sucre, who joined the Rays as part of a trade last month, has had “a solid camp,” manager Kevin Cash says.
  10. Lightning's Steven Stamkos could return this weekend (w/ video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is close to making his much-anticipated return, which could come this weekend.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal beating New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Saturday evening (10/15/16).
  11. Hillsborough needs 25 new fire stations, not meeting response goals, fire chief warns

    Fire

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County needs 25 new fire stations in the next 25 years to keep up with the thousands of people moving here each year, Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones told county commissioners Wednesday.

    Hillsborough Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones says there is a particular need to add more fire stations in south county.
  12. After 36 years at Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's largest company, Steve Raymund is retiring

    Business

    The son of the founder of Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's largest corporation by revenues, will step down as chairman of the global technology distributor in June. Steve Raymund joined Tech Data in 1981, serving as CEO from 1986 to 2006, and has long been considered one of the region's top business leaders.

    In his younger days during a 20-year career as CEO of Tech Data Corp., Steve Raymund had yet to realize how large the company founded by his father would become. Today it is one of Florida's largest corporations by revenues. He retires as chairman in June after 36 years at Tech Data. [Maurice Rivenbark, Times]
  13. Pam Bondi hosts Women's Empowerment Panel at White House

    Blogs

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was the host Wednesday for the Women's Empowerment Panel at the White House.

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks at the Women's Empowerment Panel on Wednesday at the White House.