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Families dispute claims that slain Tampa Palms roommates shared neo-Nazi beliefs

TAMPA — Andrew Oneschuk never liked making small talk on the phone, his father said, but the last time the two spoke, something seemed off. ...

Take 2: Some fear Tampa Bay Next transportation plan is TBX redux

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Clearwater officer fired after investigation reveals use of unnecessary force on 13-year-old (w/video)

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6 essential things you'll need before going to a theme park this summer

6 essential things you'll need before going to a theme park this summer

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These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger

These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger

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James Cameron, Zoe Saldana and more appear at Disney's Pandora

James Cameron, Zoe Saldana and more appear at Disney's Pandora

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  1. Deputies: Two men, teen intentionally set fire, left it to burn within Weedon Island Preserve

    Fire

    ST. PETERSBURG –– Two men and a teen face charges after deputies say they deliberately started a fire within Weedon Island Preserve last month.

    Adam Grote, 19, left, and Brandon Kholos, 20, along with a 17-year-old, face charges after deputies say they intentionally started a fire on April 15, 2017, that burned about six acres on Googe Island within Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Police chief: Manchester searches turn up valuable info in concert bombing

    World

    MANCHESTER, England — Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday, while other British authorities complained bitterly about information leaks blamed on U.S. officials.

    A police officer at the scene at an address in Nuneaton, England Thursday May 25, 2017 where they arrested a seventh suspect in the investigation into the Manchester Arena bombing. British police have arrested a seventh person in connection with the Manchester Arena bombing. The man was held Wednesday after police carried out searches in the English town of Nuneaton, which is about 161 kilometers (100 miles) south of Manchester. [Joe Giddens | PA via AP]
  3. Joe Henderson: Only unanimous jury vote justifies extreme act of execution

    Columns

    A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court on Florida's death penalty law didn't generate a lot of chatter, but don't let that fool you.

    A jury recommended execution for Dontae Morris of Tampa by a 10-2 vote in one of his murder trials. The recommendation was unanimous when he was tried in the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers.
  4. PolitiFact: Iowa's individual market is teetering, but it's not necessarily a sign Obamacare is collapsing

    Perspective

    Whatever your view of the health care debate, the news out of Iowa isn't good. In April, two large insurers, Wellmark and Aetna, said they would not offer health insurance policies on Iowa's federal health insurance marketplace in 2018. Medica, the only remaining insurer, recently said it too might pull the plug next …

    A protester outside a Cedar Rapids town hall meeting with Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa. (Getty Images)
  5. NATO chief responds to Trump, says allies to join anti-IS coalition

    World

    BRUSSELS — NATO's chief affirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but will not wage direct war against the extremists — an announcement timed for U.S. President Donald Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders.

    U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by European Council President Donald Tusk as he arrives at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Trump arrived in Belgium on Wednesday evening and will attend a NATO summit as well as meet EU and Belgian officials. [Associated Press]
  6. Looking Back: Gene Shalit gets cheeky with the New York Mets. (March 8, 1986)

    Ml

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on March 8, 1986. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Ricardo Ferro.

    Gene Shalit is all smiles as he gets a behind the scenes look at  the New York Met locker room at Huggins-Stengel Field.

TIMES | Ricardo Ferro
  7. Death threats take Madeira Beach strife to new level

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Politics here took a nasty turn last week when someone called City Manager Shane Crawford nine times, threatening to kill him, his wife and her children.

    Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford
  8. Reporter says Republican candidate in Montana body-slammed him (w/video)

    Nation

    HELENA, Mont. — Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the nationally watched special election. Authorities said late Wednesday that Greg Gianforte has been cited for misdemeanor assault over incident with …

    Greg Gianforte, right, receives congratulations from a supporter in Helena, Mont., in March. [Associated Press]
  9. Forecast: Rainy conditions move out of Tampa Bay as cool front moves in

    Weather

    While Wednesday's storms weren't as bad as expected throughout most of the Tampa Bay area, a few lingering isolated showers could pop up across the region throughout Thursday morning.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  10. Safety improvements coming to deadly U.S. 19 intersection

    Roads

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Over a six-year period, 14 people, including five pedestrians, were killed in traffic crashes near the U.S. 19 intersection with Beacon Woods Drive in Hudson.

    The proposed fixes to the traffic woes at U.S. 19, Beacon Woods Drive, Beach Boulevard and Dipaola Drive in Hudson include a roundabout,  access roads within the Walmart parcel and a future traffic signal.
Josh Solomon | Times
Gov. Rick Scott

What is Gov. Scott hearing now on HB 7069? It's a toss-up.

Floridians continue to inundate Republican Gov. Rick Scott with input on whether he should sign or veto a controversial K-12 schools bill known as House Bill 7069....

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Morning after: Souza comes alive and other notes from Wednesday's win

The slump began for Steven Souza Jr., in late April when he noticed pitchers were making adjustments in reaction to his hot start to the season. Problem was, Souza was slow to make his adjustments....

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The winner of 'Survivor: Game Changers?' It has to be Jeff Probst

The winner of Survivor: Game Changers is ... Jeff P:robst. Because after 34 seasons, this show is still great and creates great arguments. And good ole cool as a cucumber Jungle Jeff steers it all masterfully....

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