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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]
  11. Bucs take Texas A&M safety Justin Evans in 2nd round

    Blogs

    Much of the buzz surrounding the Bucs entering Friday's second round was the possibility of a running back taken, with reports that Tampa Bay was trying to trade up from No. 50, potentially to get Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

    Justin Evans had 87 tackles and four interceptions in 2016.
  12. Fire destroys apartment building, damages others in USF area

    Fire

    A stubborn fire that tore through a Tampa apartment building late Friday had Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews battling flames for about 90 minutes.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue firefighters extinguish a 2-alarm fire at the Cordova apartments in Tampa. The fire ignited late Friday afternoon and displaced 8-12 families. [Friday, April 28, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  13. Lawmakers set to defund Miami school that educated makers of 'Moonlight' and 'Hamilton'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are on the brink of cutting $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

    Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.
  14. Minnesota Vikings draft ex-FSU star Dalvin Cook

    Blogs

    Former Florida State star running back Dalvin Cook didn't have to wait too long on Day 2. Cook went to the Vikings with the No. 41 overall pick after Minnesota traded up to get him in the second round.