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  1. dream pick

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He was still standing there, wide open and all alone.

    O.J. Howard wasn’t invited by the Bucs for a predraft interview because they didn’t think he’d be available at No. 19.
  2. Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers bounce, thrash through age-defying show at Tampa's Amalie Arena

    Blogs

    If you squinted your eyes, you might’ve noticed Flea flicking some stiffness from his wrists. You might’ve spotted Anthony Kiedis or Chad Smith huffing a little with hands upon hips.

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 27, 2017.
  3. Florida LB Jarrad Davis goes No. 21 to Lions, first player from state taken in NFL draft

    Bucs

    Former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis was the first player chosen from a state college in the NFL draft when the Lions selected him with the No. 21 overall pick Thursday.

    Linebacker Jarrad Davis, who accumulated 205 tackles in his four-year Gator career, is drafted No. 21 overall by the Lions.
  4. Jones: Sorry FSU and Dalvin Cook fans, but O.J. Howard was right pick

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He wasn't the popular pick.

    But he was the right pick.

    Alabama’s O.J. Howard, here in the national title game against Clemson, is only the seventh tight end since 2007 to be selected in the first round of the draft.
  5. NFL draft: Offense is Round 1's surprise

    Bucs

    PHILADELPHIA — With defensive studs everywhere in the draft, teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks.

    Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, right, talks to ESPN’s Randy Moss at a family party in Arlington, Texas, after the Browns took him No. 1 overall.
  6. Stars shine in St. Petersburg for Sunscreen Film Festival

    Features

    St. Petersburg had stars in its eyes Thursday when the Sunscreen Film Festival kicked off its 12th edition.

    Castille Landon, a director from Los Angeles who went to high school while living in Terra Ceia, leads Apple the miniature horse down the steps of the Palladium in St. Petersburg during the Sunscreen Film Festival Thursday, April 27, 2017. The horse was a star in Landon's film, Apple of My Eye.
  7. St. Petersburg, police officers prevail in federal lawsuit filed by estate of man killed in 2013

    Civil

    TAMPA — A federal jury on Thursday ruled in favor of the City of St. Petersburg and three of its police officers in a civil lawsuit over the fatal 2013 police shooting of Ronald Sexton, according to city officials.

    Ronald Sexton, 23, was shot and killed by St. Petersbrug police officers in 2013. His estate sued the officers and the City of St. Petersburg in federal court, but on Thursday the officers and the city prevailed. [Courtesy of Sexton family]
  8. Hillsborough County issues emergency ban on outdoor burns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Outdoor burning was banned in Hillsborough County Thursday under an executive order from commissioners that extends through May 4.

  9. Gaming debate continues for Day 3 in Florida Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward on gambling legislation Thursday, debating whether to renew a compact with the Seminole Tribe, which could produce as much as $300 million in annual revenue, or to expand slot machines and other gaming operations elsewhere.

  10. Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road rage allegation

    Local Government

    PALM HARBOR — An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road rage incident on Tampa Road.

    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Investigator Anthony DeBernardi resigned Wednesday after he was accused of thertening two motorists with a baseball bat in a road-rage incident. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. The other people declined to press charges. [MARK PUENTE   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  11. Pinellas sheriff: Three Seminole Middle School students arrested for assaulting teacher, school employee

    Crime

    SEMINOLE — Three Seminole Middle School students were arrested April 21 on charges that they assaulted a teacher and a support employee in separate incidents caught on surveillance video.

  12. Gov. Rick Scott faces jarring rebuke in legislative budget deal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott traveled the state the last two months calling out legislators for opposing his top budget priorities.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott speaks to reporters after a roundtable discussion with Tampa community leaders and business owners about the state of Enterprise Florida and its relation to Florida's military and defense communities in March in Tampa. [Andres Leiva | Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Bill proposes to cloud Sunshine Law by letting elected officials meet privately

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Constitution and the state's famed Sunshine Law give residents the right to observe meetings held by their elected officials.

    If a House measure passes the Legislature this year that allows two members of a public board, are meetings like this 2015 St. Petersburg City Council workshop going to be rendered moot? [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
  14. Retired Tampa police officer pleads guilty to theft of treasury check

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A retired lawman and husband of a disgraced Tampa police detective admitted Thursday that he cashed a U.S. Treasury check his wife had stolen from an evidence room.