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Failure Factories schools earn F's from the state

Melrose Elementary, one of five failing elementary schools in south St. Petersburg, earned the lowest reading scores in Florida among traditional schools, according to results released Friday by t …


Lawsuit claims mistake by All Children's hospital led to baby's abuse


Allegiant flight from St. Pete-Clearwater makes emergency landing in Birmingham


  1. Man's body found in water in Belleair


    BELLEAIR — A body discovered in the water near Belleair Friday afternoon may be that of a boater reported missing off the Clearwater coast on Jan. 31, authorities said.

  2. Believers set to visit the sacred relics of St. Charbel in Tampa


    TAMPA — Charbel Khashram will turn 2 next month. His parents call that a miracle. Doctors told them their child wouldn't live past two weeks after he and twin brother Issa were born 11 weeks prematurely in 2014.

    Charbel Khashram, who will be 2 in March, holds an icon of St. Charbel Friday, February 12, 2016. Khashram was born premature. Doctors told his parents he would not live. After they prayed to St. Charbel, he thrived. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]
  3. In bid for $40 million federal grant, St. Pete looks to gondolas, Tampa to smart technology


    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg is going for the unconventional and fanciful — gondolas.

  4. Harry Reid: Alan Grayson should drop out of Florida's U.S. Senate race

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate said Friday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, should "immediately" drop out of the race for Marco Rubio's Senate seat, because of a scathing New York Times report over Grayson's controversial management of a once-offshore hedge fund.

    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson stands on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington Feb. 4. Grayson, who is running for the Senate, is under heavy criticism for a hedge fund that he ran. [New York Times]

  5. Lawsuit claims mistake by All Children's hospital led to baby's abuse


    ST. PETERSBURG — The adoptive parents of a 3-year-old boy are suing All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, saying employees wrongly released the child to his abusive biological parents after birth.

  6. Will 2016 deliver a watershed year for women in business? One Tampa firm hopes so

    Working Life

    Could 2016 become a year of progress for women in business when more glass ceilings shatter, pay gaps shrink and corporate boards and executive managements swell with well-qualified women?

    Carol Cadden, Interbay Estate Sales, prices items prior to a recent estate sale on Snell Isle, St. Petersburg. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  7. Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia first to draw lifetime drug ban

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

    New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. Mejia tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner's office said Friday. [AP photo]
  8. Hernando schools celebrate improved grades, including district grade of B


    BROOKSVILLE — Though the results come with an asterisk, Hernando County School District officials are celebrating the B grade the district received from the state after three straight C's, and a report card free of schools that received either D or F grades for the first time in six years.

  9. Clock is ticking: As Tampa Bay Rays look in Tampa, St. Pete bides time on Trop plans


    ST. PETERSBURG — When the City Council took a historic vote to let the Tampa Bay Rays look outside the city for a new home last month, Mayor Rick Kriseman touted a clause in the agreement preventing the club from making any decision until at least July.

  10. Tom Jones' Two Cents on the NBA at midseason


    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the first half and forward to the second half of the NBA season with these burning questions.

    What's wrong with the NBA?

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Andrei Vasilevskiy has played in 15 games for the Lightning this season, going 8-5 with 2.73 goals against average.

Vasilevskiy likely to get more stints in the AHL

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a news conference on Jan. 22, 1996, to  announce that they had picked Tony Dungy as the new head coach. Here, Dungy shakes hands with Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer.

Photo gallery: A look back at coach Tony Dungy over the years

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. ...


New Jeb Bush ad says Marco Rubio runs away from Trump 'in fear'

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are afraid of Donald Trump, says a new super PAC ad for Jeb Bush....