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Romano: A son is left for dead, and a father searches for answers

He can live with the pain, and he can live with the grief. It is the unknown that tortures him. It is the mystery of his son's death on the edge of a desolate road in the middle of the nigh …


Sandy Hook father bemoans 'the darkness' as feds charge Tampa woman with threatening him


Two juveniles charged in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14


  1. Five questions for outgoing Florida Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant


    Woman, dog treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after car left running in Tampa condo garage

    Public Safety

    A woman and her dog are being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning early Thursday morning after police say a car was left running in the enclosed garage of a Beach Park condo complex in Tampa.

  2. Schedule change now has circus coinciding with Gasparilla


    TAMPA — Sandwiching two performances of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus around the annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion on Jan. 28 sounds akin to an old clown car routine involving parade-goers and circus fans.

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus which normally plays in Tampa during the first week in January has been rescheduled for performances between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29.
  3. These are the hottest areas in Tampa Bay for house flipping

    Real Estate

    House flipping is slowing down as home prices rise, though the Tampa Bay area remains among the most active places in the nation for investors hoping to turn a quick profit.

    House flipping may be decreasing nationwide as home prices rise, but there are still places where it’s pretty hot in the Tampa Bay area. [Associated Press] 
  4. The Daystarter: Fans making Strong recommendation for Taggart replacement; hot house-flipping areas; a possible sewage conflict; and gift ideas for readers


    • Another foggy start Thursday, but as it dissipates highs will be in the low 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

    The Ringling Bros. Circus traditionally begins its annual tour in the Amalie Arena during the first week of January. With college football's championship game in Tampa this year, see what solutions are being explored to handle the conflict. [Courtesy of Feld Entertainment]
  5. Madeira Beach commissioner Poe resigns

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Citing her husband's failing health, Elaine Poe has resigned her District 3 seat on the city commission effective Friday.

    Madeira Beach commissioner Elaine Poe will resign on Friday
  6. St. Petersburg seventh-grader uses lemonade stand entrepreneurship to donate bikes


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Callee Connon was in second grade, her teacher asked students to do a project to show they care about the community. The only requirement was that it had to be something they cared about.

    Since 2011, Callee Connon has used her lemonade proceeds to donate 275 new bikes, 126 helmets and 118 used bikes.
  7. Trump retaliates against a union leader on Twitter


    Chuck Jones uses a flip phone, so he didn't see the tweet. His friend of 36 years called him Wednesday night and said: The president-elect is smearing you on Twitter.

  8. Doyle Owens, founder of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, dies at 85


    Doyle Owens, who turned the orphaned contents of passengers' lost luggage into the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a major retail and tourist attraction in Scottsboro, Ala., died on Saturday at his home there. He was 85.

    His son Bryan confirmed his death.

  9. How a pit stop ended lives of thousands of snow geese (w/video)


    Several thousand snow geese may have died after landing in a former open-pit copper mine in Montana that is now filled with highly acidic water.

    Snow geese fly along the bank of the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont., on Nov.30. Mine officials say it's likely that several thousand migrating snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of the old open pit mine in Montana last week. [WALTER HINICK | Montana Standard]

Five questions for outgoing Florida Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant

As you prepare to leave office after four years, what would be your advice to next chairman and other leaders in the Florida Democratic party? Put another way, if could do anything to change or reform the party in Florida to make it more effective and successful, what would you do?...


Drew Brees on New Orleans shootings: 'It's a tragedy'

The shooting deaths of two former NFL players in New Orleans this year have brought headlines about gun violence in his city, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coming to face the Bucs in Tampa on Sunday, said Wednesday that the issue remains a difficult one on a personal level....


Disney turned Epcot's icon into 'Star Wars' Death Star (w/ video)

Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth was turned into the Death Star for a one-night stunt Monday night for the release of new Star Wars film Rogue One coming to theaters Dec. 16.
Meanwhile, the Disney theme parks are getting on the Rogue One bandwagon, adding scenes and props from the movie to Disney Hollywood Studios shows and shops....