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U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff says putting Cuba on voter form was 'screw up'

TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff says that a 2004 voter registration form wrongly saying he was born in Cuba was an unusual "screw up" and not a case of him trying to deceiv …


Eric Lynn drops congressional bid in Pinellas, will run for state House


Computer glitches mar Give Day Tampa Bay, but charities still raising money


  1. Lightning rallies, beats Isles in OT to take series lead

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — The night began with Lightning forward Brian Boyle getting bumped at mid-ice — during warmups — by the Islanders' Travis Hamonic, the two staring each other down and jawing.

    Lightning defenseman Matt Taormina takes a hit from Islanders left wing Matt Martin during the first period.
  2. History notes the scrap, heart and camaraderie of the Tampa Tribune

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The history of the Tampa Tribune is a book 479 pages long.

    The view north of the intersection at Franklin and Washington streets with an open-sided trolley, horse-drawn wagons and the Tampa Tribune office in 1893, the year the newspaper was launched as the Tampa Morning Tribune by Wallace F. Stovall.
  3. Ex-Ray Kazmir outpitches Moore in Tampa Bay loss to Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As former key Rays now working for the Dodgers, outfielder Carl Crawford, reliever J.P. Howell and top baseball executive Andrew Friedman made their rounds at the Trop on Tuesday, hugging, shaking hands with and chatting up their old mates.

    Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick (47) scores on a two run single by Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Trayce Thompson (21) in the fifth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
  4. Lightning takes Islanders' blows, then delivers Game 3 knockout

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — You can't kill 'em. You just can't kill 'em.

    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Thomas Hickey #14 of the New York Islanders is checked by Victor Hedman #77 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period  in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on May 03, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) 634358301
  5. Lightning RW Jonathan Drouin leaves Game 3 after hit

    Lightning Strikes

    NEW YORK — It certainly didn't look good when Lightning RW Jonathan Drouin's head snapped back on a huge hit by Islanders D Thomas Hickey early in the second period during Tuesday night's Game 3 of the second-round playoff series.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin, right, is leveled on a hit by defenseman Thomas Hickey during the second period. Drouin returned in the third.
  6. Rays' Erasmo Ramirez may be pitching too well to return to rotation

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the Rays plan to add a fifth starter either Monday or Tuesday in Seattle, manager Kevin Cash acknowledged what has seemed obvious — that RHP Erasmo Ramirez may have pitched so well in relief, it may not be worth giving him his job back in the rotation.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) greeted at the dugout as he is relieved in the sixth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
  7. Florida reaction to Donald Trump's huge night


    RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia: “The Florida GOP would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his big win in Indiana tonight and becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President. Now, we must all come together as a party and complete the task at hand, which is defeating Hillary Clinton in November. A …

  8. Trump all but clinches GOP nomination; Cruz drops out


    INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump virtually clinched the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night, a stunning victory for the brash billionaire who was considered more a celebrity curiosity than a serious candidate when he entered the race less than a year ago. He soundly defeated Ted Cruz, his last real rival, …

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a primary night campaign event Tuesday in Indianapolis. Cruz ended his presidential campaign, eliminating the biggest impediment to Donald Trump's march to the Republican nomination. [Associated Press]
  9. Friedman still relishes relationships formed with Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walking back into the Trop on Tuesday was understandably odd for Andrew Friedman, the architect of the Rays' transformation into contenders who now was just visiting with his new Dodgers team.

    Andrew Friedman, center, talks with Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, right, and hitting coach Derek Shelton in his return to Tropicana Field.
  10. Hillsborough, Pinellas leaders wonder if twin transportation tax hikes will work


    The Tampa Bay region has seen three separate transportation funding initiatives fail since 2010 — two in Hillsborough County and one in Pinellas County.

    Cars sit locked in evening rush hour traffic on Dale Mabry near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. After the failure of a half-cent sales tax referendum to get past the Hillsborough County Commission, a new idea has been floated to fund transportation: Hold dual referendums in both Hillsborough and Pinellas at the same time. Those funds could be used to fund a transit system that will connect the two counties. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times] 

Florida reaction to Donald Trump's huge night

RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia: “The Florida GOP would like to congratulate Donald Trump on his big win in Indiana tonight and becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for President. Now, we must all come together as a party and complete the task at hand, which is defeating Hillary Clinton in November. A Clinton presidency would be disastrous for this country, our military, our debt, our freedoms and the Supreme Court. ... The Florida GOP would like to thank Senator Cruz for his spirited effort during the Presidential primary and keeping the focus where it should be…on the Constitution. We look forward to him continuing to defend that cherished document, as well as our freedoms, in the U.S. Senate."...


Until Anton Stralman practices with the full team and does contract drills, it's hard to envision him playing in his first game in more than a month.

Anton Stralman joins Lightning optional skate

Defenseman Anton Stralman took part in the Lightning's optional morning skate Tuesday in a regular-colored jersey, his first skate with the team since fracturing his left leg Mar. 25....


Matt Moore will start for the Rays tonight.

For starters: Rays vs. Dodgers, with Moore on the mound

UPDATE, 5:46: Lots of hugs from the contingent of former Rays who are in town with the Dodgers. ... RHP Brad Boxberger threw his third bullpen session and on Friday will advance to the next stage of his recovery from core muscle repair surgery when he throws live batting practice in Port Charlotte. If all goes well he will do so again Monday and then start a rehab assignment of about a half dozen appearances ... Cash said the Rays will keep their rotatioin in order through the weekend in Anaheim, and then add a fifth starter in Seattle. .......