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Former UT professor gets 17 years in prison for enticing minor, child porn

TAMPA — Nathan Madsen was a University of Tampa music professor when he got caught in a sting last year trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old girl. The girl didn't exist. He had bee …

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Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)

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St. Petersburg's ballooning sewage debt could threaten credit rating (but there's a Hail Mary plan to avoid that)

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This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Sunset Music Festival, 97X BBQ, Train and more

This week's best Tampa Bay concerts: Sunset Music Festival, 97X BBQ, Train and more

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5 things to do under $5: Memorial Day, Corvettes in the Park, kids' fishing derby

5 things to do under $5: Memorial Day, Corvettes in the Park, kids' fishing derby

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Volcano Bay, with waterproof wristbands that eliminate lines, now open at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay, with waterproof wristbands that eliminate lines, now open at Universal Orlando

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  1. Man dies in overnight shooting at Largo motel

    Crime

    Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred overnight at a motel in Largo.

  2. Florida education news: Sales tax, school buses, a Civil War prop and more

    Blogs

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Gov. Rick Scott authorizes a three-day sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping.

  3. Men have body image issues too

    Health

    I have lost and gained weight several times in my adult life. It wasn't a problem when I was younger and working construction. An "ideal" office job 30 years ago started the yo-yo effect. I don't have any more weight to lose, but the potential of gaining it back is always there.

    Andrew Meacham on February 2015, left, and May 2017, right.
  4. Lost Highway: As FHP struggles to recruit, speeding tickets plummet

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The number of speeding tickets written by Florida state troopers has plunged three straight years as the agency grapples with a personnel shortage and high turnover.

    A Florida Highway Patrol Academy class in the late 1980s. Typically, graduating classes had about 80 recruits. But the most recent class has less than half that as the agency continues to struggle to fill vacancies. [

Florida: Highway Patrol]
  5. Kidpreneurs — and adults — capitalize on gooey, squishy Slime craze

    Retail

    First it was Play-Doh. Then Gak. There have been dozens of variations for sale of the oozy, gooey, squishable, stretchable kids' toy through the generations.

    Aletheia Venator and Berlyn Perdomo demonstrate the stretchiness of their slime. - Berlyn Perdomo and her friend, Aletheia Venator, both 13, make and sell slime which can be seen on their instagram site @the.real.slimeshadyy [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  6. After last year's drug-related deaths, Tampa's Sunset Music Festival says it's stepping up safety, security

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Alex Haynes worked three jobs. He had a fiance and an infant son. He owned his own home in Melbourne. Last summer, the 22-year-old attended the Sunset Musical Festival at Raymond James Stadium.

    He left in an ambulance.

    Last year’s Sunset Music Festival was marked by dozens of medical emergencies.
  7. Read this morning why Florida's most prized sweet corn is nearly extinct. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  8. The last farmer of Florida's prized Zellwood corn is thinking of packing it in

    Consumer

    MOUNT DORA — Hank Scott steps out of his pickup between the long rows and snaps off an ear that grows about bellybutton-high on the forehead-high stalks.

    Hank Scott, co-owner of Long and Scott Farms, shucks an ear of corn on the farm in Mount Dora, Fla., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The farm specializes in Scott's Zellwood Triple-Sweet Gourmet Corn. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  9. Trump's rock-solid support shows in Pennsylvania: 'Why can't we be friends with Russia'

    National

    HAZLETON, Pa. — To many here, the fires in Washington are distant and unimportant, a confusing jangle of news about Russia whipped up by forces set on ruining President Donald Trump.

    A street in downtown Hazleton, Pa. (Alex Leary  |  Times)
  10. Former UT professor gets 17 years in prison for enticing minor, child porn

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Nathan Madsen was a University of Tampa music professor when he got caught in a sting last year trying to arrange sex with a 14-year-old girl.

    Madsen
John Tupps (upper left) is Gov. Rick Scott's new director of communications.

John Tupps is Gov. Rick Scott's new communications director

Gov. Rick Scott has named John Tupps as his new communications director, replacing Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who was promoted to chief of staff. The appointment takes effect June 5....

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Matt Andriese will start for the Rays.

For starters: Rays looking to get even with Angels, with no TV

The Rays are looking for a split in the four-game series with the Angels in today's 1:10 matinee, a game that is not on TV in the Tampa Bay market.

RHP Matt Andriese will start for the Rays, seeking to go deeper than his last start, when he was ejected after hitting New York's Aaron Judge with his first pitch of the sixth.

The Angels are starting RHP Daniel Wright, a call-up from Triple-A to replace injured Alex Meyer.

The Rays lineup has a slightly different look, with Tim Beckham getting the day off and Daniel Robertson at short, with Michael Martinez at second. Also, Jesus Sucre is catching.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Dickerson lf,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza RF,
Rasmus DH,
Robertson SS,
Martinez 2b,
Sucre c,
Andriese p

And here is the Angels lineup:
Maybin cf
Trout dh
Valbuena 3b
Simmons ss
Calhoun rf
Marte 1b
Revere lf
Graterol c
Espinosa 2b
Wright p...

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Look at these shoulders, people.

Your weekly roundup of the best (and worst) pop culture news

That Rihanna and Lupita movie is happening

Back in 2014, Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o sat next to each other at Miu Miu fashion show. A photo of the two stars looking extra fabulous became an instant meme on Tumblr, with one user saying, "They look like they're in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker."...

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