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Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing due to possible engine fire

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Friends say man accused in mother's brutal slaying 'loved her'

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Tampa mother freed after judge finds 'deceptive police practices' in child's death investigation

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Aramis Ayala: the Florida state attorney who refuses to pursue the death penalty

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for March 25

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If it's spring, it must be Chasco Fiesta time

If it's spring, it must be Chasco Fiesta time

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Dining Planner: New restaurants coming: the Lure in Tampa, Urban at the Trop

Dining Planner: New restaurants coming: the Lure in Tampa, Urban at the Trop

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At 100, Tampa's opera king Anton Coppola celebrates a life's work

  1. Here are 5 fights to watch as Gov. Rick Scott, lawmakers collide on how to spend more than $80 billion

    Legislature

    By STEVE BOUSQUET

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have battled repeatedly over jobs and tourism spending for weeks, but a fight with much higher stakes is brewing.

    The state budget.

      Students take their seats before the start of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg fall commencement ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13, 2015. Universities are in the House's crosshairs for the 2017-18 state budget.
  2. Sunny skies for a busy Saturday around Tampa Bay

    Weather

    It's a bit cloudy this morning, but mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures are expected to make today ideal for springtime parades and festivals taking place all over the Tampa Bay area.

    The Tampa Pride Parade and Street Festival returns to Ybor City today. About 30,000 attended last year, and organizers say this year's crowd could be bigger. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times (2016)

  3. Rays Colby Rasmus expected to open season on DL

    Blogs

    Rays OF Colby Rasmus said this morning he expects to open the season on the DL.

    Though Rasmus has been playing in games as the DH, he said Saturday morning he doesn't feel good enough in recovery from hip and core muscle repair surgery yet to play the field at full speed, which the Rays have said is a …

  4. Aramis Ayala: the Florida state attorney who refuses to pursue the death penalty

    Public Safety

    ORLANDO — When Aramis Ayala began campaigning for state attorney in this Central Florida district last year, so few people knew her that she handed out cards informing voters how to pronounce her name.

    Orange/Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala, left, chats March 20 with State Attorney Brad King, whom Gov. Rick Scott appointed to take over the prosecution of Markeith Loyd, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer.
  5. Photo gallery: University of Florida Gators vs. Wisconsin Badgers

    Blogs

    View a gallery of images from the University of Florida Gators 84-83 win over the Wisconsin Badgers during the East Region Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Gators will face South Carolina on Sunday, March 26.

    The Florida Gators celebrate beating the Wisconsin Badgers in overtime in the East Region Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on Friday, March 24, 2017.
  6. SOCom seeking latest tech, even holograms, for Wargame Center

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Some at MacDill Air Force Base laughed when the man running Special Operations Command asked to borrow an entire hangar for his "war games'' because he needed somewhere to set up a raised map.

    U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking to upgrade it's Wargame Center at MacDill Air Force base, perhaps with hologram-like 3-D projections. [Special Operations Command.]
  7. Photo gallery: Happy 75th birthday to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

    Music & Concerts

    The Queen of Soul was born 75 years ago today. The fourth of five children, Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn.

    Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 6, 2015, in Washington. [Molly Riley | AFP | Getty Images]
  8. Rays report: Snell faces Red Sox in Port Charlotte, 1:05

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 10:56: Here is the Red Sox lineup:
    Castillo cf
    Sandoval 3b
    Young dh
    Rutledge 1b
    Hernandez 2b
    Swihart c
    Selsky rf
    Brentz lf
    Marrero ss
    Haviland p

  9. Friends say man accused in mother's brutal slaying 'loved her'

    Crime

    His friends say the only thing Joshua Carmona loved more than baseball was his mother.

    Joshua  Carmona fatally beat 39-year-old Tahirih Lua D'Angelo with a baseball bat then stabbed her in the neck with a butcher knife at the townhouse where they lived, 6916 Hawthorne Trace Lane, according to an arrest report. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing due to possible engine fire

    Airlines

    An Allegiant Air flight that departed the Orlando area made an emergency landing in Ohio a week ago after the pilot reported a fire in one of the aircraft's engines at 14,000 feet.

    An Allegiant Air flight from Orlando Sanford International Airport made an emergency landing in Ohio on March 19 after the pilot reported an engine fire. The plane landed safety. This photo shows an MD-80 series aircraft in Las Vegas in late 2016.
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Omari Accius 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Florida lawmakers are again considering a statewide mandate for daily recess in public elementary schools.

Florida House committee proposes changes to school recess bill

Next week would have been make-or-break for this year’s efforts by the Florida Legislature to implement mandatory daily recess in public elementary schools....

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Rays Colby Rasmus expected to open season on DL

Rays OF Colby Rasmus said this morning he expects to open the season on the DL.

Though Rasmus has been playing in games as the DH, he said Saturday morning he doesn't feel good enough in recovery from hip and core muscle repair surgery yet to play the field at full speed, which the Rays have said is a prerequisite.

"We've been trying to progress up to that point but it's probably looking like I'm going to start on the DL,'' Rasmus said. "It's not nothing major but I don't feel that I'm ready to run something down in the gap for nine innings. I've been doing a lot of outfield work and it feels pretty good but I don't think I'm quite to that point yet.''

With DL stays shortened to 10 days this season, and backdating limited to three, Rasmus could miss as few as six games over the first seven days of the season, which opens next Sunday.

"We'll just have to see how it goes day by day,'' he said. "I had hoped that I would be able to maybe DH, but that's not what they're looking for me to do.''

Manager Kevin Cash confirmed that is the current plan.

"Colby has made huge strides here the last couple days,'' he said. "We've all spent time talking with him. I think it's a pretty good thought process that he has saying that when he comes out and plays the field he wants to make sure he feels good and can go track a ball down in the gap and he's just not quite there yet. He will continue to get his at-bats DH-ing and just continue taking it day to day and see how he does. ... We're more optimistic, and I think he is, too, that it's sooner than later if he does start with that scenario.''

With Rasmus out, OF Mallex Smith seems likely to make the opening day roster, and probably start in leftfield on opening day, with Corey Dickerson as the DH....

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Melissa Leo stars at Madalyn Murray O'Hair in The Most Hated Woman in America.

What to watch this weekend: 'Tangled' series, 'The Most Hated Woman in America' on Netflix

Weekend couch planner

New kingdom, new hair: Tangled: The Series...

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