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Clearwater police: neurosurgeon assaulted patient during medical exam

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County neurosurgeon who was arrested this week on a charge of sexual battery on a patient assaulted the woman during a medical exam, according to Clearwater police. …


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  1. Poet David Kirby receives Florida Humanities Council's lifetime achievement in writing award


    Lifetime achievement awards, David Kirby says, are usually handed out by organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "So I see this as the equivalent of the Oscar."

     Poet, critic and Florida State University professor David Kirby is the 2016 recipient of the Florida Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award. Photo courtesy of Louisiana State University Press.
  2. Former council member Bill Dudley to vie for Pinellas School Board


    Former St. Petersburg City Council member Bill Dudley filed Friday to run for the District 1 seat on the Pinellas County School Board, becoming the third candidate to challenge three-term incumbent Janet Clark.

  3. Jury convicts Valrico man of murdering his girlfriend


    TAMPA — A jury convicted the boyfriend of a Brandon mother of three of her murder on Friday, guaranteeing he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    Michael Jason Fields was convicted of first-degree murder. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough Sheriff's Office]
  4. Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush: A tale of two town halls

    State Roundup

    NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are slugging it out on the presidential campaign trail, trading insults about experience and readiness.

    Here's a side-by-side comparison of appearances by Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday in New Hampshire. [Rubio photo by New York Times; Bush photo by Associated Press]
  5. Hey Hey! The Monkees will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall in May for 50th Anniversary Tour


    The '60s TV band that somehow became a real band, the Monkees, is hitting the road once more to celebrate a new album and 50 years of faking it until they made it. 

    Micky Dolenz, left, and Peter Tork will take the Monkees on tour starting in May.
  6. Number of guns discovered at Tampa International Airport security on the rise


    TAMPA — Yes, that's my gun and I forgot it was there.

    TSA K-9 Inspector Brandy Smith walks with Guiness, a 7 year old Lab mix, as the TSA Explosives Detection Canine checks passengers and luggage in the Airside C Terminal at Tampa International Airport on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The canine teams are one of several layers of security at Tampa International, where 49 firearms were stopped from being carried aboard flights last year. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  7. Manhattan crane topples into street killing one, injuring three


    NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.

    Debris and a mangled crane lie in the street in New York's Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan following a deadly collapse on Friday. [Associated Press]
  8. Armed with a star hacker brand, Clearwater tech firm KnowBe4 eyes a future IPO



    At 59, serial entrepreneur Stu Sjouwerman is on his fifth start-up. This one is called KnowBe4, a security awareness company that trains employees of subscribing businesses how not to get snookered by clever hackers masquerading online as do-gooders or perhaps even the company CEO.

  9. House, Senate proposed budgets include millions for Tampa Bay projects

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Tens of millions of dollars for libraries, museums, parks and theaters in Tampa Bay have survived the first cut and are in the initial state budget proposals.

    The Florida Aquarium is earmarked to receive $1 million in the Florida Senate's early budget proposal. This 2014 photo highlights the aquarium's Interactive Shark Program. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  10. Commuter rail, TBX top 2016 regional transportation priorities


    ST. PETERSBURG -- Transportation leaders from Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough discussed their 2016 priorities for the tri-county area Friday.

Cedric Paquette has had some bad luck, missing a good chunk of the season due to a right foot/ankle injury suffered blocking a shot during the preseason and then reaggravated in November.

Lightning's Paquette: 'It's just not my year'

During Thursday's practice, center Cedric Paquette took a slap shot off his left shin and buckled to the ice....


Bucs add four players, including DT Davon Coleman

We reported on three Bucs signings Thursday night, but the team confirmed four player signings on Friday, including former Arizona State and Cowboys defensive tackle Davon Coleman....


The Florida Department of Education released Friday samples of its new, redesigned score reports for the Florida Standards Assessments.

Attention, parents: Sample score reports unveiled for 2016 statewide assessments

State education officials are letting teachers and parents know what the new, redesigned score reports will look like for this year's Florida Standards Assessments, which students will take this spring....