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  1. Red-hot Steven Souza Jr. injured in Rays' loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — The Rays lost not only Saturday's game to the Blue Jays 4-1 but also one of their top all-around players as Steven Souza Jr. had to leave after being hit by a pitch on his left hand.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Andriese walks off the mound after giving up a 2-run home run to Toronto Blue Jays' Justin Smoak in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday April 29, 2017. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) FJT117
  2. Florida Gators' Caleb Brantley falls to Cleveland Browns in sixth round


    Former Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley was drafted Saturday by the Browns with the first pick of the sixth round, even as he faces a criminal investigation into

  3. Rays Steven Souza Jr. leaves game after being hit on hand by pitch


    UPDATE, 4:06: The Rays got what sounds like good news, with word that Souza has a left hand contusion and initial X-rays were negative. He will be evaluated further over the next 24-48 hours.

  4. Tampa's People's Climate March draws hundreds in downtown march for clean energy


    TAMPA — Under the blazing sun and with signs in hand, a robust group of protesters halted traffic downtown on Saturday morning as they called on Tampa Bay to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.

    Kent Moyer, 63 of Temple Terrace, hoists up his sign in support of renewable energy at Tampa's People's Climate March on Saturday. (Courtesy of Stephanie Garza)
  5. Cruz: Senate chairman who opposes slavery memorial 'knows he can say this and be revered at home'


    House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz is among those upset and offended by a conservative Senate chairman's explanation on Friday for why he blocked a bill to establish a …

    House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz, of Tampa
  6. Review: Florida Orchestra pays tribute to young composers in breakout works


    TAMPA — One of the most engaging moments in The B-Sides, a remarkable composition by Mason Bates for orchestra and electronica, and in the Florida Orchestra's concert this weekend, comes through the sandpaper voice of astronaut Edward White, the first American to step out of a capsule and into space. …

    Known for his fusion of orchestral and electronic music, Mason Bates is the second most frequently performed modern composer in the United States. Courtesy of Mason Bates.
  7. After outcry, lawmakers scrap plans to fully slash funding for 'Moonlight' alumni's school

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers in Tallahassee are largely reversing course on plans to cut $650,000 in state grant funding to the Miami arts school whose alumni helped create the Oscar-winning film Moonlight and the Broadway hit "Hamilton."

    Andre Holland and Trevante Rhodes in Moonlight (2016). A24 Films.
  8. Orlando woman dies after running into traffic on I-275 in Pinellas County, troopers say


    An Orlando woman is dead after leaving a vehicle and running into traffic on Interstate 275 Thursday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  9. Romano: Scientology's problems on Clearwater land deal are of its own making

    Local Government

    I've been bothered by these questions all week:

  10. For starters: Andriese on mound for matinee vs. Jays


    UPDATE, 11:29: The Rays had some concern about RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was hit on the left leg during his Wednesday sim game (whcih was to show that his injured left hamstring was fine), but Cash said he threw his bullpen session with no issues on Friday and is set to return as planned on Monday. "I don't envision …

  11. 2017 NFL draft, Day 2: Buccaneers add a safety, a receiver and a horseman


    Day 2 in a word? Toughness.

    Justin Evans was the seventh safety taken in the NFL draft. [Icon Sportswire]
  12. Carlton: Is Hillsborough's new top prosecutor anti-death penalty? The answer might surprise you


    The death penalty, and how we use it, is changing. Hey, it can happen, even in Florida.

  13. Former NASA doctor says he was detained at TIA because of his Muslim name


    TAMPA — Dr. Osman "Ozzie" Ahmed was once trusted with the health of U.S. astronauts.

    “I have a Muslim name, and I was born in Egypt. That was enough for them to start harassing me.”
Osman “Ozzie” Ahmed,
Tampa doctor and U.S. citizen
  14. Bucs fufilling GM Jason Licht's need for speed on offense


    The goal still is written on a grease board in Jacon Licht’s office. The Bucs general manager left it there after a meeting several months ago as a constant reminder that his team had a need for speed.

    The Bucs selected Penn State receiver Chris Goodwin in the third round.