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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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

    Local Government

    I've been bothered by these questions all week:

  4. 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 …

  5. 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]
  6. 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.

  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Review: At 98 Rockfest, Soundgarden returns to the road with a roar at Amalie Arena in Tampa


    The rust of two years off the road isn't showing on Soundgarden in 2017.

    Soundgarden performed at 98 Rockfest at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 28, 2017.
  10. Bucs trade up into 3rd for LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith


    The Bucs squeezed in a buzzer-beater on Friday night, trading up to get the final pick in the third round and using it to select LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith.

    Kendell Beckwith won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery.
  11. Tampa Bay weekends were made for the Cross-Bay Ferry; weekdays, not so much


    The Cross-Bay Ferry was an experiment for a region struggling with traffic, wedded to cars and separated by a big body of water.

    The Cross-Bay Ferry has been sailing between the downtowns of St. Petesburg and Tampa from November to April. The six-month trial ends Sunday, but officials are already working to bring it back for next season, and hope to one day make the service permanent. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  12. Bucs get speed in 3rd with Penn State WR Chris Godwin


    The Bucs put their search for a running back on hold for a day but went back on offense, adding speed to their passing game in the third round with Penn State receiver Chris Godwin.

    The Bucs added speed to their passing game in the third round with Penn State receiver Chris Godwin.
  13. Four homers in final two innings rally Rays past Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Blake Snell gave the Rays another too-short start Friday and more reasons to wonder if he really is ready to be a key part of their rotation.

    Blake Snell gives up only two runs against the Blue Jays but throws 96 pitches in five innings, 43 of them balls.
  14. FSU's Dalvin Cook slides to Vikings at No. 41; three Gator DBs taken in Round 2


    After being passed over by the Bucs —and every other team in the first round of Thursday's NFL draft — former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook didn't have to wait too long on Day 2.

    Dalvin Cook, FSU’s all-time rushing 
leader, slides to the Vikings with the 41st overall pick. There were questions involving 
off-field issues coupled with his unimpressive NFL combine numbers.