Make us your home page

Excited shoppers flood new Bass Pro Shops in Brandon

BRANDON — A throng of Florida Bass Pro enthusiasts, adorned in camo or neon fishing shirts, boots and faded baseball caps, flocked to the Outdoor World store opening Wednesday. People …


Largo commissioner: City leadership is stale


Wildlife officials say young Florida panther hit by vehicle is 24th to die this year


  1. Willow Shields brings star power to the Shops at Wiregrass


    As she climbed down a huge set of stairs on the set of Hunger Games: The Mocking Jay Part 1, carrying a cat, completely drenched, Willow Shields had an epiphany.

    Willow Shields attends "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" press line on day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 9, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 31


    Tampa Bay Comic Con: Celebrity appearances, discussion panels, comedy shows and numerous comic book artists and writers will be on hand. Celebrity appearances include Carrie Fisher from Star Wars, Lea Thompson from Back to the Future and Linda Hamilton from Terminator. 12 p.m., Tampa …

    Luis Santana  |   Times (8/24/2013, Tampa, FL)  Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia, and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Con held at the Tampa Convention Center.  [Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Canoe Battleship, a poetry reading and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast


    On stage

    You're a poet and you know it: The Downtown New Port Richey Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., will host Poetry Night from 6:30-8 p.m. today. Recite poetry and watch a skit performance by the Old Time Radio Players. To RSVP, call (727) 848-6500 or send email to

  4. Review: 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' has Tom Cruise at his best


    No matter what anyone thinks of Tom Cruise, about his marriages, divorces, religion, couch jumping or wherever he stands on immigration, one thing is undeniable:

    Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation features a succession of action sequences showcasing practical stunt work at its finest. It’s hard to choose a favorite among the set pieces, but there is a thrilling motorcycle chase in Morocco — with Cruise leaning steel.
  5. Ease into the school year with these happenings



    USO School Supply Drive

    The USO Central Florida is hosting its second annual Back to School Drive. Supplies collected will send more than 700 military children back to school ready with supplies. They are looking for the following: spiral notebooks, black and blue pens, composition …

    Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games films, will be at Saturday’s event in Wesley Chapel.

    Deal Diva on the road

    A Deal Diva may take a vacation from the office, but she never takes a vacation from finding deals....


    Walton County's temporary Confederate flag until the "stars and bars" version arrives from eBay.

    Walton County goes shopping on eBay for new Confederate flag

    It has been two days since Walton County voted to replace its Southern Cross Confederate flag with an earlier "stars and bars" version. But in the latest twist to this controversy, a different flag is fluttering outside the North Florida courthouse: a rebel flag with seven stars, not the 13-star version commissioners approved after three hours of acrimonious debate Tuesday....


    Despite Archer's bid for perfection Rays lose 2-1 to Tigers

    Rays ace Chris Archer was perfect into the seventh inning Wednesday, but a mistake by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera led to a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
      Archer flirted with a perfect game by retiring the first 19 Tigers, but after he allowed an infield single with one out in the seventh an error by Cabrera on what should have been an inning-ending double play changed the narrative dramatically as a 1-0 Rays lead became a 2-1 deficit.
        The loss, before a camp day-boosted crowd of 28,057 at the Trop, kept the Rays from a three-game sweep of the Tigers and dropped then back under .500 at 51-52.
         Jose Iglesias was the first Tiger to reach against Archer one out into the seventh, hitting a slow bouncer to the left side and beating the throw from Cabrera. Official scorer Bill Mathews didn't hesitate in calling it a hit.
        The Rays should have been out of the inning when Yoenis Cespedes hit a grounder up the middle, but Cabrera booted it and couldn't even get the lead out. That put two runners on and though Archer retired always dangerous Victor Martinez on a fly to left, he gave up a ground ball single to J.D. Martinez that scored the tying run, and then another single to Nick Castellanos on a liner off Cabrera's glove that scored Cespedes and put the Tigers up 2-1.
      By retiring the first 19 Tigers, Archer made the longest perfect game bid in Rays franchise history. Matt Garza retired the first 18 Red Sox in an April 30, 2009 game. (Garza has also thrown the only no-hitter in Rays history, on July 26, 2010, vs. Detroit.)
      Archer, riding an especially nasty hard slider, did his part in striking out 10 of those 19, including five in row.
       But centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier lend a hand with a spectacular catch, running with his back to the field, then leaping and reaching across his body to corral James McCann's fly ball just before hitting the wall.
       Still Archer went from near perfection to a frustrating loss, allowing two unearned runs on the three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings, having thrown 101 pitches.
      Tigers starter Justin Verlander was equally impressive early on, retiring the first 14 Rays he faced, until Cabrera homered on an 0-1 pitch with two outs in the fifth. Verlander, with his girlfriend model/actor Kate Upton in the stands, worked eight innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 10 for his fur
       The Rays had a final shot to tie in the ninth when Evan Longoria was hit by a Joakim Soria pitch with two outs, but Tim Beckham struck out....