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  1. Lacking its orca buzz, SeaWorld still aims to reverse visitor, revenue declines for theme parks


    For a theme park company that easily could have been financially mauled by years of bad publicity, SeaWorld Entertainment is showing surprising resilience.

    SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby is trying to restructure the company's SeaWorld theme parks without the benefit of the Shamu brand and its historically popular killer whale shows. SeaWorld's stock price is trading at a high since the new year began but is well below its share prices of 2013. SeaWorld Entertainment owns the Busch Gardens theme parks. [AP Photo/Richard Drew]
  2. Persall: It would be a mistake for 'La La Land' to win big at the Oscars


    The likeliest best picture winner at Sunday's Academy Awards is the worst mistake voters could make.

    Janelle Monae, left, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in Hidden Figures, whose three nominations include Spencer for best supporting actress.
  3. Carlton: Ybor City to loose that distinctive, century-old smell of roasting coffee


    The smell is rich, warm, slightly nutty — almost but not quite burned. It's a smell that is as much a part of Ybor City as the roosters that strut with impunity across its historic brick streets, as Ybor as a pressed Cuban and a steamy cup of cafe con leche.

    Naviera Coffee Mills, which has operated in Ybor City since 1921 and has filled the local air with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee, has outgrown its current home and will be relocating to a larger facility in east Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. What you need to know for Wednesday, Feb. 22


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    The first Sprouts Farmers Market opens today in Carrollwood, at 15110 Dale Mabry Highway. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  5. Pasco limits number of medical marijuana dispensers to two

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Two months ago, Pasco commissioners agreed that growers and dispensers of medical marijuana could operate in the county, they just couldn't decide how many should be allowed to do so.

    Pasco County staffers recommended two dispensers based on the number of qualified patients in the county, and commissioners agreed unanimously. The medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web is available for patients with cancer or medical conditions causing chronic seizures or muscle spasms. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
  6. Hundreds rescued from California floodwaters in San Jose (w/video)


    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Rescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, from a San Jose neighborhood inundated Tuesday by water from an overflowing creek.

    Rescuers travel by boat through a flooded neighborhood Tuesday looking for stranded residents in San Jose, Calif.[Associated Press]
  7. Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos resigns after outrage over his past comments about pedophilia


    Milo Yiannopoulos, the incendiary writer who helped make Breitbart News a leading organ of the alt-right, resigned from the news organization Tuesday after a video of him endorsing pedophilia resurfaced online over the weekend.

     Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference Tuesday in New York City. [Getty Images]
  8. Larry Coryell, guitarist who blended genres, dies at 73 (w/video)


    Larry Coryell, a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the first musicians to bring a rock sound and sensibility to jazz, and who continued to blur the lines between genres throughout his career, died Sunday in Manhattan. He was 73.

  9. Trump administration broadens pool of immigrants who could be deported


    WASHINGTON — Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

    Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said immigrants who commit crimes will be a priority.
  10. Modern Baseball cancel tour, including March concert at the State Theatre, due to 'anxiety'


    At least part of the new American emo wave is going on hiatus.

    Modern Baseball
  11. Lightning cruises past Oilers for fifth win in seven games

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ben Bishop may be the Lightning's biggest decision at next week's trade deadline.

    Nikita Kucherov, left, and Ondrej Palat embrace after Palat’s goal gives the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
  12. House hands Rick Scott defeat on jobs programs, tourism


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott suffered another political setback with the Legislature.

  13. Clearwater woman dies in car crash


    Clearwater woman dies in Roosevelt crash

  14. Lightning journal: It's like old times for reunited Triplets

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Triplets line is back. Will the reunion last?

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) shoots and scores being Edmonton Oilers goalie Laurent Brossoit (1) for his second goal of the game during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (02/21/17).