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  1. Florida DL Caleb Brantley's case remains murky, as does draft stock


    Former Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley entered a written plea of not guilty on a complaint that he punched a woman in the face earlier this month. His attorney, Huntley Johnson, entered the plea Monday morning, according to Alachua County court records, in response to a misdemeanor battery charge.

    Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (57) is seen during warmup before the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, January 2, 2017.
  2. Obama talks youth leadership in first post-presidential public appearance


    CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama is using his first public appearance since leaving office to talk with students about his experiences as a community organizer in Chicago and how that laid the foundation for his political career.

    Former President Barack Obama waves as he boards a Marine helicopter during a departure ceremony on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Obama is scheduled to hold the first public event of his post-presidential life Monday, April 24, 2017, in the place where he started his political career. He will speak at the University of Chicago, where his presidential library is planned. [Associated Press]
  3. Democrats say Trump can avert shutdown risk if he relents on wall


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress' two top Democrats said Monday.

    Lawmakers return to Washington this week to a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over his border wall. [Associated Press]
  4. 'Harry Potter,' 'La La Land' orchestral concerts coming to Tampa Bay


    Accio concert tickets.

    The Florida Orchestra will bring the music of Harry Potter to life with a one-night performance of John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, accompanied by a live screening of the film. The score and screening take place Sept. 30 at the Straz Center for the …

    A scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  5. St. Anthony's Triathlon a return to normalcy, health for Michael Poole


    If the triathlon gods are trying to tell Michael Poole something, he isn't listening. A competitive cyclist from New Zealand who came to Tampa as a 19-year-old to study chemical engineering at USF, he quickly discovered triathlons.

    Michael Poole, a Tampa resident who is originally from New Zealand, is one of the top male professionals in this weekend's St. Anthony̢۪s triathlon. He is working his way back from injury after a car hit him while cycling in July. (Courtesy of St. Anthony's)
  6. Five key questions as a government shutdown looms


    WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and White House officials have steered the nation to the brink of a government shutdown that virtually all parties agree would be a terrible idea.

    President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington. With a budget deadline looming, Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown [Associated Press]
  7. Review: American Stage's park venue well suited for a peppy production of 'Hairspray'


    ST. PETERSBURG — What do you want in a park production? Hopefully something fun, big and loud.

    The ensemble cast of Hairspray poses for a portrait on the set of Hairspray in Demens Landing Park on April 12, 2017. The annual American Stage in the Park performance runs through May 14th. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  8. The Falafel on a wrap at Love Food Central, which opened last February in a charming but not fancy space on Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The falafel is made with garbanzos, organic spices, fresh carrots and parsley.
  9. University of Tampa's media services director charged with sexually battery on minor


    TAMPA — A director on the staff of the University of Tampa was arrested Sunday after police say he had sex with a minor against her will.

    Booking photo from Tampa Police Department
John Stepro, director of media services at the University of Tampa, was arrested Sunday and charged with sexually battering a minor.
  10. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes
  11. Tampa trucking company Quality Distribution relocating headquarters to downtown Channel District


    Quality Distribution Inc., a trucking business based off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near I-75 in Tampa, plans to move its headquarters to the ground floor of Grand Central at Kennedy, the mixed-use development at Kennedy Boulevard and Meridian Avenue that includes condominiums and retail space. That's a …

    Gary Enzor is CEO of Quality Distribution Inc., a Tampa-based bulk tank trucking company. In April 2017, the company said it will relocate its headquarters and 250 employees from its current offices near I-75 in Tampa to the Grand Central building in the Channel District. [Handout photo]
  12. Editorial: Corcoran's schools of false hope


    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants to spend big money to move struggling students from Failure Factories to Schools of Hope. That's a slick pitch, but it would further starve traditional public schools to finance privately run charter schools that often are no better at teaching kids in poor neighborhoods. …

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran of Land O’Lakes sees more charter schools as the answer to Florida’s failing public schools.
  13. Editorial: Don't increase homestead exemption


    Here's another bad idea that should die quietly during these last two weeks of the legislative session. The House is poised to vote to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would raise the standard homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000, knocking a couple of hundred dollars off the typical …

    The Florida House is poised to vote to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would raise the standard homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000. That would exacerbate the inequities in Florida’s tax code. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. NFL Draft: Addressing the Bucs' greatest need


    TAMPA — When it comes to the NFL draft under Bucs general manager Jason Licht, the offense has played with too many men on the field.

    General manager Jason Licht speaks during a press conference announcing the upcoming season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" featuring the Buccaneers at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The show focuses on behind-the-scenes moments to give viewers a deeper look into NFL teams.