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  1. Members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, led by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Lauderhill, call on Gov. Rick Scott to rescind an executive order removing the Orange-Osceola state attorney from a case after she said she would not seek the death penalty. [Michael Auslen | Times/Herald]
  2. Deputy uses stun gun to stop Pasco man attempting to flee drug arrest

    Crime

    Pasco County deputies used a stun gun Wednesday night to stop a Hudson man who attempted to flee a drug arrest after he was pulled over for running a stop sign.

    Pasco County deputies used a stun gun on March 22, 2017, to stop a Hudson man who attempted to flee a drug arrest after he was pulled over for running a stop sign. Crews for the Spike TV show "Cops" were filming a segment as a deputy's body camera documented the arrest, which occurred around 11:50 p.m. after 34-year-old Cameron Ajax Jones was pulled over at Oakley Avenue and U.S. 19 in Bayonet Point. [Pasco CountySheriff's Office]
  3. NFL draft podcast: Greg and Riley Auman on linebackers

    Blogs

    Times beat reporter Greg Auman and his son, Riley, break down the linebackers in the NFL Draft in this episode of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast. They also talk about the Bucs adding kicker …

    Riley, left, and Greg Auman discuss the linebackers in the upcoming NFL draft.
  4. 'Trump Troubadour,' who attended 45 Trump rallies to honor his late son, feels 'betrayed' because of health care

    National

    The grieving father stood with his guitar and his cowboy hat in the cold, crowded lines for hours, driving to towns big and small in nearly every corner of the country.

    Kraig Moss, then a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, walks by a truck with a Trump painting in which he was touring Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Moss now feels Trump has betrayed him with the Republican health care bill. [Photo by Brendan Hoffman | Getty Images]
  5. U.S. new home sales rise despite higher mortgage rates

    Real Estate

    WASHINGTON — Americans responded to higher mortgage rates by snapping up new homes in February at the fastest pace since July.

    In this 2015 file photo, new homes are under construction and for sale in Charlotte, N.C. On Thursday, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in February. 
[Associated Press]
  6. At 100, Tampa's opera king Anton Coppola celebrates a life's work

    Stage

    Anton Coppola was 10 when they died in the electric chair.

    Maestro Anton Coppola conducts during a rehearsal in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. He will be conducting a concert to celebrate his 100th birthday at the Straz on Saturday. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  7. Bauers, Gillaspie among those sent back to minor league camp

    Blogs

     

  8. Review: Rebooted 'CHiPs' will have you speeding for the exits

    Movies

    Everything you need to know about the Hollywood reboot of CHiPs can be summarized in the first words the audience sees on the movie screen: "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all."

    Michael Pena and Dax Shepard take over for their beloved TV counterparts  Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox  in a groan-wrothy reboot of CHiPs. (Warner Bros.)
  9. Newly elected Madeira Beach officials say no purge of city hall planned

    Elections

    MADEIRA BEACH — If newly elected Mayor Maggie Black has anything to do with it, last week's election will not result in a 2011-style bloodbath for city employees.

    Madeira Beach Mayor elect Maggiet Black says she has no desire to fire the city manager.
  10. Utah man killed in London attack; ISIS claims responsibility

    World

    LONDON — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death on the grounds of Parliament, and the investigation shifted Thursday to a city in central England long known as an incubator for …

    Police direct pedestrians around a cordon in place following Wednesday's terror attack, in London, Thursday March 23, 2017.  On Wednesday a knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage, first  driving a car into pedestrians before stabbing a police officer to death and then was fatally shot by police within Parliament's grounds in London.  Five people were killed, including the assailant. [Associated Press]
  11. Review: 'Life' movie takes 'Alien' formula and runs with it

    Movies

    Life is surprising, which isn't easy for such an obvious descendant of Alien. There are only so many ways of trapping dead meat in a spaceship and introducing a malevolent life form to eat them.

    Ryan Reynolds as Rory Adams in a scene from the movie "Life" directed by Daniel Espinosa. (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures/TNS)
  12. Florida Senate approves bill to let grocery outlets sell hard liquor in stores

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Floridians are one step closer to being able to buy whiskey, rum or vodka in a grocery store.

    The Florida Senate on Thursday approved a measure which would allow grocery stores like Publix to sell hard liquor on the shelves next to beer and wine instead of in a separate liquor store. [TImes file photo]
  13. Trigaux: A peek at the plentiful paychecks of 25 Tampa Bay executives

    Corporate

    Workplace pay may be showing some slight signs of life but, for the vast majority of workers, wages have remained pretty flat in recent years.

    Former TECO Energy CEO John Ramil
[SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]

  14. Urban farming takes root in New Port Richey front yards

    General

    NEW PORT RICHEY — "That's Broccoli George's. He started his in 2010," Jim Kovaleski says, walking by 5649 Virginia Avenue.

    Jim Kovaleski, a self-proclaimed urban farmer, picks fresh produce from his mother's front yard on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in New Port Richey. Kovaleski, who splits his year living in a small cracker style home along Virginia Avenue in New Port Richey and a tent near the Maine shoreline, is part of the growing New Urbanism movement. Kovaleski says that New Port Richey has cheap land, low taxes, free compost, an urban agriculture ordinance and a free year-round farmers market. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)