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New Providence superintendent promises to transform district

Jan. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EST

The new superintendent for the struggling Providence Public School District said Monday he'll work with a sense of urgency to unleash “hope and opportunity” for students. Harrison Peters was introduced Monday at an event in Providence as the superintendent charged with turning the district around. ...

Fatal crash shuts down entrance to Tampa Airport

Jan. 26, 2020 5:07 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A fatal car crash closed down a highway entrance to Tampa International Airport on Sunday. Two people died in the early morning crash, according to Tampa police. The entrance to the airport from I-275 was closed for several hours and the Tampa Bay Times reports that travelers were...

Deputy shoots dog after it attacks police horse at parade

Jan. 26, 2020 10:43 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy fatally shot a dog after it attacked a police horse following the Gasparilla parade on Saturday. The pit bull broke free from a gate it had been tied to and charged at the horses three times, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s authorities. The area was...

8-year-old Florida boy caught in gunfire, shot in hand

Jan. 26, 2020 10:13 AM EST

TAMPA (AP) — An 8-year-old Florida boy was caught in the crossfire between two men and shot in the hand. Tampa police said one sped off after the two men exchanged shots Saturday. A few minutes later, officers found a man with gunshot wounds inside a crashed car. He was taken to the hospital with serious...

Florida administrator selected to lead Providence schools

Jan. 25, 2020 3:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at a large school district in Florida has been selected to lead Providence, Rhode Island's troubled public school system, a state education official confirmed. Harrison Peters, listed as chief of schools-administration for the Hillsborough County Public Schools,...

NFC quarterback Drew Brees, of the New Orleans Saints, throws a pass during a practice for the NFL Pro Bowl football game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Pro Bowl packed with pending free agents like Brees, Henry

Jan. 25, 2020 2:57 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A number of Pro Bowlers are about to get paid. And not just the relative pocket change ($35,000 or $70,000) that comes with competing in the NFL’s annual all-star game in Orlando. About a dozen Pro Bowl players are pending free agents, including the NFL’s...

Ye Mystic Krewe doesn't own the name ‘Gasparilla.’ Who does?

Jan. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — What does the word “Gasparilla” mean to people? Is it a parade of pirates firing cannons and hurling beads at hundreds of thousands of screaming partiers in Tampa? Or does it describe an entire season of Gasparilla events, including a music festival, a film fest, a half...

Handyman gets 50 years for killing couple during burglary

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A handyman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a Florida couple during a burglary. Michael Anthony Herald, 52, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree murder as part of a deal with Hillsborough County prosecutors, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He had been...

Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston donates $50K to Miles College

Jan. 22, 2020 2:40 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The football program at Miles College is getting a boost thanks to a donation from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston, a Hueytown, Alabama, native, on Wednesday presented Miles College President Bobbie Knight and Athletic Director Reginald Ruffin a check for...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Vikings pick up 5 additions to Pro Bowl, including Cousins

Jan. 21, 2020 3:54 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have five additions to the NFC Pro Bowl roster, giving them eight players in the all-star game for their highest total in 10 years. The NFL announced Tuesday that quarterback Kirk Cousins, defensive end Everson Griffen, fullback C.J. Ham, linebacker Eric Kendricks...