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Police: Bank robber arrested after prison term for new heist

Nov. 30, 2021 22:39 PM EST

BELLEAIR BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A serial Florida bank robber once dubbed the “I-4 bandit” was arrested Tuesday for a new holdup just months after his release from prison, police said. David Marc Ratcliff, 55, was caught after a brief chase in the Gulf Coast town of...

Florida corrections officer accused of battery on inmate

Nov. 30, 2021 11:57 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A corrections sergeant is accused of slapping, punching and pushing a jail inmate as well as pulling out a clump of the man's hair, officials said. Pinellas County Sgt. Patrick Knight, 51, was arrested Monday on charges of battery and...

Program working to make Pinellas teaching force more diverse

Nov. 28, 2021 03:12 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Growing up in Broward County, Triston Williams had his heart set on a sports-based future. He played football at Miramar High, and considered himself an athlete. If he couldn’t keep playing, he said, he’d look to a career tied to the...

Gonzales, BYU edge No. 22 West Virginia for St. Pete title

Nov. 27, 2021 15:28 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shaylee Gonzales scored 20 points, including two free throws with three seconds left, and West Virginia made just one of two from the line with .4 seconds remaining, giving BYU a 58-57 win over the No. 22 Mountaineers in the championship game of the St. Pete...

Purdue women beat No. 17 Florida State at St. Pete Showcase

Nov. 27, 2021 15:03 PM EST

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cassidy Hardin made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 18 points, Madison Layden added four 3-pointers and 16 points, and Purdue beat No. 17 Florida State 66-61 on Saturday at the St. Pete Showcase. It was Purdue's first win over a...

Gonzales, BYU knock off No. 17 Florida State women 61-54

Nov. 25, 2021 21:26 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shaylee Gonzales scored 24 points, including three clutch free throws in the final 42 seconds, and BYU knocked off the No. 17-ranked Florida State women 61-54 at the St. Pete Showcase on Thursday night. The 24 points matched Gonzales season...

No. 22 West Virginia women hold off upset-minded Purdue

Nov. 25, 2021 19:14 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kirsten Deans scored 12 points with six assists, 10 of 11 Mountaineers scored and No. 22-ranked West Virginia held off a tough challenge from Purdue, 65-57 at the St. Pete Showcase on Thursday night. Purdue, under former Seattle Storm guard...

Column: Rossi ends season with a win, eyes on IndyCar

Nov. 22, 2021 10:31 AM EST

Alexander Rossi white-knuckled a Honda Ridgeline through the dark and the fog, off-roading along Mexico's Baja California Peninsula at 100 mph. Insanity, it sounds like, especially for a driver who already had a pair of close calls in both of his previous appearances in the Baja 100. ...

What happened to America’s first LGBTQ retirement community?

Nov. 21, 2021 03:13 AM EST

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Fred Hodges can still remember the names and faces of neighbors who are long gone. There was Irving, who adopted his lifelong partner, Ron, so they could have some sort of legal recognition while same-sex marriage was still banned in Florida. ...

Jury recommends death for young boy's fatal shooting

Nov. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jurors recommended the death penalty on Wednesday for a Florida man convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend and her 10-year-old son during an argument. Following a two-week trial, the panel of seven women and five men unanimously concluded that...