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Biker gang members get life for killing rival gang president

Nov. 21, 2019 8:35 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Two motorcycle gang members have been sentenced to life in prison for killing the president of a rival gang in Florida. Court records show 31-year-old Christopher Cosimano and 52-year-old Michael Mencher were sentenced Wednesday in Tampa federal court. They were convicted in August of...

Forgotten black cemetery found at Florida high school campus

Nov. 21, 2019 7:58 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say ground penetrating radar has found what appear to be 145 caskets near a Florida high school. The Tampa Bay Times reports Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins on Wednesday announced the discovery at the southeast corner of the King High School campus. The district...

Rays designate INF Duffy for assignment, trade RHP De Leon

Nov. 20, 2019 11:01 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment and traded pitcher Jose De Leon to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named and cash. The team also announced minor league infielder Curtis Mead was acquired in a trade that sent left-hander...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 20, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 19 The St. Augustine Record on Donald Trump Jr.’s visit to the University of Florida: Before we begin, let’s get something straight. This is not a conservative or progressive editorial. It’s not left or right. It’s not anti-University...

Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB to Orlando

Nov. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando said Wednesday that he wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca. Pat Williams, a former executive with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, said that Orlando was more deserving than a half-dozen other cities that...

Radar finds 145 graves buried beneath Tampa high school

Nov. 20, 2019 11:51 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves are located 3-feet (0.91-meters) to 5-feet (1.52-meters)...

Florida county won’t buy digital New York Times subscription

Nov. 20, 2019 10:44 AM EST

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) — A north Florida county commission voted against paying for a digital New York Times subscription for the local library after previously gaining attention for calling the newspaper “fake news.” The Citrus County Commission heard from residents before voting 3-2 on...

Stamkos focused on team success, not personal milestones

Nov. 20, 2019 2:17 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos celebrated another milestone in a stellar career with grace and humility. The long-time captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored his 400th goal last weekend, joining an elite group that includes eight other active players — Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Marian...

Ravens, Patriots, 49ers remain top 3 teams in AP Pro32 poll

Nov. 19, 2019 6:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Heading into the stretch run of the regular season, the NFL’s top teams are trying to find and maintain their winning form as they get ready for the playoffs. The top seven teams in the latest AP Pro32 poll remained the same from last week. In fact, eight of the top 10 teams all won...

Tampa philanthropist, mayoral candidate David Straz has died

Nov. 19, 2019 2:08 AM EST

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) — A retired banker and wealthy philanthropist who lost his bid to be mayor of Tampa earlier this year has died. Seventy-six-year-old David Straz was found dead Monday near Homosassa, about 75 miles (117 kilometers) north of Tampa. According to the Tampa Bay Times, his spokesman Jarrod...