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Man accused in flamingo's death fatally struck by truck

Jun. 26, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of causing the death of Pinky, a beloved flamingo at Busch Gardens, was hit by a truck and died, two months before he was to go on trial. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that The Florida Highway Patrol says 48-year-old Joseph Corrao was killed June 5 as he crossed a busy...

Rays owner says shared season with Montreal is best option

Jun. 25, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The principal owner of the Rays says it's unrealistic for his team to play full time in the Tampa Bay area, and a shared season with Montreal is the best option. "I don't see it happening in St. Petersburg and would be hard-pressed to see it working in Tampa from what I know,"...

Lightning sign 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote

Jun. 25, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract. The Lightning took the 18-year old forward from Kelowna of the Western Hockey League 27th overall. He is the younger brother of the Lightning's 2017 first-round pick Cal...

85 arrested in monthslong human trafficking sting in Florida

Jun. 24, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say they have arrested 85 people in a monthslong human trafficking sting. "Operation Trade Secrets" began at the outset of the year, focusing on hotels, motels, spas, massage parlors, strip clubs, adult bookstores and other activities, Hillsborough County Sheriff...

O'Rourke proposes new 'war tax' to fund veteran health care

Jun. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is pledging to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help create a federal health care fund to cover the costs of caring for those who serve in future wars by taxing those who don't. The former Texas congressman unveiled his...

Column: Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast

Jun. 21, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn't pan out, there are potential backup plans in...

Officials to survey reform school campus where boys died

Jun. 21, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have agreed to survey the grounds of a shuttered reform school campus where dozens of boys are believed to have died. State officials said Thursday they will survey the entire 1,200-acre (485-hectare) campus of the Dozier School For Boys in Marianna, Florida, for...

St. Pete mayor on Rays deal: 'This is getting a bit silly'

Jun. 21, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg isn't into the "silly" business he thinks Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Rays are conducting. As a result, he says he will not introduce a proposed deal that would see the Rays split time in Montreal. "I have no intention of bringing this...

LEADING OFF: Pujols in St Louis, Judge back, Keuchel debut

Jun. 21, 2019 3:44 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK WHERE IT BEGAN Albert Pujols returns for his first game in St. Louis since leaving the Cardinals to sign a $240 million contract with the Angels before the 2012 season. The slugger won three NL MVP awards and made nine All-Star teams with the Cardinals,...

Chapman's 3-run homer in 9th rallies A's past Rays 5-4

Jun. 21, 2019 2:40 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman was thinking slider, and he guessed right. Chapman hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics stunned the skidding Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-4 comeback victory Thursday night. Chapman's 17th homer and second game-ender...