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Power struggle: Latvala targets Putnam's large donations from electric utilities

TALLAHASSEE — The 2018 race for Florida governor will be about power — not just political power, but electric power. The early front-runner for the Republican nomination for gove …

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  1. Plan your weekend: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, MarineQuest, Florida Orchestra pops in the park, rodeo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concerts

    Music weekend: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Bruno Mars all in one weekend? We have a playlist of a weekend coming up. Thursday brings Bruno's sold-out 24K Magic World Tour to Amalie Arena. The next day brings the country power …

    Bill Clark and Danelle Dasouqi admire the chalk art on the side walk during the final day of the three day Chalk Art Festival in Clearwater Beach. JIM REED/STAFF
  2. Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Sergachev had dinner with his host family from juniors Monday.

    The Lightning has to decide, as early as this weekend whether Mikhail Sergachev will stick in the NHL or return to juniors for another season. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  3. Tampa man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist on I-4 exit ramp in Tampa

    Accidents

    TAMPA — A 44-year-old Tampa man was arrested and charged Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist earlier in the day.

    Christopher Jerimiah Cole, 44, of Tampa was driving this silver Mercedes on Wednesday when it struck a bicyclist on the exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 4 to southbound U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Cole kept driving, troopers said. The bicyclist, a 45-year-old Brandon man, died at the scene. His name was not immediately released because troopers were working to notify his family. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  4. Quarterbacks, head coach targeting Vernon Hargreaves; 'I'm not producing,' he says

    Bucs

    Eli Manning gathered his receivers together during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and informed them of the weakest link of the secondary he planned to target that afternoon.

    Quarterbacks this season have a 128.7 rating when targeting Vernon Hargreaves. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Rick Baker's radio ad said Rick Kriseman missed NAACP event---but he didn't.

    Blogs

    A radio ad narrated by St. Petersburg civil rights activist Sevell Brown and paid for by a political-action committee supporting Rick Baker asserts that Mayor Rick Kriseman "couldn't be bothered to show up" for a recent NAACP event.

    Rick Kriseman didn't skip recent NAACP event, but Rick Baker radio ad claims he did
  6. Demolition begins on wing of Channelside Bay Plaza, making way for Water Street Tampa (w/video)

    Business

    TAMPA — The original developers of Channelside Bay Plaza at first wanted the name of the complex to include the word "Garrison." That would have fit, because the center turned out to be fort-like, inwardly focused and unwelcoming.

    A pedestrian bridge in the southwest wing of Channelside Bay Plaza was demolished in Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. [Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times]
  7. Police: North Tampa woman fatally stabs live-in boyfriend

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa woman faces a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend early Wednesday.

  8. Police: woman suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by truck

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when, police said, she was struck by a Ford truck Wednesday afternoon as she was crossing 16th Street.

  9. Trinity biker, 21, dies in crash with SUV

    Accidents

    TRINITY — A 21-year-old man died Wednesday after crashing his motorcycle into a sport utility vehicle on Little Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  10. Amateur photographer spotlight: Ryan McGibbeny, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Human Interest

    Here is another in an occasional series of posts shining a spotlight on local amateur photographers.

    Taryn

Under attack by QBs and coach, Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves says 'I'm not producing'

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J.T. Brown plans to do more in the community to create awareness and understanding for key issues of police brutality and racial inequality.

J.T. Brown won't raise fist, but plans to do more in community

Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer be raising his first as a silent protest during the national anthem....

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The upcoming Han Solo movie is called ... 'Solo'

I hope you know what you're doing, Star Wars.

After a long buildup, the title of the forthcoming Han Solo standalone movie was finally revealed today: Solo: A Star Wars Story....

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