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


    Plan your weekend


    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 couple's Soul2Soul Tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday, also at Amalie ($69.50). And all weekend long Clearwater's Coachman Park will be rocking with a variety of acts that expand the jazz roots of this annual music festival. The lineup includes Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox and the Avett Brothers. Daily tickets are $16-$25; kids under 12 are free. Weekend and four-day passes are available. ...

    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. Ticket window: Harry Potter movie concert, Andrea Bocelli, Ed Sheeran, Iliza Shlesinger, Alan Parsons Project on sale this week

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28-29 at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa, $49-$99, on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at, and at noon Friday at the box office, 1010 N MacInnes Place, or by calling (813) 229-7827.

    Andrea Bocelli, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Amalie Arena, Tampa, $75-$355, on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at the box office, 401 Channelside Drive (walk-up only), and through Ticketmaster at, or by calling toll-free 1-800-745-3000....

    British singer Ed Sheeran performs during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy on March 12, 2017, 
AP Photo/Antonio Calanni
  3. Lightning approaches decision time for Mikhail Sergachev

    Lightning Strikes

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

    The Reid family made the trek across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario, where Sergachev arrived from Russia two years ago. That's where Sergachev learned English in four months, where he blossomed into a top-10 NHL Draft pick and led the Spitfires to May's Memorial Cup title.

    "It was the best time of my life," Sergachev said. "But now, it's... "...

    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]
  4. Tampa man charged in hit-and-run crash that killed bicyclist on I-4 exit ramp in Tampa


    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 was driving a silver Mercedes 300C about 3:40 a.m. when he struck a bicyclist riding on the exit ramp from eastbound I-4 to U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Cole kept going, troopers said.

    The force of the impact threw the 45-year-old Brandon man from his bike. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately released because troopers were still working to notify his family....

    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]
  5. Quarterbacks, head coach targeting Vernon Hargreaves; 'I'm not producing,' he says


    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.

    "Hey, we're attacking 28 all day," an emotional Manning said on the sideline to receivers Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. "Goin' after his a--, alright?"...

    Quarterbacks this season have a 128.7 rating when targeting Vernon Hargreaves. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  6. Demolition begins on wing of Channelside Bay Plaza, making way for Water Street Tampa (w/video)


    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.

    Now, 17 years after it opened, one wing of Channelside Bay Plaza is being demolished to re-open that space and, a new development team hopes, reshape visitors' perceptions of the place. ...

    Demolition is underway on Channelside Bay Plaza's southwest wing, which is the building at the right. CHERIE DIEZ  | Times (2012)
  7. Police: North Tampa woman fatally stabs live-in boyfriend


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

    Police responding to a report of a stabbing at 1203 E Chilkoot Avenue around 1:30 a.m. found Justin Lee Tyler Williams, 24, with a life-threatening wound. He later died at a local hospital.

    Police said his girlfriend, Johnetta Shephard, 24, made incriminating statements during an interview. She was arrested later in the morning....

  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.

    The woman, who has not been identified, was crossing near 14th Avenue S just after noon when she was hit, St. Petersburg Police said. The driver of the truck is cooperating with officials.

    Police said 16th Street will be closed near 14th Avenue S for several hours as they investigate....

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


    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.

    Jordan Woods of Trinity was riding his Honda motorcycle north on Little, south of State Road 54, about 11 a.m. when Laudalino Pereira, 77, of New Port Richey, who was southbound, crossed into Woods' path while making a left turn into Mitchell Ranch Plaza, the FHP reported. Woods' motorcycle collided with the CR-V, and he died at the scene....

  10. 13 things to do in Tampa Bay on Oct. 19


    Bruno Mars: Get your Uptown Funk on at the Grammy-winning pop star's 24K Magic World Tour. 8 p.m., Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.25-$131.25. (813) 301-2500.

    Neil DeGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper: Pop culture's favorite scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson returns to explore all the funny, illuminating and alarming reports about current events. 7:30 p.m., Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. $75 and up. (813) 229-7827....

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Bruno Mars performs onstage at 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)
  11. 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.

    Today we're featuring Ryan McGibbeny from St. Petersburg, FL. We invited Ryan to submit a sampling of his photography, along with a short write-up, both of which you will find below.

    "I have a background in audio production and was in a local band with some touring experience. I never thought about picking up a camera, but when I joined the promo team at Cox Media Group I gravitated towards it. I volunteered to help out and was taught the basics from a knowledgeable employee. In no time, I was shooting events, concerts and marketing materials for fun and quickly found that I might just have an eye for this. ...

  12. Deputies: Wimauma teacher's aide sexually molested teen, 13


    A Wimauma teacher's aide faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl.

    Deputies say Sonny Juarez, 29, met the victim on several occasions while working at the RCMA Wimauma Academy, 18236 U.S. 301 S, between November 2016 and March 2017.

    Deputies say the incidents occurred when Juarez met the victim in the back of a classroom on several occasions....

    Sonny Juarez, 29, a teacher's aide in Wimauma, faces charges lewd or lascivious molestation after Hillborough County deputies say he inappropriatly touched a 13-year-old girl on several occasions while working at the RCMA Wimauma Academy, 18236 U.S. 301 S, between November 2016 and March 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

  13. Tampa Bay deputies head to UF to assist with Richard Spencer's speech

    Public Safety

    Local deputies are heading up to Alachua County in preparation of white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech in Gainesville on Thursday.

    As officials brace for Spencer's appearance, law enforcement officials streamed into Alachua County as early as Wednesday morning. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency at the request of Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, giving state agencies power to suspend regulations. A caravan from Miami Dade Police was spotted by Tampa Bay Times reporters in Gainesville this morning. ...

    Law enforcement is stepped up in Gainesville on Oct. 18, 2017, ahead of Richard Spencer's appearance. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  14. Top 5 at Noon: Facts on Richard Spencer's Florida visit; Column: Jameis, don't be a hero; Locale Market changes again


    Here are the latest headlines and updates on


    As Richard Spencer's controversial speech approaches, the University of Florida has been making extensive preparations and reassuring its students. Here, we answer some of the questions swirling around his visit on Thursday, starting with who is Richard Spencer, and what will he even be talking about at the University of Florida.. ...

    White nationalist Richard Spencer (C) and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Spencer is set to speak at the University of Florida. [Getty]
  15. Pinellas education news: Science fair at USFSP, lectures at Eckerd College and more


    USFSP to host Science Festival, MarineQuest

    Two long-time events, the St. Petersburg Science Festival and MarineQuest, will combine again this year to transform the north side of Bayboro Harbor's waterfront into a fun and engaging science laboratory under the sun. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will be spread across the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, Poynter Park, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and the Port of St. Petersburg. It will feature hands-on activities representing the technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields. Attendees can explore NASA's Space Communications and Navigation Program (SCaN), use medical technology to check their vital signs, conduct chemistry experiments, crawl through a full-size turtle excluder device, experience a cryovolcano and the wonders of the deep sea, and learn survival skills. Last year, the two festivals attracted more than 25,000 people. The festival stage will feature live music, shows and interactive entertainment throughout the day. Entertainers include Mad Science, Giving Tree Music, Funky49 and Kidding Around Yoga. Local food vendors will be on hand, too. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

    Elise Faith of Land O’ Lakes looks at samples of sand from different areas of the world at the Science Festival in 2014. this year’s festival is Saturday, along with MarineQuest.