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  1. Tampa Bay Times journalists wins 17 Green Eyeshade Awards

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay Times journalists placed first in seven categories of the prestigious Green Eyeshade awards, which honors outstanding journalism in the Southeast.

    Times staffers won 17 awards in all.

    Placing first were:

    • William R. Levesque, Nathaniel Lash and Anthony Cormier in both consumer reporting and public service in daily journalism for their series "Breakdown of Oversight," about the Federal Aviation Administration's failure to crack down as Allegiant Air planes failed in flight....

  2. The Daystarter: Latest on Manchester explosion; tapping Florida springs for future development; PTC staff say they're now forgotten; Rays give up another late lead

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    • Temperatures will flirt with 90 today, according to 10Weather WTSP, which is actually a slight relief from recent highs. Then a cool front is expected to push through on Wednesday and dump a bunch of rain....

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay, some of many springs that feed the Crystal River in Citrus County. The Southwest Florida Water Management District is considering a proposal that would allow a decrease to the amount of fresh water flowing in the Crystal River so that water can be diverted to fuel development. Critics say similar proposals around the state could threaten Florida's environmental health. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2014]
  3. Ailing Florida springs could be tapped further to fuel development

    Water

    BROOKSVILLE — Efforts by state officials to set a minimum flow for its iconic springs have stirred up a wave of public opposition. Opponents contend the state is willing to destroy its springs in order to justify continuing to provide water for new development.

    The new minimum flow set for Silver Springs is already the subject of a legal challenge, and a similar suit is under consideration for the flow level set for Rainbow Springs....

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay, one of many springs that feeds the Crystal River in Citrus County. The Southwest Florida Water Management District is considering a proposal to decrease the amount of fresh water flowing in Crystal River so that water can be diverted to fuel development. Critics say similar proposals around the state could threaten Florida's environmental health. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2014
  4. Canned by lawmakers, PTC staff say they are now forgotten

    Transportation

    TAMPA — After roughly 20 years in the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Mike Gonzalez got another job with a uniform and badge when he was hired in 2015 as an inspector for the Public Transportation Commission.

    Still only 45 at the time, he needed the work to support his wife and two children, aged 13 and 11.

    But Gonzalez has no idea if he will still have a job once county leaders follows through on state lawmakers' decision to close the agency....

    The badge that PTC inspectors carry while on duty. State lawmakers voted to abolish the agency this year leaving its remaining employees fearing for their future.
  5. Ferries from Florida not a priority for Cuban government

    Tourism

    Cruises and commercial flights now link Tampa and Havana, but before the U.S. government approved either for such journeys, ferries had the nod.

    Yet, two years to the month after ferries were federally licensed to sail to the island nation, the maritime vessels have still not received porting rights from the Cuban government.

    And that wait won't be ending soon.

    Currently, ferries are not a priority, José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba's ambassador to the United States, told the Tampa Bay Times during his visit to St. Petersburg in early-May....

    Baja Ferries was among a handful of companies the U.S. government approved to service Cuba two years ago.
But Cuba's ambassador to the United States recently said the wait may be long. Ferries are not a high priority for Cuba.
This is an example of one of the overnight passenger ferries the  Baja Ferries wanted  to use to reach Cuba from Florida.


Photo Credit: Baja Ferries USA LLC
  6. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Angels at Rays 7 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AM
    Giants at Cubs7 p.m.ESPN
    Marlins at A's10 p.m.FSF
    Cardinals at Dodgers10 p.m.ESPN
    College baseball
    SEC tournament: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt10:30 a.m.SEC
    ACC tournament: Georgia Tech vs. Miami11 a.m.FSF
    SEC tournament: Missouri vs. Texas A&M1:30 p.m.SEC
    ACC tournament: Boston College vs. N.C. State3 p.m.FSF
    AAC tournament: Tulane vs. USF3:30 p.m.CBSSN
    SEC tournament: Mississippi vs. Auburn5:30 p.m.SEC
    AAC tournament: East Carolina vs. UCF7 p.m.CBSSN
    SEC tournament: Georgia vs. Mississippi State8:30 p.m.SEC
    College golf
    Women's NCAA tournament11 a.m.Golf
    College tennis
    Men's NCAA tournament final1 p.m.ESPNU
    Women's NCAA tournament final5 p.m.ESPNU
    NBA playoffs
    Celtics at Cavaliers8:30 p.m.TNT; 1250-AM
    NHL playoffs
    Penguins at Senators8 p.m.NBCSN
    Soccer
    FIFA U-20 World Cup: Mexico vs. Germany7 a.m.FS1
    FIFA U-20 World Cup: Korea vs. Argentina7 a.m.FS2
    WNBA
    Connecticut at Minnesota8 p.m.ESPN2
    ...

  7. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    "There's a lot of things to like and we could go over all those, but I think it's time to start looking toward the next step of what we need to take," said Alex Cobb, who starts tonight....

    Logan Morrison blows a kiss toward the stands after giving the Rays a 2-1 lead with a two-out home run in the first inning.
  8. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Khando Kerr, deputies said.

    Deputies arrested Archibald about 2 p.m. in the Fernandez and Hernandez Law Firm offices at 3002 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, deputies said. He listed attorney Martin Fernandez, a partner in the firm, as his defense attorney on his arrest records. Archibald was arrested without incident. ...

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  9. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

    OF Steven Souza Jr. was out of the Rays lineup Monday since Evan Longoria DH'd and they wanted to play lefty-swinging OFs Corey Dickerson and Colby Rasmus. With Souza hitting .123 over his past 18 starts, you have to wonder if that won't happen more....

  10. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    But Cobb is a different pitcher after having Tommy John surgery. His old changeup has yet to return to the point where Cobb trusts it. Now he has to live with his fastball and curveball....

    O.J. Howard, the Bucs’ first-round draft pick out of Alabama, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
  11. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    Promotion: $2 kids tickets. Fans can purchase $2 kids tickets with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket. $2 hotdogs for all fans....

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  12. Florida Bar revokes former state representative's law license

    Courts

    The Florida Bar revoked former state Rep. Larry Crow's license in light of allegations that he misappropriated client funds and mishandled an estate case, according to court records.

    A petition filed in the Florida Bar case provides details of the disciplinary charges against Crow, who was elected to the Florida House in 1994 as a Republican from Palm Harbor and served four terms. In one case, an audit showed that Crow misappropriated at least $161,396 of client funds from his trust account. In a separate case, Crow "failed to act with diligence in settling an estate which has been pending for over two years," the records state....

    Crow was elected in 1994 and served four terms.
  13. Tampa man driving ATV killed in Gibsonton crash on U.S. 41

    Public Safety

    GIBSONTON — A 24-year-old man driving an all-terrain vehicle died Monday afternoon in a crash on U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    About 12 p.m., Jonathan Souza Barbosa of Tampa was driving on Adamsville Road and approaching U.S. 41 when he failed to brake at a stop sign and entered the intersection, troopers said. A Jeep Wrangler heading south crashed into the ATV, ejecting Barbosa and his passenger, Isabella Pascale, from their seats. A Hyundai Sonata also heading south then struck Barbosa. He died at the scene....

  14. Data breach exposes 469 Social Security numbers, thousands of concealed weapons holders

    Corporate

    Social Security numbers for up to 469 people and information about thousands of concealed weapons holders were exposed in a data breach at Florida the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The breach, which the agency believes happened about two weeks ago, occurred in an online payments system, spokesperson Jenn Meale said Monday.

    "We were able to identify it quickly and shut the system down," Meale said in an interview. FDACS discovered the breach within 24 hours of it occurring....

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam on Monday that nearly 500 people may have had their Social Security numbers obtained in a data breach in his office.
[Times file photo]

  15. Arm problems in the past, USF rides pitching into AAC baseball tournament

    College

    TAMPA — By his second relief inning in last year's season opener, USF right-hander Ryan Valdes had lost the fizz on his fastball.

    A pitch that flirted with 90 mph had decelerated into the mid 80s, and the Alonso High alumnus didn't know why. He gutted his way through the night, allowing four runs on six hits in an 11-10 win against Liberty, but at a nearby Applebee's later that evening, Valdes couldn't squeeze the ketchup bottle....

    Ryan Valdes, an Alonso High alumnus, is one of three prominent Bulls pitchers flourishing after undergoing Tommy John surgery.