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One day three years ago, retired Tampa cop Curtis Reeves sat in seat No. 9 of theater No. 10 of the Cobb Grove 16 cinemas. As previews rolled, he pulled out a gun, and used it, during an escalating confrontation over a cell phone. Today, a circuit court judge took that seat, and for her benefit, the same previews rolled, starting with Sabotage and RoboCop. The fifth day of a high-profile "stand your ground" hearing opened at the movies. Reeves, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Chad Oulson, 43, did not attend but attorneys did, and so did Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Susan Barthle. Stay with tampabay.com for live coverage from the hearing.
After nine years of marriage, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce. Crist, 60, said the divorce should have no impact on his service.
The government owes Donald Trump. Right about now, the 45th president is due to receive his first paycheck, part of a $400,000 annual salary delivered in monthly installments. But the billionaire said during the campaign that he wouldn't take the pay. Is he backsliding on a promise? The White House says no, but things are more complicated.
The wrongful termination lawsuit filed by an Allegiant Air pilot fired for making an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in 2015 has turned into a bitterly contested match as it marches toward a July 31 trial date in Nevada. The legal battle includes accusations of documents withheld in discovery, questions about the memory of the airline's CEO and a request for a battery of personality tests of the pilot denied by a judge.
As the quest to commission the work of acclaimed artist Janet Echelman for the Pier pushes ahead, discontent simmers in art circles. The city's Public Arts Commission recently voted to put $37,500 toward an exploratory contract with Echelman, a step that could lead to one of her multimillion-dollar aerial sculptures soaring above the downtown waterfront. Impressive as her billowing, net-like sculptures may be, some in the city's art community question the wooing of Echelman, a talent far beyond the public art budget of $348,000 allocated for the $66 million Pier District.
Authorities have determined that an early-morning fire Friday at a mosque in Thonotosassa was deliberately set. An arson investigation is under way after the fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa's Daarus Salaam Mosque, 15830 Morris Bridge Road.
For the third year in a row, a Florida beach has beaten out the shores of California and Hawaii as the best in the country, according to the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. Siesta Beach in Sarasota County snagged the No. 1 spot this year, ahead of St. Pete Beach at No. 3 and last year's winner, Clearwater Beach, at No. 4.
It feels like John Mayer's been lost in the weeds for a while now, indulging in all kinds of musical muses (California jam-rock, singing for Dead and Company) while dealing with personal issues (controversial interviews, health scares that threatened his voice). But maybe a new summer arena tour is just the thing to get him back on track. The Grammy-winning, hit-making singer-songwriter will bring his "Search For Everthing World Tour" to Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 13.
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