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On Memorial Day, she remembers her fallen father, verse by verse

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Romano: Fifty years later, this bay area soldier is forever 19

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Identifying fallen U.S. soldiers carries a high emotional cost

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  1. Cafe for homeless strains neighbors' compassion

    News

    TAMPA — The chain link fence separating his yard from the sidewalk is a recent addition to James Stephens' real estate office on Nebraska Avenue.

    Kerry Hanson, 66, who's been homeless for 16 years, passes the time before lunch doing a crossword puzzle outside the new Trinity Caf?. Neighbors blame the caf? for trash and loitering. Operators have taken steps to reduce the problems. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  2. Obama marks Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

    Politics

    President Barack Obama laid a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country.

    President Barack Obama, center, arrives with Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, right, for the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. [Associated Press]
  3. A sign at Chatham Lighthouse Beach beach warns of dangerous currents and sharks in Chatham, Mass. Additional Cape Cod towns have installed the signs this year. Officials and researchers from Cape Cod to the Carolinas are looking at responses ranging from the high-tech to the decidedly low-tech as they deal with a growing great white shark population. [Philip Marcelo | Associated Press]
  4. All Eyes photo gallery: On Memorial Day, the nation pays tribute to its war dead

    Blogs

    Today we remember and honor all the service men and women who died in service of their country.

    Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, N.C., dressed as a Marine, pauses at his father's gravestone on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday. Christian's father Marine Sgt. Christopher James Jacobs died in a training accident in 2011.
  5. St. Pete council member wants city to oppose bear hunt

    Blogs

    Last fall's bear hunt brough national attention to Florida, not all of it positive. 

  6. Justice for Harambe: Shooting death of gorilla at Cincinnati zoo draws social media outrage

    Public Safety

    Social media lit up with arguments over whether staff at the Cincinnati Zoo was justified in shooting and killing a 400-pound-plus gorilla that was looming over a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a shallow moat.

    Children pause at the feet of a gorilla statue where flowers and a sympathy card have been placed, outside the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, on Sunday in Cincinnati. On Saturday, a special zoo response team shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat. Authorities said the boy is expected to recover. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. [Associated Press]
  7. Restaurant review: Sacred Pepper brings high design and comfort food to Carrollwood

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    When Grille One Sixteen opened in 2007, it was just about the swankiest place Carrollwood residents had ever seen. At the time I snarked, "How did they airlift this restaurant from Miami to Carrollwood?"

    The filet with asparagus and a cabernet reduction at Sacred Pepper.
  8. Bicyclist killed when hit from behind in weekend Dade City crash

    Accidents

    DADE CITY — A car struck and killed a bicyclist Saturday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  9. Study finds that VA treats PTSD better than the private sector

    Veterans

    SEMINOLE — On May 10, 1967, U.S. Marine Corps infantryman John Paul was seriously wounded during a battle in the South Vietnam's A Shau Valley near the North Vietnamese border.

    John Paul, 67, is a Vietnam Veteran who suffers from PTSD and is treated at the CW Bill Young VA Center, St. Petersburg. The VA was recently cited by a study as being up to 30 percent better at medically treating five major mental health disorders  :PSTD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and substance abuse disorders then other caregivers.
  10. Whale shark sightings increase in Tampa Bay area (w/video)

    Outdoors

    Mike Angers had promised his kids a day off from school if their grades were good, and the family was about 14 miles out northwest from Big Pass in Sarasota this month, headed to a favorite fishing hole 20 miles out for amberjack, when his daughter Lexi, 13, saw something.

    Whale sharks -- huge, filter-feeding fish that eat mostly plankton and pose no threat to people -- have been spotted with increasing frequency in recent weeks in the Gulf waters near Tampa Bay. Mike Angers and his family saw this one about 14 miles out northwest from Big Pass in Sarasota. Photo courtesy Mike Angers

Weatherford plots his political future, with a wary eye on Trump

Donald Trump's outsized presence on the political landscape will shake up Florida in a multitude of ways, including redefining the field of contenders for governor in 2018. That's clear after a talk with Will Weatherford, the former House speaker who left office in 2014....

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Jonathan Drouin was one of the biggest stars in the postseason, with five goals and nine assists in 17 games.

Jonathan Drouin: 'I definitely want to be here'

The relationship between wing Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning seemingly has been salvaged....

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For starters: Brad Boxberger says he;s ready to return, lineups vs NYY

The Rays finish their five-game homestand today against the Yankees with a chance to leap over the Yankees into fourth place in the AL East with a win....

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