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Lightning set up on-ice reunion for airman, kids

tbo.com — The Tampa Bay Lightning helped arrange an on-ice surprise reunion for an Air Force sergeant and his children during first intermission of Thursday's game against Detroit. Master Sgt. Chris McKeen was due to return in a few days from South Korea, his latest deployment in 20 years of service.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @erlendssonTBO: “@TBOcom: #tblightning help set up on-ice family reunion for MacDill AFB airman and his teenage kids buff.ly/1zn1oy0

Jan 30, 2015

RT @TBOcom: Tampa Bay Lightning help set up on-ice family reunion for MacDill AFB airman and his teenage kids buff.ly/1zn1oy0

Jan 30, 2015

@TBOcom: #tblightning help set up on-ice family reunion for MacDill AFB airman and his teenage kids buff.ly/1zn1oy0

Email praising VA police chief at Young center draws criticism

tbo.com — Bob Shogren, chief of VA police at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, oversees a department that recently cost taxpayers $1.3 million in payouts over a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and intimidation by his staff. That harassment and intimidation contributed to the suicide of one of the plaintiffs last year, according to his ex-wife, also a plaintiff.
Jan 30, 2015

Head of House Veterans Affairs Committee. others irked by emailing praising VA Young center police chief shar.es/1o0E14 @TBOcom

Manfred sees Tampa as ‘vibrant major league market’

tbo.com — BY ROGER MOONEY Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, in an phone interview with the Tampa Tribune, said he shares the vision of Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg that a major league franchise can thrive in the Tampa area. "I think with the right facility Tampa Bay can be a vibrant major league market," Manfred said Friday.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @StadiumShadow: Ahem, he said "Tampa Bay." RT @RMooneyTBO: MLB commissioner Manfred sees Tampa as vibrant market goo.gl/uoB35V

4K HDTVs fill electronics stores ahead of Super Bowl

tbo.com — These are good times for TV aficionados who feel "high-definition" just isn't high-def enough. The new, ultra-high-definition TV format called 4K is taking over the electronics stores just in time for the pre-Super Bowl rush of TV shoppers - even though the Super Bowl itself won't be broadcast in 4K, and not much else is available to watch in 4K resolution either.
Jan 30, 2015

Find a Lazyboy and the remote, cuz my podcast with @Olivia_Stacey on "4K" TVs just went live. You're welcome America: shar.es/1o0qeB

Jan 30, 2015

Is HDTV soooo obsolete? What's a "4K" TV? What's the diff? Those, and many other Qs, answered: shar.es/1omn8k @ParksAssociates @CEA

Gasparilla is calmer but still raucous enough to shiver your timbers

tbo.com — The 100th Gasparilla Pirate Fest invades the city on Saturday with bedecked buccaneers, booze and a bounty of beads to share with a projected crowd of hundreds of thousands - but it won't be like the bacchanal of years past.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @TBOent: #Gasparilla to be calmer but still raucous enough to shiver your timbers. Guide to the maynem: buff.ly/1wHZt2L pic.twitter.com/TN92lyWhZ5

Once again, Florida’s poor left wanting in health care debate

tbo.com — Florida is not among the 28 states that expanded Medicaid programs to cover their neediest citizens. Six more states are strongly considering expansion. Florida is not one of those, either. If that's as far as it went, you'd probably say well, that's Florida.

Shooting suspect in custody after standoff with Tampa police

tbo.com — A suspect in a Plant City shooting is in custody after a standoff with police at a Tampa apartment this morning. According to police, 18-year-old Antwan Gordan shot at people and was in a stolen car while officers pursued him. Police said he eventually barricaded himself in at the apartment complex near Busch Gardens.

Pacquette nets 1st hat trick, 1st place for Bolts

tbo.com — TAMPA - Cedric Paquette helped take the hometown fans clad in red out of Thursday's game, while bringing the home fans dressed in blue out of their seats. The rookie netted his first career hat trick to lead the Lightning to a 5-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings in front of an announced sell out crowd of 19,204 that had its fair share of Detroit red jerseys in the stands.
Jan 30, 2015

In today's #Tampa Tribune Paquette nets first hat trick as #tblightning blast Red Wings, 5-1 shar.es/1oaMy2 via @tbocom

Jan 29, 2015

Paquette nets 1st hat trick as #tblightning record 9th win in a row at home, move back into 1st place shar.es/1o1KtC via @tbocom

Montreal threat a reminder of how MLB once touted Tampa

tbo.com — TAMPA - Before the Tampa Bay Rays ever put bat to ball, Tropicana Field and Tampa Bay's yearning for a ball club was the threat used by team owners unhappy with their stadium. The Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners are among the teams who flirted with moves to Tampa Bay but ended up moving just across town into brand new publicly funded ball parks.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Buster_ESPN: The threat of Montreal landing the Rays is a reminder of another time in MLB history, writes Christopher O’Donnell. tbo.com/sports/rays/ma…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Buster_ESPN: The threat of Montreal landing the Rays is a reminder of another time in MLB history, writes Christopher O’Donnell. tbo.com/sports/rays/ma…

Jan 29, 2015

The threat of Montreal landing the Rays is a reminder of another time in MLB history, writes Christopher O’Donnell. tbo.com/sports/rays/ma…

Lightning look to regain edge after loss to Carolina

tbo.com — Playing their first game following a six-day break for the All-Star Game, the Lightning lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Tuesday night and dropped from the top of the Eastern Conference standings to third place. Tonight the Bolts face a tough challenge as they play against the Detroit Red Wings, who lead the Atlantic Division.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @Olivia_Stacey: Lightning look to regain edge after loss to Carolina. @erlendssonTBO breaks it down and answers fan questions. shar.es/1onAKW

Bolts notes: Kucherov not worried about scoring drought

tbo.com — TAMPA - Goal droughts for goal scorers are a common occurrence. Whether it means five games without scoring or perhaps a bit longer. RW Nikita Kucherov is a goal scorer, and he hasn't scored in 10 games heading into Thursday's first-place matchup against Detroit.
Jan 29, 2015

Pregame #tblightning notes: Kucherov on scoring drought, Paquette ends his drought plus PP changes shar.es/1onshP via @tbocom

Speaker says state House won’t consider Medicaid expansion this year

tbo.com — Steve Crisafulli, a Merritt Island Republican, made clear that the GOP-controlled "House still stands where we stood before: We do not plan to do anything on Medicaid expansion." His predecessor as speaker, Wesley Chapel Republican Will Weatherford, similarly refused to consider any expansion that included federal funds.
Jan 29, 2015

Fla. House Speaker says his chamber won’t consider Medicaid expansion this year | shar.es/1bL6AD via @TBOcom pic.twitter.com/fKVAYS4Dtk

Bolts’ focus must be sharp against streaking Red Wings

tbo.com — TAMPA - If the Lightning failed to show full focus in their first game back from the All-Star break, the second game back no doubt will have their complete attention.
Jan 29, 2015

After loss in Carolina #tblightning focus must be sharp against streaking Red Wings in battle for 1st shar.es/1bLcXt via @tbocom

Tampa forecast: Early chill turns to pleasant winter day

tbo.com — Another chilly morning in the Tampa area gives way to relatively pleasant winter afternoon. The National Weather Service says today will be mostly sunny, with highs around 70 after light east winds shift to the south, bringing a warmer flow across the state. Temperatures remain a few degress below normal.

Gov. Scott getting ready for trip to Philly

tbo.com — Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday said his scheduled trip to Pennsylvania next month "is all about jobs." Scott spoke at the Associated Press legislative planning meeting held in the Capitol before the state Legislature's annual 60-day session. Scott's office has said the newly re-elected Republican governor will follow up on his Jan.

Putnam: “Time not on our side” in fight to save citrus

tbo.com — Drive through eastern Hills­borough County, parts of Polk, or head south through Hardee, and you will pass farms and orange groves that make up the backbone of this state. Better take a picture, though. We are losing them. Fresh Florida citrus is as much a part of life here as beaches, sunshine and football, but for how much longer?
Jan 28, 2015

Florida ag official says time is not on their side in the fight against citrus greening. shar.es/1bMt71 via @sharethis

Pentagon unit seeks technology to allow drones to work in unison

tbo.com — Sarasota inventor Skip Parish envisions a future where swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles working in unison hunt targets like a wolf pack. "One knows all and all knows one," said Parish, long an innovator in drone technology, of how the pilotless aircraft would operate together. "It is the equivalent of the Borg."
Jan 28, 2015

Wow! RT:"@haltman: Sarasota inventor wants to help @DARPA create drones that hunt in packs like wolves shar.es/1bV21H @TBOcom #borg

Jan 28, 2015

Sarasota inventor wants to help @DARPA create drones that hunt in packs like wolves shar.es/1bV21H @TBOcom #borg

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tbo.com — URL: http://tbo.com/news/politics/backroom-deals-mark-budget-bargaining-process-20140502/ TALLAHASSEE - It was Tuesday in the state Capitol, and most thought Florida's roughly $75 billion proposed spending plan was complete. Then a notice appeared. At 2:18 p.m. on the day the budget needed to be finalized, a notice came out that House and Senate budget chiefs were holding another meeting.
Jan 28, 2015

. @MarkPafford talking sausage making as he hammers the transparency of the budget process. Wrote about it here: tbo.com/apps/pbcs.dll/…