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Bolts notes: Recovering Bishop faces shots during skate

tbo.com — UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop took to the ice for the second consecutive day Saturday in his recovery from a lower-body injury sustained Monday. Bishop only skated during Friday's optional workout in New Jersey, he jumped into the net Saturday and faced some shots for the first time.
Dec 20, 2014

Pregame #tblightning notes: Bishop improves, Johnson game-time call, last game @ Nassau, Callahan's 500th shar.es/13TaQB via @tbocom

Lightning rally but lose to Devils in shootout, 3-2

tbo.com — NEWARK, N.J. - The Devils may no longer play in the swap, but the Lightning continue to find ways to fall into the Jersey trap. Tampa Bay salvaged a point on Friday dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to New Jersey in front on an announced crowd of 14,916 at Prudential Center while falling to 3-9-3 at New Jersey since the start of the 2008-09 season.
Dec 20, 2014

In today's #Tampa Tribune #tblightning rally but lose to Devils in shootout, 3-2 shar.es/13Buxt via @tbocom

Rays: Myers trade deal too good to pass up

tbo.com — ST. PETERSBURG - Matt Silverman insists his plans since taking over the baseball operations of the Tampa Bay Rays in mid-October did not include trading Wil Myers. But, it is his responsibility to listen to any team that inquires about the availability of any of his players, and so that is why Myers is now a San Diego Padre.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @RMooneyTBO: For #Rays Silverman, return in Myers trade too good to pass up goo.gl/YvDKBE

Supreme Court won’t block gay marriage in Florida

tbo.com — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan.

Scott says he hit jobs mark - but he changed the mark

tbo.com — TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott says he won a race to create 700,000 jobs in seven years, a central promise of his 2010 campaign, but by his own words he moved the finish line.
Dec 19, 2014

Fla. Gov. Scott says he hit jobs mark — but he changed the mark | shar.es/13F67m via @TBOcom

Hogan's Beach concerts violate zoning, Tampa official rules

tbo.com — TAMPA - Is Hogan's Beach, the Rocky Point nightclub fronted by wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, an accessory to the Best Western Bay Harbor Hotel or the epicenter of electronic dance music for west-central Florida? A Tampa official ruled Thursday that the regular electronic dance music concerts staged at the club, each drawing up to 5,000 people, violate the property's zoning and land use rules.
Dec 18, 2014

@DrewOnTheRadio @MrMikeCalta Bad news, brother. "@TBOcom: City rules against Hogan’s Beach as concert venue buff.ly/16wUPiG"

Dec 18, 2014

Sorry, brother. "@TBOcom: City rules against Hogan’s Beach as concert venue buff.ly/16wUPiG"

Fla. House announces ranking members for 2015

tbo.com — House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, on Friday announced ranking members for his chamber's committees and subcommittees. Ranking members are the most senior member of committees from the minority party, in this case, Democrats. Here are some of the assignments for state representatives from the Tampa Bay region: ♦ Janet Cruz, Appropriations committee.

Tampa bets Vinik can succeed where others failed

tbo.com — Many have tried to turn downtown Tampa's Channel District into a shopping and entertainment urban wonderland. Alas, many have failed. Instead of hundreds of people nightly strolling tree-lined venues in search of entertainment, dinner on the waterfront or just a quick drink after work, we have, well - this.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @RHiggins_TBSC: Right time & place, but most importantly, right person: @JHendersonTBO on how Mr. Vinik's vision will be successful- htt…

Lightning rookie Drouin finding comfort zone

tbo.com — NEWARK, N.J. - When Jonathan Drouin jumped up to the Lightning's top line in his third NHL game, the move was made out of necessity. Now, it's an opportunity the 19-year-old former No. 3 overall pick is starting to earn.

St. Pete council rejects deal to let Rays look for stadium sites

tbo.com — ST. PETERSBURG - The future of the Tampa Bay Rays in the area seems more uncertain than ever after the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday rejected a deal to let the team explore new stadium sites in the region.
Dec 18, 2014

No means Montreal has next? “@Buster_ESPN: St. Petersburg city council will vote on Rays’ stadium proposal today. tbo.com/news/politics/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Buster_ESPN: The St. Petersburg city council will vote on the Rays’ stadium proposal today. tbo.com/news/politics/…

Dec 18, 2014

The St. Petersburg city council will vote on the Rays’ stadium proposal today. tbo.com/news/politics/…

Vasilevskiy answers the call for Lightning

tbo.com — PHILADELPHIA - Sometime late in the evening Monday, the phone rang inside the Syracuse, New York apartment that Andrei Vasilevskiy and his wife, Ksenia, call home. On the other end was Tampa Bay Lightning assistant general manager and Syracuse general manager Julien BriseBois.
Dec 18, 2014

'[Cooper] told me I will play. And I said ‘OK, why not?,' ” Vasilevskiy said." via @erlendssonTBO tbo.com/sports/lightni…

Dec 18, 2014

In his first career start, Vasilevskiy answers the call, makes an impression for #tblightning shar.es/13OHyF via @tbocom

Review: ‘The Interview’ isn’t great but deserves to be seen

tbo.com — That I was one of the relative few to see "The Interview" is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It's with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean farce.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TBOcom: Review: ‘The Interview’ isn’t great but deserves to be seen buff.ly/1w3AVAw

Big boom: Fighters sound off over Gulf

tbo.com — The military calls it "Whiskey 470," a roughly 200-rectangular-mile patch of airspace over the Gulf of Mexico about 30 miles northwest of Tampa. It's a busy place where pilots learn how to fly one of the newest and most sophisticated fighters in the Air Force inventory.

Regulators OK charging customers for ‘fracking’ exploration

tbo.com — TALLAHASSEE - The state's utility regulators Thursday approved Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to charge its customers millions of dollars to explore for natural gas to r
Dec 18, 2014

Full story: Regulators approve FPL to charge customers for ‘fracking’ exploration | shar.es/13OiFb via @TBOcom

Tampa has much at stake in historic Cuba changes

tbo.com — TAMPA - Alan Gross is home after five years in a Cuban prison, three Cuban spies jailed in the U.S. are back where they came from, and diplomatic relations are set to be restored between the U.S. and Cuba, including the reopening of a U.S. embassy there.

Rays made a decision, but is it right one?

tbo.com — TAMPA - Is this any way to build a ballpark? Or ballclub? At the very least, scratch the "Wil Myers Round Tripper Grill" from the blueprints for a new kind of downtown Tampa, even if the St. Petersburg city council releases the Rays from its clutches today.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @RMooneyTBO: Tampa Trib's Fennelly wonders if #Rays making the right decision bit.ly/13fZUtN

FPL defends fracking plan before state regulators meet

tbo.com — TALLAHASSEE - With the state's utility regulators meeting Thursday to consider Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to charge customers for the costs of exploratory fracking, the utility is pushing back against what it calls misleading claims. Sam Forrest, FPL's vice president for energy marketing and trading, says characterizing their proposal as an attempt to shift costs and risk to customers "is simply false."
Dec 18, 2014

.@TBOcom: FPL defends fracking plan before state regulators meet | tbo.ly/1J4tLpQ

Judy Genshaft: USF’s downtown plan will elevate economic future of Tampa Bay region and Florida

tbo.com — Universities exist to shape and transform the future through education, research and innovation that spurs economic development and improves people's lives. That's been the mission and vision of the University of South Florida System and precisely why USF is incredibly excited to be a part of Tampa's downtown redevelopment proposed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @MarkSharpeFL: Judy Genshaft: USF’s downtown plan will elevate economic future of Tampa Bay region and Florida shar.es/13luyn via @sharethis