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Two rounds complete, two to go: The Lightning is halfway to a Stanley Cup after dispatching the Red Wings and Islanders in the opening two rounds of the playoffs.
The Lightning opens the Eastern Conference final against the Penguins on Friday in Pittsburgh and hosts Games 3 and 4 on May 18 and 20, the NHL announced Wednesday.
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"As Tampa Bay's largest news organization, we take seriously our role to help lead these public conversations and advocate for the region. We have added space and a broader range of views to the opinion pages." – Tampa Bay Times editorial board
Today marks a milestone for the Tampa Bay Times and this region we call home. The Times becomes the area's sole daily newspaper, with a reach and responsibility that transcends geography and county lines. This occasion has been decades in the making, reflecting the growth of Tampa Bay, the economic realities of the news business in the digital age and our unwavering commitment to remain a locally owned, independent news organization.
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With what is said to be the largest wine list in the country, Bern's took home the top prize for wine, further cementing the renown spot's reputation. 
This year's only Tampa Bay James Beard finalist came up gold, the first year our area has medaled in the "Academy Awards of food" since Bern's Steak House sommelier Derrick Pagan won for wine service in 1992. Who was our big winner this year?Bern's Steak House.
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gonna check this place out next time i'm down there
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Expect to read more about these bay area business leaders in 2016 as they continue to raise the economic bar. Did you (or your boss) make the list? 
It's easy to list prominent and powerful business people. Tampa Bay has plenty. It's tougher to choose those whose skills, experience, passion and force of personality make them influential. As in capable of moving a specific industry or part of the regional economy forward in a positive way. As in being here not just today but for the longer term.
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Years of neglect turned five elementary schools in south St. Petersburg into some of the worst in Florida – and families who can’t afford to move are trapped.
Every family has its own story, but most want the same thing: To flee south St. Petersburg’s failing schools any way they can.
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Saint Petersburg schools have always been behind the times. A lot black areas are run down. They feel they don't have to treat the black children as equals
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Hillsborough's residents are younger and their communities are growing more quickly, making the county attractive to employers – and forcing businesses like the Tampa Bay Rays take note.
In the race for prize demographics between Hillsborough and Pinellas, it's not even close.
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Getting more while paying less? Experts say Walmart is turning Tampa Bay law enforcement into private security.
16,800 calls in a year. 46 a day. Nearly 2 every hour. Police respond to Walmart more than anywhere else.
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Neighbors, the local Crime Watch Association, and even a city council member say the canopy is fine. But St. Pete's top zoning official says the custom carport's gotta go. 
ST. PETERSBURG — Pamella Settlegoode is not one to back away from what she considers the good fight. While teaching in Portland, Ore., she won a landmark case involving the rights of special needs students.
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A new wave of specialty organic competitors are next to threaten Florida's homegrown grocery store chain. But can they succeed?
Publix Super Markets is king in Florida. It has survived the Goliath-like Walmart assault, crushed Sweetbay Supermarket and has all but beaten down Winn-Dixie.
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VA medical centers, clinics, pharmacies and benefit centers, including the Pinellas facility, commit thousands of privacy violations each year – violations likes mailing hundreds of pages of mental health records to the wrong veteran. 
When Anthony McCann opened a thick manila envelope from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, he expected to find his own medical records inside.
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A new poll of registered voters in Pinellas and Hillsborough reveals that three-quarters support a state constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.
Nearly three in four Tampa Bay residents would support amending the state Constitution to legalize medical marijuana, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/10News WTSP poll.
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Meet your new favorite concert venue, cocktail bar and brewery: One of Ybor City's most ambitious entertainment venues is slated for a historic 120-year-old building. 
YBOR CITY — Standing in the dusty debris of a historic former hardware store, Kevin Lilly picks up a rusty wall-mounted coffee grinder sitting on a short wall of ancient red bricks. According to the experts he's consulted, this model hasn't been produced for more than 100 years. This one could date all the way back to 1870.
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