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Local Museums offering Free admission for free museum day

Local Museums offering Free admission for free museum day

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Plan Your Weekend: Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust and 'Rent'

Plan Your Weekend: Arcade Fire, Howl-O-Scream, Wanderlust and 'Rent'

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Under $5: Snooty Memorial, 'Orange Is the New Black' star, Talk Like a Pirate Day

Under $5: Snooty Memorial, 'Orange Is the New Black' star, Talk Like a Pirate Day

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How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

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Puerto Rico could face months without electricity after Hurricane Maria (w/video)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation. Two days after Maria ra …

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Florida hides details in nursing home reports. Federal agencies don't.

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott widened his offensive Thursday against the Broward nursing home he blames for the deaths of 10 residents ...

  1. Florida education news: Makeup days, accountability, charter schools and more

    Blogs

    MAKEUP DAYS: The Pasco County school district alters the daily schedule of 11 schools to make up teaching time missed because of Hurricane Irma, avoiding the …

    With students back in school after Hurricane Irma, schools across Florida begin scheduling makeup days for missed classroom time.
  2. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  3. Photo of the Day for September 22, 2017 - Willets taking flight

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Dan Cleary of Madeira Beach, FL.

  4. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes

    College

    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  5. Puerto Rico could face months without electricity after Hurricane Maria (w/video)

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early Friday as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm's devastation.

    A pregnant woman carries empty plastic bottles to collect water a day after the impact of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, Thursday, September 21, 2017. As of Thursday evening, Maria was moving off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with winds of 120 mph (195 kph). The storm was expected to approach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas late Thursday and early Friday. [Associated Press]
  6. 'Rocket Man' Kim answers by calling Trump a 'dotard'

    World

    SEOUL, South Korea — Famous for using bombastic, derogatory and often-awkward English slams against enemies, North Korean state media sent people scrambling for dictionaries Friday with a dispatch …

    In this Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, photo distributed on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. [Associated Press]
  7. SB lanes on I-75 closed at State Road 52 in Pasco

    Accidents

    Southbound lanes on Interstate 75 are closed in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  8. These two documents illustrate how Florida has made it harder to access inspection reports of nursing homes, heavily censoring what the public can see. In the foreground is a document obtained from a federal agency that details the findings of a Feb. 2016 inspection at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where 10 patients died after Hurricane Irma. Behind it is the state's version of the same document, showing how it has been redacted before being released to the public. [Miami Herald]
  9. Amber Alert canceled after Bradenton siblings found in Alabama

    Public Safety

    An Amber Alert was canceled early Friday morning for four Bradenton siblings who were taken by their mother, who authorities said does not have custody of the children.

    An Amber Alert has been issued for four Bradenton siblings who were taken by their mother, who does not have custody of the children. [Florida Department of Law Enforcement]

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, shown before Sunday's season opener against the Bears, returned to practice Thursday after missing a day with an ankle injury.

McCoy back at practice, Alexander says he'll play vs. Vikings

The Bucs are dealing with injuries and illness as they prepare for their first road game of 2017 at the Vikings on Sunday....

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Tim Beckham made a smashing debut with the Orioles, hitting .394 with six homers and 19 RBIs in August.

For starters: Rays at Orioles, meeting up with ex-mate Tim Beckham

UPDATE, 6:05: Cash gave both CF Kevin Kiermaier and SS Adeiny Hechavarria a day off, noting they have been playing pretty much everyday. ... That also gave them a chance to look more at two of their younger position players, OF Mallex Smith and INF Daniel Robertson. ... Cash said he was happy for Beckham that he was doing wel, Beckham said it "will be fun" to face his former mates but didn't have much else to say about the Rays, that it was "in the past.'' ... LHP Xavier Cedeno, activated off the 60-day DL, is likely to get a couple appearances. ... Cash said starter RHP Matt Andriese is among the Rays that could benefit from a strong finish to the season. ... Though four games and fives teams back of the second wild-card, Cash said they just have to focus on playing well and winning games and hope other teams lose....

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This week's celeb baby news, arrests and breakups

Baby news: Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is going to be a dad. The actor, 38, and his wife Lauren Parsekian announced the news on Instagram, with Paul posting a photo of Parsekian holding her baby bump with the caption "Hey everyone. Look what I did." This will be the first child for the couple, who met at the Coachella Music Festival back in 2011....

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