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Florida's mental hospitals are still violent and deadly (w/video)

Inside Room 420 at Florida State Hospital, two roommates clashed in the dark. Anyone who paid attention to their recent behavior, who compared their size and age, could see they should not …

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Carlton: Protect MacDill Air Force Base, as Tampa as the Cuban sandwich

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Rays' Archer tops 200 innings, avoids 20 losses in win over White Sox (w/video)

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Ferran Adria show at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg a visual feast

Ferran Adria show at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg a visual feast

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Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

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Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

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Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

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  1. Richard D. Trentlage, composer of 'The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,' dies

    Obituaries

    The name Richard D. Trentlage may not roll off the tongues of most Americans, but generations can no doubt sing along to some of the catchy advertising jingles that he wrote for companies like Oscar Mayer and McDonald's.

    Just try not to.

    The song was frequently heard in the vicinity of the Wienermobile.
  2. Rays' Archer tops 200 innings, avoids 20 losses in win over White Sox (w/video)

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — RHP Chris Archer avoided the 20th loss he didn't care much about and reached the 200-inning milestone he did in the Rays' 5-3 rain-delayed win over the White Sox on Thursday.

    Chris Archer leaves with a 5-3 lead after pitching 62/3 innings against the White Sox in a game delayed by rain.
  3. Former Rays key contributors on many postseason teams

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — The Rays, for reasons that in retrospect seem less wise now, decided at the end of spring training to send first baseman James Loney and catcher Rene Rivera on their way, most expenses paid.

    Want to know how they're doing now?

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PAGP106
  4. Unsigned Kucherov holds out of Lightning camp

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    Nikita Kucherov still isn't in Lightning camp, and that shouldn't come as a surprise.

    Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) shoots and scores beating Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) for a 5 on 3 power play goal, the first goal of the game, during first period action of game two of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday (04/15/16).
  5. Bucs defensive coordinator Smith takes blame for rocky start

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Welcome to class, students. This introductory course is called Bad Defense 101.

    Rams running back Todd Gurley gets a big hole and dodges a tackle for a gain against the Bucs. Coordinator Mike Smith says the defense sometimes makes him scratch his head in puzzlement.
  6. Democrats distressed about Hillary Clinton's ground game in Florida

    State Roundup

    It's time for Hillary Clinton to start worrying about her Florida campaign.

    Bobby Bowden, a volunteer with the Vote for Hillary Clinton campaign, makes phone calls to voters at the campaign’s Ybor City office Thursday in Tampa. Florida polls show a dead-even race.
  7. St. Petersburg school nabs National Blue Ribbon recognition

    Blogs

    Northside Christian Elementary in St. Petersburg is one of four schools in the state recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school.

  8. Environmental groups threaten to sue St. Petersburg over sewage crisis

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — A coalition of environmental groups notified the city Thursday that they intend to sue to force St. Peterburg to clean up its sewage mess.

    A coalition of environmental groups notified the St. Petersburg on Thursday that they intended to sue to force St. Petersburg to clean up its sewage mess. Also on Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman added intrigue to the mystery of why council members never saw a 2014 study that warned of the sewage problems that could befall the city if it closed the waterfront Albert Whitted sewer plant. One of its 750,000 gallon structure, called a clarifier, is seen here. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  9. Wells Fargo CEO blames employees, not company culture, for scandal

    Banking

    WASHINGTON — In more than four hours of intense and hostile questioning Thursday, lawmakers denounced Wells Fargo's history of illegally created sham bank and credit card accounts opened by its employees in the names of real customers: It was "theft," "a criminal enterprise," identity fraud, an outrage and a …

    Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf leaves a hearing room Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington after testifying before a House committee that is investigating the opening of unauthorized customer accounts by low-level bank employees.
  10. Carlton: Protect MacDill Air Force Base, as Tampa as the Cuban sandwich

    Military

    In Tampa's perpetual quest to be a more-than-second-tier city, we do have our points of pride.

State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville

Jacksonville Rep. Reggie Fullwood pleads guilty to wire fraud

From the News Service of Florida:

Little more than a month before he was set to vie for re-election, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts in a federal indictment....

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If Chris Archer gets the loss, he will become the first major-league pitcher with 20 losses since Mike Maroth in 2003, and just the second since 1980.

For starters: Rays at White Sox, Archer vs. history and weather

UPDATE, 6:58: Cash said he won't manage any differently as far as handling Archer with the potential for 20 losses, making decisions based on pitch count and game situations. Cash is mindful of Archer needing 5 1/3 innings to reach 200. ... Though the Rays have been in a skid, Cash said the issue is the injury depleted lineup, not that the players have quit or are mailing it in: "There's no give up, no lack of effort. We've got half of our lineup right now that are getting opportunities. The injuries stink but they do allow for some opportunties. ... Guys are busting it out of the box, they are getting down the line. We've been pitched well against and it's kind of limited us.''...

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Ryan Smith said he continues to learn the Bucs' defensive scheme better each week.

Debut just first step for Bucs rookie safety Ryan Smith

It was only six snaps, all on special teams, but for Bucs rookie safety Ryan Smith, Sunday's game against the Rams was a big first step, making his NFL debut after being inactive in the Bucs' first two games....

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