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GOP lawmaker proposes plan to open solar market in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He …


Pinellas deputies, firefighters deliver Thanksgiving meals


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  1. Review: 'Victor Frankenstein' better left for dead


    At this time of giving and being thankful for life's blessings, I give you the advice to stay far away from Victor Frankenstein. You can thank me later.

    Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as the titular doctor are certainly game for more daring material than Max Landis’ screenplay provides.
  2. She lost her hands and feet to infection, but she's cooking, running and dancing again


    CHEVY CHASE, Md. — What Cheryl Douglass is thankful for this year: It won't take her a week to cook for Thanksgiving.

    Cheryl Douglass smells for a whiff of the garlic flavor while preparing scalloped potatoes for her family's Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Chevy Chase, Md. Douglass lost both her arms and legs to a blood infection 12 years ago. [Nikki Kahn | Washington Post]
  3. From the trenches of Black Friday: Furbies, flat-screens and falling asleep in the car


    I've never been a Black Friday shopper, though I've reaped the benefits of those doorbuster deals for years.

    Some people really enjoy the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Others, not so much. In this photo from Thanksgiving last year, Kelli Flory, of Clearwater, pulled two carts full of gifts for her three kids at Toys R Us on Tyrone Boulevard on Thanksgiving Day. MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  4. USF basketball rallies past Albany for first win; Kentucky next


    TAMPA — USF heads into Friday afternoon's neutral-site encounter with No. 1 Kentucky lacking an outside threat, solid depth and, according to most, a prayer. But at least one intangible won't be lacking.


  5. A more conservative church awaits Pope Francis in Africa


    NAIROBI, Kenya — Headlines here call him the "Pope of Hope." Because of him, Kenyans say they are more enthusiastic about going to church, praying regularly and treating others kindly. They want him to preach about corruption, living in peace and governing fairly.

    A poster welcoming Pope Francis to Kenya is pictured in the Kangemi slum on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya. [Nichole Sobecki | Getty Images]
  6. Steven Stamkos scoring more and Lightning needs it more than ever

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    TAMPA — You can count on one hand the number of players in the world who can score a goal like Steven Stamkos did in Saturday's second period.

    Okay, maybe two fingers.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his first of two second period goals during Saturday's (11/21/15) game at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  7. Man charged in Halloween murder of Brandon woman


    BRANDON — The man named as an early suspect in the Halloween night murder of a Brandon mother outside her home was arrested late Tuesday.

  8. USF, FSU, Florida having good times with right football coaches


    It's great to be a Florida Gator.

    And a Florida State Seminole.

    And a USF Bull.

    In Florida, it's great to be a college football fan. Unless you're UCF or Miami, but we'll get to those guys later.

    You like winners? You like bowl games?

    USF coach Willie Taggart, under fire less than two months ago, has led the Bulls to bowl eligibility.
  9. Less than two years after Fiesta Bowl win, UCF football bottoms out



    It's hard to spend much time around UCF without seeing reminders of the football program's peak — the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. A sign commemorating that 52-42 win over Baylor even sits on the scoreboard at Bright House Stadium. • To see how far the Knights have fallen in the 22 months since then, pan …

    Times photo illustration, photo by Getty Images
  10. Bucs' Winston, Martin up for weekly NFL awards


    TAMPA — Sunday's record-breaking performances by Bucs QB Jameis Winston and RB Doug Martin have both in contention for the NFL's top weekly honors.

    Jameis Winston could win a third rookie of the week award after tying a rookie record with five TD passes.

Lightning getting healthier, Johnson close to return

The Lightning looked a lot healthier in Tuesday's practice, with Tyler Johnson (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and Cedric Paquette (upper body) all participating in regular-colored jerseys....


Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 11 ...

Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......


GOP legislator files bill to open solar market to competition in Florida

Solar 111315State Rep. Fred Costello is having his Ormond Beach home fitted with solar panels. He has invested in a company that is seeking a patent on new energy generation technology. He considers himself an energy wonk....