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Judge's ruling is a blow to Florida's third-grade testing rules

A key piece of Florida's education system took a major blow Friday as Leon County Judge Karen Gievers chastised the state over its rules for promoting third-graders into fourth grade. A grou …

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Two men arrested after one shoots at Pasco deputies

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Live blog: Scores, updates, photos, more from week 1 of high school football

 

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Sheriff's Office: Largo driver in Pinellas deputy-involved crash has minor injuries

    Accidents

    LARGO — A Pinellas County deputy sideswiped a car, forcing it off a road early this morning. The car's driver has minor injuries, according to the Sheriff's Office.

  2. Alonso RB Malik Johnson's flip lands on SportsCenter

    Blogs

    High school football nation, Malik Johnson has put you all on notice.

    The sophomore running back at Alonso High is trending nationally thanks to video that catches him flipping over a Sickles defender on a fake punt runback.
  3. Trump's new campaign chief was once registered to vote in Miami — but never did

    National

    The national media descended Friday upon an abandoned, trash-filled home in Coconut Grove.

  4. St. Petersburg women risk pain and injury to find themselves on the roller derby track

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Whitmore's doctor doesn't understand why she plays roller derby.

    Julie Taylor,49 aka Country Bumpskin (center) dodges blockers during a practice session at the Slayground in St. Petersburg. The Deadly Rivals Roller Derby is one of only eight leagues in the country that use the more demanding banked tracks. The women who compete say the physical toll of the sport is worth it. Roller derby has helped them find themselves, gain confidence, get in shape and cope with their everyday problems. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  5. Get rid of Interstate 175? Trop makeover plan says yes

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Take a gander at the conceptual model of what the area around a new downtown baseball stadium might look like. Two things jump out:

    First, there's no more Interstate 175.

    A conceptual model for redeveloping the 85-acre Tropicana Field site and building a new baseball stadium there from HKS, Inc. First, there is no open-air stadium planned. The model is just using a piece of clip art for the stadium. What is far more interesting is the idea of eliminating Interstate 175 to integrate Midtown with the jobs, restaurants and other amenities expected to sprout up around the redeveloped site. [Courtesy of HKS, Inc.]
  6. Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

    Nursing Homes

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention.

    Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other Monday in Wolfram's elderly care home in Surrey. [Photo from Ashley Bartyik]
  7. Kicking session at RJS helped Aguayo break his slump

    Blogs

    Roberto Aquayo kept reminding himself that he had been kicking footballs through the uprights since he was 8-years old, a simple, repetitive motion that should not disappear under pressure. 

    Roberto Aguayo attempted about 25 kicks Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium with the new video boards operating.
  8. Fennelly: Bucs-Browns grade book

    Bucs

    The place-kicker looked like a place-kicker. The star quarterback looked like a star quarterback, the offense looked like an offense. The defense looked like a defense. And Adam Humphries and the pun-return team looked like maniacs on one touchdown. • And that was just watching it on the new video boards. …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Russell Hansbrough rushes in the fourth quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.
  9. Instant analysis: Breaking down the Bucs' 30-13 win over the Browns

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Finally, the Bucs looked like they know what they are doing. That was the big takeaway from Tampa Bay's 30-13 victory over the Browns in preseason game No. 3 at Raymond James Stadium.

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a 49-yard receptions as Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) chases in the second
quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  10. With Winston taking control, Bucs' offense hits higher level

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Quarterback Jameis Winston made sure the electricity wasn't coming just from the new giant video boards that lit up Raymond James Stadium like Times Square on Friday night.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw to the end zone in the first quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Lawmaker pays heavy price for taking on Scott and Chamber

On paper, state Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola Beach looks like everything Republicans would want in a legislator. A captain in the Air Force, father of three and a State Farm agent with a grade of 97 out of 100 this year from the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Not perfect, but close....

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The Rays will release oft-injured outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

Rays to release Desmond Jennings

The Rays will release oft-injured OF Desmond Jennings on Saturday....

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Bucs' Jeremiah George all over in Humphries' TD return

The Bucs had their first preseason punt return for a touchdown in eight years Friday night, and Adam Humphries' 73-yard sprint down the Tampa Bay sideline was set up by a block by special-teams player Jeremiah George....

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