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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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Tropical Storm Matthew becomes Hurricane Matthew, forecast to turn north, east of Florida

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Nikita Kucherov won't report to the Lightning without a contract

 

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. Fennelly: Stolen Jose Fernandez jersey a reminder of the world we live in

    The Heater

    Here's a disgusting reminder of the creatures who prowl even the corridors of grief in this world:

    A Jose Fernandez baseball jersey hangs in the dugout at Alonso High School during a candlelight vigil in his honor. The jersey disappeared after the vigil ended. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  2. Jose Fernandez remembered as larger than life at funeral

    Ml

    MIAMI — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was remembered Thursday as a larger than life figure during a homily at his funeral.

    Pallbearers wear a No. 16 jersey in honor of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez as they carry his casket for a funeral Mass at St. Brendan's Catholic Church on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  3. Gov. Rick Scott calls for $85 million for Florida jobs incentive program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Despite being snubbed by the Legislature six months ago, Gov. Rick Scott is again pressing lawmakers for money to give to businesses in exchange for them moving to Florida and creating jobs.

    Gov. Rick Scott announced March job numbers on April 15 at Beneficial Blends, a coconut oil company, in Tampa.


 (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
  4. Abbas to attend Peres funeral, but thaw with Israel is unlikely

    World

    JERUSALEM — In death as in life, Shimon Peres will bring together longtime adversaries. But no one expects reconciliation when Israeli and Palestinian leaders both attend his funeral on Friday.

    Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, on Thursday. Peres died early Wednesday from complications from a stroke. He was 93. [Associated Press]
  5. Marchessault left Lightning for 'better opportunity'

    Blogs

    Jonathan Marchessault enjoyed his experience with the Lightning.

    Even as he was a healthy scratch during last year's playoffs, the 5-foot-9 forward insisted he'd love to stay.

    But Marchessault, 25, ended up leaving in free agency, signing a two-year, $1.5 million deal with Atlantic Division rival …

    Jonathan Marchessault left the Lightning in free agency, signing a two-year, $1.5 million deal with Atlantic Division rival Panthers in July.
  6. Big butts lead to big trouble in federal court

    Criminal

    Times staff

    TAMPA — A Town 'N Country hair stylist made $75,000 injecting bootleg, misbranded silicone into clients' buttocks, federal court records allege.

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

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:31: The Rays have Bobby Wilson, who seems to be Archer's favorite receiver, behind the plate for tonight's game.

    Rays lineup:
    Forsythe 2b
    Kiermaier cf
    Longoria 3b
    Miller 1b
    Dickerson lf
    Mahtook rf
    Ramirez ss
    Casali dh
    Wilson c
    Archer p

    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.
  8. Regency Beauty Institute is the latest for-profit school to close, including in Tampa

    Corporate

    Regency Beauty Institute abruptly shuttered all 79 of its U.S. cosmetology schools this week, including one in Tampa.

    Regency Beauty Institute student Kaira David, 19, facing, hugs fellow student Dori Farrell as Krystle Torres, right, looks on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 in Carrollwood. Regency Beauty Institute announced the closing of all of its 79 campuses Thursday. Students were informed last night via an automated call and text message.
  9. Pinellas teachers' union picks a side in the countywide School Board race

    Blogs

    Back in April, the Pinellas County teachers' union liked two School Board candidates so much, they endorsed both in the four-candidate race on the August primary ballot.

    The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association has endorsed Joanne Lentino in the Pinellas County School Board District 1 at-large race in the November general election.
  10. Afternoon update: Tropical Storm Matthew strengthens into a hurricane; patients, staff at state mental hospitals continue to fall victim to preventable violence; President Barack Obama to give health care speech in Tampa; Lightning's Nikita Kucherov won't report to camp without a contract

    Tropical Storm Matthew strengthened into a hurricane this afternoon after it swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean early this morning. A tropical storm warning was issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadine Islands. A tropical storm watch was posted for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao off the …

    President Barack Obama will deliver a speech on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday at the University of South Florida. [The New York Times]
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter

Murphy gets another gun-reform endorsement as NRA strikes

As the National Rifle Association sets him in its sights, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy picked up another endorsement from a gun-reform group that could lend him some outside campaign and fundraising support....

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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, 5:31: The Rays have Bobby Wilson, who seems to be Archer's favorite receiver, behind the plate for tonight's game.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Miller 1b
Dickerson lf
Mahtook rf
Ramirez ss
Casali dh
Wilson c
Archer p

White Sox lineup:
Eaton rf
Anderson ss
Cabrera lf
Abreu 1b
Morneau dh
Frazier 3b
Avila c
Sanchez 2b
L. Garcia cf
Quintana p
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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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