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Ousted St. Petersburg sewer officials at center of probes say they have been unfairly targeted

Ousted senior St. Petersburg officials released statements late Monday, with the city's former public works administrator claiming Mayor Rick Kriseman threw them to the wolves to save his own skin …


Tampa Democrat's lawsuit could disqualify State Rep. Dan Raulerson over filing error


University of Tampa student admits to taking newspapers referencing alleged rape


  1. Officials: Largo firefighter loses job after drunkenly crashing a Dunedin wedding


    DUNEDIN — Deputies say two real-life wedding crashers drunkenly forced their way into a closed reception on Saturday.

    Patrick McAllister, 33, left, of Tierra Verde, and 34-year-old Joshua Willard of St. Petersburg are accused of crashing a couple's wedding reception after showing up drunk and refusing to leave. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  2. John Schneider, partner bring CineFlix Film Festival to Wesley Chapel


    WESLEY CHAPEL — John Schneider is a man of many roles. Some might know him as Bo Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Superman's adoptive dad on Smallville or currently as Jim Cryer on Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots. He's also a country singer and songwriter and touts …

    John Schneider is bringing indie films to places “people might not typically see them.”
  3. Romano: Here's my mea culpa on St. Petersburg's water problems. Where is theirs?

    Local Government

    Hi, my name is John. And I am at fault.

    I didn't have a vote in the closing of St. Petersburg's Albert Whitted sewage plant, and I didn't arrange to bury a consultant's study that warned the closure might be risky, but I have played a role in the city's water problems, nonetheless. How? By not recognizing the …

    City workers put signs up warning people of contaminated water next to the Perry Bayview Community Playground in St. Petersburg in June after sewage overflowed due to storm conditions. The city’s wastewater problem has been building for years, and involves the fingerprints of many, yet no one seems willing to accept responsibility. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  4. Republicans contend with Trump factor among Hispanic voters


    HIALEAH — Berta Delgado told the Spanish-speaking conservative activists at her door that she is "100 por ciento" Republican, and agreed with their assessment that Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy is too liberal. She said she'd vote for Sen. Marco Rubio.

    Protesters gather in June 2015 across the street from a restaurant in Chicago before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to members of the City Club of Chicago. [Associated Press]
  5. Hillary Clinton plans rally today in downtown Tampa

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — Hillary Clinton returns to Tampa on Wednesday for an afternoon rally along the riverfront that also will serve as a birthday party.

    Hillary Clinton greets supporters following a campaign rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa on Wednesday. She encouraged voters to cast their ballots early. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  6. Sasha Lane, star of 'American Honey,' talks being discovered during spring break in Florida


    Future movie stars can be discovered in the darnedest places: Charlize Theron in a bank, Lana Turner in a malt shop, Harrison Ford installing a door for George Lucas.

    Sasha Lane, left, was discovered by director Andrea Arnold while she was on spring break vacation in college. Lane stars in American Honey, opening Friday at Sundial 19 in St. Petersurg.
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  7. With Senate race tight, Rubio and Murphy debate tonight at Broward College


    Florida's U.S. Senate race has, at last, shifted into a position long predicted by political observers and even the candidates themselves: A neck-and-neck contest that will go down to the wire between Marco Rubio, the Republican incumbent, and Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., shake hands before their debate at the University of Central Florida, Oct. 17 in Orlando. Tonight, they meet a final time in Davie.  [AP Photo | John Raoux]
  8. What you need to know for Wednesday, Oct. 26


    • Hope you enjoyed the cool snap. The region will begin warming up Wednesday and through the week, but highs will stay in the low- to mid-80s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy face off for their final debate for the U.S. Senate tonight at Broward College. [John Raoux | Associated Press]
  9. Expert at USF cybersecurity conference rejects idea of hijacked Nov. 8 election


    Despite a concerted effort by Russians to interfere with the Nov. 8 presidential election, and constant claims by Republican nominee Donald Trump that it is rigged, American voters should not fret, says a man who was once a top spook.

    Army Sgt. Justin Watts, from left, and Chief Warrant Officers Alva Thompson and Jesus Hunter discuss network activity during an exercise at the conference.
  10. Nuclear Regulatory Commission okays license to Duke Energy for mothballed Levy nuclear power plant


    A decade after deciding to build new nuclear power plants in Levy County and three years after abandoning the project, Duke Energy has been issued operating licenses for the mothballed site from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Elhame Shala, left, and husband Raif greet former President Bill Clinton after his speech on Oct. 11 in Safety Harbor.

Albanian family thanks Bill Clinton for helping bring them to America

It was 1999 when the Shala family first met Bill Clinton....


Bucs gunners again forced rare turnover on special teams

Positions on special-teams units aren't as well known as "quarterback" and "linebacker," but the last two Bucs games have shown how much of a game-changing difference can come from gunners battling jammers in punt coverage....


Graham McTavish as The Saint of Killers on Preacher.

Graham McTavish talks 'Outlander,' 'The Hobbit' and being a secret writer before Megacon Tampa

In the past four years, Graham McTavish has been a Dwarf, an 18th century Scottish Highlander and a gun-slinging murderous cowboy....