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Jones: Same old Bucs lose winnable game

TAMPA — Can't happen. Just can't happen. If the Bucs have any designs on doing anything this season, they can't lose like they did Sunday. You can't lose to a team like the Rams. You c …


Forecasters monitoring tropical system that's strengthening, could impact Tampa Bay


Democrats want FDLE to probe Trump-Bondi connection

  1. FHSAA passes new points-based playoff football system


    The playoff system for high school football in the state will change dramatically next season.

    Will teams like Cambridge Christian, which already has a tough time finding competitive matchups in the regular season, be at a disadvantage in the new playoff football system? The Lancers made the Class 2A state final a year ago. 
(Willie J. Allen Jr., Special to the Times)
  2. St. Petersburg teen faces attempted murder charge in August shooting


    A teen faces a charge of attempted murder following his arrest Saturday in connection with a shooting on Aug. 29, according to St. Petersburg police.

    Cortiz Flowers, 16, faces a charge of attempted murder following his arrest Saturday in connection with a shooting on Aug. 29, according to St. Petersburg police. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  3. What to Expect: Howl-O-Scream 2016 at Busch Gardens conjures a hellish motel and murderous mermaid


    The spookiness at the first night of Howl-O-Scream 2016 began before guests had even entered Bush Gardens proper, when a tram driver ferrying …

    The Black Spot is one of two new haunted houses for 2016 at Howl-O-Scream.
  4. A new frontier for Florida courts: Transgender name changes


    On a rainy summer afternoon inside the courthouse by the railroad tracks in Plant City, the case is halfway down the crowded docket.

    Christopher Novak of Plant City smiles at Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan as he requests to legally change his name from Christine to Christopher in August. Sheehan approved.
  5. Democrats want FDLE to probe Trump-Bondi connection


    A group of Florida Democrats in Washington want the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate Donald Trump’s $25,000 contribution to Attorney General Pam Bondi.

  6. What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 26


    What Patrick Murphy and Marco Rubio are up to the week of Sept. 26:

  7. So you've seen paddleboards. What's the big deal?


    It was springtime in Missouri, and someone warned a younger me about hopping on the kayak in the still-too-cold lake. Of course I got on anyway and of course I got soaked. So when I started seeing people standing up on wobbly paddleboards a few years back, many times in sweater weather, I wondered what was wrong with …

    Some of the paddleboards available for sale at Bill Jackson's in Pinellas Park. The Sol Sonic (12 feet,. 6 inches long and 30 inches wide), an inflatable board with displacement hull, made by Sol Paddle Boards (top). The Sol Train (10 feet, 7 inches long and 34 inches wide), an inflatable board with planing hull, made by Sol Paddle Boards (middle). The Cross (11 feet long and 34 inches wide), a hybrid board made by Bic Sport (ground). (Eve Edelheit, Times)
  8. Houston authorities: 9 wounded in shooting; suspect dead


    HOUSTON — Houston authorities say a gunman who wounded nine people at a strip mall on the city's southwest side before dawn Monday is dead.

  9. Epilogue: Austin Curry leaves legacy of compassion in advocating for elderly


    Austin Curry wore a three-piece suit and a cape of compassion.

    Austin Curry, left, chats with U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, right, during a veterans assistance event at Temple Terrace City Hall. Curry, a veteran of the Korean War, served with the Florida Silver-Haired Legislature, Hillsborough County Hospital Authority and the Health Council of West Central Florida. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times (2014)]
  10. Morning Watch: New streetcar routes in Tampa, a new storm in the Caribbean and bay area friends and family remember Jose Fernandez


    Didn't you love that hot, muggy weather this morning? Good news! Expect it to continue all week — but there could be relief on the way. A slight cold front could bring some drier air, lower rain chances and overnight lows in the 70s this weekend.

    Forecasters are monitoring a large area of low pressure that has a 90 percent chance of developing into a tropical system as it approaches the Caribbean within the next five days. Early Monday morning, Invest 97L was located 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands and is becoming better organized, forecasters said. [Weather Underground]
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Tampa, Hillsborough firefighters unions endorse Dana Young in state Senate District 18

State Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, on Monday touted endorsements from the Tampa and Hillsborough chapters of the International Association of Fire Fighters in her campaign for state Senate District 18....


Chuck Hernandez, home in Tampa for a day from working as a coach in the Braves instructional league, got an early morning call from his son with the news.

Former Marlins coach Chuck Hernandez reflects on Jose Fernandez

Of all the people who worked with Jose Fernandez during his pro baseball career, Tampa's Chuck Hernandez, who was his first pitching coach with the Marlins, had among the closest connections, which made Sunday's news so staggering....


After Hargreaves, Bucs' draft picks off to quiet start

First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves continues to be an every-down player in the Bucs secondary, with another five tackles in Sunday's loss to the Rams, but the rest of Tampa Bay's 2016 draft class is off to a quiet start....