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Sheriff: Search for missing boy now considered a recovery mission

ST. PETE BEACH — The water was only ankle deep Saturday afternoon where 9-year-old Cameron Bullard played in the sun with his six siblings and a cousin — in between the crashing waves. …


Fact-checking statistics about refugees from Syria, background checks for gun sales


CSX's offer finally opens the door to commuter rail in Tampa Bay


  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Oct. 5-11


    FitLine Zip Line: Fitlife Foods is setting up two 25-foot-high zip lines Friday to carry people through downtown Tampa on Franklin Street from Zack to Madison streets. There's also a 100-yard interactive game area of activities and contests. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. $10 zip line or rock …

    TP_356905_FLYN_zipline_1 (7/13/2012, Tampa)  Zipline technition Jamey Feshold glides across the sky at MOSI?€š€™s New, State-of-the-Art Sky Trail ̈ Zip Line on July 13, 2012. A Zip Line Launch Party will be held at MOSI on Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. ?€š€“ 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Kids in Charge! birthday party. The zipline extends from the top of the Sky Trail ̈ Ropes Course and zips more than a football field away. You will then zip back for the return trip, launching from 65 feet above the ground and traveling more than 700 feet altogether.  [KATHLEEN FLYNN l Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Tell Me About It: Topic of only children becomes defensive


    Q: I am an only child. A lot of my friends and family are having kids, and sometimes people will ask if they plan to have more than one. Their response is often, "We don't want an only child."

  3. Tell Me About It: His account of his work day induces sleep


    Q: I work in a pretty specialized government job that, to an outside observer, looks like a lot of charts and gobbledygook. I want to be able to talk about my day with my wife, but whenever I do, I see her eyes glaze over. She swears that she's interested in my work, but she says that when she asks me a …

  4. Serial podcast is coming to TV, but will it translate?

    The Feed

    Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directing team behind films like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, are bringing the wildly popular Serial podcast to television.

    Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and is hosted by Sarah Koenig, center. Serial tells one true story over the course of an entire season. The directing team behind The Lego Movie will be bringing the podcast to TV.
  5. Editorial: Brighter focus on treating drug abuse, mental health issues


    A surge in heroin use in Hillsborough County and throughout Florida underscores the need for increased state funding for substance abuse treatment and mental health services. Gov. Rick Scott has wisely recognized that Florida is not doing enough to help people addicted to drugs and living with mental illness, and the …

    Gov. Rick Scott has wisely recognized that Florida is not doing enough to help people addicted to drugs and living with mental illness, and the Legislature next year should follow his lead and invest more money in these critical services.

    Turnovers doom Bucs in 37-23 loss to Panthers

    TAMPA -- Five Bucs turnovers led to 27 points for Carolina, and Kyle Brindza missed another two field goals as the Panthers pulled away to a 37-23 win over the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium.

    The Bucs (1-3) dropped their 11th straight home game, with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston throwing four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Cam Newton threw two touchdowns to receiver Teddy Ginn for Carolina (4-0).

    For the second week in a row, the Bucs were hurt by missed field goals from Brindza, who missed three field goals and an extra point in last week's 19-9 loss to Houston.

    Down 17-10, the Bucs drove inside the Carolina 15, only to see Brindza miss a 29-yard field goal at the end of the half. The Bucs forced a fumble on the first play of the second half and drove inside the Carolina 20, but took a sack and saw Brindza miss again from 43 yards.

    Then Carolina put the game away -- the Bucs again forced a fumble from running back Jonathan Stewart, but it popped right into the arms of tight end Ed Dickson, who rumbled 57 yards for a touchdown.

    Winston then threw his third interception -- second by Panthers cornerback Josh Norman -- to set up a 12-yard touchdown from Newton to Ted Ginn for a 31-10 lead midway through the third.

    From the start, the story was Carolina scoring off Tampa Bay turnovers -- the Bucs fumbled the snap on their second play, setting up a 24-yard Graham Gano field goal.

    Three plays later, Winston was picked off by Norman, who returned the interception 46 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead just four minutes into the game.

    Carolina led 17-3 after Newton hit Ginn for a touchdown after another Winston interception, but the Bucs rallied back, with Winston going 6-for-6 for 67 yards on a drive capped by Doug Martin's 5-yard scoring run to cut the lead to 17-10....


    For starters, Rays vs. Blue Jays in the finale

    UPDATE, 2:18: Buehrle will start for the Jays. ... Cash said Forsythe won't play though he had additional testing done on his foot and it is no worse than a break. ... He said Kiermaier (back) may be available off the bench. ... Cash reiterated there was no injury issue with Archer - "none whatsoever" - and Archer said the same thing, that he feels the same way he does after a start and the only issue was fatigue....


    Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

    Winner of the week - Jeff Atwater.

    Florida's Republican chief financial officer is back to flirting with a run for the U.S. Senate, and the latest Florida Insider Poll shows that most of the political establishment thinks he would win the nomination and be the strongest candidate for the general election....