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Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly to Cat 4 as it tears through the Caribbean

A slightly weakened Hurricane Matthew barreled toward Jamaica and Haiti Saturday morning, pummeling the Caribbean and potentially threatening parts of southern Florida. The National Hurrican …

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Music Planner: 10 concerts at 10 venues, including Prophets of Rage, Peter Frampton and Rae Sremmurd

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Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

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  1. Romano: A toll on the Howard Frankland could cost more in irritation

    Roads

    Let me preface this column by saying there is a high probability I am a nitwit. At least, that's what the experts are telling me.

  2. Largo woman hit and killed by car in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    A Largo woman was hit and killed by a car early Saturday morning in St. Petersburg, police said.

  3. Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly to Cat 4 as it tears through the Caribbean

    Weather

    A slightly weakened Hurricane Matthew barreled toward Jamaica and Haiti Saturday morning, pummeling the Caribbean and potentially threatening parts of southern Florida.

    Hurricane Matthew's path as of 11 a.m. Saturday Oct. 1. [National Hurricane Center]
  4. In Pinellas and Pasco, a profile of the Jewish community is in the works

    Religion

    Times Staff Writer

    In the coming weeks, Jews in Pinellas and Pasco counties will hear a lot about a telephone survey designed to put together a profile of the local Jewish community.

  5. Is your kid in the wrong school? The district may soon may be on to you

    K12

    One by one on a recent Tuesday evening, the parents tried to defuse the Pasco County School Board's plans to redraw attendance zones for their beloved schools.

    Packed cafeterias like this one at Wiregrass Ranch High are one sign of overcrowding in the Pasco County school system, where officials are considering measures to ensure students are in their correct zoned schools. Proponents of the measures say the district should check student addresses before taking the more drastic step of redrawing school zones to accommodate growth. Other districts, including Pinellas and Broward, have tightened their monitoring of student addresses. [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  6. Hurricane Matthew grows into Category 5 storm; aims for Jamaica

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash carnage on Florida or avoid the state all together remains to be seen.

    It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash the same carnage on Florida or avoid the state all together remains to be seen.  Matthew grew into a Category 4 storm Friday night as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.
  7. Some good might come from all those Rays losses

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Three times in a four-year period, the Rays came to Texas for the most meaningful games of their seasons, facing the Rangers in the 2010 and 2011 American League Division Series, which Tampa Bay lost, and again for the do-or-die Game 163 after the 2013 season, which it won.

    This weekend, …

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria says that as the losses piled up, players who might not have had opportunities so soon got some quick exposure to the big leagues. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  8. Finding depth scoring a Lightning priority

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The urgency with which veteran wing Erik Condra skated, and created, in Thursday's preseason game, you'd think he was fighting for his job. "You have to come in and impress," Condra said.

    Right wing Erik Condra underwhelmed offensively (six goals, 11 points) last season, his first with the Lightning.
  9. Rays lose, but Longoria adds to his big numbers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — While the Rays added a 94th loss to their pile with Friday's 3-1 defeat by the American League-leading Rangers, 3B Evan Longoria keeps piling up numbers.

    Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, center, high fives teammates in the dugout after his home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) SPD111
  10. Dog racing: Tr's Flapjack earns tasty rewards after Stakes win

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derby Lane kennel owners Randy and Patty Floyd didn't have to ask trainer Derek Barsell where he planned to go the morning after their Tr's Flapjack collected his first stakes title in the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint Stakes.

Ties to 'hemp honey dust,' cannabis lubricants have Miami-Dade Democrat under fire

A Democratic legislative candidate in Miami-Dade County was previously a legal adviser to a company called Canna Teaze that marketed cannabis-infused sexual wellness products — like “hemp honey dust” and lubricants — but Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich says it’s a “dirty mischaracterization” for her Republican critics to use that job experience as a way to question her values....

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For starters: Rays at Rangers on the final weekend

UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it's just a day off for Forsythe, that he's been going hard and could use the break but is available and expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. ... Dickerson was a good choice at the top against Darvish, Cash said. ... The Rangers are playing to secure homefield advantage and Cash said that should be a good atmosphere for the Rays young players.

Rangers lineup:
Gomez lf
Desmond cf
Beltran dh
Beltre 3b
Odor 2b
Lucroy c
Choo rf
Moreland 1b
Andrus ss
Darvish p
...

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Koetter: Broncos' pass rush not tricky, just good

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has his hands full this week, trying to find a way to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, who bring an eight-game win streak to town with a defense that's second in the NFL with 12 sacks....

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