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Tampa, St. Petersburg officials say sewage overflows less likely in this storm

Tampa and St. Petersburg prepared Tuesday for street flooding and the kind of heavy rain that at times in the past has overwhelmed their waste water systems, befouling Tampa Bay and the Hillsborou …

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Mother of 1-year-old victim in drive-by shooting arrested on drug charges

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Most young people don't vote — and these awkward efforts to woo them aren't helping (w/video)

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  1. Obama shortens sentences of 111 federal inmates, including three from Tampa

    Crime
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the sentences of 111 federal inmates, bringing the total of clemency grants this month to 325.
  2. Despite flat property tax rates, most beach residents will pay more

    Local Government
    Only Redington Beach and Redington Shores are not taking advantage of increases in property values next year.
  3. What to expect from the FSU Seminoles in 2016

    College
    Three games to watchVs. Ole Miss, Sept. 5 (at Orlando): It's technically a neutral-site game at Camping World Stadium, but the No. 11 Rebels are preparing for a rowdy, pro-FSU crowd. The Seminoles, meanwhile, will have to prepare to stop perhaps the SEC's top quarterback (Chad Kelly) while bracing …
    Florida State Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois (12) makes a pass during Florida State Seminoles football practice at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.
  4. Former Rays OF Desmond Jennings clears waivers, is free agent

    Blog
    Former Rays OF Desmond Jennings has cleared waivers and is a free agent, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.Jennings was released on Saturday, having been on the disabled list due to ongoing left knee issues and limited to 65 games.According to Mike Fiore of the the Boras Corp., which represents …
  5. Islamic State buried thousands in 72 mass graves, Associated Press finds

    World
    HARDAN, Iraq — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.
    An Iraqi man prays for his slain relative in April 2015 at the site of a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of Iraqi soldiers killed by Islamic State group militants in June 2014, when they overran Camp Speicher military base in Tikrit. An analysis by the Associated Press has found 72 mass graves left behind by Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, and many more are expected to be discovered as the group loses territory. [Associated Press (2015)]
  6. What to expect from the USF Bulls in 2016

    College
    Three games to watchVs. FSU, Sept. 24: If both teams enter undefeated, this could be the biggest contest in USF history. If both enter undefeated and the Big 12 still hasn't made a decision regarding expansion, it undoubtedly will be hyped as the biggest contest in USF history.
    USF's Mitchell Wilcox makes a catch for the white team during the University of South Florida's Spring Game on Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2016 at Corbett Stadium at USF.
  7. With tropical depression in Gulf, Rick Scott goes to Tampa for storm prep

    Blog
    Rick Scott's office announced the Republican governor is traveling to Tampa this afternoon for briefings on storm preparation, while a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to strengthen and make landfall along Florida's west coast in the next 48 hours.
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott
  8. Mother of 1-year-old victim in drive-by shooting arrested on drug charges

    Crime
    PORT RICHEY — The mother of the 1-year-old girl who was shot Sunday night in a drive-by shooting was arrested Tuesday on drug charges.
    Linda Exline, 24, of Port Richey, the mother of the 1-year-old girl shot Sunday night in a drive-by shooting, was arrested Tuesday on drug charges. [Photo courtesy Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  9. State: Benghazi emails involving Hillary Clinton recovered by FBI

    Politics
    WASHINGTON — The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
    In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Reno, Nev. The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. [Associated Press]
  10. Tampa, St. Petersburg officials say sewage overflows less likely in this storm

    Weather
    Tampa and St. Petersburg prepared Tuesday for street flooding and the kind of heavy rain that at times in the past has overwhelmed their waste water systems, befouling Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River with discharges of sewage.
    This is what you should not do as a tropical weather system dumps heavy rains across the Tampa Bay area in coming days, officials said Tuesday. Here, a motorist drives down a flooded Meadowlawn Drive near Kingswood Drive in St. Petersburg after Tropical Storm Colin in June. For this storm, officials in Tampa and St. Petersburg say their cities are better-prepared to prevent the kind of storm-driven sewage overflows that have been a problem in the past. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
Florida Gov. Rick Scott

With tropical depression in Gulf, Rick Scott goes to Tampa for storm prep

Rick Scott's office announced the Republican governor is traveling to Tampa this afternoon for briefings on storm preparation, while a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to strengthen and make landfall along Florida's west coast in the next 48 hours....

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Former Rays OF Desmond Jennings clears waivers, is free agent

Former Rays OF Desmond Jennings has cleared waivers and is a free agent, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

Jennings was released on Saturday, having been on the disabled list due to ongoing left knee issues and limited to 65 games.

According to Mike Fiore of the the Boras Corp., which represents Jennings, he is "unable to play due to his knee injury.''

Further, Fiore wrote in an email, "So we shall see what the future holds.''

If Jennings were to sign, the Rays would be responsible for the remainder of his $3.3-million salary, minus a pro-rated share of the major-league minimum....

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Alan Cross (45) during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice at One Buc Place in Tampa, on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Once a walk-on, Bucs TE Cross enjoying familiar path as rookie

The Bucs still have seven tight ends on roster, likely battling for four spots on the final roster, but undrafted rookie Alan Cross knows this path well, having started his career at Memphis as a walk-on long-snapper....

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