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Romano: State agency plays bully when it doesn't get its way in Florida

Here's an interesting story about a government agency in action. And depending on your point of view, that action could be described as either playing hardball or crossing the line into dece …

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Lawsuit revives an old debate: Should Florida's struggling readers be forced to repeat third grade?

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Invest 99L will drench South Florida, but what about Tampa Bay?

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Could USF, UCF expand Big 12's recruiting footprint into Florida?

    College

    As the Big 12 weighs as many as 20 expansion candidates, programs sound like college recruiters, pitching their academics, brand names, attendance and potential.

  2. Experience let Rays' Nick Franklin know he was healthy

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — INF/OF Nick Franklin had gone through this routine twice before, so he knew what to expect and which signs were promising, and he knew that he was ready, after 10 days, to return from his latest concussion.

    Nick Franklin has experience with concussion protocol: He missed two months in the minors in 2011 but no time with the Mariners in 2013 after being conked in the head.
  3. Dwyane Wade speaks out after fatal shooting of cousin in Chicago

    Nation

    CHICAGO — NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was an innocent bystander, police said, pushing her baby in a stroller near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children when she was fatally shot Friday.

  4. In spread of Syria war, Kurdish forces clash with rebels backed by Turkey

    World

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted conflict.

  5. Signups for Obamacare are not half of original projection

    Nation

    Enrollment in the insurance exchanges for President Barack Obama's signature health care law is at less than half the initial forecast, pushing several major insurance companies to stop offering health plans in certain markets because of significant financial losses.

  6. Clinton, Trump prepping for debates showdown

    National

    Hillary Clinton is methodically preparing for the presidential debates as a veteran lawyer would approach her biggest trial. She pores over briefing books thick with policy arcana and opposition research. She internalizes tips from the most seasoned debate coaches in her party. And she rehearses, over and over again, to …

    Hillary Clinton must not only prepare for an expected stream of zingers and innuendo from an unpredictable opponent, but also overcome a perception that she is not trustworthy.
  7. U.S. airman was left for dead, but there are signs he fought on

    Nation

    Britt Slabinski could hear the bullets ricochet off the rocks in the darkness. It was the first firefight for his six-man reconnaissance unit from SEAL Team 6, and they were outnumbered, outgunned and taking casualties on an Afghan mountaintop.

    In an undated photo, trees remain standing at the scene of a 2002 firefight between Navy SEALs and other special operations groups against insurgents on Takur Ghar, a mountain in the Shah-i-Kot valley of eastern Afghanistan.
  8. Miami football dismisses Jermaine Grace, Al-Quadin Muhammad

    College

    Miami dismissed two of its top defensive players Saturday after violating NCAA rules, the school said.

  9. Rays Tales: Archer loss mark among potential accomplishments

    The Heater

    Realistically, the Rays don't have a lot to play for over the final five weeks of this lost season. A winning record after the All-Star break would be a little something, as they went into play Saturday 20-19, and a contender-heavy schedule will give them a chance to spoil playoff plans for a few other teams. …

    Chris Archer leads the AL in strikeouts, and losses.
  10. The embrace of life: A story of two sisters in Italy's quake

    World

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy — In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive.

    The coffin of Giulia Rinaldo, 9, is carried out of the funeral service Saturday in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Her sister survived.

Alan Grayson endorses Darryl Rouson in tight senate race

Democratic Senate candiidate Alan Grayson endorsed Daryl Rouson in what appears to be a neck and neck state senate Democratic primary  in Tampa Bay between Reps. Rouson of St. Petersbiurg, Ed Narain of Tampa, former state Rep. Betty Reed and trial lawyer  Augie Ribeiro. Grayson's endorsement should help bolster Rouson's liberal cred....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, on Snell's day

UPDATE, 5:51: Franklin is here, saying he feels fine after what was his third concussion, and Cash said he will get plenty of opportunity over the final month. ... Here is the Astros lineup:...

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Bucs offense embracing the scramble with Winston

Bucs QB Jameis Winston piled up 259 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Tampa Bay pulled away to a 27-3 lead on the Browns, and some of the biggest throws were extended plays where he stayed alive until a target came open....

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