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Stamkos contract saga getting eerie feel

TAMPA — In mid June, two days after the Lightning's remarkable run to the Stanley Cup final ended, general manager Steve Yzerman was asked what his top priority was for the summer. …


Ex-Seminole star D'Qwell Jackson leads Colts against Bucs


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  1. After a defeat in Houstin, the fight for gay rights shifts to Jacksonville

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston's rancorous vote to repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

    Community members crowd a meeting about the city's Human Rights Ordinance, in Jacksonville on Nov. 17. Gay rights advocates have been aggressively organizing in Jacksonville. Supporters of extending rights were out in force well beforehand and dominated proceedings here because the mayoral panel took questions on a first come, first served basis. [Sarah Beth Glicksteen | New York Times]
  2. Judge throws out complaint against "Muslim-free zone" gun shop


    A federal judge has dismissed a complaint filed by a Muslim advocacy organization claiming that an Inverness gun shop violated the Civil Rights Act by declaring itself a "Muslim-free zone."

  3. Rays bullpen in annual rebuilding process

    The Heater

    Part of the Rays' organizational philosophy is that bullpens are fungible, essentially made to be rebuilt each season. That process is obviously underway, as they have dropped four more relievers from last year's crew that made an American League-most 530 appearances.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Enny Romero (45) delivers in the ninth inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-3. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  4. Stamkos contract saga getting eerie feel

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — In mid June, two days after the Lightning's remarkable run to the Stanley Cup final ended, general manager Steve Yzerman was asked what his top priority was for the summer.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is unable to score while shooting against the Colorado Avalanche during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (10/29/15). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  5. During Planned Parenthood shooting, a scene of fear and chaos


    COLORADO SPRINGS — The injured man staggered into the grocery store, his face and chest bloodied. Customers stopped and stared. "He lifted his shirt up and he had holes in his chest," said Miranda Schilter, 17, who had been waiting for a drink at an in-store coffee shop.

    Police outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., where three were killed and nine wounded in a mass shooting the day before. The suspect, Robert Dear, surrendered to police more than five hours after the first shot was fired; investigators were working Saturday to determine if there were explosive devices left in the clinic. [Nick Cote | New York Times]

  6. Snitch ruins Orlando-area retirement community's penny-ante mahjong game


    ORLANDO — Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas.

    Friends, from left, Lee Delnick, 86, Zelda King, 87, and Bernice Wexler Diamond, 89, gather around a mahjong game in the clubhouse at Escondido Condominiums in Altamonte Springs. Police cracked down on gambling at the condos, where elderly women were playing casual, low-stakes games. [Jacob Langston | Orlando Sentinel via TNS]
  7. With Tampa Bay Express on the horizon, civic group told to stop work on FDOT-owned site


    TAMPA — With a busy off-ramp just 50 feet away, the former church on Palm Avenue exists in the shadow of Interstate 275, and for two decades the state has planned to bulldoze the red-brick building to make way for a major highway expansion.

    The Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association hopes to retain the old Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church that was in the process of renovating into a community center located along I-275 in the Tampa Heights neighborhood on Monday. Florida Department of Transportation is planning to expand the I-275 corridor that runs through the heart of Tampa that will cause the demolition of homes and businesses. The Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church was built in 1905 then expanded in 1923. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  8. Surrounded by choices, some Pinellas families just want the school down the street


    ST. PETERSBURG — Marci Girard Emerson's neighbors along brick-paved 17th Avenue NE send their children to private schools and magnet programs: St. Raphael Catholic School, Shorecrest Prep, Canterbury School of Florida, Jamerson Elementary. Her backyard neighbors go to St. Paul's Catholic School. Another family …

    Families who attended a Nov. 11 town hall meeting at North Shore Elementary could anonymously post their thoughts about the school on a bulletin board. [North Shore Elementary School]
  9. Ex-Seminole star D'Qwell Jackson leads Colts against Bucs


    D'Qwell Jackson has played a decade in the NFL, but gets his first shot at his hometown team Sunday as the Bucs travel to play his Colts.

    Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D?€™Qwell Jackson reacts in the end zone after intercepting the ball and returning it for a touchdown to tie the game during the second of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Atlanta. The Colts won 24-21. (Curtis Compton /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT GAATJ203
  10. Suspect in Colorado attack called loner who left few clues


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A loner from North Carolina who liked to spend time in his mountain cabin and avoided eye contact with neighbors was in custody Saturday after police said he opened fire at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and killed three people.

    Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in  undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. [El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP]

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Bucs' Jameis Winston is Rookie of the Week, again

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A crowd gathers as Donald Trump's helicopter prepares to leave Saturday's rally in Sarasota.

Donald Trump takes the stage in Sarasota

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