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Jose Fernandez was facing fatherhood with joy and anticipation

MIAMI — In August, Jose Fernandez's girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby. Her father, Orlando …

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Mosaic official says Mulberry sinkhole could be much deeper than first reported

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Tropical system continues to gain strength, could become Matthew as early as today

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  1. Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia

    World

    NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands — Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

  2. House aides: Deal reached to keep US government running

    National

    WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, top House aides said Wednesday, clearing the way for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. The spending measure also would provide long-delayed money to fight Zika. …

    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday following a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. [Associated Press]
  3. Show us your wits! It's the Tampa Bay Times' weekly caption contest

    Games

    Caption contest #51: Send us a clever caption for this image.

    Caption contest 51 photo: Can you come up with a clever caption for this image? [1986 photo from Times files]
  4. SeaWorld to revamp Kraken coaster with virtual reality headsets

    Florida

    As if plunging 150 feet down a floorless coaster isn't scary enough, SeaWorld has announced that its Kraken roller coaster will be retrofitted next year with virtual reality headsets to make riders feel like they are undersea being chased by mythical monsters.

  5. Fans gathering in Tampa, Miami today to bid final farewell to Jose Fernandez

    Ml

    Tampa Bay and Miami will say goodbye to Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez during ceremonies today.

    Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Miami. Fernandez died Sunday in a boating crash in Miami. [AP photo]
  6. Ivanka Trump to attend Miami fundraiser

    Blogs

    Ivanka Trump will headline a fundraiser for her father's campaign next Thursday in Miami.

    Fundraiser
  7. The Morning Watch: Lane DeGregory on Facebook Live, transit talks and the beaches, and football coaching rumors

    Briefs

    Here's a look at what we're preparing for around the bay area today:

    Gordon Stevenson poses with a portrait that his grandfather painted that dates to about 1940.  Stevenson first found out about the oil on canvas when a stranger brought it to a taping of Antiques Road Show in Charleston, SC. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  8. Jose Fernandez was facing fatherhood with joy and anticipation

    Ml

    MIAMI — In August, Jose Fernandez's girlfriend, Maria Arias, presented him with a special cake at a family dinner to celebrate that they were going to have a baby.

    A screenshot from a video on Facebook shows Jos? Fern?ndez and the cake that revealed to him he would have a daughter. [Facebook via Miami Herald]
  9. Once king of Halloween revelry, Guavaween returns to roots as a kitschy parade, after party

    Human Interest

    The days when Ybor City was mobbed for Guavaween and a raucous Mama Guava Stumble parade are long past, but the name lives on this year as an after party for a kitschy new parade — the March of the Pumpkin King.

    The March of the Pumpkin King is the latest attempt to keep Halloween alive in Ybor City, where the Guavaween celebration once drew crowds of 50,000 to 100,000 people and the problems that came with them. [Courtesy of the March of the Pumpkin King parade]
  10. This artist's rendering shows the elevated lanes planned to connect the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to the Gandy Bridge in Tampa.
Fundraiser

Ivanka Trump to attend Miami fundraiser

Ivanka Trump will headline a fundraiser for her father's campaign next Thursday in Miami....

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The latest Maddonism.

Coming soon: Catching up with Joe Maddon as he leads Cubs into playoffs

Now posted on tampabay.com, the story on Maddon's second year....

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Brand-new QBs? Bucs have lost six straight against them

It's a difficult thing, jumping into the NFL as a young quarterback, so you'd think the chance to face an inexperienced passer would be a successful proposition for an NFL defense....

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