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Romano: The Tampa Bay sewage 'scandal,' in three acts

You can call it a scandal, and perhaps history will soon agree. Maybe all of the investigations and probes will point to a recognizable villain, and we'll start referring to the whole affair …

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Even if the water is contaminated, these Hillsborough residents won't leave

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Whatever happened to the Trump Tower Tampa site and other big projects planned for the bay area?

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Tampa ranked one of nation's best cities to celebrate Oktoberfest

Tampa ranked one of nation's best cities to celebrate Oktoberfest

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Food as art at the Dalí Museum

Food as art at the Dalí Museum

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Top things to do today

Top things to do today

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Find local scares at Tampa Bay haunted houses

Find local scares at Tampa Bay haunted houses

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  1. Fennelly: Jose Fernandez was brash, lovable, irreplaceable

    Ml

    ST. PETERSBURG — He left in the night, while most of us slept.

    A light so bright. A life cut short.

    Jose Fernandez, center, led Alonso High to state titles in 2009 and 2011. “There was something about Jose. People gravitated to him. He had that charisma,” said his coach, Landy Faedo.
  2. Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies at age 87

    Golf

    Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper's son who became one of golf's most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular "everyman" image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, …

    Arnold Palmer acknowledges the crowd after chipping up at the second hole during a practice round at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in 1997. [AP photo]
  3. Bucs blow 10-point lead, lose to Rams 37-32 in home opener

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs, staked to a 10-point lead in their home opener, saw the Los Angeles Rams rally for 21 straight points, getting a 77-yard defensive touchdown and holding on in a wild finish for a 37-32 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is brought down by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during the second quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Instant analysis: Woeful Rams offense takes game from Bucs, 37-32

    Bucs

    How in the world did this happen?

    The Bucs took on a Rams team that had scored nine points all season, a team that hadn't even scored a touchdown. And yet they — the Bucs, that is — found a way to lose. In the home opener.

    Ugh.

    Final score: Rams 37, Bucs 32.

    Uh, did you get that? …

    Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) strides into the end zone on a 44 yard completion as he is pursued by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner (21) during the first quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

    World

    BEIJING — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.

  6. Jane Pauley replacing Osgood at 'Sunday Morning'

    Nation

    Veteran television personality Jane Pauley will replace Charles Osgood as the anchor of the highly rated CBS show Sunday Morning.

    Sunday Morning host Charles Osgood, left, intro?du?ces Jane Pauley as his replacement Sunday to host the CBS program.
  7. PolitiFact Florida: Koch-backed group makes outdated attack on Rep. Patrick Murphy

    State Roundup

    An antiregulation group is accusing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of wanting to use the Senate to adopt policies that would raise the cost of just about everything, starting with your utility bills.

    A flier speaks of Patrick Murphy’s “Pay More” agenda.
  8. Demeanor, truth, specifics are key things to watch in the first presidential debate

    State Roundup

    Donald Trump, let's face it, is the true star of the first presidential debate. Love him or hate him, we can't avert our eyes from the showman, especially on an occasion like tonight's faceoff. It could be a turning point in this bizarre, dispiriting and very close presidential election, and because of Trump, we know …

    The debate room where presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be on stage for the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., seen Sunday during preparations. (Sam Hodgson/The New York Times)
  9. LSU fires coach Les Miles

    College

    LSU fired coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Sunday, and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach.

    Les Miles looks on during LSU's game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. [Getty Images]
  10. All Eyes photo gallery: Remembering Jose Fernandez

    Blogs

    Miami Marlins pitcher and former Alonso High School star Jose Fernandez was killed early this morning in a boating accident in Miami Beach.

    Alonso pitcher Jose Fernandez shows off the ball that was caught for the last out of a dramatic Class 6A state semifinal, won by Alonso 7-5 over Park Vista after a two-run homer by Fernandez in the top of the seventh inning.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Lopez-Cantera. For most of the summer, the lieutenant governor and Miami Republican was hardly visible, almost in political exile. But since September began, Gov. Rick Scott suddenly has Lopez-Cantera back in the public eye, hitting the road, touring businesses, visiting schools and attending meetings....

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Chuck Hernandez, home in Tampa for a day from working as a coach in the Braves instructional league, got an early morning call from his son with the news.

Former Marlins coach Chuck Hernandez reflects on Jose Fernandez

Of all the people who worked with Jose Fernandez during his pro baseball career, Tampa's Chuck Hernandez, who was his first pitching coach with the Marlins, had among the closest connections, which made Sunday's news so staggering....

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Davonte Lambert made his NFL debut last week at Arizona.

Bucs rookie Lambert to start at DE for Ayers vs. Rams

The Bucs have undrafted rookie DaVonte Lambert starting at defensive end today against the Rams -- not second-round pick Noah Spence -- with starter Robert Ayers out with an ankle injury....

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