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Busy travel day starts quietly at Tampa International, St. Petersburg-Clearwater airports

Shortly before 11 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving, the status boards at Tampa International Airport were showing just two delayed flights; the boards at St. Petersburg Clearwater Internat …


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  1. Charting Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Week 11


    Lined up in the shotgun, Jameis Winston took the snap, dropped back three steps and fired the ball toward Mike Evans down the right sideline.

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  2. Here's a list of what stores are open in Tampa Bay area on Thanksgiving and Black Friday


    Are you planning to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Here are opening times for some of the larger stores in the Tampa Bay area.

    Heading out to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday? Please snap photos of anything interesting or funny and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tampabayshops, then follow along at In this photo, a Walmart worker gets ready for holiday shopping. Joe Raedle | Getty Images
  3. At Tampa's Harvest Hope Center, a family gets Thanksgiving gift


    TAMPA — At the community center, they tried to hand her a turkey. After consulting with her three young daughters, Elizabeth Reyes declined. The girls' consensus: "Mami, you don't know how to cook that thing."

    From left, Columbia Restaurant executive chef Geraldo Bayona teaches Mexican immigrant Elizabeth Reyes how to cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Harvest Hope Center in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Harvest Hope Center, which is the University Area Community Development Corporation's teaching kitchen, hosts cooking classes for local community members.
  4. Bill Nelson says Syrian refugees already face strict vetting; real problem with visa waivers


    Sen. Bill Nelson opposes legislation approved by the House last week to make it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S., saying a rigorous screening process is already in place.

  5. Videos of police shootings don't always tell the full story, experts warn


    LOS ANGELES — The video, shot from the dashboard camera of a police cruiser, shows a black teenager walking down the middle of a Southwest Chicago street. Two police officers approach the 17-year-old from his left, guns drawn.

    Chicago officials released dash-cam video Tuesday of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. [Image from video]
  6. Newborn baby is left in nativity scene at New York church (w/video)


    The custodian on duty at the Holy Child of Jesus Church in New York this week beheld a scene straight out of Scripture. Hearing the sound of a baby's cry, he found a newborn wrapped in towels lying inside, of all places, the wooden manger of the church's nativity scene.

    Bishop Octavio Cisneros shared photos of the baby found in the nativity scene at Holy Jesus Child Church on his Facebook page. [Facebook]
  7. Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey; downed pilot safe at Russian base


    President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow.

    A policeman walks past the Turkish Embassy on Wednesday in Moscow where windows were broken and eggs thrown during a protest. Police cleared the area and arrested some protesters shortly after the protest began. [Associated Press]
  8. Donald Trump, a champion of women? His female employees think so


    After she joined Donald Trump's real estate business, Louise Sunshine struggled to maintain a steady weight while managing her new career alongside the busy schedules of three young children.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, middle, speaks near his wife, Melania, left, son Baron, daughter Ivanka, second from right, and daughter Tiffany during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. [Willis Glassgow | Associated Press]
  9. Rate of kids coming into foster care rising in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — More children are coming into Florida's foster-care system after a sweeping child-welfare reform law went into effect 19 months ago, but officials say the state is trying to focus on what's best for kids in difficult situations.

  10. Gov. Rick Scott wants lawmakers to fund bear-proofing measures

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.

    A mother bear runs near a pond in the Ocala National Forest after being released from a trap. Florida's first bear hunt in more than 20 years got under way last month. (MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times)

Lightning getting healthier, Johnson close to return

The Lightning looked a lot healthier in Tuesday's practice, with Tyler Johnson (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed) and Cedric Paquette (upper body) all participating in regular-colored jerseys....


Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Listen to Episode 11 ...

Another week, another Bucs win, another new edition of our Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast -- Episode 11, with Rick Stroud and I talking about the Bucs' big win in Philadelphia and this week's game in Indianapolis. Don't forget to send us your questions on Twitter at @gregauman and @NFLstroud and thanks for everyone listening each week -- you can subscribe on iTunes as well ......


Grayson, Murphy are thankful for... your campaign donations

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