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Afternoon forecast calls for storms; Tampa Bay area braces for potential flooding

TAMPA — The good news: Hurricane Fred is far from Florida and poses little concern. The bad news: Erika, though no longer an organized storm, is likely to dump lots of rain and misery …

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State studies plan to hold your new driver's license hostage for weeks (unless you pay extra)

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Review: New 'Dragon Tattoo' book a weak shadow of its predecessors

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  1. Vote for August's Letter of the Month

    Letters

    Editor's note: Letters to the editor offer a significant contribution to the discussion of public policy and life in Tampa Bay. To recognize some of that work by our most engaged readers, the Times will select a letter of the month and the writers will be recognized at the end of the year. We will choose the …

  2. Review: New 'Dragon Tattoo' book a weak shadow of its predecessors

    Books

    Its full title is The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series, but they might as well have called it The Girl Who's Going to Help Us Milk a Few More Million Out of This Dragon Tattoo Thing.

    Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest movie.
  3. Column: Restore fairness in flood insurance

    Columns

    In the words of Yogi Berra, it's deja vu all over again. Florida is facing another episode of rising flood insurance premiums. Homeowners again risk foreclosure due to unaffordable coverage. This should sound familiar; it is the same crisis we faced in 2013 after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act to fill the $24 …

    Federal action is needed to restore fairness in the National Flood Insurance Program, whose rate increases are excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory.
  4. Review: 'Mistress America' shines with great writing and Greta Gerwig

    Movies

    Meet our nation's girl on the side, as she describes the title of Mistress America, a fictional short story that perhaps shouldn't be written, in a movie that gloriously is.

    Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke in "Mistress America." (David Feeney-Mosier/Courtesy Fox Searchlight Pictures/TNS)
  5. Column: Ocean acidification threatens Florida's economy

    Columns

    I'm an angler and surfer. I spend every moment I can spare on the water with my two sons, who fish and surf with me in Florida's beautiful offshore waters. They're developing a strong love for the ocean, which makes me proud and allows me to share a culture with them that ties us closely to the water.

    For starters: Rays at Orioles, on Archer Day

    After taking advantage of a big break to beat the AL-best Royals on Sunday, the Rays kick off a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip tonight in Baltimore that is likely to define their playoff chances....

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    Patrick Murphy comes out in support of Iran nuclear deal

    U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy says he can back the Iran nuclear deal, call it "flawed" but "the best available option to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."...

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    Jorvorskie Lane was limited by injuries and suspension to nine games with the Bucs last season.

    Lane hopeful there's still a place for fullback

    Jorvorskie Lane is the only fullback remaining on the Bucs roster, but he understands in today's NFL that's not the same thing as being assured of a roster spot when final cuts are made....

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