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Judge's ruling is a blow to Florida's third-grade testing rules

A key piece of Florida's education system took a major blow Friday as Leon County Judge Karen Gievers chastised the state over its rules for promoting third-graders into fourth grade. A grou …

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Two men arrested after one shoots at Pasco deputies

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Live blog: Scores, updates, photos, more from week 1 of high school football

 

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. St. Petersburg women risk pain and injury to find themselves on the roller derby track

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Whitmore's doctor doesn't understand why she plays roller derby.

    Julie Taylor,49 aka Country Bumpskin (center) dodges blockers during a practice session at the Slayground in St. Petersburg. The Deadly Rivals Roller Derby is one of only eight leagues in the country that use the more demanding banked tracks. The women who compete say the physical toll of the sport is worth it. Roller derby has helped them find themselves, gain confidence, get in shape and cope with their everyday problems. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  2. Get rid of Interstate 175? Trop makeover plan says yes

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Take a gander at the conceptual model of what the area around a new downtown baseball stadium might look like. Two things jump out:

    First, there's no more Interstate 175.

    A conceptual model for redeveloping the 85-acre Tropicana Field site and building a new baseball stadium there from HKS, Inc. First, there is no open-air stadium planned. The model is just using a piece of clip art for the stadium. What is far more interesting is the idea of eliminating Interstate 175 to integrate Midtown with the jobs, restaurants and other amenities expected to sprout up around the redeveloped site. [Courtesy of HKS, Inc.]
  3. Photograph of separated elderly Canada couple gets attention

    Nursing Homes

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A photograph of a crying elderly Canadian couple in wheelchairs, separated into two different care homes after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together, has received international attention.

    Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other Monday in Wolfram's elderly care home in Surrey. [Photo from Ashley Bartyik]
  4. Kicking session at RJS helped Aguayo break his slump

    Blogs

    Roberto Aquayo kept reminding himself that he had been kicking footballs through the uprights since he was 8-years old, a simple, repetitive motion that should not disappear under pressure. 

  5. Fennelly: Bucs-Browns grade book

    Bucs

    The place-kicker looked like a place-kicker. The star quarterback looked like a star quarterback, the offense looked like an offense. The defense looked like a defense. And Adam Humphries and the pun-return team looked like maniacs on one touchdown. • And that was just watching it on the new video boards. …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Russell Hansbrough rushes in the fourth quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.
  6. Instant analysis: Breaking down the Bucs' 30-13 win over the Browns

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Finally, the Bucs looked like they know what they are doing. That was the big takeaway from Tampa Bay's 30-13 victory over the Browns in preseason game No. 3 at Raymond James Stadium.

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a 49-yard receptions as Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) chases in the second
quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  7. With Winston taking control, Bucs' offense hits higher level

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Quarterback Jameis Winston made sure the electricity wasn't coming just from the new giant video boards that lit up Raymond James Stadium like Times Square on Friday night.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw to the end zone in the first quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  8. Colome fails to hold ninth-inning lead as Rays fall to Astros

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — Just when you thought it was safe to watch the Rays again …

    Rays starter Drew Smyly delivers against the Astros in the opener of a series in Houston.
  9. Jones: Bucs' Adam Humphries proves big plays can come in small packages

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He looks like he stands about 5-foot nothing. He looks like he weighs about 120 pounds. His aw-shucks smile and baby face seem more suited for someone who should be wearing overalls with straw between his teeth and a fishing pole on his shoulder.

    Receiver Adam Humphries takes a 52-yard punt and returns it 73 yards for a touchdown and a 17-3 Bucs lead in the first quarter against the Browns.
  10. Rays give up on multitalented but oft-injured Desmond Jennings

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — The immediate reaction in hearing Friday evening that the Rays had decided to release oft-injured outfielder Desmond Jennings was to ask: What took them so long?

    Desmond Jennings, putting down a bunt single at Tropicana Field, has a rare combination of speed and power. But some have wondered about his desire to play through pain and if there was a lack of urgency to return.

Mike Pence in Sarasota Wednesday

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence is scheduled to hit a rally/town hall meeting in Sarasota Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency at 4 p.m. The address is 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, and you can register for tickets here...

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The Rays will release oft-injured outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

Rays to release Desmond Jennings

The Rays will release oft-injured OF Desmond Jennings on Saturday....

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Kicking session at RJS helped Aguayo break his slump

Roberto Aquayo kept reminding himself that he had been kicking footballs through the uprights since he was 8-years old, a simple, repetitive motion that should not disappear under pressure. ...

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