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Rising temperatures, invisible threats: Climate change spurs disease fears

DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carryin …


Audacious or feel-good? 'Kinky Boots' is a little of both


Review: Punk rockers Brownstein, Costello and Smith serve up stories



  1. Tyler Johnson scratched vs. Isles, no word on injury

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Add C Tyler Johnson to the Lightning list of walking wounded. Johnson left Friday's game against the Capitals just 48 seconds into the contest and was scratched from Saturday's contest against the Islanders.

    Center Tyler Johnson left the game against the Capitals on Friday after 48 seconds.
  2. Tampa police: Friends say missing 19-year-old smoked synthetic marijuana before he drowned

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A 19-year-old college student went missing and was later found dead on Sept. 7, floating in the Hillsborough River. A two-month investigation into Bruce Rivera's death concluded with a medical examiner's ruling that his death was an accidental drowning.

    Bruce Kevin Rivera, 19, was found in the Hills-borough River on Sept. 7.
  3. Siege highlights security used in abortion clinics


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As heavily armed police entered the Planned Parenthood clinic here to hunt down the gunman and rescue those trapped inside, they had an advantage that seemed like something out of the movies. Officers in the command center outside the clinic were able to tap into security cameras …

  4. Ancient Floridians knew how to cope with rising seas, archaeologists find

    Global Warming

    The 2012 emergency call sent archaeologists scrambling. Rising seas were washing away an ancient Indian burial ground near Cedar Key. They had to dig up the remaining graves and collect the bones before the whole thing disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Archaeologists work on an ancient burial ground on an island near Cedar Key.
  5. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigating near-drowning of Seminole boy


    SEMINOLE — A boy suffered life-threatening injuries in a near-drowning at a home Saturday afternoon, Pinellas County sheriff's officials said.

  6. Florida Gators suspend WR Demarcus Robinson against Florida State


    GAINESVILLE - Florida will take on Florida State's loaded defense without one of its top offensive playmakers.

  7. Motorcyclist dead after St. Petersburg crash


    ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist died Saturday after he was thrown from his vehicle without a helmet.

  8. Plant City skydiver dangles in a tree before rescuers arrive

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY — Alexandra Ladyzhensky needs a new altimeter.

    Alexandra Ladyzhensky was cut down from a tree by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews Saturday after dangling from her tangled parachute for more than an hour. [Photo by EMILY CARVER]
  9. Thousands cheer on insult-throwing Donald Trump at Sarasota rally

    State Roundup

    SARASOTA — Thousands of Donald Trump fans packed inside and outside a Sarasota arena Saturday to hear the Republican frontrunner rip Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, super PAC political committees, "phonies" in the press corps (especially the New York Times), Obamacare, "weak" generals leading America's military, …

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to thousands of people at his campaign rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on Saturday afternoon. [ZACK WITTMAN   |   Times]
  10. After a defeat in Houston, the fight for gay rights shifts to Jacksonville

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston's rancorous vote to repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

    Community members crowd a meeting about the city's Human Rights Ordinance, in Jacksonville on Nov. 17. Gay rights advocates have been aggressively organizing in Jacksonville. Supporters of extending rights were out in force well beforehand and dominated proceedings here because the mayoral panel took questions on a first come, first served basis. [Sarah Beth Glicksteen | New York Times]

Podcast: Pierre McGuire says Stamkos contract can be 'problem'

NBCSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said he's seen most of the Lightning games this season....


Bucs' Jameis Winston is Rookie of the Week, again

For the third time this season, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been voted as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, this after throwing for five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Bucs' 45-17 rout at the Eagles last week....


Donald Trump hurls insults, thousands cheer on in Sarasota

Thousands of Donald Trump fans packed inside and outside a Sarasota arena Saturday to hear the Republican frontrunner rip Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, super PAC political committees, “phonies” in the press corps (especially the New York Times), Obamacare, “weak” generals leading America’s military, political correctness, Hillary Clinton and assorted people who have doubted or criticized him....