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Hurricane Matthew whips Caribbean Islands as Category 2; northerly turn still forecast

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Rain and winds from a strengthening Hurricane Matthew whipped at Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao early Friday as it passed north of the islands on a rare track through a part …

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Democrats distressed about Hillary Clinton's ground game in Florida

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Former Rays key contributors on many postseason teams

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Ferran Adria show at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg a visual feast

Ferran Adria show at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg a visual feast

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Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

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Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

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Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

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  1. Florida poll: Clinton 46, Trump 44

    Blogs

    Hillary Clinton may have gotten a slight boost from the debate as a new Florida poll shows her with a 4 point lead over Donald Trump.

  2. President Obama to campaign for Clinton in Miami next week

    Blogs

    President Obama will make his campaign debut in Florida on Wednesday with a stop in Miami.

  3. The Morning Watch: Walmart hasn't stopped selling expired food — and how third-party candidates could decide the election

    Briefs

    Here's a look at what we'll be watching for around the bay area today:

  4. In tight race, Florida's third-party voters could again decide election

    State Roundup

    A Super Bowl-sized audience tuned in Monday night to watch two presidential candidates duke it out on a debate stage inside an auditorium on Long Island.

    Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein speaks to media during a press conference in the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Wednesday. (ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times)

  5. St. Petersburg motorcyclist killed in crash with SUV in Gulfport

    Accidents

    A St. Petersburg woman was killed Thursday night in Gulfport after her motorcycle struck an SUV, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

  6. Two vehicles hit, kill pedestrian on Interstate 75 in Tampa

    Accidents

    An unidentified male pedestrian was killed early Friday morning after two cars struck him on Interstate 75 in Tampa, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  7. Forecast: A muggy and wet weekend in Tampa Bay

    Weather

    It will be a muggy and wet day on Friday in Tampa Bay, forecasters said, with humidity dropping slightly overnight from the not-so-cool cold front approaching the region.

    A rainbow is visible over the west end of downtown St. Petersburg on Friday morning as a light rain falls. Rain chances are about 50 percent Friday. [RON BRACKETT | Times]
  8. Bruce B. Downs construction headache continues for New Tampa commuters, businesses

    Transportation

    Brian Dery may find sarcastic amusement when he hears reports of morning gridlock on Pinellas County's Bryan Dairy Road. But the traffic on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in New Tampa is no laughing matter for the local documentary filmmaker.

    Tenants at the Oak Ramble shopping center, right, say their usual business has fallen off because of the road work along Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
  9. What to watch and listen to this weekend: 'Westworld,' Historically Black podcast

    Blogs

    Westworld, 9 p.m., HBO, Sunday

    After so much buildup, years of production mired in controversy, television critics and fans were left wondering if HBO's Westworld would be another smash hit like Game of Thrones. Inspired by the Michael …

    Historically Black from APM Reports and the Washington Post.
  10. TBX plan to collect toll on Howard Frankland Bridge concerns Hillsborough commission candidates

    Local

    TAMPA — Renewed angst over a planned highway and toll expansion in the Tampa Bay region has rippled into the race for Hillsborough County's open commission seat.

    Democrat Pat Kemp has spoken out against the Tampa Bay Express project.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter

As Hillary Clinton speaks in his district today, Patrick Murphy won't be there

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy was invited to join Hillary Clinton during her latest trip to Florida today but "unfortunately won't be able to attend" because of a scheduling conflict, his spokesman Joshua Karp told the Herald/Times....

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If Chris Archer gets the loss, he will become the first major-league pitcher with 20 losses since Mike Maroth in 2003, and just the second since 1980.

For starters: Rays at White Sox, Archer vs. history and weather

UPDATE, 6:58: Cash said he won't manage any differently as far as handling Archer with the potential for 20 losses, making decisions based on pitch count and game situations. Cash is mindful of Archer needing 5 1/3 innings to reach 200. ... Though the Rays have been in a skid, Cash said the issue is the injury depleted lineup, not that the players have quit or are mailing it in: "There's no give up, no lack of effort. We've got half of our lineup right now that are getting opportunities. The injuries stink but they do allow for some opportunties. ... Guys are busting it out of the box, they are getting down the line. We've been pitched well against and it's kind of limited us.''...

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Ryan Smith said he continues to learn the Bucs' defensive scheme better each week.

Debut just first step for Bucs rookie safety Ryan Smith

It was only six snaps, all on special teams, but for Bucs rookie safety Ryan Smith, Sunday's game against the Rams was a big first step, making his NFL debut after being inactive in the Bucs' first two games....

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