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Romano: Sewage spill exposes St. Petersburg's problems of oversight

You can call it a scandal, and perhaps history will soon agree. Maybe all of the investigations and probes will point to a recognizable villain, and we'll start referring to the whole affair …

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Defrocked expert witness in child sex cases 'squeaked by' with little vetting

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Pasco deputies: 82-year-old Holiday man beaten by teenager dies

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Dining Planner: Eat out this week for an array of kids' causes

Dining Planner: Eat out this week for an array of kids' causes

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20 local museums will be free Saturday for Free Museum Day

20 local museums will be free Saturday for Free Museum Day

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week is back at International Plaza

Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids

Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids

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  1. Rays say Kevin Cash has gained comfort, confidence in second year

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ask around the Rays, from players to staff to front-office execs to principal owner Stuart Sternberg, and you hear abundantly that the biggest difference in manager Kevin Cash from his first year in charge to finishing his second is how much more comfortable he seems in the job.

    Rays manager Kevin Cash remains hard on himself but admits that he feels more confident in his second year on the job.
  2. QB at No. 1? You never know what you'll get

    Bucs

    To play or not to play. That is the question.

    Rams quarterback Jared Goff, throwing a pass against the Cowboys in the preseason, has yet to see the field in the regular season.
  3. Amid Winston's talent, Bucs work to filter out the bad

    Bucs

    TAMPA — One week, you love Jameis Winston. Admit it. He throws perfect arcing passes that hit two receivers in their hands in the end zone. You praise him. The Bucs beat the Falcons, on the road, in the season opener.

  4. Rays Tales: Key numbers tell tale of a disappointing season

    The Heater

    3-22

    The monthlong stretch that crashed their season. They trotted off the Trop turf June 15 at 31-32 after beating the Mariners 3-2 in 13 innings on Logan Morrison's walkoff walk, then went into a dizzying spiral that left them 34-54 at the All-Star break and, for all intents and purposes, done. …

    WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times
  5. Police arrest man accused of threatening Clearwater hospital

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Police officers have arrested a Clearwater man and accused him of calling in a bomb threat to Morton Plant Hospital late Wednesday.

  6. Charlotte police video shows new details of shooting of black man (w/video)

    Nation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte police released dramatic video footage Saturday that shows officers surrounding a black man with his hands at his side before shots are fired and he buckles to the ground. It's unclear if there was anything in the man's hands.

    This image made from video provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday shows Keith Scott, left, moments before he was fatally shot by police in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. [Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department via AP]
  7. No. 14 Tennessee emphatically snaps skid vs. No. 19 Florida, 38-28

    College

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After years of second-half dominance over rival Tennessee, No. 19 Florida finally cracked Saturday.

    Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) TNWP125
  8. Louisiana accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco dies at 68

    Nation

    NEW ORLEANS — Musician Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who rose from a cotton-picking family in southwest Louisiana to introduce zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, has died. He was 68.

    Buckwheat Zydeco performs during the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans in  May 2007. Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., who introduced zydeco music to the world through his namesake band Buckwheat Zydeco, died Saturday. He was 68.
  9. Lightning pushes pace early in training camp

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — C Brian Boyle's practice ended a little early Saturday after the heel of D Braydon Coburn's stick blade caught him in the nose during a 1-on-1 drill.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson works to make a play on the ice during training camp at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Friday morning (09/23/16).
  10. Fennelly: When Dalvin Cook's in need of a big game, he delivers vs. USF

    College

    TAMPA — USF scored on Florida State shortly after noon Saturday, just 17 seconds into the game. First play from scrimmage, Quinton Flowers to Rodney Adams, 84 yards.

    On with the USF coming-out party.

    Was FSU staring at another Louisville?

    The Seminoles were reeling.

    They needed an answer, …

    Florida State Seminoles running back Dalvin Cook (4) breaks for the end zone eventually scoring on the this drive during the first half against the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday September 24, 2016.

Donald Trump to rally in Melbourne on Tuesday

Donald Trump returns to must-win Florida on Tuesday for a rally in Melbourne....

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For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, in another tough test

UPDATE, 3:37: Cash said one reason for Andriese's improvement has been doing a good job of following the game plan. ... Dickerson's improvement has been one of the bright spots of the final month, Cash said. ... Franklin said his previously strained left hamstring has improved enough to run the bases, and even to steal bases, but he will be limited to DH duty for now.

Rays lineup:
Forsythe 2b
Kiermaier cf
Longoria 3b
Miller 1b
Dickerson lf
Franklin dh
Mahtook rf
Ramirez ss
Casali c
Andriese p

Red Sox lineup
Pedroia 2b
Bogaerts ss
Ortiz dh
Betts rf
Ramirez 1b
Holt 3b
Young lf
Bradley cf
Leon c
Porcello p
...

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Bucs-Rams: Five things to watch in home opener ...

It's a Bucs game almost more notable for who's missing -- injured stars like Doug Martin and Robert Ayers, arrested/waived players like Austin Seferian-Jenkins -- but there's plenty to keep an eye on in the Bucs' home opener against the Rams on Sunday afternoon....

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