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Cleared, but still burdened after split-second decision to fire fatal road-rage shot (w/video)

Before dawn on a humid morning last August, Rob Padgett turned his Ford Expedition onto E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just as a single headlight suddenly appeared in his rearview mirror.


Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route


  1. Jones: A very loud play for quiet leader Lavonte David


    SAN DIEGO — The ball fluttered into the air and came down in the sure hands of Bucs linebacker Lavonte David. All that was in front of him was 15 yards of open spaces, the end zone and his team's first lead of the day.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) returns an intercepted pass from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) for a touchdown  during the second half. ]LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. By the numbers: Breaking down Bucs' win over Chargers


    A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 28-21 win over the Chargers:


    Tight end Cameron Brate led the Bucs in targets (nine), catches (six) and receiving yards (86). He also caught Jameis Winston's only touchdown pass against the Chargers on Sunday. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Criminal investigators join probe of Oakland fire as death toll rises to 33


    OAKLAND, Calif. — Alameda County prosecutors have assigned criminal investigators to probe the Oakland warehouse fire as the death toll has risen to at least 33.

    The collapse of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse roof sent debris throughout the building late Friday. More bodies have been discovered, bringing the death toll to at least 33.
  4. Former tenant: Oakland warehouse was unsafe makeshift space


    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Shelley Mack, a onetime tenant of the converted warehouse dubbed the "Ghost Ship," found the rental in an ad on Facebook. She paid about $700 a month in rent, along with a security deposit of the same amount and a one-time contribution of about $700 to a fund meant to go toward improvements. …

  5. Bucs journal: Tandy predicted Chargers route before end-zone interception


    SAN DIEGO — Seconds before he made a leaping interception in the end zone to clinch the Bucs' 28-21 win Sunday, S Keith Tandy told teammate Vernon Hargreaves exactly what play was coming based on the alignment he saw from the Chargers' offense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Keith Tandy (37) intercepts a San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) pass in the end zone, intended for wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (15), during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  6. Natasha Richards, a fierce fixture of Tampa Bay's drag queen community, dies at 44


    On drag show stages across Tampa Bay, Natasha Richards made an unforgettable first impression.

    Natasha Richards helped bring Latin Night to Pulse, the Orlando gay nightclub where 49 people were killed in June.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-San Diego Chargers: Grading the Bucs' 28-21 victory


    SAN DIEGO — Who are these guys?

    In recent seasons, the Bucs have found ways to lose games. To turn sure wins into disappointing losses.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers (91) brings down San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hard as he throws for a completion during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  8. Selig, Schuerholz join Baseball Hall of Fame; Piniella, Steinbrenner fall short

    The Heater

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Tampa native and former Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella came up short in voting for baseball's Hall of Fame as former commissioner Bud Selig and longtime executive John Schuerholz were elected Sunday.

    Bud Selig was commissioner of baseball from 1992 to 2015, a period that included enormous financial growth for the sport but also a steroids scandal and a World Series cancellation.
  9. NFL playoffs: Everything goes Bucs' way to put Tampa Bay on the inside of playoff picture


    SAN DIEGO — Not only did the Bucs win their fourth straight game Sunday, but nearly everything else across the league went their way, giving an additional boost to their playoff chances with four games remaining.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Adarius Glanton (53) congratulates outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) after he intercepted a pass from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) and returned it for a touchdown during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  10. PolitiFact Florida: Have political arrests in Cuba increased?

    State Roundup

    The son of a Cuban immigrant, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that he hoped President-elect Donald Trump could press for change for Cubans following Fidel Castro's death.

    Sen. Ted Cruz quoted the statistic in a Nov. 27 interview.

Prison official keeps high-paid job as state settles $800,000 case against him

The state takes no blame for what former Florida Department of Corrections inspector general Jeffery Beasley has done, but it is paying $800,000 to end a retaliation lawsuit brought by his former employees and is keeping him in a newly created job that pays $116,500 annually....


Bucs rally, beat Chargers 28-21 for fourth straight win

SAN DIEGO -- The Bucs rallied in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win, beating the San Diego Chargers 28-21 at Qualcomm Stadium to continue their road magic and move into a tie for first in the NFC South.

The Bucs (7-5) have their first four-game win streak in four years, getting a pick-six from Lavonte David in the third quarter and a touchdown from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate in the fourth to twice rally back for the lead.

Safety Keith Tandy, thrust into a starting role due to injury, came up with a huge interception in the end zone with 2:56 to clinch the win. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for a key first down to help the Bucs run out the clock on the win.

The Bucs had to play without three key offensive players as receivers Adam Humphries (concussion) and Cecil Shorts (knee) and tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) all left the game with injuries in the first half.

David picked off a Philip Rivers pass that was deflected by Bucs rookie Vernon Hargreaves and returned it 14 yards for his second career pick-six. That gave the Bucs a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter.

San Diego (5-7) answered right away, with Rivers hitting receiver Tyrell Williams for a 40-yard touchdown and a 21-17 lead. Roberto Aguayo hit a 35-yard field goal to cut the lead to 21-20 with 13:03 left in the game.

The Bucs trailed 14-7 at the half, their defense unable to get the takeaways that had fueled their three-game win streak.

San Diego went 75 yards on the opening drive, getting a 35-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to receiver Dontrelle Inman.

The Chargers intercepted Jameis Winston and were in field-goal range before a Gerald McCoy sack backed them up and Josh Lambo missed a 54-yard kick. The Bucs tied the game on the next possession on a 2-yard Doug Martin run.

San Diego led 14-7 after a Melvin Gordon touchdown, and the Bucs missed a chance to cut into the lead before halftime when rookie Roberto Aguayo missed a 31-yard field goal....


Five steps to loving Stars Hollow: The Musical from 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'

We have had a week to sit with the Gilmore Girls revival. And while I'm never going to excuse certain things — Lorelai would NOT be okay with Rory's questionable life choices; Paris and Doyle would definitely get back together because they are perfect for each other — I don't think I was ever going to be capable of hating whatever Amy Sherman Palladino and her husband Daniel produced. ...