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Hurricane Matthew grows to a major Category 3 storm

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Forecasters in Miami said Matthew had strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean as of 11 a.m. The National Hurricane Center said Matthew had …

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Hillary Clinton returns to Florida's most Democratic county after nearly a year

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Plan to redevelop Oakhurst Square stirs emotion in West Tampa

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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. Wiregrass Ranch High students suspended for wearing Klan-like outfits to school

    News

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Three students at Wiregrass Ranch High School were suspended after they wore what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan costumes to school Thursday.

     "It's very disturbing especially because my daughter she's mixed so this is not good," said Natalie Gavin, who is reacting to three kids dressing up like the KKK as part of spirit week leading up to homecoming.  "We had three minority students dressed as Klansmen. This was a dress up costume day and we had three students that got a little carried away," said Kurt Browning Pasco Schools Superintendent.  According to the Pasco County School District, the costumes were first reported as ghosts. But look at this picture - it's what officials used to confirm the Klan connection.  "Usually ghosts don't have pointed hats," said Browning.  "Not a joke, not a joke at all; especially with everything going on nowadays, that's just unacceptable," Gavin said.  "Nothing surprises me. I've been deployed to Iraq and there is hate all over the world. I don't think it's going to change anytime soon," said Michael Gadson.  Parents 10News WTSP showed the video to have mixed feelings about what they saw; however, they agree the students need to be punished.  "I think the school should handle it appropriately," said Gadson.  "It is absolutely unacceptable behavior on the part of any of our students to dress in such a costume," said Browning.  Students like Natalie Gavin's daughter say the three used very poor judgment on dress up day.  "I think it's very inappropriate and not acceptable and kind of sick," said Vanessa Dorsey.  "With all the news coverage of the race relations, the last thing we need to do is to have any student dressed up -- regardless of race -- dressed up in that type of costume," Browning said.  The students are being disciplined by the district and could be suspended between 1 and 10 days.  There was another student who wore a confederate flag over his back as a costume. The district does not have a policy regarding flags so he was asked to remove it, but was not punished.
  2. Europe's comet probe Rosetta ends 12-year mission with crash

    Space

    BERLIN — After 12 years of hurtling through space in pursuit of a comet, the Rosetta probe ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it was sent out to study.

  3. Black box recorder recovered from wreckage of train crash

    Transportation

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — Federal investigators pulled one of the black box recorders from the wrecked commuter train at the Hoboken station and struggled to extract the second one Friday as they tried to figure out what caused the crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

    New Jersey Transit workers lay down pallets and boards for commuters to walk on a flooded hallway adjacent to the site of a train crash at the Hoboken Terminal on Friday. Commuters are using alternative travel in and out of Hoboken a day after a commuter train crashed into the rail station, killing one person and injuring more than 100 people. [Associated Press]
  4. In Twitter rant, Donald Trump shames ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado for her sexual past

    Elections

    NEW YORK — Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner Friday for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her "sex tape," in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign's efforts to broaden its appeal to women.

    Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on May 6. For 20 years, Machado has lived with the agony of what Donald J. Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight.  [Emily Berl | New York Times]
  5. Consumer sentiment in Florida rises

    Economic Development

    GAINESVILLE — Floridians remain relatively optimistic about the economy, according to the latest University of Florida consumer survey.

    Consumer sentiment in Florida rose in September.
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  6. 'No longer comfortable,' Trump aide in Florida quits

    Blogs

    More unrest in the Donald Trump campaign in Florida.

  7. Tampa is the second best city in the nation to invest in real estate, study finds

    Real Estate

    It has a hot, muggy climate, dangerous mosquitoes and a never-ending string of bizarre-o happenings.

    A recent ranking says Tampa is the second best city in the nation to invest in real estate. Photo courtesy Susan Carnes/Fastpix.
  8. Hurricane Matthew grows to a major Category 3 storm

    Hurricanes

    ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Forecasters in Miami said Matthew had strengthened into a major Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean as of 11 a.m.

    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 of the Caribbean that rarely sees such storms. [Weather Underground]
  9. As Trump goes after Alicia Machado, Clinton touts Florida speech

    Blogs

    Donald Trump won't let the Alicia Machado matter die and in a series of late night Tweets attacked the former Miss Universe. That gave Hillary Clinton another opening -- one …

  10. Ryder Cup latest: Spieth and Reed conceding nothing

    Pga

    The Latest: Spieth and Reed conceding nothing at Ryder Cup

The Florida House chamber during the 2016 session.

Corcoran plans to re-structure Florida House committees

Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, on Friday announced his plans to shake-up the chamber's committees once he assumes the top leadership role in November....

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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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Koetter's right: Run it 40 times, you usually win in NFL

If you're not asking him about injuries or maybe who might in theory might step up in case of a widely expected injury, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter can engage in some insightful conversations about NFL playcalling and all the ways a coach might measure success on a play....

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