Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Afternoon Update: Klan-like outfits spur suspension; latest on traffic; weekend weather; changing the Bucs' culture

Three students at Wiregrass Ranch High School were suspended after they wore what appeared to be Ku Klux Klan costumes to school Thursday. The students — two Hispanic and one Arabic — wore the outfits as part of homecoming week, during which each day has a theme and students are encouraged to wear attire that matches the theme. Thursday's theme was characters.

TRAFFIC UPDATES TO GET HOME SAFELY

As you head out for your evening commute, check out our live blog for the latest traffic updates and road conditions across Tampa Bay.

WEEKEND WEATHER: HOT WITH BEST CHANCE OF STORMS ON SUNDAY

It should be hot and partly cloudy tonight into the weekend in the Tampa Bay area. A stray shower or storm is possible on Saturday, but there's a 60 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon. Meantime, weather watchers are keeping tabs on Hurricane Matthew, now a Category 3 storm in the Caribbean. Forecasters expect Matthew to turn northward by Sunday and possible skirt Southeast Florida early next week, but at this point it shouldn't have a major impact on the Tampa area.

THE NOT-SO-SECRET SECRET TO CHANGING THE BUCS' CULTURE

There's been a lot of talk in Bucs circles this week about changing a losing culture. The subject took on life when coach Dirk Koetter, after losing to the Rams, said, "It's my job to change it." It's been done before, of course, and the Times' Rick Stroud went to Tony Dungy, the patient architect who helped make it happen.

[SCOTT KEELER | Times]

At the Kennedy Space Center, sending humans to Mars is not a dream, and it's not a theory. It's a construction project underway inside NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building, which once housed spacecraft that transported men to the moon.

HERE'S HOW NASA IS PREPARING TO GO TO MARS

The first astronauts on Mars would be the most isolated humans in history. Just getting there would require humans to survive cosmic radiation and the bone-crippling environment of space. It would require people smart enough to operate a spacecraft and crazy enough to live in a tiny, weightless condo for much of a three-year journey — with roommates. Why bring all this up? Sending humans to Mars is official U.S. policy.

LAWYER DONATES 75 BODY ARMOR VESTS FOR TAMPA POLICE

The act of a slain St. Petersburg police officer inspired Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid. Two months ago, Lorraine Yaslowitz-Marino donated stronger-but-lighter armor vest plates to the St. Petersburg's department's SWAT team. Her husband, K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, and another St. Petersburg officer were killed in a deadly 2011 confrontation with an armed fugitive hiding in an attic. Yerrid said he wanted officers at the Tampa Police Department to have the same protection. Through his Yerrid Foundation, he donated about $28,000 to purchase 75 Point Blank Active Shooter kits.

TRIGAUX'S NASTIEST CORPORATIONS OF THE MOMENT

Bad companies — ones that rip off their customers, evade the law, cheat or simply show terrible judgment — are common enough. But it seems like we're in the midst of a new round of poor decisions and calculated greed by a whole range of large corporations seemingly only out for themselves. Everyone has a personal list of companies that have done them wrong and in some cases endangered and even taken lives. Times business columnist Robert Trigaux offers his top 10, ranked from bad to badder to baddest.

[Summit]

Gina Rodriguez stars as Andrea Fleytas in Deepwater Horizon.

MOVIE PLANNER: GINA RODRIGUEZ TALKS 'DEEPWATER HORIZON'

Gina Rodriguez, a Golden Globe winner for the CW's Jane the Virgin, makes her major motion picture debut in Deepwater Horizon , dramatizing the oil rig explosion that ignited an eco-catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. One person pulling for Rodriguez is Rita Moreno, a groundbreaking performer sharing her Puerto Rican heritage.

'MISS PEREGRINE' AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT GROWING UP IN FLORIDA

Ransom Riggs' book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is now a movie directed by Tim Burton, whose goth sensibilities are well-suited for the assignment. It's the story of a Florida teenager's quest, and the supernatural misfits encountered at a dilapidated children's home. Any resemblance to the author's childhood in Sarasota County's Englewood district isn't coincidental.

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Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

ST. PETERSBURG ó Three people forced their way into a St. Petersburg house before dawn Sunday before gunfire broke out, killing a suspect and injuring two residents, police said.About 5:30 a.m., the people arrived at a house in Childs Park, on the 41...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

Tampa police seeking vehicle in hit and run

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

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TAMPA ó Stripped to the girders, the old Bromley office building looked about as substantial as fish bones on a dinner plate.But the 5-story structure proved Sunday it still had a surprising amount of fight left in it.A demolition team had planned to...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

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Greg Auman answers your questions about NFLís investigation into Jameis Winston

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