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Three murders, one story of perseverance

Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. is scheduled to be executed tonight for the 1986 murders of three Tampa Bay women: Teri Lynn Matthews, Natalie Blanche Holley and Stephanie Collins. But there were other crimes, including the rape of a woman in Ohio in 1987. The woman tells her story and gives her thoughts on his execution. Local, 1B

Claims pile up, VA report finds

A new report by the VA inspector general finds unprocessed claims material piled up at the Veterans Affairs office in St. Petersburg. Local, 1B

Hudson swimmer wins cross dive

Anderson Combs, 17, comes up with the white cross thrown into Spring Bayou for the annual Epiphany Day tradition. Local, 1B

Can price cuts save Winn-Dixie?

Led by ''the Wily Scotsman'' Ian McLeod, the parent company of Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo means to challenge Publix and Walmart. But will it be enough? Business, 4B

IRS watchdog warns tax filers

The agency will push taxpayers to use their computers for help at tax filing time, and advice from the agency may be costly. Business, 4B

Griffey Jr., Piazza new Hall of Famers

Ken Griffey was elected by the highest voting percentage ever. Catcher Mike Piazza was on the ballot for a fourth time. Sports, 1C

N. Korea scorned, H-bomb or not

World powers say they doubt that North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb, but they say the country should face sanctions. World, 6A

2016: a great year for big music acts

Just picking our 10 most anticipated concerts is a tough task. Here are 10 dates for your calendar. Etc, 2B

Dreyfuss looks back on 'Jaws'

Richard Dreyfuss, who played Hooper in the Steven Spielberg classic, will answer questions after a 40th anniversary screening in Clearwater. Etc, 2B

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    Bucs

    TAMPA — There's no telling what DeSean Jackson will do once he gets a football in his hands. Perhaps that's why a camera crew followed his every move Wednesday while the Bucs' new $30 million receiver stood on a step of the hot tub that empties into a spacious, azure pool at his new, sprawling five-bedroom home in …

    DeSean Jackson jokes around with girlfriend Kayla Phillips at their Tampa home as a crew from HBO’s Hard Knocks documents their day.
  2. Trump announces $10 billion Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history.

    President Donald Trump embraces Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of the White House during an announcement Wednesday that Foxconn is going to build a plant in Wisconsin.
  3. Playoff chase heats up for Rays with critical series at Yankees up first

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    It was important that Evan Longoria crushed a two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday and Steven Souza Jr. blasted a solo shot off the farthest catwalk an inning later.

    Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and Tim Beckham (1) celebrate the double play to end the top of the sixth inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Conservatives come to Sessions' defense amid Trump attacks

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and influential conservatives rallied around Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of the nation's top law enforcement officer and left his future in doubt.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  5. Jones: Alex Cobb proves again why he's Rays' stopper, no matter how long he's here (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If a team hopes to hang around the pennant race, it better have an ace. A stopper. A pitcher it can count on every fifth day to stop the bleeding, keep a winning streak going or flat-out win a game that a team flat-out needs to win.

    Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing the first inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]