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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

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

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    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

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    World

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    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.