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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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  1. Richard Spencer coming to town? What UF can learn from other schools

    College

    With Richard Spencer's controversial visit to the University of Florida quickly approaching, some UF and Gainesville police officers boarded a plane bound for Berkeley.

    Thousands of people, many of them college students, gather for a vigil on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 16 -- four days after a Unite the Right rally that led to clashes and the death of a woman. In advance of an appearance Thursday at the University of Florida by white nationalist Richard Spencer, the school is looking at what happened in Charlottesville and other venues where controversial speakers have visited. [Jason Lappa | The New York Times]
  2. Trigaux: On new Forbes 400 list of U.S. billionaires, 35 now call Florida their home

    Personal Finance

    The latest Forbes 400 richest people in America was unveiled Tuesday, with 35 billionaires on that list calling Florida home. That's actually down from 40 Florida billionaires listed last year when a full 10 percent listed declared they were Floridians by residence.

    Edward DeBartolo, Jr., shopping center developer and  former San Francisco 49ers Owner, posed with his bronze bust last year during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton, Ohio. DeBartolo remains the wealthiest person in Tampa Bay according to the Forbes 400 list released Tuesday. 
[Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images]
  3. Today he secures Bucs games; 30 years ago he played in them

    Bucs

    TAMPA —- Whenever the Bucs play a home game, Sankar Montoute is on hand to supervise more than 50 officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on duty at Raymond James Stadium.

    Sankar Montoute, who oversees Homeland Security for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was a replacement player for the Bucs during the 1987 strike. 
Montoute, who had a sack and interception in the same NFL game, oversees the 50-plus officers who work at Bucs games, most of whom have no idea he played. [Times files (1987)]
  4. Florida woman weighing 325 pounds charged with killing girl by sitting on her

    Crime

    PENSACOLA — A 325-pound (150-kilogram) Florida woman is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment.

    This Oct. 14, 2017 photo made available by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Fla., shows Veronica Green Posey under arrest. Posey is charged with killing her 9-year-old cousin by sitting on the child as punishment. Posey, who weighs 325 pounds, first punished the girl with a ruler and metal pipe before sitting on her for at least 10 minutes. [Escambia County Sheriff's Office via AP]
  5. Girl, 8, got on 'tippy toes' to peer over cruise ship railing, then fell to her death

    Accidents

    MIAMI — A family cruise to paradise turned into a nightmare on Saturday, when an 8-year-old tumbled over the inner railings of a ship and fell to her death.

    Friends and family mourn Zion Smith, the 8-year-old girl who fell to her death aboard a Carnival cruise in Miami this weekend. [Image from Facebook]