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  1. Winstometer Week 12: Jameis Winston remains between Matt Ryan, Jim Kelly


    Jameis Winston held solid on the list of rookie quarterbacks since 1980, but still ranks two spots behind Marcus Mariota, who slipped to fourth on the list.

    Jameis Winston passes against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter. [Getty Images]
  2. #GivingTuesday grows charitable roots in Tampa Bay


    Social media timelines will be flooded Tuesday with hashtags and messages encouraging holiday shoppers to donate a few dollars for the needy as a part of an annual giving drive.

  3. Matt Hasselbeck leads Colts over Bucs


    INDIANAPOLIS — The Bucs saw their two-game winning streak come to an end Sunday, with 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck throwing two touchdown passes to T.Y. Hilton in the second half as the Colts pulled away to a 25-12 win at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Doug Martin runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first quarter. [Getty Images]
  4. Jones: Bucs find a way to lose


    INDIANAPOLIS — Ah, they fooled us.

    Not only that, they fooled themselves.

    Just when you started to get excited, just when you thought the Bucs were onto something kind of special, Sunday happened.

    Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) makes a catch over Bucs cornerback Sterling Moore (26) for a touchdown during the second half. [AP photo]
  5. At a Tampa eye lab, a discovery involving retinas puts big advances in sight


    A discovery made in a Tampa laboratory could one day help millions of people regain their vision.

     Mitch McCartney, the scientific director for the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research poses for a portrait in his Tampa Laboratory. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  6. After 25 years, Pinellas Trail continues to grow in size and relevance


    ON THE PINELLAS TRAIL — Cars and trucks rush along Park Street while a long line of traffic idles on Tyrone Boulevard. Fumes from a tractor trailer mingle with the aroma of grilled meat and Bloomin' Onions from the nearby Outback Steakhouse.

    Markers along the Pinellas Trail in Tarpon Springs near U.S. 19. The trail turns 25 this month. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  7. FSU loss points to Gators' flaws on way to SEC title game


    GAINESVILLE — After spending most of the season learning how to deal with success, No. 18 Florida has one week to figure out how to bounce back from failure — a bitter 27-2 home loss to rival Florida State and one of its ugliest performances in years.

    Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris (3) sits on the field after getting tackled by Florida State Seminoles defensive end Josh Sweat (9) during the first quarter of the football game between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, November 28, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times
  8. USF to ban all tobacco use on Tampa campus starting in January


    Times Staff Writer

    TAMPA — Senior Daniel LaForce puffed on a blue e-cigarette and exhaled outside the Marshall Student Center on the campus of the University of South Florida last week. The rising gray smoke quickly disappeared into the air — just like USF's 25 smoking zones that will disappear …

  9. Zephyrhills man thrown from motorcycle, dies in collision on U.S. 301

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed Saturday night when a pickup truck drove into his path on U.S. 301 in Pasco County, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported.

  10. New York town demolishes Navy veteran's home while he recovers from surgery in Florida


    WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — When a Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

    When Philip Williams returned from  Fort Lauderdale where he had knee replacement surgery last year, he found his West Hempstead home had been demolished. This empty lot was all that remained. [Associated Press]
  11. FSU football jumps back into top 10, Florida Gators tumble


    Florida State is back in the top 10 after Saturday night's 27-2 win over rival Florida.

    Florida State linebacker Terrance Smith (24) celebrates after sacking Florida Gators quarterback Treon Harris.
  12. Jeb Bush says Donald Trump is 'uninformed,' not a serious candidate

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — The Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination, Donald Trump, is not prepared to be the nation's commander in chief, because he's "uninformed" on major issues facing the U.S, especially defense and foreign affairs, rival Jeb Bush said on Sunday.

    Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to students and supporters during a tailgate campaign stop Saturday on the campus of Mississippi State, in Starkville, Miss., before the college football game between in state rivals Mississippi and Mississippi State. [Associated Press]
  13. 6-year-old boy in Seminole near-drowning suffers life-threatening injuries

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — Six-year-old Matthew Dixon had been spraying water guns Saturday afternoon near his family's backyard pool when he fell into the water and nearly drowned, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  14. Tens of billions promised to goose clean energy tech


    PARIS — Government and business leaders are banking on clean energy technology to fight global warming, kicking off this week's high-stakes climate change negotiations by pledging tens of billions of dollars for research and development.

    Activists form a human chain during a protest Sunday ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Paris. More than 140 world leaders are gathering around Paris for high-stakes climate talks that start Monday, and activists are holding marches and protests around the world to urge them to reach a strong agreement to slow global warming. [Associated Press]