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  1. Tampa Bay Bucs to honor Mike Alstott


    The Bucs honor the first of two new members going into the team's Ring of Honor this season — Doug Williams gets his day Dec. 6 — by paying tribute to fullback Mike Alstott at halftime of today's game.

  2. As the revolt over school testing widens, many in Florida ask: What next?


    Florida's education accountability system stands at a crossroad.

  3. McElwain's go-for-it offense brings Chomp back to Gators


    GAINESVILLE — No one saw this coming. No one.

    Florida Gators wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) celebrates a touchdown reception with wide receiver Antonio Callaway in the first quarter of a game between the Florida Gators and Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
  4. No. 25 Florida rolls past No 3 Ole Miss


    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain spent all week talking up No. 3 Ole Miss and what a tough challenge the conference's top team would pose for his rebuilding Gators.

    Florida Gators defensive lineman Bryan Cox (94) celebrates recovering a fumble with linebacker Jarrad Davis (40) in the first quarter of a game between the Florida Gators and Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
  5. Florida vs. Ole Miss: Five things you might have missed


    GAINESVILLE — While the first top-25 showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in three years had much on the line, it also featured several side stories that made an impact on the final score — and could become important later in the season. Here are five things you might have missed:

    Florida Gators tight end Jake McGee (83) catches a touchdown to lengthen the lead to 13-0 in the first quarter of a game between the Florida Gators and Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
  6. Rays new brain trust learns some hard lessons

    The Heater


    Nathan Karns was absolutely dealing in that May 3 Sunday matinee against the Orioles, zipping through five innings while allowing two singles and a walk and needing 66 pitches to get there. The Rays were leading 2-0, and there was no reason for anyone in the building to think the 27-year-old rookie …

    Kevin Cash, left, and baseball Matt Silverman chat during spring training, just before an eventful first season running the Rays.
  7. Archer exits early as Rays beat Blue Jays (w/ video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Chris Archer insisted he didn't feel anything wrong in making a premature exit after five innings from Saturday's game: "I just didn't feel like myself."

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) delivers in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
  8. Rays Tales: Reviewing a disappointing but interesting season

    The Heater

    The Rays' first season under new management ends today in disappointment with a second straight losing record, not particularly successful but certainly interesting as they navigated a seemingly endless string of injuries, with 26 disabled list stints, and 145 roster moves. Here is a look at some of the highs and lows: …

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger (26) and relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen (40) in the dugout after the top of the seventh inning of the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, June 11, 2015.
  9. Romano: Time to throw out Bush-era education reforms


    For the longest time, it seemed educational reformers could do no wrong. They had the theories, they had the platform and, most importantly, they had the power.

  10. Florida State loses Cook, holds off Wake Forest (w/video)


    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dalvin Cook again made it look easy for No. 11 Florida State against Wake Forest. After he was hurt, things got awfully tough for the Seminoles.

    Florida State running back Johnathan Vickers dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Wake Forest as Wake Forest defensive back Deonte Davis, right, defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) NCNR101
  11. Will Grier announced as Florida Gators' starting quarterback


    GAINESVILLE - It doesn't appear as if the flu will keep Will Grier out of tonight's game against No. 3 Ole Miss.

  12. Plans for Dollar General store prompt discussion about ambiance in Hernando Beach

    Local Government

    HERNANDO BEACH — Dollar General stores have been popping up all over Central Florida in recent years. But in this Hernando County waterfront community, the chain is hardly being welcomed with open arms.

    Some Hernando Beach residents are saying a Dollar General store proposed for 1.4 acres on Shoal Line Boulevard, just south of Companaro Entra, amounts to blight and is not compatible with the community’s character.
  13. Veterans get everything from dental care to legal help at Operation Stand Down event



    Sitting in a tent Saturday that smelled faintly of barbecue, Pasco Circuit Judge Shawn Crane reviewed court costs racked up by a Navy veteran charged with drug possession and criminal mischief.

    Fines waived. Case closed.

     Navy Veteran Don Straus, 55, of Tampa laces up a pair of brand new boots given to him free of charge at the One Community Stand Down for Veterans event at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson.  The three day long event offers a variety of services to veterans from clothing to dental care free of charge.  [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  14. Authorities looking for missing boy on St. Pete Beach

    Public Safety

    ST. PETE BEACH — Authorities searched into the night Saturday for a 9-year-old boy who went missing on the beach in the afternoon.

    Cameron J. Bullard, 9, was last seen Saturday afternoon wearing a gray T-shirt. 
  15. Photos and video: Mass ascension kicks off international balloon fiesta


    From the Associated Press: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tens of thousands of spectators swarmed the launch field Saturday for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. 

    Hundreds of balloons lift off to mark the official start of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during the first mass ascension in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The nine-day event attracts hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators from around the world.