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Joe Maddon's nine-year tenure as Rays manager is over

ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Maddon is leaving the Rays after a breakdown in talks for a new deal. Maddon told the Times the decision to leave the Rays was a combination of financial issues and curiosity over what opportunities will present themselves. Maddon was signed to manage the Rays through the 2015 season, which wou …

  1. Royals beat Giants, take 2-1 World Series lead

    The Heater

    SAN FRANCISCO — Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches in rightfield, and the Royals beat the Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a two games to one lead in the World Series.

    The Royals’ Eric Hosmer hits a run-scoring single off Giants reliever Javier Lopez during the sixth inning of Game 3, giving Kansas City a 3-0 lead.
  2. Four people in critical condition after head-on crash in Gibsonton


    Four people were taken to a hospital in critical condition, including three children who were ejected from an SUV after it was involved in a head-on crash with a U-Haul truck Friday night in Gibsonton, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

  3. USF Bulls fall at Cincinnati


    CINCINNATI — Apparently, all those positive vibes USF culled from last week's historic victory at Tulsa never crossed the Ohio River on Friday. On a crisp Cincinnati night, beneath a majestic Midwest skyline, the Bulls experienced no second-half resurgence.

    Only three-quarter regression.

    USF’s Marlon Mack is brought down after a short gain during the first half, which ends with the Bulls trailing 20-3 and Chris Dunkley ejected.
  4. Drouin gets first goal, Lightning tops Jets

    Lightning Strikes

    WINNIPEG — Star center Steven Stamkos knows there will be a lot of comparisons between his current linemate, touted rookie wing Jonathan Drouin, and former longtime wingman Marty St. Louis.

    Jonathan Drouin gets congratulations from the bench after scoring his first NHL goal, which gives the Lightning a 2-0 lead in the second period.
  5. Why shouldn't women ask for raises?

    Personal Finance

    Earlier this month, Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive, told a conference of women in tech that they should not ask for a raise, but trust "faith" and "karma" to reward them appropriately. His comments not only caused an immediate stir at his own company and other tech companies, but also touched a nerve among …

    Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, sparked an uproar when he said that women should not ask for raises. Nadella quickly backtracked on the comments.
  6. Top things to do the week of Oct. 27-Nov.2


    Halloween: Zombies and vampires and ghosties — oh my! It's their night Friday and all week long. If you haven't already hit the major attractions, it's time to catch Busch Garden's zombie-shooting Howl-O-Scream ($45-$65), Lowry Park Zoo's family-friendly ZooBoo ($18, $14 ages 3-11) or …

  7. Ex-school leader may be lured out of retirement


    TAMPA — To counter a wave of retirements, the Hillsborough County school district is working with a contracting firm that could bring back retired assistant superintendent Lewis Brinson.

  8. Second man arrested in robbery that forced lockdown at Tampa schools



    2nd suspect arrested in dollar store robbery

  9. Army wife wrote about sensitive topics with depth and humor


    TEMPLE TERRACE — Most days, Melissa Renahan could be found at her computer, batting out another recipe for her food blog or pithy advice for military families. The savvy freelance writer had a knack for turning most aspects of her domestic life and interests into magazine stories, all with a contagious enthusiasm …

    Melissa Renahan, 36, published in magazines across the country.
  10. County judge declares St. Petersburg's parking ordinance unconstitutional

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A judge ruled this week that an ordinance regulating two-hour parking restrictions in the city's downtown core violates the law, sparking questions about an often-buzzed-about topic.

    St. Petersburg Parking Enforcement personnel leaves a ticket on a car on First Avenue North. (Times)
  11. New Kindle: Like reading a book, only better


    With its newest Kindle, the Voyage, Amazon is refining its e-reader once more. The Voyage's main trick is a high-resolution display that mimics the look of a printed page. Text appears at a resolution of 300 pixels an inch, which is on par with the high-resolution displays now found on most of our other mobile …

    The Voyage display is much like other mobile devices.
  12. Officials hope Joe Maddon's Thanksmas will live on


    In 2006, the year after he became the Rays manager, Joe Maddon introduced Thanksmas to the greater Tampa Bay area.

    Now-former Rays manager Joe Maddon chats with Tracy Blackmon, 50, of Tampa, at the Salvation Army’s Trinity Cafe.
  13. Zephyrhills celebrates 50 years of bottling water


    ZEPHYRHILLS — ''The City of Pure Water," read the signs, beckoning visitors to this sleepy outpost, named a hundred years ago for the gentle winds that breeze through its hills. Zephyrhills, population 14,000, has long made its name on water. But it was when the bottling plant south of town began filling 4 million …

    Bottles of Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water move along conveyors through the plant in Zephyrhills. This weekend, the company celebrates its 50th anniversary, having grown from a small operation to one that stocks its wares in stores throughout the Southeast.
  14. Greenlight Pinellas has big backers in big business


    The Greenlight Pinellas referendum to expand public transportation is supported by a fundraising group called Friends of Greenlight.

  15. Timeline: Joe Maddon's career with the Tampa Bay Rays



    Nov. 15: After 31 years in the Angels organization, Joe Maddon is hired as Devil Rays manager, replacing Lou Piniella.


    Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on from the dugout during the top of the seventh inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians on May 9, 2014, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [Getty Images]