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Myron May, the FSU shooter, stayed here in Wewahitchka during the three weeks before the shooting. May, far right, is engrossed in a book while friends socialize.

FSU shooter's friends tried to get help for him months before the shooting

When she met him in the parking lot, the sight of him jarred her. Gone was the dapper, carefully dressed man who had taken her on dates for most of the past year. He was gaunt, haggard, disheveled and wild-eyed. He wore a borrowed T-shirt and a pair of too-small running shorts. He was barefoot. He had thrown away h …

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  1. Should Jameis Winston have been ejected against Boston College?

    College

    Jameis Winston's third quarter jousting match with an official entertained the announcers on the Florida State-Boston College football game, but at least one observer says Winston should have been ejected from the game.

  2. At end of newsman's career, 'family movie' celebrates tiny town where John Wilson got started

    Human Interest

    By Jay Cridlin | Times Staff Writer

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

    Longtime WTVT-Ch. 13 news anchor John Wilson stands outside his family’s home in Big Stone Gap, Va. The bridge leading to the property is named for his father.
  3. Shaken by campus shooting, FSU fans comforted by game day rituals and a narrow win

    Human Interest

    TALLAHASSEE — Matt Pave showed up at Lot 6 on Saturday like he's done on every game day since 1995 — five hours before kickoff, as soon as tailgating is allowed outside Doak Campbell Stadium.

    With an FSUnited sign referring to Thursday’s campus shooting hanging from their tent, Robert West, 31, center, and other Florida State University alumni play beer pong during a tailgate party before the game against Boston College in Tallahassee on Saturday.
  4. Lightning edges Wild

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Of all Alex Killorn's goals, Saturday's winner late in the second period wasn't the most highlight-reel worthy.

    The crowd cheers with Steven Stamkos after his power-play goal in the second period ties the score with the Wild at 1.
  5. Smugglers get creative with contraband at Pinellas County jail

    Crime

    LARGO — During Sgt. Ron Wehr's first week on duty at the Pinellas County jail, an inmate provided this tip: Contraband was being smuggled in by a nylon cord.

    Inmates in the sixth-floor recreation room at the jail were pulling up contraband by a nylon cord. 
  6. Police seek teen's attackers

    Public Safety

    GULFPORT — Police are searching for two teen boys accused of a brazen midday robbery and attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl on the 1600 block of 56th Street S.

  7. Everglades alligators wasting away while Congress controls their fate

    Environment

    They are the symbol of the Everglades, the animal that for decades most tourists have anticipated seeing during a visit to the national park.

    An adult alligator acts as a ferry, swimming through the Everglades with a hatchling on its back.
  8. Oak Hill Hospital ready to get back into the baby business

    Health

    SPRING HILL — Expectant mothers in Hernando County will soon have a new alternative for delivering their babies.

  9. Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine breaks single-game rushing record

    College

    NORMAN, Okla. — As Samaje Perine churned up the yards, the rain-soaked crowd at half-filled Memorial Stadium chanted his name.

    True freshman Samaje Perine leads the Sooners by breaking the record set a week earlier by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.
  10. Buzz: Without real rivals, two top candidates snag Florida public campaign funds

    State Roundup

    Tampa businesswoman Kathleen Shanahan, the Republican fundraiser, activist and former chief of staff to Jeb Bush, named no names in a recent column for the Tampa Bay Times about the obscene fundraising and campaign spending by top elected officials who faced no real opposition in their recent elections:

    Kathleen Shanahan was critical of fundraising in uncompetitive races.
  11. Romano: As Obamacare legal battle rages, remember the people it helps

    Health

    They say there are legacies on the line. A president's. A chief justice's. Even the reputations of a forgettable collection of congressional leaders might hang in the balance.

  12. Memphis snuffs USF's bowl hopes

    College

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Roughly 25 hours after landing Friday afternoon in the land of pork ribs and Presley Inc., there was USF, still hanging around like dry-rub aftertaste.

    Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch dives for a first down, getting past USF defensive back Lamar Robbins in the first half.
  13. Late field goal lifts Florida State past Boston College

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Quarterback Jameis Winston trotted onto the water-logged field at Doak Campbell Stadium with Florida State's aspirations of a second consecutive national championship on the line. The top-ranked Seminoles were in a dogfight once again and needed their Heisman Trophy winner to make a play.

    He …

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, left, congratulates Nick O'Leary on a touchdown in an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) FLMW103
  14. Teacher repeatedly in hot water for behavior around students — but no charges

    K12

    TAMPA — Administrators at two middle schools were troubled by the way Adam Reynolds, a physical education teacher then in his 30s, socialized with girls at school. Officials were squeamish when he made sexually suggestive TV commercials. They took action when he became online friends with female students. It was …

    Carter Reynolds, 18, is a teen sensation through his content on YouTube and Vine, attracting crowds of young girls at his meet-and-greets. His 43-year-old half brother, teacher Adam Reynolds, appears with him in some of the short videos, emphasizing that he is not Carter’s father. These photos are from a website called notvine.
  15. UCF drubs winless SMU

    College

    ORLANDO — It normally doesn't pay to play just one quarter, but it did for UCF in a 53-7 rout of winless SMU on Saturday.