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  1. With $50 million in TV ad spending, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race is one big marketing campaign

    State Roundup

    Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.

  2. 3 Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod base (w/ video)


    CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. — As police and U. S. military officials searched for three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base, Gov. Deval Patrick said one of the possibilities being investigated is that they may be trying to find a way to stay in the …

  3. All hail: 'Lion King' is most popular entertainment ever (w/video)

    Pop Culture

    NEW YORK — Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: The Lion King is the top ticket of all time.

    In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, a scene is shown during a performance of Disney's "The Lion King," in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Darrin Bush, FIle)
  4. In death, Florida family reveals sad spiral of domestic violence


    BELL — Sarah L. Spirit was 22 years old and eight months pregnant with her fourth child when she called the police in desperation: Her father was violent, she was afraid of him, and she had nowhere to go.

    Mourners are reflected in a framed collage of images featuring Sarah Spirit and her children during a candlelight vigil Sunday at Bell Elementary for the victims of Thursday's shootings. [Associated Press]
  5. Firefighters quickly knock down blaze in Dunedin mobile home


    Firefighters in Dunedin quickly doused a fire that scorched a mobile home on Main Street early Monday morning, authorities said.

  6. Tampa woman dies in wrong-way crash on I-75 in Pasco


    A 25-year-old Tampa woman died early Monday morning after she was involved in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

    The remains of a 2012 Nissan sedan are removed from the scene of a crash early Monday morning that killed a 25-year-old woman. The Nissan was reportedly traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near State Road 52 in Pasco County when it collided with a semitrailer truck. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
  7. Joey Logano wins Sprint Cup race

    Auto racing

    LOUDON, N.H. — Born in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire Motor Speedway his home track, where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti and flocked by family and friends in Victory Lane.

    Joey Logano celebrates winning his fourth Sprint Cup race of the year and advancing to the next round of the Chase for the Championship.
  8. New Port Richey boy dies in crash


    HUDSON — A 12-year-old New Port Richey boy was killed Saturday when the van he was riding in collided with a car and he was thrown onto the roadway, authorities said.

  9. Details emerge in case of man buried alive in Ruskin


    GIBSONTON — Late on Aug. 30, Adam Regino sat behind the wheel of a truck that bounded south through Hillsborough County. In the rear seat was Javier Bermudez. A third man sat in the passenger seat.

    Octavio Reyes (center, in red) is pictured with his children, from left, Melanie Rose, Octavio Jr., Luis Angel, Isaias, Vanessa, and Julian (on lap). [Family photo]
  10. Longtime Tampa activist, radio host Jetie Wilds Jr. dies


    TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.

    Jetie Wilds Jr.
  11. Pasco schools pledge to focus on attendance — of teachers


    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning arrived at his office Wednesday to find a sea of cars in the usually half-filled parking lot.

    Pasco school superintendent Kurt Browning wants teacher training to disrupt the classroom as little as possible.
  12. PolitiFact Florida: Checking Pam Bondi's record on pill mills

    State Roundup

    Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: the death of the state's infamous "pill mills."

    Attorney general Pam Bondi speaks about the supreme court's decision concerning the health care bill at a news conference on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.  The 5-4 decision meant the huge overhaul, still taking effect, could proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.  (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC101
  13. Fire damages Tampa home being remodeled


    TAMPA — No one was injured Sunday evening when a Central Tampa home being remodeled caught fire, officials said.

  14. PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 21 news shows


    President Barack Obama will have allies if he decides to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group to targets in Syria, vowed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Sunday.

    President Barack Obama greets some of the 1,200 service men and women after his speech at MacDill Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  In the speech, Obama reaffirmed his decision not to commit ground troops to the fight and said that the U.S. will not go at it alone as he seeks to destroy ISIS. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]

  15. Woman dies in Citrus crash


    FLORAL CITY — An Ocala woman died Sunday afternoon when her car veered off a road and hit a tree, authorities said.