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  1. Predawn campaign robocalls traced to caller ID victim

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Barbara Homer says she didn't do it — she didn't send 3 a.m. campaign robocalls on behalf of any politicians, have an affair with anyone's husband or offer a free solar energy audit over the phone, but she has been accused of all three.

  2. African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff.

  3. Archaeologists sift Everglades muck for cultural artifacts

    Wetlands

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture.

    National Park Service archeologists sift through sediment collected from the Anhinga Slough while doing a survey in Everglades National Park. They are looking for artifacts which were first discovered at the site when it was dredged in 1968. [Associated Press]
  4. Affair revealed as police conclude Davis Islands shooting investigation

    Crime

    TAMPA — Late one night in August, Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll after he walked into her Davis Islands home unannounced. Simpson, the wife of semiprofessional golfer Rhett Simpson, later told investigators that Noll was a former friend who had been stalking her and threatening to hurt her family.

    Andrew Noll, 23, and Mishay Simpson, 28, pose together in this image that Tampa police recovered during their investigation of the shooting.
  5. Cord cutters: Is al la carte streaming a better deal than cable?

    The Feed

    Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be …

    A silhouetted coaxial cable. Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. But cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider, and some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. [Associated Press]
  6. No wrong-way drivers found, but Hillsborough crackdown leads to other arrests

    News

    TAMPA — Additional state troopers patrolling Hillsborough County encountered no wrong-way driving incidents during the first of three traffic crackdowns, authorities said Monday.

  7. Romano: A moral to the St. Pete Beach legal fiasco

    Local Government

    Just so you know, this story has a moral.

  8. Ebola response highlights government cuts to public health

    Health

    The Ebola threat is calling attention to a problem years in the making: cuts to the programs and staff intended to prepare for just such a public health emergency.

  9. Police: man arrested for allegedly stabbing stepfather to death

    Crime

    HUDSON — Pasco County Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man in the stabbing death of his stepfather over the weekend, authorities said.

  10. 'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions in Tampa

    Events

    America's Got Talent, but do you? The NBC reality series will hold auditions Nov. 2 at the Tampa Convention Center for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages and talents from opera singers to banjo players, tap dancers, fire breathers, knife jugglers and magicians. In the season finale last month, magician …

    TP_346419_JONE_TALENT_04 (OCTAVIO JONES | Times 11/12/2011, Tampa) America's Got Talent judge Nick Cannon(cq),center, belts out "Tampa Bay got talent" while surrounded by contestants during the taping of NBC's "America's Got Talent" promotional trailers. America's Got Talent contestants audition at the Tampa Bay Convention Center in hopes to win $1,000,000 during the competition on Saturday, November 12, 2011. [OCTAVIO JONES, Times]
  11. New study reiterates viability of inverted pyramid for St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new engineering study delivers good news to those who have fought to save the inverted pyramid and to the design teams planning to reuse the iconic structure in the city's latest version of its Tampa Bay landmark.

  12. Group offers cash, free dinner to Duke Energy protesters

    Energy

    Still hoping for a refund from Duke Energy Florida for the $3.45 its customers pay each month for a nuclear plant the utility decided not to build?

    Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano
  13. Hillsborough begins school bus driver training, promises raises

    K12

    TAMPA — The healing for Hillsborough County's ailing school bus system began Monday, a student day off, at King High School.

    School bus driver Anna Brown writes down techniques for correcting student behavior Monday during a transportation training day at Tampa Bay Technical High. More than 1,000 transportation employees met for the sessions at two locations.
  14. Agriculture commissioner accepts donated ranchland that DEP didn't want

    Environment

    A 4,100-acre ranch that phosphate giant Mosaic tried to donate to the state park system last year has at last been accepted by the state — but by a different arm of the state government.

  15. Studying Gov. Rick Scott's style, from Columbia/HCA to governor

    State Roundup

    From his poor poll numbers to his formidable fortune, Rick Scott's political standing revolves around Columbia/HCA.

    At Columbia/HCA, Rick Scott claimed he had no idea the company was, in the words of the federal government, committing "systemic" fraud in the chain of 340 hospitals and 550 home-health agencies. [The Tennesseean]