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  1. In this week’s reader photo poll: Gorgeous orchids, trotting turkeys, a great horned owl and more


    This week's reader photo poll features an orchid festival at Sunken Gardens, a family of turkeys out for a stroll, silhouetted seabirds, a gulf fritillary caterpillar, a great horned owl, and a heron coming in for a water landing.

    Orchid Festival
  2. Chris Trebilcock, Becky Howarth win Times Turkey Trot 10Ks


    CLEARWATER — A pair of newcomers were winners at the 37th Times Turkey Trot.

    Chris Trebilcock, 27, from Tampa, with an unofficial time of 33:42 the 10k first place male finisher during the Annual Times Turkey Trot at Clearwater High's Jack White Stadium Thanksgiving morning (11/26/15). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  3. FSU's Sean Maguire looks forward to spotlight game (w/video)


    Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire isn't shying away from Saturday's stakes.

    Florida State's Sean Maguire (10) attempts a pass against the North Carolina State defense in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC116
  4. Photo Gallery: Lightning vs. Kings

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    View a gallery of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) wrks to check Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Wednesday evening (11/25/15).
  5. 4 new Chicago police shooting videos raise more questions (w/video)


    CHICAGO — Newly released videos from four additional police vehicles at the scene of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald raise questions about how the city's Police Department documented the killing of an African-American teenager that has led to a Chicago cop being charged with first-degree murder.

    Chicago officials released dash-cam video Tuesday of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. [Image from video]
  6. Lightning tops Kings in shootout (w/ video)

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    TAMPA — You figured Wednesday's game would be tight and low scoring.

    Tyler Johnson celebrates after beating Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the third period to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
  7. Agents in Tampa, but no news on Stamkos talks

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    TAMPA — There was a bit of intrigue Wednesday as C Steven Stamkos' agents from Newport Sports were in town, in the stands watching the morning skate.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) goes down while battling for positioning against Los Angeles Kings center Andy Andreoff (15) during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Wednesday evening (11/25/15).
  8. Sports Turkey of the Year


    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Have fun with the family. Enjoy the meal. Watch parades and football.

  9. Podcast: Pierre McGuire says Stamkos contract can be 'problem'


    NBCSN hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said he's seen most of the Lightning games this season.

  10. Chicago protestors gather again; plan to target shopping area on Black Friday


    CHICAGO — Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

    Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells at a Chicago police officer "Shoot me 16 times" as he and others march through Chicago's Loop Wednesday. [Charles Rex Arbogast | Associated Press]
  11. A Chevy in Japan is indeed a rare sight. But why?



    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump's presidential campaign hinges on Americans who share Trump's assessment that the United States is losing all over the world.

    A man drives an old but tricked-out Chevy Impala on the streets of Shibuya, a Tokyo neighborhood. American cars are a pretty rare novelty on Japanese roads.
  12. Marco Rubio, other GOP candidates show how they would pardon a turkey


    A presidential tradition this time of year is the pardoning of a turkey. 

    Sen. Marco Rubio shows how he would pardon a turkey.
  13. Bucs' 'heavy'' offensive package weighs on defenses


    TAMPA — For Bucs fans, it is a familiar refrain, announced by game officials before so many offensive plays this season: "No. 64, reporting as an eligible receiver."

    Fifth-round pick tackle Kevin Pamphile (70) runs drills during Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini-camp on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
  14. FSU victim advocate: School reports few sexual battery complaints


    The director of Florida State's victim advocate program testified in a deposition that her department saw 113 victims of sexual battery last year and has handled about 20 complaints against football players over her nine years.

    The actions of FSU coach Jimbo Fisher are at the core of a lawsuit against the school.