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  1. Your guide to having a happy Lonely Thanksgiving


    Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, laughing over a golden turkey as if life is one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don’t. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. Maybe you don’t have a …

  2. The players-only meeting that sparked USF Bulls' surge


    It's not exactly a point of contention, though it has resulted in USF being in contention.

    USF's Jamie Byrd (2) runs after intercepting a pass in the 4th qtr. during USF's game against Syracuse at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Saturday 10/10/2015. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  3. Florida proposal aims to deter, punish identity thieves using gas pump 'skimmers'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With the simple swipe of a credit card at a gas station pump, it's become easier for identity thieves to steal customers' information and rack up fraudulent charges in their names.

  4. Bucs, Winston plowed through headset outage in Philly


    Jameis Winston's five touchdown performance in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was historic on its own merit. He tied an NFL record for the most TDs in a game by a rookie held by the Lions' Matthew Stafford. But what made it even more impressive was the Bucs' headsets went out for much of the first two …

  5. Crane accident latest irritant for residents around St. Pete's Bliss condo construction

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A crane accident that damaged a brand-new parking garage is just one of many problems and irritants that construction of the 17-story Bliss condo tower is causing.

    The 17-story Bliss condo project is now under construction, left. A crane from the project, right, punched a hole in the Rowland Place condo next door. The view is looking southeast from he roof of Rowland Place, St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER | TIMES

  6. Review: 'The 39 Steps' at American Stage a riotous take on Hitchcock


    ST. PETERSBURG — With an exaggerated creak, two huge doors slowly swing open. Into the lighted space behind the false proscenium step two silent, formally dressed men. They preen and bustle, addressing their imaginary audience and removing the sheets that until now have covered just a few rude props: a door frame, …

    Richard Hannay gets an important message from a love interest in The 39 Steps, one of three characters played by Juliana Davis.
  7. Floridians feeling better about the economy, survey finds


    Floridians are entering the holiday season feeling better about their bank accounts and the outlook of the economy, according to a new University of Florida survey.

  8. Tampa couple marry in Irish pub where they had their first date

    Human Interest

    TAMPA —Behind the green door and under the thatched roof of Four Green Fields pub, two people, one in white and the other in a green-blue kilt, leaned in, whispered their vows and kissed to seal the deal.

    Daniel McNeill and Cecilia Moreno celebrate after marrying at Four Green Fields in Tampa on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. [EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times]
  9. Lonely Thanksgiving: Lend a helping hand during the holiday


    Editor's note: Thanksgiving. A time for the entire family to gather around the table, smiling and laughing over a golden turkey as if life is just one big Publix commercial. Fortunately, some people actually get that experience. But many others don't. Maybe you and your family live in totally different states. …

    Spend Thanksgiving giving back.
  10. Thanksgiving for a new life — and a second chance

    Human Interest

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Shawntell Sword talked openly about how her brother used to be.

  11. Deputies: Lecanto High student who shot himself during class did not plan to hurt others

    Public Safety

    LECANTO — The 15-year-old freshman who shot himself in the head during an English class at Lecanto High School earlier this month has told investigators he did not intend to harm anyone else, even though he walked into class with two fully loaded eight-round magazines, Citrus County sheriff's officials said …

  12. Influential Salt Rock chef Tom Pritchard dies after battle with Parkinson's


    ST. PETERSBURG — Chef Tom Pritchard, who lied his way into the food and service industry and rose to become one of the most inventive and influential chefs in Florida, died Wednesday morning at his home in St. Petersburg. He was 74.

    Pritchard poses on the dock behind the Salt Rock Grill. [Times (2009)]
  13. Some in U.S. military suspended for deadly Afghan hospital attack


    WASHINGTON — American soldiers and airmen who killed and wounded dozens of civilians in a strike on an Afghanistan hospital violated U.S. rules of engagement and have been suspended as they await disciplinary action, military officials said Wednesday.

    An employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of their hospital on Oct. 16 after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. An investigative report on the U.S. air attack that killed more than two dozen civilians at a medical charity's hospital in northern Afghanistan last month says the crew of the attacking plane misidentified the target, believing it to be a government compound taken over by the Taliban. [Associated Press]
  14. Battle over Tampa marijuana magazine CannaVoices lands in court


    TAMPA — With its website promoting stories or videos such as "Did William Shakespeare smoke cannabis?" and "Wholesale cannabis prices sky high in Colorado," CannaVoices was suppose to be a hip look at the legal marijuana industry.