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  1. Ferg's Sports Bar adds second concert: Darryl Worley, Jason Michael Carroll


    Another week, another concert announcement for Ferg's Sports Bar in St. Petersburg. And this one has a country twist.

  2. Rays have some reasons for optimism for 2016

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sunday's 12-3 bashing of the Blue Jays allowed the Rays to finish with consolation prizes of reaching 80 wins and avoiding last place in the American League East.

    Mikie Mahtook, high-fiving Brandon Guyer after a homer, is one of several rookies who got a long look this season.
  3. After deadly blaze, officials turn sights on old nemesis: burglar bars



    Flames consumed the small, wood-frame home before dawn. Iron burglar bars bolted across every window and door — meant to protect a grandmother and her three young grandchildren — instead trapped them as the house filled with smoke and burned around them. All four died in that Aug. 31 blaze.

     Burglar bars remain on the windows at 3720 E. Paris St. in Tampa, the scene of a fatal fire that killed a Tampa grand mother and her 3 grandchildren. It is believed that the burglar bars impeded escape and rescue.  (Saturday, October 3, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. USF students choosing biking over driving with free program


    TAMPA — The idea of using a car to get from class to class on the University of South Florida's 1,700-acre campus can be enticing.

    USF senior Chloe Daubenspeck rides a Share-A-Bull bicycle to class on Thursday. “I absolutely love it,” she said about the program, which remedied her frustrations with waiting for buses. 
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Oct. 5-11


    FitLine Zip Line: Fitlife Foods is setting up two 25-foot-high zip lines Friday to carry people through downtown Tampa on Franklin Street from Zack to Madison streets. There's also a 100-yard interactive game area of activities and contests. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. $10 zip line or rock …

    TP_356905_FLYN_zipline_1 (7/13/2012, Tampa)  Zipline technition Jamey Feshold glides across the sky at MOSI?€š€™s New, State-of-the-Art Sky Trail ̈ Zip Line on July 13, 2012. A Zip Line Launch Party will be held at MOSI on Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. ?€š€“ 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Kids in Charge! birthday party. The zipline extends from the top of the Sky Trail ̈ Ropes Course and zips more than a football field away. You will then zip back for the return trip, launching from 65 feet above the ground and traveling more than 700 feet altogether.  [KATHLEEN FLYNN l Tampa Bay Times]
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Men named William do outnumber women in Florida elected offices

    State Roundup

    A pro-Democratic group has sent out the call that 2016 is the year Florida voters need to choose a female candidate: "Did you know that fewer women have been elected to statewide office than men named William?"

  7. Fact-checking statistics about refugees from Syria, background checks for gun sales


    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump defended his change in position on accepting refugees from Syria on Sunday, saying he has concerns about how many able-bodied men seem to be fleeing the war-torn nation.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters as he leaves an event Saturday in Franklin, Tenn.
  8. Bucs vs. Panthers: Five things you might have missed


    TAMPA — The Bucs' loss to Carolina was full of disappointment for players and fans, but here are five things you might have missed.

    Vincent Jackson, muscling into the end zone late, has 10 catches for 147 yards but fails to hook up with Jameis Winston on three straight crucial plays.
  9. Freaky fumble play proves Bucs' backbreaker (w/video)


    TAMPA — In a day full of mistakes and misses, the play that knocked the air out of the Bucs on Sunday came early in the third quarter, when Tampa Bay, trailing by just seven, forced a fumble by Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, only to see the ball pop into the hands of TE Ed Dickson, who rumbled 57 …

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) almost intercepts a pass intended for Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson (84) in the third quarter. In the same quarter, Dickson returned a Jonathan Stewart fumble 57 yards for a touchdown. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  10. Work takes her on a road less traveled these days

    Working Life

    Sylvia Reina daydreamed of faraway places. • The Tampa native made a hobby out of planning getaways for family members while she was busy at home caring for her children. She was organized. It was easy to find the best airline rates and fun to sort through excursions and attractions in cities around the world. …

    Sylvia Reina stands outside Getaway Travel of Tampa. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  11. CSX's offer finally opens the door to commuter rail in Tampa Bay

    Mass Transit

    There are 97 miles of railroad track connecting the downtowns of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa. The steel grating links Tampa International Airport to the University of South Florida, stretches across four counties and reaches as far north as Brooksville.

  12. Suspect in deadly hit-and-run turns herself in at Hillsborough jail

    Public Safety

    TOWN 'N' COUNTRY — A woman who had driven a stolen Cadillac that struck and killed an 83-year-old motorist turned herself in at a Hillsborough County jail on Sunday, authorities said.

  13. Brandon motorcyclist dies after swerving to avoid collision with SUV


    BRANDON — A 50-year-old motorcyclist died this weekend after he was ejected from the bike while trying to avoid a collision Saturday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  14. Review: Oddball Festival brings Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari and lots of riotous raunch to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    Even if the stormy weather of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival's inaugural Tampa installment didn't return, its second stop Saturday was a reminder that lightning can strike twice.

  15. Photo gallery: Bucs vs. Panthers


    Here is a gallery of photos from the Bucs' game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) warms up before a game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.