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  1. Poll shows Norman trailing Kemp in Hillsborough commission race

    Local

    A poll by the prominent GOP polling firm Data Targeting, Inc. shows Republican Jim Norman trailing Pat Kemp, one of three Democratic candidates in the race for the District 6 Hillsborough County commission seat.

  2. Multiple candidates vying to lead Catholic school system

    Blogs

    The Diocese of St. Petersburg has identified six finalists to replace superintendent Alberto Vazquez-Matos, who left the Catholic school system this summer to become chief of staff for Jeff …

  3. Pinellas deputies investigate possible shooting in Largo

    Crime

    Deputies were investigating a report about shots fired at the Rodeway Inn near Largo Wednesday afternoon, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

  4. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown supports Iran deal

    Blogs

    Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said this afternoon she will support the Iran nuclear deal.

  5. Tampa police looking for hit-and-run driver who struck 93-year-old victim

    Crime

    TAMPA — A 93-year-old man was the victim of a hit-and-run Tuesday morning that authorities said left him "clinging to life." Now Tampa police are looking for the driver.

  6. Congressman Bilirakis pushes FEMA for disaster declaration for Tampa Bay flooding

    Blogs

    Bilirakis, and other area members of Congress have been pushing for FEMA to urge a disaster declaration since Aug. 10. That is when U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa; David Jolly

  7. State wildlife com­mis­sion discussing new policies toward bears, panthers

    Wildlife

    Bears in the crosshairs and panthers pouncing on livestock are hot topics on the agenda today as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opens a two-day meeting in Fort Lauderdale.

    Seen here in May of 2014, a black bear perches on a tree in Panama City, Fla. For the first time since 1994, bear hunting is legal in Florida, thanks to a June vote by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Today the board will consider how many bears can be killed during the one-week hunting season in October.
  8. Tampa airport officials banking on local legislators to secure funding for more renovations

    Airlines

    Construction is well underway on Tampa International Airport's $953 million renovation. But that's not all. Airport officials are already in the early stages of planning another $1.3 billion renovations, including the addition of a new international airline terminal and a new air traffic control tower.

    A construction worker walks through the construction site for a part of the new Tampa International Airport expansion during a tour on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. EVE EDELHEIT   I   Times

  9. Tampa Police serve search warrant on Homeless Helping Homeless headquarters

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Police raided a homeless charity Wednesday in an investigation into a charity official's auto title business.

     Tampa Police searched the main offices of Homeless Helping the Homeless, a charity located on 106 E. Floribraska Avenue, on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  10. Oxford Exchange launches #Tampadeservesbetter campaign to stop apartment project

    Real Estate

    NORTH HYDE PARK — Zoning disputes between residents and developers are nothing new. But Oxford Exchange's Blake Casper has taken his opposition to a new luxury apartment complex to the Internet.

    The proposed Altis Grand Central project on Grand Central Avenue in North Hyde Park will have an eight-floor parking garage nestled between two apartment buildings.
  11. U.S. markets rebound a day after big plunge

    Markets

    NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rebounded in early afternoon trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China. Oil prices continued to swing sharply.

  12. He's Trump; He's Trump; He's in your head...

    Blogs

    Doug Hanks of the Miami Herald writes about a Donald Trump parody that has surfaced out of Miami Beach, complete with a cameo from his ex-aide, Roger Stone.

  13. Labor Day sandbar concerts might be nearing the end of an era

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first time Hal Hammer Jr. and his salt-washed buddies played the blues on a barge in Riviera Bay, some 40 curious neighbors floated out to watch — not many more than your average Labor Day block party.

     Every Labor Day and Memorial Day, Hal Hammer Jr. and his Cross Creek Blues Band load up a pontoon with musical gear and perform a floating concert for thousands of boaters and swimmers on a sandbar in Riviera Bay, between Weedon Island and St. Petersburg's Tanglewood neighborhood.  Photo: Hal Hammer Jr.
  14. Wills of millions of Americans now available online at ancestry.com

    Nation

    BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter.

    This undated public document from Massachusetts probate records provided by ancestry.com, shows a portion of Daniel Webster's will. A three-year digitization project by the genealogical research firm will make available online, starting Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, wills and probate records of about 100 million Americans from the Colonial era to the beginning of the 21st century. [Massachusetts Probate Records/ancestry.com via AP]
  15. All Eyes photo gallery: Heartwrenching images of migrants in Europe

    Blogs

    Harrowing and beautiful images continue to pour out of Europe, much as refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and other countries continue pouring into Germany and other European nations.

    A Syrian migrant holds her daughter as they wait to be processed across a border crossing into Macedonia for migrants September 2, 2015 in Idomeni, Greece.  Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called 'Balkans route' has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II.