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  1. Monsignor Laurence Higgins, who built a parish and helped build Tampa, dies at 87

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Monsignor Laurence Higgins, the charming Irish priest who was a confidant of Tampa's power elite in politics, business and professional sports, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2017. He was 87.

    Monsignor Laurence Higgins founded and served as pastor of Tampa's St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 1958 to 2007, later holding the position of pastor emeritus at the parish. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times (2013)]
  2. At least 38 dead as earthquake rocks central Italy

    World

    Rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors buried under rubble in isolated towns and villages across central Italy on Wednesday after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck the region overnight, collapsing homes, rattling buildings as far away as Rome and Venice and leaving an escalating …

    A man walks amid rubble on Wednesday after an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy. The 6-magnitude quake struck at 3:36 a.m. local time and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy - including Rome, where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. [Associated Press]
  3. Epilogue: St. Petersburg police Lt. Emory Wright Jr., who kept it by the book

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — Emory Wright Jr. was a by-the-book kind of guy.

    Emory Wright was the first black St. Petersburg police officer to be promoted to lieutenant rank. He died earlier this month. He was 75.
  4. Trump returns to Tampa today for rally at Florida State Fairgrounds

    Elections

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump returns to Florida for a 1 p.m. rally today at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

    Doors open at 10 a.m.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [Associated Press]
  5. Trump's Tampa rally adds to busy Florida election

    Blogs

    Donald Trump returns to Florida on Wednesday for a rally in Tampa.

  6. Large earthquake strikes central Italy

    World

    ROME — Strong earthquakes struck central Italy early today, killing several people, trapping many others under debris and setting off tremors that awakened sleeping residents in Rome nearly 100 miles away.

    Rescuers search a crumbled building in Arcuata del Tronto, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. today. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.  {Associated Press]
  7. Archer nears team loss record as Rays fall to Red Sox (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a five-inning, 109-pitch outing in the Rays' 2-1 Tuesday defeat to the Red Sox, Chris Archer moved to within one loss of matching Tanyon Sturtze's franchise record of 18.

    Chris Archer allows only two runs, one earned, as his ERA improves to 4.11, but he lasts only five innings while throwing 109 pitches against the patient Red Sox.
  8. Biden tells Baltic NATO allies to pay no attention to Trump

    National

    RIGA, Latvia — Vice President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday that Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about on foreign policy and told NATO allies of the United States to ignore him.

  9. New York Times bureau targeted in cyberattack

    News

    The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of the New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

  10. Clinton Foundation donors got face time with Hillary Clinton at State Department

    National

    WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected …

    Hillary Clinton  has said she will leave the Clinton Foundation.
  11. Sluggish day for Bucs offense in joint practice

    Bucs

    TAMPA — As was the case in last week's first joint practice with the Jaguars, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was less than pleased by his offense's work Tuesday in the first of two joint practices with the Browns at One Buc Place.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston takes a snap during Tuesday’s joint practice with the Browns at One Buc Place. Tampa Bay’s offense struggled in the workout; coach Dork Koetter said of the unit: “No juice. No one wanted to practice.”
  12. Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo's struggles deepen

    Bucs

    By Greg Auman | Times Staff Writer

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) sets up a field goal he went on to miss in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.
  13. Two throws from right biggest difference in Rays' loss

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Red Sox arguably came down to two throws from rightfield to third base:

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) dives trying to stretch his double in the eighth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
  14. Homeless woman proves Social Security owed her $100,000

    Nation

    For years, Wanda Witter had lived on the streets in Washington, D.C., trying to persuade officials that Social Security owed her more than $100,000. For years, the 80-year-old woman says people dismissed her as crazy.

    Wanda Witter, 80, celebrated the arrival of $100,000 from Social Security on Tuesday.