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  1. What's killing Shell Key's nature preserve?


    ON SHELL KEY — Suzi Kinter picked her way down the white sandy beach, noting the stagnant, murky water pooled nearby.

  2. Glitch sends wrong driver's license info to thousands of Floridians

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of Florida motorists paid the state $27 to update the address on their driver's licenses, only to be sent replacement licenses with the old address.

  3. Man hospitalized after jumping from Sunshine Skyway


    A man jumped off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Friday morning, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

  4. FSU's Johnathan Vickers knows how to fill a void


    TALLAHASSEE — As coach Robert Craft watched North Florida Christian's starting and backup quarterbacks go down with injuries during the 2013 state playoffs, he was running out of options.

    Florida State running back Johnathan Vickers dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Wake Forest as Wake Forest defensive back Deonte Davis, right, defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) NCNR101
  5. Jw Kromekote pulls surprise in Fall Sprint at Derby Lane



    ST. PETERSBURG — Jw Kromekote chased the mechanical rabbit lure with a proverbial lucky rabbit's foot alongside.

  6. Changing Florida's political system requires time, effort and money


    TALLAHASSEE — People in Florida want real change in 2016, but that takes a lot of time, effort and money.

    Especially money.

    Martin Munro of the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections office verifies petitions in support of a medical marijuana initiative.
  7. Tips and top food picks for Epcot International Food and Wine Festival's 20th year


    Even just a few years ago, Epcot used to be the Walt Disney World park you'd go to when you needed to escape the hubbub of the other three parks. The least kid-friendly of Disney's Orlando theme parks, Epcot was often quiet, laid-back, easy to navigate. Even during its annual International Food and Wine Festival, which …

    You’ll want to include Loaded Mac ’n’ Cheese from the Farm Fresh booth on your things-to-eat list when you’re at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
  8. Police: Two mutilated cats found in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are investigating two cases in which cats were mutilated in the last two weeks.

  9. The story behind Priatek, the little company with its name on St. Pete's tallest building


    ST. PETERSBURG — Miami has the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower. Atlanta has Bank of America Plaza. Houston has the J.P. Morgan Chase Tower.

    St. Petersburg has Priatek Plaza.


    Priatek acquired naming rights to Pinellas County's tallest building. This is the former Bank of America building at 200 Central Ave. The company, which has about 15 employees and is relatively unknown, makes video game kiosks that reward players with discounts or free items at businesses. LARA CERRI  |   Times 

  10. Jaguars vs. Bucs Scouting Report, Week 5: Will the Bucs rise?


    He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.

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  11. Tampa Bay's foreclosure rate continues to fall

    Real Estate

    Tampa Bay's foreclosure rate plunged in July but remained higher than the state and national rates.

  12. 'Lights Rise on Grace' spotlights tough emotional issues at Stageworks


    Stageworks Theatre starts its season this weekend with Lights Rise on Grace, a new play that explores fear and family and love.

     Lights Rise on Grace explores a love triangle between Grace (Jessica Stone, L), Riece (Alexander Craddock, center) and prison inmate Large (Aaron Washington).
  13. BayCare hopes to build extensive office in Safety Harbor


    SAFETY HARBOR — Residents weren't shy with their disapproval three years ago when a developer proposed high-end apartments and offices near the city's border with Clearwater.

  14. Here's a list of the 103 stores opening at Tampa Premium Outlets


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Simon Property Group has filled 103 stores in its new Tampa Premium Outlets scheduled to open Oct. 29 in Pasco County.

    Construction workers at the Tampa Premium Outlets work toward completion of the mall for their grand opening on Oct. 29. An inclusive list of the 103 tenants at the mall was released for the first time this week. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  15. More heard than seen, coyotes lurk about Snell Isle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Coyote sightings are up on Snell Isle.

    A Coyote rests in a commercial lot Wednesday in Port Richey. "We've got coyotes in all 67 counties of Florida," said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. "They are relatively common." And they could cause problems, although not usually for people. Mostly, coyotes fear humans and run away if confronted by them. It's small pets and open trash bins that attract their attention.