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  1. Photo gallery: The stunning designs of Oscar de la Renta

    Fashion

    Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.

    In this Sept. 16, 2010, file photo, the finale of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. [Associated Press]
  2. Raid on nuisance St. Petersburg home results in 12 arrests

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — After months of surveillance, police early Tuesday morning raided a home on 35th Street N, detaining 12 people they said were involved in drugs and prostitution.

    St. Petersburg police officers arrest suspects at a home at 232 35th St. N Tuesday morning. Neighbors had complained that the home was a hive for prostitution and drugs.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison in killing of girlfriend (w/video)

    World

    With a judge seeking to strike a balance between mercy and retribution, Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

    Oscar Pistorius, rear right, is led to a awaiting police vehicle to be taken to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.  [Associated Press]
  4. Lock the doors when you park your car. Why? Zombies! (Also crime)

    Crime

    TAMPA — The Tampa Police Department released its latest "zombie video" Tuesday, depicting the dangers of leaving car doors unlocked.

  5. Lightning loses two forwards plus game to Oilers

    Lightning Strikes

    EDMONTON — Coach Jon Cooper half-jokingly said Monday morning that touted wing prospect Jonathan Drouin was bound to make his anticipated debut soon because his team was running out of bodies at forward.

    Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin, center, makes his NHL debut in Monday’s defeat at Edmonton after being added to the lineup late due to Alex Killorn’s injury. See notebook, 5C
  6. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

    Nation

    Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.

    Oscar De La Renta’s name was linked to events like the Oscars.
  7. Man arrested for deadly 2013 hit-and-run crash

    Crime

    LUTZ — More than a year after a hit and run accident that killed a Lutz teenager and injured another, Florida Highway Patrol investigators have arrested and charged the person they believe responsible for the crash.

  8. Predawn campaign robocalls traced to caller ID victim

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Barbara Homer says she didn't do it — she didn't send 3 a.m. campaign robocalls on behalf of any politicians, have an affair with anyone's husband or offer a free solar energy audit over the phone, but she has been accused of all three.

  9. African journalists' visit to St. Petersburg canceled due to Ebola fears

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has canceled the upcoming visit of 14 journalists from African countries, citing Ebola-related fears from faculty, students and staff.

  10. Archaeologists sift Everglades muck for cultural artifacts

    Wetlands

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture.

    National Park Service archeologists sift through sediment collected from the Anhinga Slough while doing a survey in Everglades National Park. They are looking for artifacts which were first discovered at the site when it was dredged in 1968. [Associated Press]
  11. Affair revealed as police conclude Davis Islands shooting investigation

    Crime

    TAMPA — Late one night in August, Mishay Simpson shot Andrew Noll after he walked into her Davis Islands home unannounced. Simpson, the wife of semiprofessional golfer Rhett Simpson, later told investigators that Noll was a former friend who had been stalking her and threatening to hurt her family.

    Andrew Noll, 23, and Mishay Simpson, 28, pose together in this image that Tampa police recovered during their investigation of the shooting.
  12. Cord cutters: Is a la carte streaming a better deal than cable?

    The Feed

    Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be …

    A silhouetted coaxial cable. Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. But cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider, and some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. [Associated Press]
  13. No wrong-way drivers found, but Hillsborough crackdown leads to other arrests

    News

    TAMPA — Additional state troopers patrolling Hillsborough County encountered no wrong-way driving incidents during the first of three traffic crackdowns, authorities said Monday.

  14. Romano: A moral to the St. Pete Beach legal fiasco

    Local Government

    Just so you know, this story has a moral.

  15. Ebola response highlights government cuts to public health

    Health

    The Ebola threat is calling attention to a problem years in the making: cuts to the programs and staff intended to prepare for just such a public health emergency.