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  1. PolitiFact: Is ISIS in Mexico and planning to cross the border?

    National

    With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria growing in the Middle East, nearly half of Americans think the country is less safe than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, according to a recent poll.

  2. Tampa to fine landlords, renters for illegal house parties

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Landlords and their tenants will soon face $450 city fines when their rental houses are the scenes of out-of-control parties marked by under-aged drinking or illegal drug use, and the penalties cannot start too soon for homeowners like Gary Smith.

  3. Man electrocuted in South Tampa

    Accidents

    A 22-year-old man was electrocuted Wednesday morning in South Tampa, authorities said. Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise about 10 a.m. behind a home at 3021 W. Fair Oaks Avenue and said a man went to investigate. Christopher Diehl went into a small space between a shed and a fence where power lined had gone …

  4. Park Boulevard bridge to close for repairs Sept. 29

    Roads

    SEMINOLE — Drivers coming to and from Redington Shores and Indian Shores are in for a longer trip as of Sept. 29, when Pinellas County is set to close the Park Boulevard bridge for a month during construction.

    Pinellas County plans to close the Park Boulevard bridge on Sept. 29 for maintenance until Oct. 28. A county engineer said the repairs, which the county estimates will cost $840,972, should mean fewer drawbridge breakdowns in the future.
  5. Hearing officer in Hillsborough fines Uber, says smartphones act as taxi meters

    Transportation

    TAMPA — The smartphones used by ride-share drivers for Uber are essentially serving as taxi meters, a hearing officer ruled Wednesday.

  6. Strip club on Gandy scheduled for auction block

    Civil

    ST. PETERSBURG — Vegas Showgirls, a strip club dogged by legal problems, is set to go on the auction block next month because of the recent foreclosure by its lender.

  7. Florida's fall not a flashy season, but it foretells coming delights

    Human Interest

    North of us, Americans are drinking apple cider, eyeing the pumpkins, calling the chimney sweep, dressing in flannel shirts against the slight nip in the air.

    [iStockphoto.com]
  8. Review: 'The Maze Runner' feels refreshingly low-tech

    Movies

    When I was a kid we called The Maze Runner idea "playing fort," and Rodney Weaver down the street made the rules. There weren't many since imagination always made the calls. Our heroics bounced off woods instead of this fantasy's walls, inspired by plucky B-movies just like it.

    In "The Maze Runner," Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Teresa (Kaya Scoderlario), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), Frypan (Dexter Darden) and Winston (Alex Flores) react to a shocking development in the Glade. Photo by Twentieth Century Fox

  9. Land O'Lakes High School hall of fame inductees to include Will Weatherford, John Benedetto

    Human Interest

    LAND O'LAKES — In a text message last year, Jerry Brewster asked John Benedetto to meet to plan the first Land O'Lakes High School Athletic Hall of Fame induction.

    John Benedetto was a football coach and mentor.
  10. Cocoa Beach man killed in Interstate 4 crash

    Accidents

    A Cocoa Beach man died in a four-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 4 near Plant City, the Florida Highway Patrol said. About 12:15 p.m, the four vehicles were heading east near the Alexander Street exit. One of the vehicles, an SUV driven by Danielle Massa of Livingston, N.J., failed to slow down with the …

  11. Review: 'This Is Where I Leave You' needs to leave out a bit

    Movies

    Sooner or later, dysfunctional family reunions in movies wind up with relatives wrestling in the yard, living room, wherever the cliche takes them. Whether viewers groan, grin or something in between says a lot about how well the movie works up to that point.

    The reassembled Altman siblings are, from left, Phillip (Adam Driver), Paul (Corey Stoll), Wendy (Tina Fey) and Judd (Jason Bateman).
  12. Veteran's Expressway crash that injured man believed to be alcohol-related

    Accidents

    Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in an early morning traffic crash that seriously injured a man Thursday on the Veteran's Expressway.

  13. Jeter gets hit, run in Trop finale as Rays lose to Yankees

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday the Rays planned to honor retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter with praise and some parting gifts. Wednesday, he left the Trop turf for the final time with the satisfaction of snapping an 0-for-28 slump and scoring the decisive run in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Rays.

    Derek Jeter, in his final game at Tropicana Field, scores in the sixth inning on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly to right, putting the Yankees ahead 3-1.
  14. Romano: At Al Lang, not quite baseball, not quite soccer

    Local Government

    Let's be clear on a couple of points:

    No. 1, Bill Edwards is absolutely right.

    It's time for St. Petersburg to stop thinking of Al Lang Field as a baseball stadium.

    Once firm in the opinion that baseball should always have a place at Al Lang Stadium on  St. Petersburg's waterfront, city officials now agree with the Tampa Bay Rowdies owner that soccer should reign supreme at the former spring training mecca. [stpete.org]
  15. Kenneth City council remains deadlocked over budget

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Council members here remained deadlocked Wednesday after a special meeting called to tentatively approve a budget for the coming fiscal year.