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  1. Florida's unemployment rate ticks up to 6.3 percent

    Personal Finance

    Florida's unemployment rate ticked up to 6.3 percent in August, from 6.2 percent a month earlier, according to state figures released early Friday.

  2. St. Petersburg murder suspect arrested in Orlando

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man wanted in connection with the slaying of a 24-year-old on Queensboro Avenue S earlier this month was arrested Thursday night in Orlando, authorities said Friday.

  3. Hundreds line up outside International Plaza for first-day sales of Apple's new iPhone 6

    Personal Tech

    Twenty minutes before 8 a.m. Friday, hundreds were already crowding the sidewalks in front of Dillard's at International Plaza waiting to get hold of an iPhone 6.

    Apple Store employees high-five customers waiting outside Tampa's International Plaza mall early Friday as doors open to allow those waiting outside to move in and continue waiting in air-conditioned comfort. [DAN SULLIVAN   |   Times]
  4. Bucs Turning Point, Week 3: Worst Thursday Night Football game ever

    Bucs

    If you're reading this and beginning to realize that you forgot the Buccaneers played on Thursday this week, consider yourself fortunate. You missed the worst Thursday Night Football game in the program's five-year history as the Falcons humiliated the hapless local football team 56-14.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown left in the second quarter of Thursday's 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons after injuring his throwing hand. [Associated Press]
  5. It's Mike Glennon time again for Bucs

    Bucs

    ATLANTA

    It was just about this point in the program that another losing coach handed him another desperate situation.

    Falcons DE Jonathan Babineaux, left, and tackle Corey Peters smother Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon.
  6. St. Petersburg adopts $483 million city budget after quick hearing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG -- The City Council adopted a $483.35 million operating budget for 2015, after just about an hour of discussion and public comment on Thursday.

  7. Widely known defense lawyer Anthony Battaglia, dead at 87, litigated the big cases of his day

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — The trial of U.S. Rep. Richard Kelly over the 1980 Abscam scandal brought together two of the strongest personalities in Tampa Bay legal circles.

    Anthony S. Battaglia’s law practice was his first priority.
  8. Bucs routed by Falcons 56-14

    Bucs

    ATLANTA — As Devin Hester neared the goal line on his 62-yard punt return for a touchdown Thursday night, he decided to high-step his way into the end zone. It was a nod to his boyhood idol, Deion Sanders, who smiled in approval as he watched at the Georgia Dome.

    Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) leaps over Bucs defensive end William Gholston (92) during the first half. [AP photo]
  9. Hillsborough commissioners approve budget

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners Thursday evening quickly and unanimously approved a $3.96 billion budget for next year.

  10. Finger-pointing continues in battle to manage Al Lang Stadium

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — No one wants to talk about what caused the three-way deal to fall apart that involved the city, the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission and Bill Edwards over the management of Al Lang Stadium.

    Bill Edwards owns the Tampa Bay  Rowdies, who play at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.
  11. Largo moves toward censuring commissioner for inappropriate use of city iPad

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners will hold a special meeting Tuesday to decide whether to censure one of their members for downloading inappropriate material on his city-owned iPad.

    Holmes has admitted downloading inappropriate material but refused a colleague’s call to resign.
  12. White House, Democratic Party offer defense of embattled chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    National

    WASHINGTON — The White House and the Democratic National Committee offered detailed defenses of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Thursday after the South Florida lawmaker was shredded in a prominent story about her tenure as head of the party organization.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  13. Tampa General, USF leaders aim to strengthen relationship at top

    Medicine

    TAMPA — The chief executive officers at Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida's medical school are giving each other leadership roles in their operations, another move intended to cement what has sometimes been a testy relationship between the two institutions.

  14. Mother, 6 children, shooter dead in tiny Bell

    Crime

    A former Tampa man who accidentally shot and killed his 9-year-old son in 2001 is at the center of a grisly murder-suicide in the tiny town of Bell, about 50 miles west of Gainesville.

    Don C. Spirit [FL Dept. of Corrections]
  15. Howl-O-Scream drops some props in wake of beheadings

    Florida

    With international horrors far more disturbing than any zombie horde, Busch Gardens is removing some props from Howl-O-Scream after complaints about severed heads at its sister park in Virginia.

    Howl-O-Scream has always been graphic, but props of severed heads at Busch Gardens’ sister park in Virginia drew complaints recently.