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A few miles northwest of downtown Dunedin, the 2.5-mile Osprey Trail snakes through one of the few remaining stands of Florida slash pines. This is an ideal place to see osprey nesting. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

A few miles northwest of downtown Dunedin, the 2.5-mile Osprey Trail snakes through one of the few remaining stands of Florida slash pines. This is an ideal place to see osprey nesting. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe has resigned amid criticism of handling of racial issues. Long-simmering protests at the university over matters of race and discrimination got a boost over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed.

It's late in the season, but a new tropical storm has developed. Tropical Storm Kate formed Monday morning off the Bahamas. Follow its path here.

Can the stuff in yogurt lower the risk for Type 1 diabetes? A team of researchers led by a University of South Florida professor has found that infants who consumed probiotic formula or dietary supplements within 27 days of birth were less likely to develop a condition that leads to Type 1 diabetes.

An evangelical Christian says Starbucks plain red cups are another battle in the war on Christmas. Read his side and Starbucks' response.

It's almost cool enough to go outside again. So grab your boots and check out these five great hikes for fall that Outdoors editor Terry Tomalin recommends.

Now that the residents in Alexandria fully understand the danger that surrounds their walled-in compound, will they appreciate Rick and his band on The Walking Dead? Read our recap of last night's episode.

Two corporate giants, Weyerhauser and Plum Creek, are merging in an $8.4 billion deal to form the nation's biggest private owner of timberland, an empire that includes more than 13 million acres — with 415,000 in Florida.

Sunday's contest against the New York Giants was a winnable game for the Bucs — they were within one score for most of the second half — but in the end they couldn't come up with as many drive-extending plays, red zone touchdowns and points off turnovers as the Giants, says the Turning Point.

It was a major weekend for live music in Tampa Bay. Check out reviews of Mary J. Blige at the USF Sun Dome, Lil Wayne and Nas at the inaugural H.I.T. Music Festival, Warrant and Ratt at Ferg's, John Lydon and Public Image Ltd. at the State Theatre and the Florida Orchestra .

Here's your Tampa Bay Times news at noon update 11/09/15 [Last modified: Monday, November 9, 2015 12:12pm]
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