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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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  1. St. Petersburg council sets millage rate in first budget hearing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council set the millage rate and gave initial approval to Mayor Rick Kriseman's $538 million budget at Thursday night's hearing.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  2. How many more people would lack coverage under Cassidy-Graham? We can guess

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — It's safe to say the new Obamacare rollback measure toward which the Senate is charging would mean fewer Americans have health coverage. Exactly how many is unclear. Some argue it could be more than 22 million people. Others say it could be fewer.

  3. Woman's decomposed body found near St. Petersburg railroad tracks

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found near the railway tracks behind an empty building at 3100 38th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

  4. Warehouse filled with mattresses burns on Tampa's east side

    News

    TAMPA — County and city firefighters were on the scene of a three-alarm fire Thursday night at a warehouse that appeared to contain thousands of mattresses.

    Thursday night's fire at a mattress warehouse in Tampa, as seen from a drone. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  5. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).