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That tropical disturbance could soak Florida and its chance of becoming a depression is high

With added moisture from a stalling frontal boundary, Florida could be in for more heavy rain this...

Satellite imagery shows a tropical disturbance creeping closer to Florida on Friday, August 23, 2019. National Hurricane Center
 
 

Trial in the Clearwater parking lot shooting: Day 5, nearing the end

We’re doing live updates in the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka, accused in the July 2018...

As his manslaughter trial this week nears the end, Michael Drejka, front, enters a Pinellas County courtroom Friday with attorney William Flores. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
 

A recession can’t start with unemployment so low? Yes it can.

“History shows us that," says one economist.

 

Pasco’s Drag Queen Story Hour goes off without protest

Protestors likely didn’t know that Pasco Pride held it by invite-only last weekend at the...

Stephanie Stuart, a self-proclaimed transgender drag queen, reads at an Aug. 18 Drag Queen Story Hour at the New Port Richey public library.  Courtesy Nina Borders, Pasco Pride
 
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Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor, dies at age 79

David Koch, a billionaire who lived in New York City, was the Libertarian Party’s vice...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Koch, major donor to conservative causes and educational groups, has died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. He was 79. (Associated Press)
 

Florida student accused of threatening to shoot up a school

Davie police say the Nova High School student wrote a message saying he wanted to see people shake...

The boy was arrested on a charge of making a false report concerning the use of firearms in a violent manner. [Davie Police Department/Facebook]
 
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Serial killer who preyed on gay men executed in Florida

Gary Ray Bowles was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison.

Gary Ray Bowles received the death penalty for the November 1994 murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach. Hinton was Bowles’ sixth and final known victim in a series of killings in an eight-month span in 1994 that terrorized the Interstate 95 corridor and won him the nickname the “I-95 killer.” (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
 

Rick Scott’s health care ideas could increase health care costs

The market-based philosophy of Scott’s recent proposals could lead to higher health insurance...

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times] Jones, Octavio Jones  |  Tampa Bay Times
 

Rehabilitated sea turtle named Harry freed near Florida Keys

Officials say the 30-pound turtle named Harry was released Thursday with a small satellite...

Harry was rescued by recreational boaters in early February, entangled in a large fishing net, off the Upper Keys. [The Turtle Hospital/Facebook]
 

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces...

This Aug. 15, 2019 satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows closeup view of a fire southwest of Porto Velho Brazil. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year as of Tuesday, Aug. 20.   (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
 

Disney Star Wars land opening: What we learned from California

The nearly identical Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in May in California to disappointing crowds.

A character looks out to the marketplace in the Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneylan in Anaheim, Calif. A nearly identical land is opening in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando on Aug. 29. Chris Pizzello  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
 

Epcot is getting a new ‘Moana’-themed water attraction, other Disney news

Walt Disney World has also announced the name of the immersive Star Wars hotel that’s under...

A rendering of Epcot's Journey of Water, inspired by “Moana.
 

Use that summer zucchini in these Turkish pancakes with whipped feta and yogurt sauce

Grated carrots, lemon zest and honey brighten up the dish.

Top Turkish Feta Zucchini and Carrot Pancakes with whipped feta and yogurt sauce. [LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI   |   Special to the Times]
 

A pie recipe fit for Georgia peach season

A simple almond crumb crust ties everything together.

Celebrate stone fruit and summer with Peach Pie With an Easy Top and Bottom Crumb Crust. [LORRAINE FINA STEVENSKI   |   Special to the Times]
 

Taylor Swift’s Lover is out. Here’s an analysis of the lyrics.

Along with an analysis of 99 of her other songs.

Taylor Swift's new album Lover, released Aug. 23, 2019. Republic Records
 

Grave Digger’s daughter pushes to extend the family legacy

Krysten Anderson loves the adrenaline rush of being a Monster Jam driver, but fulfilling the...

Krysten Anderson, the 22-year-old daughter of Grave Digger driver Dennis Anderson, competes Saturday in the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Amalie Arena. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Feld Entertainment
 

Florida Gators-Miami Hurricanes coaching matchup began a decade ago at ... Middle Tennessee?

Dan Mullen had never heard of Manny Diaz before their random 2009 non-conference meeting. The...

Dan Mullen, left, and Manny Diaz first met on Oct. 17, 2009, when Mullen was coaching at Mississippi State and Diaz was a defensive coordinator for Middle Tennessee. SCG/ZUMApress.com, Middle Tennessee State University  |  Special to the Times
 

Florida-Miami nuggets, including why Amari Burney is one of the most important Gators

NFL draft prospects to watch and more odds and ends on the Florida Gators-Miami Hurricanes opener.

Florida safety Amari Burney (30) celebrates with linebacker Ventrell Miller, left, and tight end Lucas Kull, right, after he blocked a Colorado State punt that led to a Florida touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Gainesville, Fla. John Raoux  |  AP
 

Bucs’ Mike Evans creates memorable fantasy football experience

Evans pays a visit to team’s FANtasy Football Challenge and promises productivity to his “new...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs drills during training camp at the AdventHealth Training Center on July 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times  Monica Herndon  |  Tampa Bay Times
 

Bucs-Browns: Previewing Tampa Bay's game Friday against Cleveland

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What's on the line tonight in the Bucs' preseason home finale?

Running back Ronald Jones (27) is expected to play Friday when the Bucs face the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium.  DIRK SHADD   |   Times DIRK SHADD   |   Times  |  Tampa Bay Times
 

As the season nears, NHL restricted free agent market remains frozen

Brayden Point doesn’t have a contract yet, but he’s far from the only one.

Lightning center Brayden Point remains without a contract for next season. Shadd, Dirk  |  Tampa Bay Times
 
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