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  1. Bangladeshi surfer girls go against the cultural tide

    World

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — The girls ply this endless stretch of beach every morning, weaving through flocks of tourists to sell snacks, the ocean breeze whipping the gossamer scarves of their traditional shalwar kameez. …

    Rashed Alam trains some of the girls in CPR and rescue, hoping to show their parents that the surfers could have a career as lifeguards. [Los Angeles Times/TNS]
  2. Red Tide found in water samples along Pinellas County beaches

    Publicsafety

    Times staff A bloom of Florida Red Tide remained Sunday along Pinellas County, killing fish and causing respiratory irritation, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. …

    Dead fish dot the sand Sunday north of John’s Pass in Madeira Beach. A Red Tide bloom can result in fish kills and cause respiratory irritation among beachgoers.   
  3. Tide keeps Aggies slumping

    Sports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Avery Johnson has already brought big wins to Alabama's program even during an up-and-down season.  …

    Alabama’s Retin Obasohan scores two of his 16 in a 63-62 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M, which has lost three straight.
  4. 'Prince of Tides' author Pat Conroy dies at 70

    Obituaries

    Pat Conroy, whose tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal South Carolina served as unending sources of inspiration for his fiction, notably the novels The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides, died on Friday. He was 70. …

    Author Pat Conroy died on Friday at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer. [Getty Images 2002]
  5. Bernie Sanders seeks Midwest wins to turn tide against Hillary Clinton

    National

    CHICAGO — Barnstorming through the Rust Belt, Bernie Sanders on Monday looked toward primary contests in five states as the linchpin of his strategy to turn the tide against Hillary Clinton and overcome her delegate edge in the Democratic primary. Clinton urged Democrats to unite behind her bid to focus on a far bigger threat: Republican front-runner Donald Trump.  …

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is greeted by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, Diane Latiker of Kids off the Block memorial, second from right, and Rep Bobby Rush, D-Ill., as she arrives to visit Kids off the Block memorial l to children killed by gun violence in Chicago on Monday. [Associated Press]
  6. Captain's Corner: Target the afternoon tides this weekend

    Outdoors

    We'll likely see quite a bit more weather this second half of winter than we saw the first half. We'll get a little warmup this weekend, then another good-sized front midweek. The windows for productive fishing are much smaller. Typically it takes about three days for fish to become active after a front. This usually means another one is coming as we start to see a wind switch out of the south. Targeting the afternoon tides gives you the best shot at a good bite this weekend. Redfish numbers have increased after the most recent full moon, and we should see those fish gather in the shallows for the next couple of months. Artificial lures often are more productive now than live bait. Have the water column covered with a topwater plug, a gold spoon and soft plastics that can be rigged weed-less. Live shrimp can yield fish out of an area when pockets of fish are found. The trout bite should improve with cooler temperatures. Find the adult-sized trout schooled up around many of the spoil islands and flats with hard edges that might drop off into a channel. Fish the edges at lower tides. The spoil islands usually produce best midway through the incoming tide. …

  7. Elementary: Tide must stop Tigers' Watson

    Sports

    numbers of the weekend …

    Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson scores against Oklahoma in the Tigers’ 37-17 Orange Bowl victory.
  8. Red Tide bloom kills fish and leaves some Pinellas beachgoers coughing

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Red Tide algae bloom that has plagued Charlotte and Sarasota counties for months recently moved north into Manatee and Pinellas counties.  …

  9. Tide can thank top-tier recruits for crucial play (w/video)

    College

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a national championship in danger of slipping away, Alabama needed to come up with something big as Monday night began approaching Tuesday morning. …

    Alabama defensive back Marlon Humphrey, a five-star recruit, had no play bigger in Monday's national championship than converting a crucial onside kick. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
  10. Captain's Corner: Redfish are biting

    Outdoors

    Redfishing has been hot over the last few weeks. They're in flats with larger striped mullet that they can school with, hiding among the mullet as dolphin invade the flats looking for easy meals. On high tides, look for mangrove shorelines where mullet are jumping near the limbs or schooling along the branches and overhangs. Cutbaits cast into the shadows of the bushes will attract a bite. Fish each section for about 15 minutes while chumming with cut pieces of bait. If there is no action, move farther down the line. Redfish often pick a different oyster bar or mangrove cutout to occupy from day to day depending on conditions. Trout are starting to gather along the grass flats inside the passes. Dropoffs around the edges of flats are a holding several trout in all size ranges on lower tides. Small pinfish or sardines under a cork are getting hammered. Freeline baits in deeper potholes scattered throughout the flats to catch bigger female trout. Snook are under pressure in north Pinellas. Make long casts to beach troughs and cuts with current, staying a good distance from these cautious fish. The turn of the tide has been the best time to target snook. The early morning bite has been the most productive for the linesiders. …

  11. For Tide's Derrick Henry, Gators' Kelvin Taylor another chapter for SEC title

    College

    YULEE Michael Franzese sits in the back of the Ford pickup truck parked in front of the nearly empty Yulee High School football stadium and says the unthinkable: There used to be doubts about Derrick Henry. …

    Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) carries the ball against Auburn during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBA121
  12. Crimson Tide's current dynasty one for state schools to emulate (w/video)

    College

    Even Florida's most diehard college football fans must acknowledge Alabama's perch atop the sport. …

    Charlie Ward, right, was the first Heisman Trophy winner for coach Bobby Bowden’s Florida State team in its 1990s heyday.
  13. Captain's Corner: Snook on the move

    Outdoors

    The snook run is moving south from upper Tampa Bay to the bridges close to the beach. The best spots are the docks on the west side of the bay and the spoil islands close to the beach. During low tides, fish the potholes on the outside of the docks. When the tide is high, fish under the docks. You can use light tackle during low tide, 15-pound line and a 30-pound leader will draw the most strikes. During higher tides, use 30-pound line and 40-pound leader to keep the snook out of the pilings. The top bait has been threadfins. The best action is when the tide is moving. Most of the snook are moving toward the beach. Give each spot 15 minutes before moving to the next. During the spring migration, the fish you found the day before will have moved from that area and closer to the beach. During most of trips, we will find fish on half the stops that held fish the day before. Drift up to areas that have produced fish on past trips and move to the next spot when that area doesn't produce fish. Another way to increase your chances is to scout areas by slowly idling and look for snook to swim away as the boat gets close. Boats with a 4 stroke engine get you closer to snook than a trolling motor. …

  14. Tide returns 3 INTs for TDs to rout Aggies

    Sports

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Alabama kept scoring on passes — all thrown by Texas A&M. Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker was fine with that. "Three touchdowns defensively is hard to beat," he said. "I will take that any day."  …

    Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson takes off on a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first half.
  15. Red tide likely cause of massive fish kill on Sanibel Island

    Environment

    SANIBEL ISLAND — A massive fish kill on Sanibel Island could keep beachgoers out of the water and off of the sand. The News-Press reports that beachcombers this week are finding thousands of dead fish strewn across the normally picture-perfect beach. It's likely the result of red tide. …

  16. Crimson Tide D brings the pain in romp over Bulldogs

    Sports

    STARKVILLE, Miss. — It wasn't until the postgame news conference that Alabama's Nick Saban could explain why he was roaming the sideline with a prominent cut and bruise on his left cheek. Even the Crimson Tide's longtime coach couldn't avoid his team's tremendous pass rush.  …

  17. Tide rolls all over Dawgs again

    Sports

    ATHENS, Ga. — With its season in the balance, Alabama had quite a response Saturday. The Crimson Tide is still a force in the national race.  …

    Alabama’s Derrick Henry, who finishes with 148 yards rushing, takes off for a 30-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter against Georgia.
  18. Willie Taggart's USF Bulls need to turn tide

    College

    TAMPA — October has barely dawned, yet the downward spirals seem to be outnumbering the downfield ones for USF. …

    “I could’ve done some things better for them to help them in that game,” USF coach Willie Taggart said of Friday’s defeat.
  19. PolitiFact Florida: Do fish swim in the streets of Miami at high tide, as Barack Obama said?

    Stateroundup

    As the world watched President Barack Obama's news conference about climate change last week, he drew on South Florida to illustrate a point about the impact — and he zeroed in on fish. …

    "As the science around climate change is more accepted, as people start realizing that even today you can put a price on the damage that climate change is doing - you go down to Miami and when it's flooding at high tide on a sunny day, fish are swimming through the middle of the streets, you know, that - there's a cost to that," President Barack Obama said in Paris. [Getty Images]
  20. Photo Gallery: Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 SEC Championship

    College

    View a gallery of photos from Saturday's game as the Florida Gators take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2015 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

    Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker (14) shares a moment with his mother, Michelle Seires, after beating the Florida Gators 29-15 in the SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015.

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