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  1. Tide silences skeptics in rout

    Sports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama looked every bit the part of a national title contender, with a point-a-minute attack and a defense that planted a goose egg on one of the nation's most prolific offenses.  …

  2. Stone crab season forecast upbeat, but prices could be high

    Food & Dining

    After two years of meager harvests, the forecast for this year's stone crab catch is cautiously upbeat, though prices likely will remain high. …

  3. Friday's letters: Inequality threatens U.S. economy

    Letters

    Income disparity worries Fed chair | Oct. 18 Inequality threatens the economy …

  4. Kurds claim to have turned tide against Islamic State in Syrian border town

    World

    SANLIURFA, Turkey — Kurdish fighters have turned the tide against Islamic State militants in the battle for control of the Syrian border town of Kobani after two days of relentless bombardment by U.S. warplanes, Kurdish officials and activists said Wednesday. …

  5. This week in Tampa: Jason Aldean, Ringo Starr, Funk Fest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday and more

    Sound Check

    Holy moly, what a gigantic week of live music we have in store. It all starts tonight with the 35th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday, featuring Earth, Wind and Fire, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (above) and more. But it's not even the only huge festival this weekend! There's also Funk Fest with Jill Scott, Bobby Brown and more; and the indie rocktacular Don't Stop St. Pete in the 'Burg. And then there are concerts by Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett, Obituary, Macy Gray, Givers, Los Lonely Boys, Jackyl, Dumpstaphunk and more. (And in case you hadn't heard, Gareth Emery's concert Sunday at Hogan's Beach just got canceled.) Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa... …

  6. Miami Beach vs. King Tide

    State

    Reuters' Zachary Fagenson and David Adams: Construction crews are wading into chest high pools of muck in a race against time to install pumps Miami Beach officials hope will help control an annual super-high tide threatening to flood south Florida's popular seaside city next week. …

  7. Editorial: Governor's debate hits the fan

    Editorials

    No wonder Floridians are uninspired by this race for governor. For more than five minutes, Gov. Rick Scott refused to come on stage for Wednesday night's televised debate because he claimed Charlie Crist broke the rules by having a small fan near his lectern. After that, it was mostly hot air and the usual attacks from both candidates. The losers were the voters looking for straight answers and a glimmer of inspiration less than three weeks before Election Day. …

  8. Bondi asks court to keep gay marriage ban in place

    Politics

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wants a federal judge to keep the state's ban on gay marriage in place despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.  …

  9. District volleyball:

    Volleyball Preps

    PINELLAS PARK — Down 2-0 and trailing 24-21 in the third game against East Lake, it looked as if Seminole would have to settle for runnerup in Class 7A, District 9. Then the Warhawks won a point. Then another. And another until they surged their way back for a 26-24 win. …

  10. Perspective: Athletes in a bubble means trouble

    Perspective

    Several years ago, in the course of writing a book, I spent a season with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. …

  11. SoundCheck: Funk Fest, Lyle Lovett among top music picks

    Music & Concerts

    Funk Fest With Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Fantasia, Doug E. Fresh, 112, Jill Scott, more Details: Saturday 4 p.m. Raymond James Stadium (North Lot), 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $37-$117. (813) 350-6500. …

  12. Wednesday's letters: Crash's aftermath and its lessons

    Letters

    The trial that left its mark on us all | Oct. 18, Sue Carlton column Crash's aftermath and its lessons …

  13. Steelers rally past bumbling Texans

    Bucs

    PITTSBURGH — One dizzying sequence, and the Steelers were in complete control against the Texans.  …

  14. Tell Me About It: He's not sure how to respond to 'I'm so fat'

    Relationships

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  15. Captain's Corner: Cooler temperatures bringing in kingfish

    Outdoors

    Cooler weather has lowered the water temperature, bringing in a push of kingfish to the north Pinellas coast. Look for hard-bottom regions holding large pods of bait schools, often times with birds diving into the bait. Spanish mackerel and kingfish drive the bait to the surface while attacking from below, drawing in birds. Slow troll live sardines or threadfin herring around the outer edges of the bait balls. Fish usually attack baits from the outside rather than in the middle of the schools. Anchoring over an area with several bait schools nearby is often productive. Putting out a chum bag and also chumming with cut pieces of sardines can create a slick for hundreds of yards down-tide, bringing fish to the boat. To prevent cutoffs from razor-sharp teeth, use long shank hooks 1/0 -3/0 in size. I prefer to use heavier fluorocarbon leader, anywhere from 40-60 pounds when anchored. If cutoffs are frequent, up-size leader until cutoffs are less often. When trolling, light gauge wire is acceptable since the movement makes the wire less noticeable. Larger rods and spinning reels are preferred for kingfish but inshore setups can work fine for Spanish mackerel and an occasional smaller kingfish. …

  16. W.Va., penalties beat Bears

    Sports

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When West Virginia needed another late push to pull out a win, Clint Trickett and Kevin White came up big again. Trickett threw two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, White had two TD catches and West Virginia surprised sloppy No. 4 Baylor 41-27 Saturday.  …

  17. Captain's Corner: Spanish mackerel on the move as water temps drop

    Outdoors

    Water temperatures are down and Spanish mackerel are on the move in the middle bay. Live sardines chummed over a reef, wreck or any structure will draw them in. Live sardines are a top choice with shrimp and pinfish doing damage as well. This is perfect for the fly guys. Any fly that moves, they will eat. Greenback and shrimp patterns are very effective. On he right tide days, snook and redfish are eating well. Look for snook to be wearing the feed bag in preparation for the slim pickings offered up during the cold months. These fish are gorging on sardines and finger mullet to fatten up. For artificial slingers, dart baits in gold work well as do swimming shad tail baits in dark and gold colors. With water temperatures down, the fish are more aggressive and interested in eating. …

  18. Pressure mounts for testing reform

    The Gradebook

    Florida parent groups and school boards aiming to curtail high-stakes testing might take heart as the movement gains even more national momentum. …

  19. Captain's Corner: Fly tips

    Outdoors

    Baby tunny, or false albacore, are perfect for fly rod fun. Large schools of these speedy predators are along our beaches and are easiest to find in passes where there is strong tidal flow and tons of baitfish. An incoming or outgoing tide will trigger feeding action, easily seen because terns and seagulls will feed heavily on baitfish pushed to the surface. Binoculars will let you scan a larger area. Once feeding fish are observed, position your boat ahead of the school and shut down your outboard. Leaving the motor on might put down the fish. The tide will bring the fish closer to you so you can cast. Use a 9-weight fly rod with a good reel that has 150 yards of backing and an efficient drag. A 30-pound hard monofilament shock tippet prevents cutoffs from sharp teeth. Use white or chartreuse/white flies that match baitfish size; they must be stripped very fast to replicate fleeing baitfish. A sink tip or full sinking fly line, rather than a floating line, will get you deeper, where the largest fish are often found. …

  20. Captain's Corner: Perfect conditions

    Outdoors

    October is the time to be on the water. With a slight cold front pushing down this week, it should make the water temperature perfect for fishing. There are Spanish mackerel, big schools of jacks and black tip sharks all over the bay and beaches. While you can catch the jacks on your normal inshore tackle, you will have to bump off your leader to about 60 pounds if you hope to land Spanish mackerel and sharks. Most of the big schools that were around in August and September have split up. Some smaller schools can be found from Fort De Soto to upper Tampa Bay. On extremely low water, look for deep holes just off the grass flats: The redfish will move just far enough to find water they are comfortable in. The snook bite has really turned on this past week. They continue to hold on the grass flats for now. On high tide they have been holding pretty tight to the mangrove line. A nice scaled sardine belly-hooked has worked best. Using a lot of chum will get the party started. …

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