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  1. People's Law School is in session in Clearwater

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Bar Association's People's Law School, designed to increase knowledge of legal concepts that may affect our everyday lives, is in session through Nov. 16. Individuals interested in learning more about the legal system are invited to attend any of the sessions. Here is a look at the upcoming classes: …

  2. Perspective: People love to live in places that are at risk for disasters, 'and this is what happens'

    Perspective

    California was burning and emergency management officials in Sacramento, Calif., were listing the latest statistics about the fires, the firefighters, the acres burned, the fatalities, the missing people, the number of tanker planes and helicopters deployed, and so on. To one side, in a suit and tie, stood the governor, Jerry Brown. …

    The wildfire season has gotten longer and the wildfires are bigger. Above is a neighborhood destroyed by a wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif. Dozens have been killed in the recent California fires.
  3. Drive-by shooting near Robles Park injures four people standing outside in crowd

    Crime

    TAMPA — Four people standing in a crowd were hit by bullets during a drive-by shooting near Robles Park in Tampa late Friday, Tampa police said. The victims were being treated at local hospitals for injuries that are not life threatening, police said. …

    Tampa police investigate a drive-by shooting Friday night at the Robles Park Village housing complex. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Spencer: 'A better and more beautiful world if people like me were in power'

    K12

    In the a small theater crammed with cameras, Richard Spencer and a small group of his coordinators clashed with reporters as his controversial speech in the Phillips Center drew near Thursday. …

    A crowd gathers ahead of Richard Spencer's appearance at the University of Florida on Oct. 19, 2017. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  5. Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

    Columns

    Atlanta, a place known for rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become an international city, proved to be a perfect backdrop for Artricia James-Heard's own rise from what she calls "a very vulnerable time in her life." …

    Artricia James-Heard
  6. Trump lauds Vegas victims, doctors: 'Amazing people'

    Nation

    LAS VEGAS — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met privately with victims of the Las Vegas shooting at a hospital Wednesday, praising them and the doctors who treated them as he visited a city still reeling from the worst gun massacre in modern U.S. history. …

    President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Muniz Air National Guard Base for a visit after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 3, 2017 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. [Getty Images]
  7. People wait hours for food assistance in wake of Hurricane Irma

    Hurricanes

    PLANT CITY Hela Garcia and her mother, Gloria Ferrales, sat on folding chairs Monday under a small white tent, taking a brief respite from the midday sun beating down on the Plant City Stadium grounds. …

    Sandra Sanchez, center, of Gibsonton checks on her eligibility for the Food for Florida program at Plant City Stadium on Monday. The disaster relief program is for low-income families not already receiving food stamps.
  8. Keillor: The gentle people shall prevail

    Columns

    I passed through Houston Monday and found a lot of cheerful stoicism ("It could've been worse") a month after Harvey had messed with Texas. Some boarded-up windows downtown, some houses awaiting demolition. …

    Days after this photo, Minnijean Brown, center, was escorted to class by the 101st Airborne: “I figured, ‘I’m a nice person. Once they get to know me, they’ll see I’m okay. We’ll be friends.’ ”
  9. Tampa police shoot at pit bull after four people bitten

    News

    TAMPA — A Tampa police officer fatally shot a dog, and the county took another into custody after the loose animals went on a biting spree Tuesday, officials said. Four people were bitten. One refused medical treatment and the others were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, police said. …

  10. Online poll helps Tampa leaders know what people are thinking about

    News

    TAMPA — A city of Tampa online survey of the public's priorities for the next 18 months rated improving streets and easing flooding as the top priority of nearly 89 percent of respondents. …

    Kenneth Jones helps a driver whose BMW stalled in front of his house on W Azeele and S Occident streets in Tampa.
  11. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jack Johnson, Foster the People, PVRIS and more

    Music

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    Handout photos of Foster the People, performing 9/28 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. Credit: Neil Krug
  12. What Hurricane Maria taught me about the people of Puerto Rico

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN — After Hurricane Maria took their roof, water and electricity — but spared their chickens — Ana De Jesús and Santiago Quiñones packed a few basics and moved across the street into their windowless beachside kiosk. …

    A Lo?za woman greeted journalists who arrived at her flooded street Friday, two days after Hurricane Maria drenched the beach town with rain.? [CARL JUSTE?| Miami Herald]
  13. Review: Foster the People show off synth-pop chops at sold-out Ritz Ybor in Tampa

    Sound Check

    Mark Foster doesn’t look much like a pop star up there, surrounded by synthesizers, spiderwebbed by beacons of light, shuffling and shrugging in time with the beat. He doesn’t move like a pop star, doesn’t talk like a pop star, doesn’t pop off the stage like one, either. …

    Foster the People performed at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on Sept. 28, 2017.
  14. Joe Maddon: 'I'd be surprised' that people are still upset

    Rays

    ST. PETERSBURG — He is looking forward to everything about it. …

    Then-Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon looks on from the dugout at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
  15. Lightning's Irma evacuation: 148 people, 14 animals, some business as usual

    Lightning

    TAMPA — When the Lightning's rookie tournament charter to Nashville last weekend became a Hurricane Irma evacuation flight, it made for a surreal scene.  …

    Head shot of Times staffer Joe Smith. Joe Smith is the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the sports department. Staffer mug shot taken in Times studio on Tuesday (06/20/17).
  16. In the Caribbean, people warned to prepare for 'onslaught' of Hurricane Irma

    Hurricanes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Armed with the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Irma bore down Tuesday on the Leeward Islands of the northeast Caribbean on a forecast path that could take it toward Florida over the weekend.  …

    Cyber School Supply employee Christopher Rodriguez installs wood panels on windows in preparation in preparation for Hurricane Irma, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday. [Carlos Giusti | Associated Press]
  17. Red Cross serving free lunches in Hillsborough to people affected by Irma

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — The American Red Cross is serving free hot lunches Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. to people in Hillsborough affected by Hurricane Irma. Here are the three distribution sites: • Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, 1101 E River Cove St. in Tampa …

  18. Eight refueling jets from Arkansas, 250 people heading to new home at MacDill

    Macdill

    TAMPA — The number of KC-135 refueling jets at MacDill Air Force Base will grow from 16 to 24 with the return of a squadron that once called Tampa home. …

    A KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling jet, undergoes maintenance at MacDill Air Force Base. The planes, many flying since the late 1950s, are now being flown more than twice as much as scheduled because of ongoing foreign conflicts. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  19. Review: J.A. Jance's 'Proof of Life' explores mystery in people's past, and a dog's

    Books

    Retirement isn't for everyone. …

     J.A. Jance is the author of Proof of Life and many other mysteries.
  20. 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. …

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