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  1. Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

    Pop Culture

    NEW YORK — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on Saturday Night Live.  …

  2. Ferguson shooting demonstrators represent wide spectrum

    Nation

    FERGUSON, Mo. — On one corner of a battered stretch of West Florissant Avenue, the epicenter of ongoing protests, young men pull dark scarves up over their mouths and lob Molotov cocktails at police from behind makeshift barricades built of bricks and wood planks. They call the gasoline-filled bottles "poor man's bombs." …

  3. PunditFact: Checking Ferguson shooting comments from the Sunday news shows

    Politics

    The killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb is raising questions about the makeup of the police department and its response to the Aug. 9 shooting. In some cases, answers are hard to come by. …

  4. The latest Dispatches: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    State

    Set for Floridian in Sunday's Times from award-winner John Woodrow Cox: TAMPA — "Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

  5. Ohio State QB Miller injured

    Sports

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his surgically repaired right shoulder Monday in practice and might miss the season, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Miller is a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate. …

  6. CSX angers Dade City officials when train stops — again

    Public Safety

    DADE CITY — As the freight train chugged through town shortly after dawn Tuesday, crews looked at the ticking clock, stopped the train and walked away, leaving all 129 cars to block multiple intersections. …

  7. Police confront protesters in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Smoke from tear gas filled some streets of this tension-filled city again about midnight Monday, even as the Missouri National Guard was called in to help defuse the violence that has persisted for more than a week. …

  8. Pinellas County 911 system knocked out by lightning strikes

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Two lightning strikes a few minutes apart knocked out Pinellas County's 911 system Friday morning, preventing nearly all calls from coming through for about 45 minutes. …

  9. Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb where teen was killed by police

    News

    FERGUSON, Mo. — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old turned violent again Wednesday night. …

  10. Dispatches from Next Door: Burn survivor's words are the balm that soothe

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — “Joe Versaggi," he said, lightly bumping fists with the young man in the hospital bed. "Burn survivor." …

  11. Hernando man accused of crashing truck, leaving 2 hurt in road

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — Authorities arrested a Spring Hill man after they say he crashed a pickup, injuring two people whom witnesses described as a pregnant woman and a child, then left the scene. …

  12. Tampa man, shot by officer, sues city and police

    Civil

    TAMPA — A man shot by police after his wife called 911 to report he was suicidal is suing both the officer who shot him and the city of Tampa, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week. …

  13. Maliki appears to halt effort to stay on as Iraqi leader

    World

    BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's defiant fight to retain power in Iraq appeared to collapse Tuesday, after his former backers in Iran, the military and his party all signaled he could no longer expect their support. …

  14. Column: My unforgettable day with Robin Williams

    Columns

    I met Robin Williams once, in 1993, when I was a law school student. I had co-authored a book with Larry Berger and a bunch of kids: I Will Sing Life: Voices From the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This was a book about the poetry of seven campers from Paul Newman's camp for terminally ill children in Connecticut. …

  15. Tax for rail likely to unlock new sources of campaign cash for politicians

    Mass Transit

    TAMPA — Serving on the board that oversees Hillsborough County's bus system is not the most glamorous or even most coveted assignment for local politicians. …

  16. U.S. doesn't know what to call newest enemy in Iraq (w/video)

    Columns

    WASHINGTON It was exhilarating to drop a bunch of 500-pound bombs on whatstheirname. …

  17. Police say man charged with murder hit 1-year-old with belt

    Crime

    TAMPA — A few minutes after 8 on Saturday night, Tiffany Williams was clocking out of work when she got the call. "Something's wrong with the baby," said her boyfriend, Austin Hamilton. "He's not breathing." …

  18. Boy in gator attack: 'I felt its jaws'

    Human Interest

    It was a hot summer afternoon, and 9-year-old James Barney thought it would be a great idea to park his bike and cool off with a swim in East Lake Tohopekaliga. It turned out to be the scariest moment of the boy's life. …

  19. South Tampa landlord guilty of running illegal rooming house

    Local Government

    TAMPA — South Tampa landlord Kevin Kladakis is adamant. He rents apartments at his Palma Ceia four-plex at 3110 W San Carlos St. His tenants might have roommates, he says, but it is not a rooming house. …

  20. WHO: Ebola death toll in West Africa grows to 887

    Nation

    ABUJA, Nigeria — The doctor who treated a man who flew to Nigeria and died of Ebola now has contracted the disease, authorities said Monday, presenting a dire challenge to Africa's most populous nation as the regional toll for the outbreak grew to 887 dead.  …

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