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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. …

    Waves crash over a seawall in Miami during Hurricane Irma. At one point, the entire peninsula was under a hurricane warning.
  3. 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]
  4. 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
  5. 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, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Las Vegas to visit with victims and first responders affected by the worst mass shooting in American history. [Associated Press]
  6. 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. …

    Workers help applicants in Plant City on Monday. By 4 p.m., nearly 31,000 applications for households from 18 counties had been processed since the site opened last week. People were encouraged to apply in their own counties, but no one was turned away in Hillsborough. Today is the sixth and final day.
  7. 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. …

    Alexandra Petri, Washington Post
  8. 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. …

  9. 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.
  10. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jack Johnson, Foster the People, PVRIS and more

    Music

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    Handout photo of PVRIS, performing 10/3/17 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa. Credit: Eliot Lee Hazel
  11. 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. …

    Ismael Freytes, 69, removes muddy debris as he tries to clean out his house in Arecibo, where the local river poured into the streets after Hurricane Maria. [CARL JUSTE?| Miami Herald]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.  …

    DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2015)
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, far left, brought the largest contingent on the team's evacuation from Tampa to Nashville for Hurricane Irma: 10, including wife Johanna, far right; their four kids (from Anton's left, Leo,  Liv, Lowve and Bella); three rabbits and one dog.
  15. 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 …

  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.  …

    In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16  and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward, Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, 2017, in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. This image was captured as daylight moves into the area, right, with nighttime features on the left side of the image. [NOAA via AP]
  17. 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]
  18. Review: J.A. Jance's 'Proof of Life' explores mystery in people's past, and a dog's

    Books

    Retirement isn't for everyone. …

  19. 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. …

  20. Column: What Hurricane Irma taught us about better care for older people in Florida

    Columns

    Irma cut a destructive path through Florida, leaving many people with damaged homes and businesses and communities without essential infrastructure and services. One of the saddest, most heart-wrenching and perhaps avoidable of all the terrible effects from Irma was the death of 10 residents in a Hollywood nursing home and the suffering of more than a hundred other residents. That these individuals suffered as a result of negligence on the part of the facility's operators seems clear and will ultimately be decided by regulators and the courts. …

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