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  1. Security patrol moves into larger headquarters

    Publicsafety

    SUN CITY CENTER — The 900-plus members of the Sun City Center Security Patrol and their five squad cars have a new home that's five times the size of its previous facility. …

    Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeff Merry and Sun City Center Security Patrol chief Karen Ryan pose in front of the security patrol’s new office.
  2. Rotten egg smell blankets Philadelphia area

    Nation

    PHILADELPHIA — Officials say the acrid order of rotten eggs that wafted through Philadelphia has been blamed on a power outage at a refinery just across the river from the city.  …

  3. Taiwan scrambles F-16s after China sends carrier through strait

    World

    HONG KONG — Taiwan scrambled F-16 fighter jets and dispatched a frigate to the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday after China sent its sole aircraft carrier into the waterway, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported. …

  4. Man dies as police struggle to arrest him near St. Petersburg homeless shelters

    Publicsafety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man died Wednesday morning after a violent struggle with police officers who were trying to arrest him on a sidewalk near a group of homeless shelters. …

    Police blocked a sidewalk area along 5th Avenue North where officers were involved in a fatal struggle Wednesday morning. A number of homeless shelters are located along the street. [Samantha Putterman   |   Times]
  5. Man, woman accused of aiding fugitive wanted in Orlando officer's killing

    Crime

    ORLANDO — The niece and supervisor of a murder suspect were arrested, accused of helping him evade capture before the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer.  …

     Markeith Loyd is wanted in the slaying of an Orlando police officer outside a Walmart.  [Orlando Police Department]
  6. Frustrations grow as debate continues over fire service in Hernando Beach

    Localgovernment

    BROOKSVILLE — Emotions ran high at this week's Hernando County Commission meeting over the divisive issue of whether the county should terminate its contract with the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department. …

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  7. NTSB investigates NYC rail crash; 100 suffer minor injuries (w/ video)

    Accidents

    NEW YORK — A packed Long Island Rail Road rush-hour train crashed at the end of a platform as it pulled into a major Brooklyn transportation hub on Wednesday, hurling passengers onto the floor and slamming them into each other.  …

    An injured passenger is taken from the Atlantic Terminal after Wednesday's train accident. [Associated Press]
  8. Movie Planner: Premiere for Ybor-centric 'The Weight of Remembering'; plus 'Patriots Day,' 'Silence'

    Movies

    On the same weekend Ben Affleck fakes Ybor City in Live by Night (review, Page 12), the real thing gets a world premiere. The Weight of Remembering is the second Ybor City chronicle co-produced by Centro Español of Tampa, filmmaker Luis Argeo and New York University professor James Fernandez. …

    Ybor City’s Spanish-Cuban heritage inspires The Weight of Remembering.
  9. Restoring an atmosphere, if not yet an aura, for Manchester United

    Soccer

    MANCHESTER, England — In the last five minutes of a nerve-shredding 1-1 draw on Sunday, as his team swarmed forward and Liverpool seemed to tilt and teeter, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho got what he wanted. …

  10. Sad but relieved, Kubiak officially gives up coaching

    Sports

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Eighteen years after Gary Kubiak tried to talk John Elway out of retiring, the roles were reversed. The result: the same. "He said, 'Remember when you did that to me?' " Elway recounted. "I said, 'Yeah, okay.' "  …

  11. Documents outline history of problems at Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department

    Localgovernment

    HERNANDO BEACH — It has been weeks since Hernando County Fire Rescue took over first response to serious medical calls in Hernando Beach. And, despite promises to the contrary, Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Murdock still has not provided the county with critical staff rosters. …

  12. Samuelson: The new world order, 2017

    Columns

    WASHINGTON One insistent question that will shape 2017 is whether we're witnessing the gradual decay of the post-World War II international order, dominated by the economic and military power of the United States. …

  13. It appears the two best teams made College Football Playoff title game

    College

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the clock ticked down on Clemson's victory in the Fiesta Bowl, linebacker Ben Boulware stomped along the sideline, bellowing, thrusting his arms up Saturday night. …

  14. DeWitt: For safety of residents, dump Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department

    Humaninterest

    You'd think this alone would be enough to persuade Hernando County commissioners to disband the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department: "(The department) is not consistently following proper … dispatch and response procedures to emergency incidents." …

  15. Column: Solidarity with Syrians should not end with fall of Aleppo

    Columns

    The 17-hour journey out of east Aleppo, Syria, was the most "inhuman situation" of Abdulkafi Alhamdo's life. …

    Pro-government gunmen gather in east Aleppo on Friday. Some 50,000 people were forcibly evacuated from rebel-held areas of the city.
  16. Column: The tragic, unsurprising fall of Aleppo

    Columns

    The slaughter of civilians in Aleppo last week may have shocked the conscience of the world, but no one should have been surprised. Syria's Bashar Assad regime has always treated opponents savagely, and its assault on Aleppo, once the country's largest city, has been coming for a long time. …

    Syrians evacuated from Aleppo arrive at a refugee camp near Idlib, Syria, on Monday. The U.N. Security Council approved the deployment of monitors to Aleppo as the evacuation of fighters and civilians resumed.

Associated Press
  17. How a week of Trump tweets moved markets and changed plans

    Politics

    The threat arrived before dawn. …

    Donald Trump's tweet about General Motors was retweeted more than 18,000 times. [Associated Press file]
  18. Report: 8 years of Obama vacations cost $85 million

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — As America's first family enjoys its eighth and final vacation in Hawaii, new estimates put the price tag of the Obamas' annual trip at $3.5 million or more. …

  19. Time Capsule: What we didn't know the day President Barack Obama was inaugurated

    National

    Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight. So what didn't we know the day of President Barack Obama's inauguration that we know now? Floridian asked Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith.  …

    Shirley Tigg, right, then-owner of Shirley & Lee’s Soul Food in St. Petersburg;  her son Landry Tigg, center,  and friend and customer Peggy Elias watch President Barack Obama give his inauguration speech on Jan. 20, 2009, at Tigg’s restaurant. “I really never thought I’d see this,” Shirley said.
  20. Fatal shootings by police remain relatively unchanged after two years

    Crime

    Despite ongoing national scrutiny of police tactics, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from last year when nearly 1,000 people were killed by police. …

    Friends embrace Allysza Castile, center, near a roadside vigil at the site where her brother, Philando Castile, was fatally shot three days earlier during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. [Jabin Botsford | The Washington Post]


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