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  1. 6A-7: Weeki Wachee dispatches Hernando in four

    Home Team

    CRYSTAL RIVER – No. 3 Weeki Wachee upset county foe and second-seeded Hernando in four sets (25-18, 25-27, 25-10, 25-20) Tuesday night in the Class 6A, District 7 semifinal  to advance to the  championship match Thursday night.  …

  2. No. 11 Wisconsin dispatches No. 8 Michigan State with easeAssociated Press


    EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook's first start was over, there wasn't much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.  …

    Wisconsin’s Corey Clement, who had two rushing touchdowns, goes to the air to avoid a Spartan.
  3. Rescue crews search for missing boater off Courtney Campbell


    TAMPA — Rescue crews from several agencies spent Friday searching for a boater who went missing boater off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway boat ramp that afternoon. …

    Multiple agencies spent Friday looking for a boater who went missing Friday near the Courtney Campbell boat ramp. He was trying to free his rental boat after it ran aground on a sand bar, but then he disappeared under the water. 
Multiple agencies searched the waters off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway but had not found him by sunset. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  4. Rescuers find body near Courtney Campbell Causeway that could be missing boater's


    TAMPA — A body was found Saturday morning in the water near the Courtney Campbell Causeway, close to where a boater went missing Friday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission.  …

    Multiple agencies spent Friday looking for a boater who went missing Friday near the Courtney Campbell boat ramp. He was trying to free his rental boat after it ran aground on a sand bar, but then he disappeared under the water. 
Multiple agencies searched the waters off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway but had not found him by sunset. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  5. Lander begins descent to land on Mars


    BERLIN — The European Space Agency has dispatched an experimental probe on the final leg of its quest to land on Mars — part of a mission aimed at exploring the red planet's atmosphere and searching for signs of life. …

    An artist's depiction of the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli. [Associated Press]
  6. Pasco deputies: Two men found shot in Dade City


    DADE CITY — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a shooting incident that left two men wounded on Friday evening. …

  7. Missouri woman accuses fellow candidate for Legislature of rape


    ST. LOUIS — A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the forthcoming legislative session.  …

  8. U.S. suspends contacts with Russia on Syria


    WASHINGTON — The State Department says the U.S. is suspending bilateral contacts with Russia over Syria. That comes after last week's threat by Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend contacts amid new attacks on the city of Aleppo.  …

  9. Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va.


    Cape Canaveral Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va. …

  10. University of Tampa gets its own wave of creepy clown sightings

    The Gradebook

    TAMPA — Perhaps it was inevitable. The scourge of creepy clowns — very few of whom actually seem to exist in the flesh — afflicted another school earlier this week, this time the University of Tampa. A message from the Office of the Dean of Students on Oct. 4 sought to nip the issue in the bud. …

  11. Deputies identify victim in Lealman shootings


    Times staff LEALMAN — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies have released the name of a man who they say was shot multiple times Tuesday afternoon by a neighbor who went on a shooting string after receiving notice he was being evicted from his residence. …

  12. Tampa International Airport to hold job fair for airport police, traffic positions


    A job fair aimed at people interested in working as officers, traffic specialists and dispatchers for Tampa International Airport Police will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the airport announced. The fair will be held in the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority boardroom located in the main terminal on Level 3. …

    Jetliners at Tampa International Airport.
 (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  13. Two arrested after Hernando deputies discover dog-fighting operation


    Hernando County sheriff's deputies on Thursday said they have uncovered a dog-fighting operation at a Brooksville property, where they recovered and treated several injured pit bulls in "deplorable" conditions. Two Brooksville men were arrested on animal cruelty charges in the case.  …

    Hernando County deputies uncovered a dog fighting operation at 852 Twigg S. in Brooksville.  Investigators recovered 19 adult dogs and two puppies.  Several were secured with "very heavy chains," others were in makeshift cages.  No food for the dogs was observed, and what water was present had algae in it, deputies said. The dogs were taken to Hernando County Animal Services for evaluation and treatment, the sheriff's office said.  [Hernando County Sheriff's Office]
  14. Review: Shacochis' 'Kingdoms in the Air' an adventure for the mind


    On the way to an ancient town in the highest reaches of the Himalayas, horses scramble up a nearly vertical mountainside path, terrified riders clinging to their manes. In remotest Siberia, a fishing trip turns into an encounter with Russian gangsters in the caviar trade, men as dangerous as the area's plentiful grizzly bears. In the Caribbean in the 1970s, Bob Shacochis writes, "you flew Cessnyca and its nine-passenger, twin-engined Beechcraft, apparently maintained by obeah priests. ... On my inaugural flight during December's stormy weather, the f------ pilot knelt on the tarmac, crossed himself, and prayed before boarding the plane in front of me." …

  15. In Haiti, no sign of relief for many after Hurricane Matthew


    LES CAYES, Haiti — Hundreds of thousands of people across Haiti's southwestern peninsula are grappling with upended livelihoods and no relief in sight after Hurricane Matthew struck the island nation. …

    Hurricane Matthew left wide?spread destruction in Jeremie, a small city in western Haiti.
  16. 7A-8: Sunlake goes on late scoring 'Spree' to top Land O'Lakes

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    TRINITY — Top-seeded Mitchell, the defending state runnerup, dispatched Springstead 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 in the Class 7A, District 8 semifinals Tuesday and will play No. 3 seed Sunlake in Thursday's final.   …

  17. Trump 'not conservative, not qualified'


    Editor's note: In this extraordinary election season, many newspapers that have traditionally endorsed the Republican presidential candidate switched to the Democrat this year. And a few notable publications that seldom or never endorse took a stand. Here's a sample. …

  18. Lawsuit says Broward mail ballot skipped marijuana amendment


    A marijuana-legalization group has sued the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, saying a statewide amendment on medical marijuana was omitted from some voters' absentee ballots. …

    Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has said  her staff investigated and found no faulty ballots. [Special to the Times]
  19. Videos showing police shooting of black man in Calif. released


    EL CAJON, Calif. — Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands and took what was described as a shooting stance.  …

    Demonstrators yell at police during a protest Wednesda  in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an officer after authorities said he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance." [Associated Press]
  20. Thousands stage protest after deadly airstrike in Yemen


    Yemen Thousands stage protest after deadly airstrike …

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