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


    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'


    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. Drive-by shooting near Robles Park injures four people standing outside in crowd


    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'


    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


    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'


    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]
  7. People wait hours for food assistance in wake of Hurricane Irma


    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.
  8. Keillor: The gentle people shall prevail


    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


    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


    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. …

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  11. This week's best Tampa concerts: Jack Johnson, Foster the People, PVRIS and more



    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


    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]
  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


    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


    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


    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.  …

    People shop for supplies in preparation for Hurricane Irma in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Hurricane Irma has strengthened over the Atlantic Ocean, threatening to batter the Caribbean this week as "an extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. [Erika P. Rodriguez | New York Times]
  17. Red Cross serving free lunches in Hillsborough to people affected by Irma


    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


    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


    Retirement isn't for everyone. …

  20. How many more people would lack coverage under Cassidy-Graham? We can guess


    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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