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  1. District girls soccer: Wesley Chapel, Pasco to face off in final

    Preps

    WEEKI WACHEE — In the early girls soccer semifinal Wednesday night, Wesley Chapel emerged with a 2-1 overtime win over Springstead to stamp its ticket to Friday's Class 3A, District 7 championship game and next week's state playoffs. …

    Pasco High School's Nathalie Sawczuk (5), left, and Ashley Navarrete (10) celebrate Jordyn Kadlub's (7), right, goal giving Pasco a 1-0 lead over Weeki Wachee High School during the first half of Wednesday's (1/18/17) semifinal Class 3A, District 7 contest at Weeki Wachee High School in Hernando County.
  2. Ruth: Obama leaves with dignity, mixed record

    Columns

    This nation has never had a perfect president. And it is safe to say in the near future, that track record will hold pretty steady. And no, Harrison Ford's President James Marshall in "Air Force One" doesn't count. …

    President Barack Obama pauses while speaking Tuesday in the briefing room of the White House. [Associated Press]
  3. The Daystarter: Manhunt ends in Orlando; Pinky's suspected assailant in court; Carlton's impressionable circus memories; and do you agree with Topkin's Hall of Fame ballot?

    Incoming

    • It'll be warm again Wednesday with highs nearing the 80s, according to 10Weather WTSP. 10News WTSP The latest 7-day forecast   10News WTSP Feels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area   …

    Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. A Times editorial looks at how the Department of Justice should operate moving forward. [Andrew Harnik | Associated Press]
  4. Review: Tim Dorsey's 'Clownfish Blues' pays dues to Florida-filmed 'Route 66'

    Books

    Serge Storms would appreciate it if we would stop referring to him as a serial killer. …

    Tim Dorsey
  5. 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. …

  6. 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]
  7. 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. …

  8. 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. …

    Commissioner Nick Nicholson said it is absurd that the contract can’t be ended.
  9. 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. …

    Michelle Monaghan, left, and Jamie Foxx in Sleepless.
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. 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. …

  13. 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]
  14. 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.
  15. 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. …

  16. 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.' "  …

  17. 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. …

  18. 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]

  19. 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. …

  20. 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.  …

    After Barack Obama was sworn in as president in 2009, Jackie Fuller, left, cheers in front of the television at her St. Petersburg home with her children J.T. “Boogie” Fuller III, middle, and La-Kecia Fuller, sitting with her dog, Darrien. “You did it, bro,” J.T. said. Said Jackie: “I thought (an African-American being elected president) would happen, but not this soon.”

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