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  1. 'Locked-in' Indians ace Corey Kluber ready for another challenging offense


    CLEVELAND — Nearly seven minutes into his World Series media day session, Indians ace Corey Kluber cracked a smile. The question, fittingly, was if there is any photographic evidence from his childhood that he has ever smiled while on the mound. …

    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 24: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians during World Series Media Day at Progressive Field on October 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) 678153269
  2. Death penalty uncertainty surrounds Pinellas retrial of ex-Jabil executive in 2008 double murder


    LARGO — Twice in the past year, the Florida Supreme Court has altered the fate of Patrick Evans. Last November, it overturned the former Jabil executive's conviction and death sentence for the 2008 murders of his estranged wife and her friend. …

    TP_346349_diez_EVANSTRIAL_1 (11/10/11 Largo)  After the jury recommend two death sentences (one for each count of first degree murder) Patrick A. Evans smiles to his mother and brothers as he's led from Judge Richard Luce's courtroom Thursday at the Pinellas Criminal Court Complex.  Evans, a former Jabil Circuit vice president, went to the Gulfport condo where his estranged wife, Elizabeth K. Evans, lived, and fatally shot her and her friend Jerry B. Taylor.  [Cherie Diez  | Times]
  3. Police recover body of missing Tampa boater in water off Courtney Campbell Causeway


    Tampa police on Monday confirmed the body of a man recovered Saturday in the water near the Courtney Campbell Causeway is that of a boater who went missing on Friday afternoon. …

    Multiple agencies search the waters off of the Courtney Campbell Causeway after a boater went missing after trying to free his rental boat that ran aground on a sand bar on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. 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. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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." …

  8. Bad cable delays comeback rocket launch from Va.


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

  9. 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]
  10. PolitiFact: Donald Trump off-base in claim about Michelle Obama ad against Hillary Clinton


    During the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Donald Trump tried to pull off the equivalent of making a bank shot while hanging upside down — that is, using the words of first lady Michelle Obama to hammer Hillary Clinton. …

    First lady Michelle Obama is campaigning hard for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. She made her case recently at a rally in Charlotte, N.C.
  11. 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]
  12. Expertise of extension director, others can help local economy grow, thrive


    It wasn't the dress shoes and the tie Stacy Strickland wore that garnered him the respect of the farmer he visited recently in Brooksville. It was the bullwhip. …

  13. Donn Fendler, who was lost in the wilds of Maine as a boy, dies at 90


    July 1939. The world teetered on the brink of war as Hitler menaced Poland. The 11 millionth visitor passed through the turnstiles of the New York World's Fair. Baseball fans still reeled after Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man" speech at Yankee Stadium. …

     Donn Fendler chats with a young reader at a book signing in 2011 in Bangor, Maine. [Associated Press]
  14. 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. …

  15. 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. …

  16. Thousands stage protest after deadly airstrike in Yemen


    Yemen Thousands stage protest after deadly airstrike …

  17. 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.
  18. 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. …

  19. Shelter stories: Evacuees from the East Coast find safe haven in Hillsborough County


    SEFFNER — Catherine Hancock knows what a major hurricane can do.  …

    A frightened dog cowers in a crate at a pet-friendly Red Cross hurricane shelter at Burnett Middle School in Seffner. Many people displaced by Hurricane Matthew checked out  of the pet-friendly shelter Friday, but the shelter housed 75 people, six dogs and three cats Thursday night. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

  20. Hurricane Matthew batters Daytona Beach, Jacksonville after it largely spares Florida's lower east coast


    Hurricane Matthew continued to lash at Florida's northeast coast Friday night, leaving behind a trail of flooding, damage, and massive power outages. …

    Adam Lowenstein and his son Joshua check text messages and wait out Hurricane Matthew at a Hampton Inn in Titusville that had lost power. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

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