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  1. 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]
  2. 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. …

    Traffic snakes near Plant City Stadium on Monday. There were similar scenes in Seminole, the Food for Florida site in Pinellas, which closed Oct. 2.
  3. 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.’ ”
  4. 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. …

  5. 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. …

    Kenneth Jones helps a driver whose BMW stalled in front of his house on W Azeele and S Occident streets in Tampa.
  6. 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
  7. 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. …

    A Lo?za woman greeted journalists who arrived at her flooded street Friday, two days after Hurricane Maria drenched the beach town with rain.? [CARL JUSTE?| Miami Herald]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.  …

    DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2015)
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman, far left, brought the largest contingent on the team's evacuation from Tampa to Nashville for Hurricane Irma: 10, including wife Johanna, far right; their four kids (from Anton's left, Leo,  Liv, Lowve and Bella); three rabbits and one dog.
  11. 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 …

  12. 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]
  13. 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]
  14. Review: J.A. Jance's 'Proof of Life' explores mystery in people's past, and a dog's


    Retirement isn't for everyone. …

  15. 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. …

  16. Column: What Hurricane Irma taught us about better care for older people in Florida


    Irma cut a destructive path through Florida, leaving many people with damaged homes and businesses and communities without essential infrastructure and services. One of the saddest, most heart-wrenching and perhaps avoidable of all the terrible effects from Irma was the death of 10 residents in a Hollywood nursing home and the suffering of more than a hundred other residents. That these individuals suffered as a result of negligence on the part of the facility's operators seems clear and will ultimately be decided by regulators and the courts. …

  17. People fleeing Hurricane Irma adjusting to shelter life in Hillsborough


    TAMPA — At noontime, hundreds of people of all ages and speaking a multitude of languages were crowded into the cafeteria of Pizzo Elementary School on the University of South Florida campus.  …

    By noontime Saturday, hundreds of people of all ages and speaking a multitude of languages were crowded into the cafeteria of Pizzo Elementary School on the University of South Florida campus to seek shelter from Hurricane Irma. [MARLENE SOKOL | Times]
  18. The psychology of hate groups and why people join them


    Cries of "Nazis, go home!" and "Shame! Shame!" filled the air as Angela King and Tony McAleer stood with other counterprotesters at the "free speech" rally in Boston last weekend. They didn't join the shouting. Their sign spoke for them: "There is life after hate." …

    A Ku Klux Klan member, left, fights a counter protester for an American flag after the KKK tried to start a "White Lives Matter" rally at Pearson Park in Anaheim in 2016. With heightened tensions over race, there's a renewed interest in explaining how minds turn toward hate. Young people with a troubled past are especially vulnerable, said psychologist Ervin Staub, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst who studies social processes that lead to violence. "If you don't feel you have much influence and power in the world," he says, "you get a sense of power from being part of a community and especially a rather militant community." [Los Angeles Times]

  19. Another voice: Mueller finds alarming signs, and sleazy people, in collusion probe


    Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and agents of the Russian government has been remarkably discreet, as it should be. But other sources have leaked three names — Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and Eric Schneiderman — that indicate that Mueller's team is probing very deeply. If there's a smoking gun to be found, Mueller is getting closer to it. …

  20. Hulk Hogan calls people complaining about no power or water after Irma 'crybabies'


    Are you struggling because you've been without power for days? Or even worse, have you had trouble getting water? And have you complained about it — perhaps even on social media? Well, former wrestling star and Clearwater resident Hulk Hogan took to Twitter today to call you a crybaby. …

    Hulk Hogan, whose given name is Terry Bollea, shown here leaving the courtroom during a break in his trial against Gawker Media in St. Petersburg in March 2016, on Thursday called people complaining about lack of power and water 'crybabies.' [Associated Press]

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