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rip tide risk increases as beach beckons

A high surf advisory goes up, but visitors and locals alike are drawn to the big waves along gulf beaches. Meteorologists advise caution and tell what to do if a swimmer gets caught in a strong current. Local, 1B

Benefactors shine on Florida schools

2015 was a banner year for philanthropic gifts to state universities, including the University of South Florida, which got three major donations. Local, 1B

'The Force' eludes Disney's ESPN

Not even Star Wars can shield Disney from rebellious viewers who are cutting their ties with cable TV — and the flagship sports network. Business, 4B

Flooding threatens Missouri towns

The Mississippi River and its tributaries were threatening to overtop 19 levees in the St. Louis area as 18 die in flooding. Daily Briefing, 5A

Just listen as Eric Striker expounds

The Armwood High alum, now an Oklahoma Sooner, is in rare form as his team prepares for the Orange Bowl. He's one of the best football players to come out of Tampa Bay, and he talks a good game too. Sports, 1C

Gators try to end on a high note

No. 19 Florida, and its flailing offense, prepares for the Citrus Bowl with hopes of avoiding a three-game losing streak. Sports, 1C

Florida vs. Michigan: 1 p.m. Friday, Orlando. TV/radio: Ch. 28; 1250-AM.

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