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  1. Tuesday's Sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Blue Jays at Rays7 p.m.Sun Sports; 620-AM
    Red Sox at Yankees7 p.m.MLB
    Mets at Marlins7 p.m.FSF
    Basketball
    World Cup: New Zealand vs. United States11:30 a.m.ESPN2
    World Cup: Korea vs. Slovenia2 p.m.NBA
    Golf
    Ryder Cup: Europe captain's picks7 a.m.Golf
    Ryder Cup: U.S. captain's picks6 p.m.Golf
    Tennis
    U.S. Open11 a.m.ESPN, Tennis
    U.S. Open7 p.m.ESPN
    WNBA playoffs
    West final, Game 3: Minnesota at Phoenix10 p.m.NBA
    ...

  2. Middle school teacher accused of drunken driving, causing crash in Clearwater

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER

    Fitzgerald teacher charged with DUI

    Police arrested a Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School teacher they said drove under the influence and caused a multi-vehicle crash on Labor Day.

    Lisa Micalizzi, 35, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Monday evening on a charge of misdemeanor DUI involving property damage.

    Clearwater police officers said they stopped Micalizzi about 5:30 p.m. Monday at N Fort Harrison Avenue and Fairmont Street because she was at fault in a five-vehicle crash, according to an arrest affidavit. ...

  3. FSU's Jesus Wilson can return vs. Citadel

    Colleges

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State WR Jesus Wilson is no longer suspended.

    Wilson will be eligible to play against Citadel on Saturday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday.

    Per athletic department policy, the sophomore was suspended after he was charged with a felony for stealing a scooter on campus in June. The felony charge was dropped to two misdemeanors in July....

    Daylight: USF running back Marlon Mack finds a hole in Western Carolina’s defense for a 62-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. Mack rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the Bulls’ 36-31 season-opening victory.
  4. Fire rescue extinguishes house fire after possible lightning strike

    Fire

    ODESSA

    Lightning may have sparked house fire

    One person was sent to the hospital after Hillsborough Fire Rescue units extinguished a fire caused by a possible lightning strike Monday night, authorities said.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire about 8:15 p.m. at 15255 Bellamy Road. Firefighters saw smoke coming from the attic. The crews were able to contain and extinguish the fire....

  5. Prescription painkiller crackdown has gone 'way too far,' some doctors believe

    Health

    Tampa anesthesiologist Dr. Rafael Miguel helped lead the fight against a surging prescription drug abuse crisis in Florida.

    As vice chair of the state's Board of Medicine, Miguel called for legislative change to stem the flow of drugs that led to thousands of overdose deaths each year.

    Eventually, people listened.

    Laws tightened. Police stepped up enforcement. And deaths declined by 23 percent from 2010 to 2012....

    Heather Papp, 30, pictured with her two sons Tommy, two months old, and Alex, 4 1/2, at their home in Pinellas County, on Wednesday afternoon (08/20/14). She has gone to great lengths to get prescriptions filled related to pain from Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and related illnesses. She has gone from pharmacy to pharmacy only to be turned away each time, often being told that the pharmacy is out of the medication. She has finally found a pharmacy in which people know her and understand her condition. Now she is active in the Lupus Foundation of America, where she is able to help other people who are having similar problems getting appropriate pain relief, problems that many patients say escalated with the state's crackdown on "pill mills." [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]  

  6. Rays' Grant Balfour thinks improvement is for real this time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Grant Balfour knows that you've heard this before.

    But after a third straight solid, successful, stress-free outing, working the 10th inning in Monday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox, he feels he may have corrected the issues that have marred what has been a mutually frustrating season.

    "I know what I'm doing out there. I've got a few little things," he said. "I know I've said that before this year, but I like where I'm at right now. The last three outings, the stuff that I've done, it kind of feels good right now. So I feel good about what I'm doing, minimizing pitches and getting outs."...

    Rays reliever Grant Balfour has a third straight strong outing, and he says mental and mechanical adjustments have him confident he can sustain his improvement.
  7. Rays: Reliever Steve Geltz surprised by promotion

    The Heater

    Rays vs. Blue Jays

    When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

    Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 2.98)

    BLUE JAYS: RH R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.00)...

    This is a 2014 photo of pitcher R.A. Dickey of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.  This image reflects the Blue Jays active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  8. Battle between Uber and Hillsborough regulators goes public

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Both sides in the battle between local regulators and ride-share company Uber are taking their fight to the public, despite claims of an imminent compromise.

    Uber sent an email blast to its riders last Tuesday urging them to contact Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission Chairman Victor Crist telling him they "want access to safe, affordable, and reliable rides like Uber." Crist's office said it received more than 750 emails by the end of the day....

    A billboard visible from Interstate 4 in Tampa warns about unregulated transportation providers such as Uber and Lyft.
  9. Bucs cornerback Mike Jenkins returns to practice

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Bucs CB Mike Jenkins, sidelined all August with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Monday, an encouraging step toward his playing in Sunday's season opener against Carolina.

    Several other key players were held out, and coach Lovie Smith is maintaining every strategic advantage, disclosing only what information the league requires, which isn't until later in the week for injuries....

    Cornerback Mike Jenkins, a former USF standout entering his seventh NFL season, missed the preseason while dealing with a hamstring injury but returned to practice Monday.
  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 2

    Events

    Target Tuesday: The Glazer Children's Museum and Target join together to offer free admission to everyone from 2 to 7 p.m. It's at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 443-3861.

    Spirited: Prohibition in America: This exhibit takes you back in time when flappers, suffragists and bootleggers took sides in the battle against the bottle. Opens at 10 a.m. at Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa. $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors and students, $7.95 children under 4-12. ...

  11. For Zara clothing retailer, lesson to be learned from Nazi shirt controversy

    Retail

    Trendy clothing store Zara landed in a world of trouble last week over its release of a children's pajama top that resembles a Nazi concentration camp uniform.

    The shirt, with its dark stripes and yellow star, caused an avalanche of criticism on social media, with many Twitter and Facebook posts accusing the clothing retailer of anti-Semitism and heartlessness.

    "I can't believe a major multi-national company could be so clueless and insensitive," wrote one person on Facebook....

  12. Many issues for Florida Gators in playing, or not playing, makeup game

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday a multitude of factors are under consideration as officials from Florida and Idaho try to decide what to do about Saturday night's suspended game but he hopes to have a resolution by Wednesday.

    The Gators and Vandals got just one play in before the game was suspended. The start was delayed nearly three hours due to heavy rain and lightning in the area....

  13. Preview: Rays-Blue Jays

    The Heater

    . UP NEXT

    vs. Blue Jays

    Tonight-Thursday

    What's new: Since losing two of three to the Rays the weekend before last, the Blue Jays have gone 3-3 vs. the Red Sox and Yankees to cap a disappointing 9-17 August that dropped them to the fringe of the playoff race. OF Jose Bautista is on a power trip, homering in five straight games, giving him 29 overall, one more than 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion. OF Melky Cabrera is second in the American League with 169 hits, but the overall offense is lacking. As usual, pitching and defense are issues. The Jays dumped OF Nolan Reimold and acquired John Mayberry Jr. from the Phillies....

  14. Video: NASA captures beautiful solar flare

    Nation

    NASA reported the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on Aug. 24. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun.

  15. Matt Joyce gives Rays walkoff win over Red Sox in 10

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The Rays haven't had much to celebrate this season.

    So the mass explosion out of the dugout, the hugs, the high-fives and the other accompanying gestures were understandable Monday after Matt Joyce's fly-ball single gave them a 4-3 10-inning victory over the Red Sox that was their first walkoff win in more than three months.

    "I knew it was a while," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's good to get that lovin' feeling back."...

    Matt Joyce strokes a fly ball to leftfield on the first pitch he sees from Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop in the 10th inning, driving in Sean Rodriguez from third base with the winner.