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  1. Firefighters quickly knock down blaze in Dunedin mobile home

    Fire

    Firefighters in Dunedin quickly doused a fire that scorched a mobile home on Main Street early Monday morning, authorities said.

    The blaze was reported at 6:59 a.m. in the Oak Bend Mobile Home Park, according to the Dunedin Fire Department. By 7:30 a.m., two residents had escaped the home unharmed and firefighters reported the flames were under control.

    No further information about the cause of the fire was immediately available....

  2. Tampa woman dies in wrong-way crash on I-75 in Pasco

    Accidents

    A 25-year-old Tampa woman died early Monday morning after she was involved in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 75 in Pasco County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

    The woman was allegedly driving a 2012 Nissan sedan north in the southbound lanes near the 290 milepost about 4:30 a.m. The FHP said she struck the broad side of a tractor trailer carrying food and drinks and careened across the roadway onto the concrete wall in the median....

    The remains of a 2012 Nissan sedan are removed from the scene of a crash early Monday morning that killed a 25-year-old woman. The Nissan was reportedly traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near State Road 52 in Pasco County when it collided with a semitrailer truck. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
  3. Monday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Pirates at Braves7 p.m.MLB
    Cardinals at Cubs8 p.m.WGN
    Giants at Dodgers10 p.m.MLB
    NFL
    Bears at Jets8:15 p.m.ESPN, ESPND; 1010-AM, 98.7-FM
    ...

  4. New Port Richey boy dies in crash

    Accidents

    HUDSON — A 12-year-old New Port Richey boy was killed Saturday when the van he was riding in collided with a car and he was thrown onto the roadway, authorities said.

    Ernest Kelly, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, where he later died.

    State troopers said the crash happened shortly before noon Saturday on Bolton Avenue near Little Road near Hudson. ...

  5. Tom Petty's hit machine delivers in Tampa

    Music & Concerts

    EVE EDELHEIT | Times

    Tom Petty, center, and guitarist Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers play one of the group's classics on Sunday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Steve Winwood, known for his career with such bands as Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group, as well as a prolific solo career, opened for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at the Amalie Arena on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
  6. Rays rookie Nathan Karns unfazed by poor results

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie RHP Nathan Karns didn't think he pitched much differently — or much worse — on Sunday than he did in his dazzling Rays debut in Toronto on Sept. 12.

    But the difference in results was dramatic as he threw seven two-hit, shutout innings against the Blue Jays but allowed six runs, including three home runs, in five-plus innings here.

    "At times I missed my spots, and they took advantage of that," Karns said. "These hitters got to a couple of my pitches, they jumped out early in the second inning (scoring four on two homers), but after that, I felt fine. In the sixth inning I tried to throw a curveball first pitch and (Avisail Garcia) hit it out. Other than that, I was pretty happy. I had bad luck, home run to lead off the second, hit a guy. I get a ground ball; we had the shift on. It was one of those things."...

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Nathan Karns (51) on the mound against the Chicago White Sox Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.
  7. Rays: Team teases undersized relievers, Disney style

    The Heater

    Numbers of the day

    17,858

    Rays average attendance, lowest in majors.

    1,446,464

    Rays total attendance, lowest since 2007.

    Home boys

    A year-by-year look at the Rays' home record:

    Year W-L

    1998 33-48

    1999 33-48

    2000 36-44

    2001 37-44

    2002 30-51

    2003 36-45

    2004 41-39...

  8. Details emerge in case of man buried alive in Ruskin

    Crime

    GIBSONTON — Late on Aug. 30, Adam Regino sat behind the wheel of a truck that bounded south through Hillsborough County. In the rear seat was Javier Bermudez. A third man sat in the passenger seat.

    In the back of the pickup, lying under a bed cover, was the truck's owner, Octavio Reyes. His legs and arms were bound. From inside the cab, the three could hear him trying to kick his way out. As he banged against the bed cover, they turned up the volume on the radio....

    Javier Bermudez, 20, says he was forced at gunpoint.
  9. Longtime Tampa activist, radio host Jetie Wilds Jr. dies

    Obituaries

    TAMPA— Jetie B. Wilds Jr. spoke with a deliberate tone when he hosted his public affairs show Citizen's Report on WTMP-AM 1150. His words didn't rise with emotion, but that belied how much he cared about Tampa and particularly the African-American community.

    Mr. Wilds, a community activist, columnist, political candidate and former talk show host who welcomed elected officials and dignitaries to his Saturday morning show for years, died Sunday. He was 74....

    Jetie Wilds Jr.
  10. Pasco schools pledge to focus on attendance — of teachers

    Teachers

    LAND O'LAKES — Pasco County schools superintendent Kurt Browning arrived at his office Wednesday to find a sea of cars in the usually half-filled parking lot.

    Hundreds of teachers had come to attend training sessions as part of a concentrated two-week professional development push.

    Browning supports giving teachers the training. But on the heels of announcing plans to improve the district's excessive student absenteeism rate, the superintendent had something else on his mind....

    Pasco school superintendent Kurt Browning wants teacher training to disrupt the classroom as little as possible.
  11. PolitiFact Florida: Checking Pam Bondi's record on pill mills

    State Roundup

    Attorney General Pam Bondi has launched her re-election advertising campaign with a major milestone in Florida law enforcement: the death of the state's infamous "pill mills."

    In a Sept. 8 TV commercial, the incumbent touts her record of overseeing the demise of rampant prescription drug abuse enabled by Florida doctors.

    "With our amazing law enforcement, we closed down the pill mills," Bondi said. "Of the top 100 oxycodone-­dispensing doctors in this country, 98 of them lived in Florida. Today, there are none."...

    Attorney general Pam Bondi speaks about the supreme court's decision concerning the health care bill at a news conference on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.  The 5-4 decision meant the huge overhaul, still taking effect, could proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care.  (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC101
  12. Rays, fans bid fond farewell to 2014 home season

    The Heater

    After the Tampa Bay Rays' final home game of the season Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, a 10-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, fans came onto the field to mingle with Rays players and coaches. The Rays finish off the 2014 season with three games each in Boston to play the Red Sox and in Cleveland to play the Indians. Tampa Bay finished its home schedule with a disappointing 36-45 record and currently resides in fourth place in the American League East with an overall record of 75-81, which means that if the Rays win their final six games, they will finish the season at .500. In Sunday's game, winning pitcher John Danks of the White Sox carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but it was broken up by a one-out double by Rays leftfielder Brandon Guyer....

    Aiden Wagner, 16 months, hides behind parents Jennifer and Kristopher at Tropicana Field as Florida Aquarium’s mascot tries to say hello after the game.
  13. Fire damages Tampa home being remodeled

    Fire

    TAMPA — No one was injured Sunday evening when a Central Tampa home being remodeled caught fire, officials said.

    Crews responded shortly before 5:30 p.m. to the report of a fire at 110 W Genesee St. They found heavy smoke coming out of the attic. The fire was brought under control before 6:30 p.m., according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

    The home was unoccupied while being renovated, fire officials said. The cause of the fire was being investigated....

  14. From This Day: Misty Myers and F.M. Hendry

    Relationships

    ST. PETE BEACH — Misty Myers turned to face the crowd of nearly 200 at the Alden Beach Resorts on the arm of her new husband, Franklin "F.M." Hendry, and found an archway of raised sabres lining the aisle.

    "The Rough Riders Krewe did it for us as a gift," said Misty, 47, an executive assistant from Tampa. "They had on their dress uniforms and they raised their sabres. It was really beautiful."...

    Misty Myers and F.M. Hendry met at a Shriners party after she joined the Krewe of Alegria to become more involved in the community.
  15. PunditFact fact-checks the Sept. 21 news shows

    Politics

    President Barack Obama will have allies if he decides to expand airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group to targets in Syria, vowed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Sunday.

    Appearing on three network news shows, Power touted international support for Obama's war strategy ahead of his Wednesday address to the U.N. General Assembly. But Power would not say which countries have voiced support for airstrikes in Syria when pressed by moderators like George Stephanopoulos of ABC's This Week, who noted "not even Great Britain has said they're going to join the airstrikes."...

    President Barack Obama greets some of the 1,200 service men and women after his speech at MacDill Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  In the speech, Obama reaffirmed his decision not to commit ground troops to the fight and said that the U.S. will not go at it alone as he seeks to destroy ISIS. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]