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Your Friday morning briefing

Highlights in Friday's top stories in the Tampa Bay Times and on tampabay.com:


Forecasters say the next two days are critical to understanding what Erika will do after that
Times staff
This morning's latest forecast puts Erika more in line with a straight sweep through the heart of Florida and a brush with Tampa Bay, although it could reach land not as a hurricane, but a tropical storm.


Tampa lands a Johnson & Johnson coup
By Robert Trigaux, Times Staff Writer
The pharmaceutical giant best known for its Tylenol and Band-Aid brands will move its corporate services headquarters, bringing 500 jobs.


Judge: Disbar Bubba's Tampa lawyers
By Anna M. Phillips, Times Staff Writer
A judge recommended that three Tampa lawyers be permanently barred from practicing law for their involvement in a conspiracy to have an opposing attorney arrested during a high-profile trial that pitted shock radio stars Bubba the Love Sponge and Todd Schnitt against each other in 2013.


Chinese firm buys Ironman
By Robert Trigaux, Times Staff Writer
Dalian Wanda Group pays about $900M for the Tampa-based endurance-event operator.


Obama sees message of resilience on streets of New Orleans
Associated Press
Obama returned to New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of Katrina at a newly built community center in the lower Ninth Ward and to tout the city as an example of American resilience, not just in the facing of Katrina, but crisis in general. Still, he says there are inequalities to confront.


Iowa's caucuses just aren't what they used to be — and here's why
By Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
Concerns rise as presidential campaigns take on a national flavor, changing debates and TV time.

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