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Romano: Fixing a flood before the rains ever come

The federal government got into the disaster business when it created the National Flood Insurance Program. And for more than three decades, business was good. Rates were relatively low, cla …

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'Road to Nowhere' is back: Next phase of Suncoast Parkway coming

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Southern heritage groups sue to keep Confederate monument at old Tampa courthouse

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At 15, Isaiah Battle was the county's No. 1 car thief. He had every reason to stop.

Isaiah went to her wake in shackles, sentenced for his own crimes. He cried over his sister’s body. He swore he’d never steal a car again.

Tampa Electric knew the procedure was dangerous. It sent workers in anyway.

Each time a utility turns a boiler off, experts say, it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. In June, Tampa Electric decided to leave it on.
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 19

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5 things to do under $5: Where to see solar eclipse, Bucs training camp

5 things to do under $5: Where to see solar eclipse, Bucs training camp

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Where to pig out for National Bacon Lovers Day

Where to pig out for National Bacon Lovers Day

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What's new in theaters: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard,' 'Logan Lucky,' 'Wind River'

What's new in theaters: 'The Hitman's Bodyguard,' 'Logan Lucky,' 'Wind River'

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  1. Comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

    Nation

    The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.

    Dick Gregory, a comedian, activist and author, died Saturday. [Tribune News Service, 2011]
  2. Winter Haven police investigating armed robbery at Dollar General

    Crime

    WINTER HAVEN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Friday night of a Dollar General store on W Lake Ruby Drive.

  3. Rowdies settle for draw at home

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The good news for the Rowdies is that they still haven't lost a game at Al Lang Stadium since late April. The bad news is they had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Ottawa on Saturday night in front of 6,710 sweaty fans.

  4. Bats come to life, but Rays' freefall continues (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —The six runs seemed like a ton, just the second time the Rays had scored that many in a game during their numbing two-plus-weeks stretch of offensive impotency, and amazingly, the first time at the Trop in nearly two months.

    Lucas Duda connects for a two-run home run in the sixth, getting the Rays within 7-5. A Logan Morrison home run in the ninth made it 7-6, but Tampa Bay couldn’t complete the comeback.
  5. 'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

    Nation

    BOSTON — Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia.

    Thousands of people march against a “free speech rally” planned Saturday in Boston. About 40,000 people were in attendance.
  6. Police pull unconscious New Port Richey man from SUV in Cotee River

    Accidents

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Police rescued an unconscious driver whose sport utility vehicle plunged into the Cotee River on Saturday.

  7. Analysis: Bannon is out, but his agenda may live on

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — In his West Wing office, Stephen Bannon kept a chart listing trade actions — on China, steel and autos — that the Trump White House planned to roll out, week by week, through the fall. Now that Bannon, the president's chief strategist, has been pushed out, the question is whether his …

    Steve Bannon thinks he could be more effective influencing policy from outside the White House.
  8. Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

    Politics

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's …

  9. Bucs' annual Women of RED preseason party attracts nearly 2,000

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Theresa Jones is primarily a college football fan, but she wanted to get a taste of the Bucs. So the 46-year-old Tampa resident bought a ticket for the team's Women of RED Ultimate Football Party at Raymond James Stadium on Friday.

    Lee White of Seminole tries on a helmet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers female fans descended upon Raymond James Stadium for the ultimate football party, the 2017 Women of RED: The Takeover, supported by Moffitt Cancer Center. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times

  10. Bucs' Ali Marpet: Move to center could pay off big

    Bucs

    TAMPA — No player works as closely with Jameis Winston as the center. Only those two touch the ball on every play. Together they make — if you will — snap judgements about defensive alignments.

     Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Ali Marpet #74 warm up prior to preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on August 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) 700069805
Chris King talking to reporters in Tallahassee

Candidates for governor get emotional talking about their gay siblings

Occasionally in today's hyper-rehearsed and contrived world of political campaigns one witnesses moments that are so honest and real, we can't help but understand we're not just listening to another politician give his or her stump speech; We're listening to a human being who understands personal pain at least as well as we do....

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Inside the Rays continuing historically bad slump

The numbers tell the story of the Rays inexplicable ongoing offensive slump, and the words detail how tough it has been to deal with....

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Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones in The Defenders.

What to watch this weekend: 'The Defenders,' 'Halt and Catch Fire,' 'What Happened to Monday'

Slow burn: The Defenders

First there was Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist followed. Now, the superheroes team up for The Defenders. The new Marvel series on Netflix follows the city's unlikeliest heroes as they struggle with their own personal vendettas while also trying to save New York City. Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), is fresh off giving up his vigilante life and throwing himself back into the grind of pro bono law work after the death of Elektra (Elodie Yung). Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) stumbles into an even bigger conspiracy after continuing her private investigation business. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is trying to help a neighborhood kid get on the right track after another stint in jail. Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand (Finn Jones), comes back to NYC after he gets a whiff of a sinister plot. The four ragtag heroes come together to battle the Hand, a criminal organization referenced in Daredevil and Iron Fist. And Sigourney Weaver is the gang's elusive leader. 3 a.m. Friday, Netflix....

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