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Invest 99L guarantees heavy rainfall, storms throughout the week

Meteorologists may not be sure about exactly where Invest 99L is headed, but they do know one thing: Buckets of rain will fall on the Tampa Bay area this week as the storm makes its way north into …

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Man who fled Tarpon Springs murder scene caught in Clearwater

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  1. Archer avoids tying loss mark, Rays rout Astros

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — Chris Archer avoided tying the team record for losses and the Rays avoided a rare sweep by the Astros with a 10-4 victory Sunday.

    HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) 607684213
  2. Invest 99L guarantees heavy rainfall, storms throughout the week

    Weather

    Meteorologists may not be sure about exactly where Invest 99L is headed, but they do know one thing: Buckets of rain will fall on the Tampa Bay area this week as the storm makes its way north into the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Longtime Tampa patrol officer dies at 48 in off-duty incident

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — A veteran Tampa police officer died unexpectedly while off-duty during the weekend, the department said on its Facebook page.

     Tampa police officer Fred Arnold testifies during the Julie Schenecker murder case in 2014. Arnold died over the weekend while he was off duty, the Tampa Police Department said. [Times files]
  4. Breaking down final roster battles as Bucs cut to 53

    Blogs

    The Bucs made their first 12 cuts on Sunday, getting them down to 77 players, with two more moves to make by Tuesday and another 20 to get them to 53, presuming that J.R. Sweezy and Louis Murphy -- who still haven't even practiced -- will open the season on the physically unable to perform list.

  5. Sandbags available to Pinellas County residents

    Weather

    Times Staff

    Pinellas County will provide sandbag materials today through Monday to residents in preparation for the upcoming forecast expected to dump several inches of rain on the area this week.

  6. Stray 2-month-old kitten rescued from a Tampa storm drain

    Human Interest

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — A 2-month-old stray kitten trapped in a storm drain was rescued by a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crew Sunday morning.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue tweeted out this photo Sunday morning with the caption, "Great job by the crew of E-39 this morning! They saved this 2 week old kitten from a storm drain on Huntfield Dr." [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue on Twitter]
  7. Man who fled Tarpon Springs murder scene caught in Clearwater

    Crime

    Clearwater police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor early Saturday after the pair had an argument at a Tarpon Springs motel.

    Investigators say Fredrick Bentley, 39, shot and killed a neighbor at a motel where both men were living. [Tarpon Springs police]
  8. Two South Florida men shot after Tampa home invasion

    Crime

    Times Staff

    TAMPA — Two South Florida men were shot Saturday night after driving from Miami to rob a home, deputies say.

  9. Busch Gardens, Disney parks offer mosquito repellent amid Zika fears

    Health

    Days after Gov. Rick Scott confirmed the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Tampa Bay, Busch

    Busch Gardens has insect repellent available for all visitors at the Tampa theme park. [Times files]
  10. Bucs cut 12, including S Major Wright, LB Jeremiah George

    Blogs

    The Bucs have made their initial wave of roster cuts, with 12 players waived and released on Sunday to get the team within two moves of the NFL's cutdown to 75 by Tuesday afternoon.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long....

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For starters: Rays at Astros, in avoid mode

UPDATE, 12:46: Rays lineup, with Forsythe getting a day off, Longoria a DH day and Dickerson at the top. ... Snell said ankle feels better today and he expects to make next start. ... Rays are on track to activate Cobb on Monday; his final rehab start went well.

Rays lineup:...

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Breaking down final roster battles as Bucs cut to 53

The Bucs made their first 12 cuts on Sunday, getting them down to 77 players, with two more moves to make by Tuesday and another 20 to get them to 53, presuming that J.R. Sweezy and Louis Murphy -- who still haven't even practiced -- will open the season on the physically unable to perform list....

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