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Fennelly: Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez shared gusto and charisma

Not that we need excuses at this point to deem the Bucs meaningless, but they were Sunday. A lot of things were meaningless. There were two earthquakes. One came early in the mor …

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After 3-week delay telling public of sinkhole, Gov. Scott changes the rules to speed up notice

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Restaurant review: Cafe Soleil quietly serving up quality French fare on the beach

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  1. Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach mayors say state told them to keep Zika mosquito sites secret

    Health

    MIAMI — The mayors of Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach accuse the Florida Department of Health of lying after the state agency said last week that it never told local officials to hide the locations in Miami Beach where mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus were captured.

    A plane flies over South Beach during aerial spraying of Naled to fight against the spread of the Zika virus by mosquitoes on Sept. 18. [CARL JUSTE | Miami Herald]
  2. Sum 41 to appear in St. Pete record store

    Blogs

    Before pop-punk hitmakers Sum 41 (In Too Deep) takes the stage at St. Petersburg's State Theatre on Oct. 8, you can meet the band in person at a local record store. To mark the release of Sum …

  3. Fennelly: Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez shared gusto and charisma

    The Heater

    Not that we need excuses at this point to deem the Bucs meaningless, but they were Sunday.

    A lot of things were meaningless.

    There were two earthquakes.

    Jose Fernandez had charisma. You knew it by all those tracks of tears that followed his death. [AP photo]
  4. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings, Week 6

    Footballpreps

    1. Plant (4-0)

    This week: vs. Wharton, 7:30 Friday

    Plant quarterback Dane Frantzen runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a football game between Armwood High and Plant High at Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
  5. After 3-week delay telling public of sinkhole, Gov. Scott changes the rules to speed up notice

    Water

    For three weeks, Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials kept mum about a phosphate mine's 300-foot-deep sinkhole that dumped 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the state's aquifer last month. When they did at last announce it publicly, they called that going "above and beyond" what they …

    An aerial photo shows polluted water from the gypsum stack plunging like a waterfall into the sinkhole at the Mosaic complex.. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  6. News at noon: New Tampa streetcar hours; Tim Kaine in Lakeland; Houston shooter was a lawyer; transgender name changes

    News

    Monday marked the first day of morning hours for the streetcar that runs between Ybor City and downtown Tampa. The streetcar now starts at 7 a.m., five hours earlier. By 9:30 a.m., no passengers had boarded …

    James Michael, 59, a motorman with the TECO Street Car Line, waves at the other operating streetcar near the Aquarium early Monday morning, Sept. 26, 2016.  On Monday, TECO street cars began a weekday morning service which starts at 7 a.m. and will operate on this new schedule through March 24, 2017. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times


  7. Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine speaking in Lakeland, Orlando today

    State Roundup

    LAKELAND — All eyes may be on tonight's high-stakes presidential debate, but even with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton preoccupied, the campaign never stops.

  8. Florida Gators' Luke Del Rio 'highly doubtful' to return Saturday at Vanderbilt

    Blogs

    GAINESVILLE - Florida Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio is "highly doubtful" to return this week against Vanderbilt, coach Jim McElwain said Monday.

    Luke Del Rio is "highly doubtful" to return this week against Vanderbilt.
  9. Would Rubio raise retirement age for Social Security?

    Blogs

    A liberal advocacy group is out to make Social Security an issue in Florida’s heated U.S. Senate race.

  10. Billboard in Miami links Trump and Rubio

    Blogs

    Democratic-aligned groups today unveiled a billboard in Miami that calls attention to Marco Rubio’s support for Donald Trump

    A depiction of the billboard going up near Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Miami
Liberal groups have put up a Spanish-language digital billboard in Miami-Dade to criticize Republican incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio's support for Donald Trump.

Spanish-language billboard emphasizes Marco Rubio's allegiance to Donald Trump

Starting today, Miami-Dade commuters on the Palmetto Expressway will get prime viewing of a new digital billboard that highlights Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's support for presidential candidate Donald Trump....

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Chuck Hernandez, home in Tampa for a day from working as a coach in the Braves instructional league, got an early morning call from his son with the news.

Former Marlins coach Chuck Hernandez reflects on Jose Fernandez

Of all the people who worked with Jose Fernandez during his pro baseball career, Tampa's Chuck Hernandez, who was his first pitching coach with the Marlins, had among the closest connections, which made Sunday's news so staggering....

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Vernon Hargreaves continues to be an every-down player in the Bucs secondary, with another five tackles in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

After Hargreaves, Bucs' draft picks off to quiet start

First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves continues to be an every-down player in the Bucs secondary, with another five tackles in Sunday's loss to the Rams, but the rest of Tampa Bay's 2016 draft class is off to a quiet start....

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