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Hurricane Matthew grows into Category 5 storm; aims for Jamaica

TAMPA — It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash carnage on …

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Music Planner: 10 concerts at 10 venues, including Prophets of Rage, Peter Frampton and Rae Sremmurd

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Movie Planner: Gina Rodriguez talks 'Deepwater Horizon,' plus 'Queen of Katwe'

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Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

Bar review: On Swann's eclectic drinks complement its fine dining

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Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

Plan your weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 2: Super boat races, Florida Orchestra, Prophets of Rage, corn mazes

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  1. Hurricane Matthew grows into Category 5 storm; aims for Jamaica

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash carnage on Florida or avoid the state all together remains to be seen.

    It's the strongest storm to threaten the sunshine state since Hurricane Wilma clawed its way through the Atlantic 11 years ago, but whether Hurricane Matthew will unleash the same carnage on Florida or avoid the state all together remains to be seen.  Matthew grew into a Category 4 storm Friday night as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.
  2. Some good might come from all those Rays losses

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Three times in a four-year period, the Rays came to Texas for the most meaningful games of their seasons, facing the Rangers in the 2010 and 2011 American League Division Series, which Tampa Bay lost, and again for the do-or-die Game 163 after the 2013 season, which it won.

    This weekend, …

    Rays third baseman Evan Longoria says that as the losses piled up, players who might not have had opportunities so soon got some quick exposure to the big leagues. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  3. Finding depth scoring a Lightning priority

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The urgency with which veteran wing Erik Condra skated, and created, in Thursday's preseason game, you'd think he was fighting for his job. "You have to come in and impress," Condra said.

    Right wing Erik Condra underwhelmed offensively (six goals, 11 points) last season, his first with the Lightning.
  4. Rays lose, but Longoria adds to his big numbers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ARLINGTON, Texas — While the Rays added a 94th loss to their pile with Friday's 3-1 defeat by the American League-leading Rangers, 3B Evan Longoria keeps piling up numbers.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria can join two clubs in the final weekend of the season.
  5. Dog racing: Tr's Flapjack earns tasty rewards after Stakes win

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — Derby Lane kennel owners Randy and Patty Floyd didn't have to ask trainer Derek Barsell where he planned to go the morning after their Tr's Flapjack collected his first stakes title in the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint Stakes.

  6. Will Trump Play infidelity card at debate? Clinton camp girds

    National

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump, reeling from harsh criticisms of his performance at the first presidential debate, will unleash a personal assault related to her husband's infidelities at their next faceoff on Oct. 9.

  7. Invisible snares: Stray fishing line poses constant danger to seabirds

    Water

    The pelican could've withered away like the rest. Mark Rachal reached into the mangrove branches and secured its wings, beak and feet. While Rachal held on, Melinda Spall approached the bird and saved it with a snip.

    Ann Paul, Crystal River, Audubon Florida regional coordinator, removes monofilament fishing line and a lure from mangroves on Dog Leg Key in Boca Ciega Bay on Friday.
  8. St. Petersburg police seek woman seen attaching skimmer to an ATM at 7-Eleven

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police are looking for a woman who was caught on surveillance video attaching a skimmer device to an ATM machine at a 7-Eleven on Tuesday. The devices are used to steal credit and debit card data from unsuspecting customers.

  9. Cienfuegos entrepreneurs hope U.S. tourists will boost scant business

    Tourism

    CIENFUEGOS, Cuba

    Residents of this small city on Cuba's southern coast awaken every other Thursday to the Fathom Line's MV Adonia looming in the bay, but the 704-passenger cruise ship's visit is fleeting.

    Tourists visit Cienfuegos last month. Some merchants say a government tourism company monopolizes visitors’ time.
  10. Videos showing police shooting of black man in Calif. released

    Nation

    EL CAJON, Calif. — Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands and took what was described as a shooting stance.

    Demonstrators yell at police during a protest Wednesda  in El Cajon, Calif. Dozens of demonstrators on Wednesday protested the killing of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan refugee shot by an officer after authorities said he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a "shooting stance." [Associated Press]
Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs on Friday.

Hillary Clinton savors post-debate moment as Trump keeps beauty-queen feud alive

Hillary Clinton stumped in Broward County for the first time in nearly a year Friday, as Florida polls showed her barely edging Donald Trump and as fearful Democrats openly worried about the status of her campaign, particularly when it comes to reaching black voters....

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For starters: Rays at Rangers on the final weekend

UPDATE, 6:37: Cash said it's just a day off for Forsythe, that he's been going hard and could use the break but is available and expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday. ... Dickerson was a good choice at the top against Darvish, Cash said. ... The Rangers are playing to secure homefield advantage and Cash said that should be a good atmosphere for the Rays young players.

Rangers lineup:
Gomez lf
Desmond cf
Beltran dh
Beltre 3b
Odor 2b
Lucroy c
Choo rf
Moreland 1b
Andrus ss
Darvish p
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Koetter: Broncos' pass rush not tricky, just good

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has his hands full this week, trying to find a way to beat the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, who bring an eight-game win streak to town with a defense that's second in the NFL with 12 sacks....

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