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Judge's ruling is a blow to Florida's third-grade testing rules

A key piece of Florida's education system took a major blow Friday as Leon County Judge Karen Gievers chastised the state over its rules for promoting third-graders into fourth grade. A grou …

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Two men arrested after one shoots at Pasco deputies

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Live blog: Scores, updates, photos, more from week 1 of high school football

 

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Fennelly: Bucs-Browns grade book

    Bucs

    The place-kicker looked like a place-kicker. The star quarterback looked like a star quarterback, the offense looked like an offense. The defense looked like a defense. And Adam Humphries and the pun-return team looked like maniacs on one touchdown. • And that was just watching it on the new video boards. …

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Russell Hansbrough rushes in the fourth quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.
  2. Instant analysis: Breaking down the Bucs' 30-13 win over the Browns

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Finally, the Bucs looked like they know what they are doing. That was the big takeaway from Tampa Bay's 30-13 victory over the Browns in preseason game No. 3 at Raymond James Stadium.

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a 49-yard receptions as Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) chases in the second
quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. With Winston taking control, Bucs' offense hits higher level

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Quarterback Jameis Winston made sure the electricity wasn't coming just from the new giant video boards that lit up Raymond James Stadium like Times Square on Friday night.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) looks to throw to the end zone in the first quarter. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Colome fails to hold ninth-inning lead as Rays fall to Astros

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — Just when you thought it was safe to watch the Rays again …

    Rays starter Drew Smyly delivers against the Astros in the opener of a series in Houston.
  5. Jones: Bucs' Adam Humphries proves big plays can come in small packages

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He looks like he stands about 5-foot nothing. He looks like he weighs about 120 pounds. His aw-shucks smile and baby face seem more suited for someone who should be wearing overalls with straw between his teeth and a fishing pole on his shoulder.

    Receiver Adam Humphries takes a 52-yard punt and returns it 73 yards for a touchdown and a 17-3 Bucs lead in the first quarter against the Browns.
  6. Rays give up on multitalented but oft-injured Desmond Jennings

    The Heater

    HOUSTON — The immediate reaction in hearing Friday evening that the Rays had decided to release oft-injured outfielder Desmond Jennings was to ask: What took them so long?

    Desmond Jennings, putting down a bunt single at Tropicana Field, has a rare combination of speed and power. But some have wondered about his desire to play through pain and if there was a lack of urgency to return.
  7. Why the war in Syria only seems to get worse (w/video)

    World

    WASHINGTON — There is a basic fact about Syria's civil war that never seems to change: It frustrates any attempt at resolution.

    Syrian Kurdish women and children cross back into the Kobani region of Syria through a Turkish military checkpoint on the border, at Suruc, Turkey. More than 400,000 people have been killed so far in the civil war.
  8. Sailboat catches fire in Ruskin marina

    Fire

    A sailboat caught fire Friday night at Shell Point Marina in Ruskin.

    A 45-foot-long, dual-mast sailboat caught fire Friday night at Shell Point Marina in Ruskin. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE
  9. Bucs kicker Aguayo bounces back

    Bucs

    TAMPA — In a first half where so many things went right for the Bucs on Friday, nobody needed the jolt of confidence more than rookie K Roberto Aguayo.

    Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo gets hugs from teammates after his 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.
  10. Judge blocks University of North Carolina from enforcing bathroom law

    Courts

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge ruled Friday that two students and an employee must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity at University of North Carolina campuses, and he said they have a strong chance of proving the state's bathroom-access measure violates federal law.

Mike Pence in Sarasota Wednesday

Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence is scheduled to hit a rally/town hall meeting in Sarasota Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency at 4 p.m. The address is 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, and you can register for tickets here...

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The Rays will release oft-injured outfielder Desmond Jennings on Saturday.

Rays to release Desmond Jennings

The Rays will release oft-injured OF Desmond Jennings on Saturday....

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The Bucs will be without Kevin Pamphile, who will fill in at left guard for the first five games of the season.

Bucs face Browns without top three guards, others

The Bucs have their first preseason home game tonight against the Browns, but will take the field without 10 players held out as injury precautions, including their top three options at offensive guard....

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