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Players, staff to be consulted in Rays manager search

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - Before Matt Silverman comes up with a list of candidates to talk with about replacing Joe Maddon as Rays manager, he has to decide what type of person he is looking for.
Oct 25, 2014

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Oct 25, 2014

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Lightning ends trip with loss to Wild

tampabay.com — ST. PAUL, Minn. - This one had the potential to get ugly. And it was, a 7-2 Lightning loss to the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. With Tampa Bay playing its fifth and final game of a 10-day road trip, on the end of its third back-to-back this season, Saturday was going to be a huge test against a strong Minnesota team that had played just five games all season.

Western hostages held by ISIS endured torture

tampabay.com — The hostages were taken out of their cell one by one. In a private room, their captors asked each of them three intimate questions, a standard technique used to obtain proof that a prisoner is still alive in a kidnapping negotiation.

Giants rally to rout Royals, even World Series

tampabay.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and the Giants charged back at a pulsating AT&T Park, beating the Royals 11-4 Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series. In danger of dropping into a huge hole, the Giants and their fans rallied to even the Series at 2-2.

Future of main library in downtown Tampa: renovation or something more?

web.tampabay.com — TAMPA - Talk about showing your age. At 47, the John F. Germany Public Library, the flagship library for Tampa and Hillsborough County, is due for an update, according to a consultant's study and facilities master plan.
Oct 25, 2014

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Times Festival of Reading fans young and old meet their favorite authors

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - Allie Juneja is such a huge fan of R.L. Stine that she and her father drove 1,200 miles from Cleveland to meet him. She needed three people to help haul her memorabilia to the book-signing table. Juneja, 20, was just a toddler when she watched her first Goosebumps videotape.
Oct 25, 2014

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Smaller, health-conscious portions prompt sales declines in school cafeterias

tampabay.com — Sophomore John Benson peered at the sandwich bar through a glass shield, pointing to the ingredients he wanted on his made-to-order sub. He got the ham, honey mustard, mayo, lettuce and tomatoes. Pickles and cheese weren't an option: Too much sodium, according to federal rules.
Oct 25, 2014

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Route differences aside, support for closing gaps on cross-state bike trail is strong

tampabay.com — Anyone who doubts the changing perception of bike trails in Florida needs only to look at the Coast to Coast Connector. With the backing of the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott, the state Department of Transportation has set aside $18.8 million this year for the project, which would link existing trails to create a 275-mile cycling path from St.
Oct 25, 2014

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Oct 25, 2014

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Tampa Bay Bucs extend Gerald McCoy's contract

tampabay.com — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed they have agreed to a long-term contract extension with defensive lineman Gerald McCoy.

2014 Born to Ride Jam lineup drops Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Lou Gramm, more

tampabay.com — Last year's Born to Ride Jam, which included sets from Paul Rodgers and Joan Jett, went pretty well, attracting more than 7,000 fans to England Brothers Bandshell Park in Pinellas Park. Not so much for the 2014 installment, which is coming Nov. 1.

Four people ejected from vehicle after head-on crash in Gibsonton

tampabay.com — GIBSONTON - Four people were ejected from a vehicle when it collided with a U-Haul truck Friday night on U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Giovanni Escobedo, 17, of Ruskin, was driving a Lincoln SUV with nine passengers south on U.S. 41 and tried to make a left turn onto Symmes Road.

Bucs close to having full starting defense healthy

tampabay.com — TAMPA - On this sun-splashed Sunday against the Vikings, Dashon Goldson will start the 2014 season. Oh sure, a player by that name was on the field for just a little more than two games earlier this season.

AG Pam Bondi joins court fights in faraway places as part of Republican Attorneys General Association

tampabay.com — Earlier this year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi opposed a ban on certain kinds of semiautomatic weapons. In Connecticut. The ban was that state's response to the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Bondi and 21 other attorneys general, most of them Republican, filed a brief that argued the ban was unconstitutional.
Oct 25, 2014

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Oct 25, 2014

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Bucs sign McCoy to 7-year, $95.2-million extension

tampabay.com — The Bucs may be off to a slow start but at least they know their best player will likely finish his career in Tampa Bay. The Bucs made Gerald McCoy the highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL, signing him to a 7-year, $95.2-million contract extension Saturday.
Oct 25, 2014

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Bucs report: Bucs-Vikings preview

tampabay.com — Bucs rookie WR Mike Evans has been a consistent producer early in his pro career; he's the first NFL player to have at least four catches in his first five games since the Packers' James Jones in 2007. Drafted No.

Cubs an obvious landing spot for ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon

tampabay.com — Until they actually got down to negotiating, Rays officials and Joe Maddon thought they were headed to a new deal that would have kept him in their dugout for at least three and up to 10 additional years.
Oct 25, 2014

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Clean up student testing mess before imposing consequences

tampabay.com — Here is all you need to know about the absurdity of education in Florida: For several months, dozens of school boards across the state have implored our leaders in Tallahassee to hit the brakes on high-stakes testing. And then on Monday, a state senator stood before school board members in Lake County and implored them to hit the brakes on high-stakes testing.

Team Canada surprises Stamkos with gold-medal ring

tampabay.com — Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:16pm With the Lightning practicing at Team Canada's facility near Calgary on Thursday, several players took the opportunity to check out its Hall of Champions, which had the trophies and photos from championships won. But captain Steven Stamkos got a special parting gift.