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Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season
Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on their  lanai south of Miami while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.If...
The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]
It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier
A half pumpkin is a perfect vessel for stuffing with rice or quinoa mixtures, and even easier to work with than other oddly shaped squash.
Can you eat a jack-o'-lantern? And other thoughts on cooking with whole pumpkins
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22:  (Editorial Use Only) Bruno Mars performs onstage during Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour at Madison Square Garden on September 22, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)
In a world of pop queens, Bruno Mars is the king. He plays Tampa on Thursday

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US & World

Facebook knocks down Thai PM's claim of Zuckerberg meeting
Facebook says none of its top executives are coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month
AP Top News at 6:49 a.m. EDT
Grace Mugabe goes to court over diamond ring
Russian TV host's presidential bid shakes political scene
French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100
'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defense cases?

Offbeat

Alaska rescue group takes in alligator that outgrew bathtub
It was an odd day earlier this week for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub
Man sleeping in dumpster dropped into city collection truck
Colorado teens break into house, throw party, get arrested
For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice
Some flowers create blue halo to say hello to foraging bees
Bush's Super Bowl socks to be auctioned by Catholic diocese