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Top 5 at noon: What Hurricane Maria taught one reporter about the people of Puerto Rico; NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption; and more

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WHAT HURRICANE MARIA TAUGHT ONE REPORTER ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO

After Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico were generous. After Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico were desperate. After Hurricane Maria, the people of Puerto Rico were industrious. After Hurricane Maria, the government of Puerto Rico was overwhelmed. Yet, during Patricia Mazzei's six days on the island, she found that the people of Puerto Rico remained characteristically sunny.

ANNA MARIA CITY PIER TO CLOSE FOR YEAR AFTER 'EXTENSIVE DAMAGE' FROM IRMA

While Hurricane Irma's last-minute shift helped spare large swaths of Florida cities from catastrophic damage, the Anna Maria City Pier didn't fare so well. The damage to its signature pier is worse than originally anticipated, and Mayor Dan Murphy said the structure suffered "extensive damage" that may keep it closed for more than a year, according to the Bradenton Herald.

PARAGLIDER SUFFERS BURNS AFTER CRASHING INTO POWER LINES IN ST. PETE

A paraglider was injured this morning after crashing into power lines and suffering electrical burns The accident occurred around 9 a.m. near 1st Avenue North and 60th Street N., according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

NCAA COACHES AMONG 10 CHARGED WITH FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges today in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. The coaches were identified in court papers as Chuck Person of Auburn University, Emanuel Richardson of the University of Arizona, Tony Bland of the University of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. They are in federal custody and expected to make court appearances later Tuesday.

OUR TOP FIVE MILD AND WILD HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

Halloween has become a profitable scare season oozing well into September and past November. That means more time to meet grim, grinning ghosts, get your pants scared off by nightmarish clowns and fill your treat bags to the brim. Not-so-spooky attractions for the littlest ones have taken a big leap in quality as well — way beyond the standard pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat stations. Here are our picks for five Wild and Mild attractions lurking around the corne, not to be missed — plus one that's a little of both.

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