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  1. Tyre McCants, USF's brawny bruiser of a receiver

    College

    TAMPA — Having spent 11 games watching Tyre McCants in the flesh — all 236 pounds of it — USF coach Charlie Strong seems convinced his team's leading receiver down the stretch could be someone's leading rusher down the road.

    "I think he can do a whole lot (at the next level)," Strong said recently. "And he can play a lot of different positions, too. I think he's a guy that can play running back."...

  2. Kathy Fountain, from anchor chair to therapist's chair

    Business

    A knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o'clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVT-Ch. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa Bay area, "so radical at the time," she says.

    But even as a rising star when hired at WTVT in May 1985, Fountain saw a bigger picture and planned accordingly....

  3. Jury selection in trial of Clearwater man charged with mother's death begins today

    Criminal

    Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in the case of a 61-year-old man charged with beating his elderly mother to death.

    Daniel Edward Richards of Clearwater is charged with second-degree murder. He is representing himself during the trial.

    On July 18 last year, Richards got into an argument with his 83-year-old mother at 1737 Linwood Circle. The fight "escalated to him throwing her to the floor and then stomping and kicking on and about her body," an arrest report states....

  4. Ruskin artist to help poor kids build bikes reflecting their personalities

    Human Interest

    RUSKIN — Art meets transportation for a good cause in an after-school program where two dozen kids will create bicycles guaranteed to turn heads.

    The vision comes from Ruskin artist Michael Parker, who calls his prototype machine a "rat bike" or "ridiculous but fun bike." Built with parts from scrapped bikes and whatever else Parker fancied, it's actually a low-rider tricycle — red, green and rust with a seat shaped like a throne and a steer horn across the handlebars....

  5. Driven by demand, Planned Parenthood opens second clinic in Tampa

    Health

    The floor-to-ceiling glass windows are heavily tinted and the inside is hidden behind rows of curtains. Security cameras monitor every corner, and only patients with an appointment and valid identification can pass through the intentionally cramped entrance area. A receptionist sits behind a glass window. The more comfortable waiting room is through the next locked door.

    The small sign above this new health clinic reads: Planned Parenthood. ...

  6. Record numbers are signing up for Obamacare in Florida as enrollment period draws to a close

    Health

    With just four days left to enroll for health insurance on the federal exchange, advocates for the Affordable Care Act say Florida is headed for a record-breaking year.

    In week five of the six-week open enrollment period, about 823,180 people signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More than 3.6 million people have enrolled on the federal exchange for health insurance plans in 2018 since open enrollment began on Nov. 1. Florida has the most enrollees out of any state that offers the federal exchange, with 802,711 people having signed up as of Dec. 2. ...

  7. Daystarter: Find out Politifact's 2017 Lie of the Year; Alabama voters finally go to the polls; and Obamacare enrollment is strong in Florida

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

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  8. Medical field accounts for 7 of 10 highest-paying jobs

    Economic Development

    The nation's highest-paying jobs don't quite track with the fastest-growing jobs in Florida. According to a new study released today by California-based CareerCast, the highest-paying jobs are largely in the medical field and require post-graduate degrees.

    "High-level health care professions offer some of the most substantial wages of any industry," said Kyle Kensing, CareerCast online content editor, in a release. "However, be prepared to make a substantial investment in your future if you plan to pursue one of these careers."...

  9. High school scoreboard for Dec. 11

    Preps

    Monday's scoreboard

    Girls soccer

    Dixie Hollins 4, Boca Ciega 0

    Palm Harbor U. 2, Countryside 2

    Osceola 7, Northeast 0

    Largo 1, Seminole 0

    Boys soccer

    Indian Rocks Chr. 3, Northside Chr. 1

    Palm Harbor U. 4, Countryside 1

  10. Tuesday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    College basketball
    Mississippi State vs. Cincinnati7 p.m.ESPN2
    Fordham at Rutgers7 p.m.ESPNU
    St. Peter's at Seton Hall7 p.m.FS1
    Michigan at Texas9 p.m.ESPN2
    Albany at Memphis9 p.m.ESPNU
    NBA
    Lakers at Knicks7 p.m.ESPN
    76ers at Timberwolves9:30 p.m.ESPN
    NHL
    Lightning at Blues8 p.m.NBCSN; 970-AM
    Soccer
    German: Borussia Dortmund at Mainz2:30 p.m.FS1
    EPL: Chelsea at Huddersfield2:45 p.m.NBCSN
    ...

  11. Winter meetings journal: Rays closer Alex Colome drawing interest

    The Heater

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Rays made a small deal Monday in acquiring INF Joey Wendle from Oakland while continuing to discuss bigger ones that seem likely to eventually lead to the trade of closer Alex Colome and then others.

    The Rockies and Mets joined the Cardinals and Cubs as teams most interested in Colome, whose projected $5.5 million salary and three years until free agency make him a hot commodity, especially with mid-level relievers such as Pat Neshek getting $16 million over two years (from the Phillies)....

  12. Florida A&M names Willie Simmons football coach

    Sports

    TALLAHASSEE — Willie Simmons was named football coach at Florida A&M on Monday. The Tallahassee native will be introduced today.

    Simmons, 37, has been the coach at Prairie View A&M the past three seasons (21-11, including 6-5 this season). He played at Clemson and the Citadel.

    FAMU last had a winning record in 2011. Alex Wood resigned on Nov. 20 after going 8-25 in three seasons. ...

  13. Yankees' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton may hasten Rays' dismantling

    The Heater

    LAKE BUENA VISTA — The latest obstacle keeping the Rays from contending in the American League East loomed even larger Monday afternoon in pinstripes.

    The Yankees' formal introduction of Giancarlo Stanton also could be an accelerant to the departure of Evan Longoria, and some familiar for-the-moment teammates, as the Rays acknowledge and accept that the gap between them and the best team in their division is now a gulf....

  14. Bucs journal: Brent Grimes matches Richard Sherman for INTs since 2013

    Bucs

    TAMPA — CB Brent Grimes picked up his third interception of the season in Sunday's loss to the Lions, tying him for the Bucs' team lead and with another, more impressive group.

    Since the start of the 2013 season, Grimes has 20 interceptions, tying him with Seattle's Richard Sherman for the most in the NFL over that five-season span. He's doing it at age 34; the only other player in Bucs history to have three-plus interceptions at that age or older is Ronde Barber, who did it three times....

  15. HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Emily Joseph and Devin Cosser

    Preps

    HomeTeam Hot Shots

    Emily Joseph, Northeast

    Joseph, a senior, has been a deadly shooter since her sophomore year. But this season she has added to her game.

    "She's gotten physically stronger and has gained confidence," coach Will White said. "She used to be a straight up shooter, but this season she has been attacking the basket really hard. She averages about eight free-throw attempts per game."...