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The DayStarter: Our guide to the morning's news

Longtime Tampa patrol officer dies at 48 after diving in Nevada lake

TAMPA — A veteran Tampa police officer died while diving in southern Nevada on Saturday, authorities said. Master Patrol Officer Fred Arnold III had been with the department for 27 yea …


Safety Wright, punter Schum among 12 Bucs cuts


Larry Elliston, former 'Down Home Florida' TV reporter, dies at 66


  1. Grab your gear: Weather's just fine for mackerel


    MADEIRA BEACH — The general thinking is that at this time of year in west central Florida it's just too darned hot to fish. The water temperature is too high and most of the big fish have headed to deeper, cooler waters. Unless you're willing to run several miles offshore, it's probably best to keep the fishing …

     A large Mackerel was caught in the Gulf, just off of John's Pass, 8/23/16 by the crew of the Lucky Too fishing boat, Madeira Beach.  An artificial  silver spoon bait was trolled to catch the fish.
  2. Oysters 101: We tried six different varieties, from Wellfleet to Kumamoto

    Food & Dining


    Chef Kenny Tufo clearly believes the old expression, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Only in this case, it was oysters. The executive chef of Sea Salt in St. Petersburg recently helmed an afternoon oyster tutorial for local diners, …

    Clockwise from top left is an assortment of oysters: Kumamoto (British Columbia), Wellfleet (Mass.), Fanny Bay (British Columbia) and Shigoku (British Columbia).
  3. Visitation for Monsignor Laurence Higgins starts today; funeral Wednesday


    TAMPA — Three days of remembrances start at noon today to honor the late Monsignor Laurence Higgins, who served as pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church for 49 years and who died …

     Monsignor Laurence Higgins conducts Mass on March 21, 2007 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa. A funeral mass for Higgins, who died Wednesday at 87, is scheduled at the church he founded and served as pastor for 49 years, until his retirement in 2007. CHRIS URSO | Tampa Tribune (2007)
  4. Trump set to deliver detailed speech on immigration as questions remain (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says he'll deliver a detailed speech on his proposal to crack down on illegal immigration on Wednesday in Arizona — but it's anyone's guess what he might say.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni's Roast and Ride at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. [Associated Press]
  5. Florida draws 37% of Trump TV spending, 28% of Clinton's


    The latest ad tracking numbers from NBC News show that Hilllary Clinton and her allies have spent nearl $25.8-million in Florida -- nearly 28 percent of all spending on here behalf - and Donal Trump and his allies have spent $5.7-million in Florida - 37 percent of what's been spent nationwide.

  6. Tropical storm could lash Tampa Bay area with storm surge, torrential downpours later this week


    A tropical system that had been meandering across the Caribbean last week is now gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and preparing to dump heavy rains and produce tropical storm-force winds across the …

    Invest 99L has become Tropical Depression 9, and meteorologists said the system is expected to develop into a tropical storm by mid-afternoon Monday. [Weather Underground]
  7. Deputies: Body of man with Alzheimer's found in Wesley Chapel pond

    Public Safety

    A man with Alzheimer's died from an apparent drowning early this morning after his body was found floating in a pond in Wesley Chapel.

  8. Woman in wheelchair fatally struck by tow truck in St. Petersburg


    A woman in a wheelchair was killed early this morning when police say she was struck by a tow truck in St. Petersburg.

    A woman in a wheelchair was killed when police say she was struck by a tow truck at 5th Avenue N and 34th Street in St. Petersburg on Aug. 29, 2016, around 5:45 a.m. DANESE KENON | Times
  9. Infant girl, 1, wounded in Port Richey drive-by shooting


    A 1-year-old infant was injured late Sunday night in a drive-by shooting in Port Richey.

  10. Tampa bike stop numbers continue to drop


    The number of bicyclists stopped by police and ticketed continues to decline as a result of a change in tactics by the Tampa Police Department.

Floridians are worried about Zika, polls suggest.

Concern over Zika rising and support for GM mosquitoes, polls suggest

Two recent polls suggest that concern over the Zika virus has been heightened by the outbreak of the infection in two Miami-Dade communities and locally transmitted cases in Palm Beach and Pinellas counties....


Alex Cobb set to rejoin Rays Monday, make first start next weekend

RHP Alex Cobb came through Saturday's final Tommy John surgery rehab start well and was to meet the team in Boston Sunday night, with plans for his first since his September 2014 this weekend, likely Saturday, at home vs. Toronto.

"I think he felt good by his results,'' manager Kevin Cash said. "It was good to go out there and kind of command the baseball the way he knows that's he able to do.''

Cobb has to be activated from the DL today since his rehab assignment expired, so RHP Steve Geltz was sent back to Triple-A Durham after a one-day stint, and a shaky one-inning appearance, to provide bullpen coverage.

OF Mikie Mahtook was sent down after Saturday's game to make room for Geltz, and will return in either 10 days or after the Bulls' season ends....


Bucs' Pamphile to create scholarship in mother's memory

Bucs offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has stepped up as a starting guard entering this season, and on Monday, announced that he'd done so despite a personal tragedy in the past month: his mother, Marie, died at age 57 and was buried Saturday....