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Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, which sued two state agencies over th …

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Security firm that employed Orlando gunman goes to court in Hillsborough

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Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

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Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

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Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

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  1. TV show 'Cops' has long history featuring Hillsborough deputies

    Public Safety

    It's a spring night in Hillsborough County and sheriff's Deputy Jarrett Hall has to find a woman's false teeth.

    Deputy Jarrett Hall from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office speaks with a woman who says she used her dentures to assault her father during a taping of the TV show "Cops" that aired last week. (YouTube, Cops)
  2. PolitiFact: The truth (so far) behind the 2016 campaign

    National

    On March 23, 2015, in a college auditorium in Virginia, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce his campaign for president.

  3. Beach advisory issued for Davis Islands until after Fourth of July

    Health

    Beachgoers should think twice about getting in the water at Davis Islands Beach until after the Fourth of July, health officials said.

  4. Epilogue: Jim Deegan's dry wit kept everyone laughing at Eckerd College

    Obituaries

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jim Deegan started all his meetings the same way. He'd walk in, sit down, look to his team and say five words.

    "Let's keep this mercifully short."

    James Deegan spent 28 years working at Eckerd College. He died on June 9, 2016 at the age of 70. [Courtesty of Eckerd College]
  5. Sykes paperwork error keeps him out of State House race

    Legislature

    ST. PETERSBURG Two years ago, the Rev. Manuel Sykes wasn't happy.

  6. Proposed ordinance targets items left at beach that interfere with sea turtle nesting

    Wildlife

    TREASURE ISLAND — Michael and Nancy Furlong enjoy their early morning walks on the beach.

    Metal frames of tents line Sunset Beach in Treasure Island. Residents want the city to ban leaving personal items on the beach overnight.
  7. Projects moving forward in struggling downtown Largo

    Growth

    LARGO — Several projects are in the works in downtown Largo, an area that has long struggled with becoming the live-work-play hub that city officials envision.

    The land at 154 and 158 Ridge Road N in Largo is being cleared to make way for an apartment complex development.
  8. Birds of prey therapy helps lift spirit of patient with Parkinson's disease

    Human Interest

    LARGO

    It was quiet except for the breeze rolling through the pine trees in George C. McGough Nature Park, but Steve Dittbenner, who has lived with Parkinson's disease for most of his adult life, was not alone. In his wheelchair, he sat with Shay, a red-shouldered hawk that gripped firmly with her talons to his …

    Steve Dittbenner, 66, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for most of his adult life, finds pleasure in his weekly trip to the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, where he visits with a red-shouldered hawk named Shay.
  9. Dunedin commissioners weigh in on limiting citizen input

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — At about 2 a.m., more than seven hours into the June 16 commission meeting, a clearly frustrated Commissioner John Tornga spoke up.

    John Tornga says the June 16 meeting was “em-barrassing.”
  10. New Florida poll highlights the steep climb facing Carlos Beruff against Marco Rubio

    Blogs

    That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base - and with his millionaire U.S. Senate primary challenger Carlos Beruff. That may turn out to be the case, but fresh polling data from Associated …

New Florida poll highlights the steep climb facing Carlos Beruff against Marco Rubio

That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base - and with his millionaire U.S. Senate primary challenger Carlos Beruff. That may turn out to be the case, but fresh polling data from Associated Industries of Florida shows what a tough hurdle Beruff faces. The June 27 and 28 survey of 732 likely Republican primary voters found 71 percent had a favorable view of Rubio and 21 percent unfavorable. Little known Beruff was viewed favorably by 11 percent and unfavorably by 9 percent (Donald Trump was 62/32)....

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Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.

Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the stage....

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The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....

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