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In barbecue smoke dispute, experts say true crime is entirely culinary

ST. PETERSBURG — For a week, the Internet has been seething in debate over whether Pinellas County's regulations on barbecue smoke are completely logical or a gross government overreach. …

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FHSAA requires athletes to study up on concussions

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Three workers hurt during explosion in Clearwater dealership repair shop

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  1. Column: Clinton's new email fuss is no scandal

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    WASHINGTON

    The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails — the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server — is, or should be, a non-scandal.

    There’s no evidence Clinton had any inkling about the emails’ classification.
  2. Column: Looking away from abortion

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    In an essay in his 1976 collection, Mortal Lessons, the physician Richard Selzer describes a strange suburban scene. People go outside in the morning in his neighborhood, after the garbage trucks have passed, and find "a foreignness upon the pavement," a softness underfoot.

  3. How to dress for Tampa Bay Comic Con with little effort

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    My first Tardis trip into the world of comic conventions was Orlando's MegaCon a few years back. It was a deep-end "nerd-u-cation."

    Have gun, will con: Stephanie Hayes went to a convention as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
  4. Cosplay bingo: Tampa Bay Comic Con's best accessory

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    Convention season is upon us, and venues all across the country are opening their doors to droves of spandex-clad, mask-wearing, LARPing comic and pop culture enthusiasts. This weekend, it's Tampa Bay's turn. I took a drive down to Miami for Florida Supercon to do some research on the popular convention costumes this …

    Behold, the Tampa Bay Times' cosplay bingo card! If you spot all the characters on the card, you are a cosplay connoisseur.  [CAMERON COTTRILL | Times]
  5. Tampa Bay Comic Con lands three grande dames of geek

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    What's better than one queen? Tampa Bay Comic Con is hedging bets on three.

    The annual Tampa Bay Comic Con is expected once again to draw a big crowd to the Tampa Convention Center.

    My Outfit Monday: Shopping like the enemy

    Today is my last My Outfit Monday before the beginning of college football season (praise emoji), and therefore I must take this final opportunity to step out wearing the on-trend garnet, gold and black palette that for obvious reasons I will be forced to retire until January....

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    Walton County votes to replace Confederate flag with another

    After two hours of sharply divided emotional debate by residents of the Panhandle, the Walton County Commission voted Tuesday to remove its Confederate flag that has flown on the lawn of the county courthouse for 51 years and replace it with a version known as "stars and bars."...

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    Kevin Kiermaier hurts eye .... while stretching legs

      So just how did Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier hurt his left eye?
      By stretching his legs before Monday's game.
      Kiermaier said he was using an elastic stretching band about 30 minutes before game time and went to switch feel when the mishap occurred.
      "I had a little too much slack on it when I was switching legs and the band kind of just squared me up right in the eye,''  Kiermaier said. "I don't know how.''
      Kiermaier said he expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday, though the Rays want to see how he is first before committing.
      Kiermaier said he at first thought he was fine, but realized in tryinh to track Yoenis Cespedes first-inning fly ball he was having trouble with blurred vision, and made it worse by continuing to rub it.
       Though he had an RBI bloop double in the fourth he continued to have problems and said by his sixth inning at-bat, when he struck out, "I couldn't see at all.''
     The Rays took him out at that point.
      "It's the most uncomfortable I've felt in the batters box all year,'' Kiermaier said. "I even told (Tigers C Alex) Avila, "I can't see right now.'' (I'm sure he was) like "Okay, cool, this kid can't see right now." I know I probably shouldn't have said that, but I said, you know what, this is a hang-with-'em type of at-bat.''...

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