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Florida thought to have first four cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus in the United States

ORLANDO — Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Florida likely has the first cases …

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Steve Spurrier rejoining Florida Gators as ambassador, consultant

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New hospital ratings rankle Tampa Bay area hospitals

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Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

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Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

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Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

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Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

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  1. Tampa asks Pokémon GO creator to remove Ballast Point Park from list of PokéStops

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — The heady days of good Pokémon hunting at Ballast Point Park may be numbered.

  2. Reviving the U.S. middle class: Trump, Clinton tout different ideas but will any work?

    Business

    For a U.S. middle class shrinking before our eyes, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and their supporters spend a lot of time and sound bites offering ways to reinflate (or blame his or her opponent for hurting) that core slice of American life.

    Will any of them work?

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says bad trade deals have led to the shrinking of the middle class. Evan Vucci | AP
  3. Florida write-in candidates deny more than a million votes in state races

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In his secretive and impossible bid for public office, James Bailey will accomplish only this: He will deprive thousands of residents from voting for their state legislator.

    James Bailey, 28, is a write-in candidate for a state House seat in Vero Beach, a three-hour drive from his Clearwater home. Bailey, a registered Republican and Florida State graduate, used to work at Front Line Strategies, a Tallahassee firm that is managing campaigns of Republican candidates in eight legislative races where write-ins like him have closed the primary. [Photo courtesy of St. Petersburg College]
  4. Pain of sickle cell anemia drives Hillsborough teen to heal others

    College

    TAMPA — Javar Garrett sits in an office at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, poring over meticulously-organized notes on anemia and planning out his day. His backpack holds an iPad, a binder of his own illustrated notes, and a dog-eared copy of Think Like an Entrepreneur, Act Like a CEO.

    He's 19.

    Javar Garrett, left, hugs nurse Andrea Martinez along the pediatric oncology floor Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa. Garrett, who was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia as an infant, was at tented to by Martinez when his was 4 years-old. Now 19 years-old Garrett is studying medicine at the University of South Florida and is currently shadowing Dr. Mogul, who is also Garrett's attending physician.
  5. Gov. Rick Scott orders testing, spraying after first Zika cases likely spread by mosquito

    Blogs

    Four people likely contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday. 

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a news conference in February at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika virus.
  6. The family feud over Joy Culverhouse's estate continues and that's not that unusual

    Business

    The body of 96-year-old Joy McCann Culverhouse, widow of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse Sr., still lies in a Tampa funeral home more than three months after her death as the battle over her estate grows increasing contentious.

    The family of Joy Culverhouse, who died April 26, is feuding over what should happen to her body as they dispute her finances in her final years of life. Her son, Hugh Culverhouse Jr., right, wants there to be an autopsy and wants her medical records to be turned over, but her grandson and Joy Culverhouse's lawyers have refused. [Tribune photo]
  7. Penny Vinik dreams up an Amalie Arena full of 'Beach' balls

    Human Interest

    It was a summer day in Washington D.C., and Penny Vinik had time to kill before meeting her son.

    Penny Vinik, wife of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, made it her mission to bring the simulated ocean of translucent bubbles to Tampa after it was the hit of the summer last year at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The Beach Tampa exhibit is coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 5-25, and it will be free thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation. Photo courtesy Amalie Arena.
  8. Florida thought to have first four cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus in the United States

    Medicine

    ORLANDO — Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Florida likely has the first cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

  9. Voter registration snapshot: One week in one important county

    Blogs

    "We're seeing some big numbers," Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark said.

  10. Sales at Tampa-based Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba's slump

    Retail

    Restaurant sales at Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands suffered during the second quarter, according to an earnings report released Friday.

    Outback Steakhouse is owned by Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands. Some restaurants are operated by franchise owners. Photo provided by Bloomin' Brands
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a news conference in February at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika virus.

Gov. Rick Scott orders testing, spraying after first Zika cases likely spread by mosquito

Four people likely contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami-Dade County, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday. ...

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"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...

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Fresh start: CB Verner grateful for 'second chance' with Bucs

The morning after the Bucs' season finale in January, former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner had accepted the real possibility he had played his last game with the Bucs after an up-and-down season in a struggling Tampa Bay secondary....

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