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After Hillsborough nonprofit loses millions in state funding, former executive keeps getting paid

TAMPA — After nine foster children died between 2009 and 2011 under the watch of Hillsborough Kids Inc., the embattled nonprofit was stripped of a $65 million state contract to protect the c …

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Investigation exonerates Tampa police union president in throat-slashing gesture complaint

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Pasco man in prison for nearly 10 years to walk free after plea deal

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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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Five ideas for Fourth of July sides: potato, pasta and fruit salads

Five ideas for Fourth of July sides: potato, pasta and fruit salads

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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. Two people dead after vehicle leaves Howard Frankland Bridge

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — Two people are dead after a vehicle left the Howard Frankland Bridge and landed in the water Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Rays send down Taylor Motter, will activate Steven Souza Jr. on Saturday

    Blogs

    INF/OF Taylor Motter experienced the thrill of pitching in a big-league game on Friday, but then the disappointment of being demoted back to Triple-A.

    Motter was sent down after Friday's game, as the Rays plan to activate Steven Souza Jr on Saturday.

    Souza has been out since June 14 with a left hip …

  3. Motter pitches as Rays routed by Tigers at Trop

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Taylor Motter finished Friday's game on the mound, which sums up what kind of night the Rays had against the visiting Tigers.

    Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly pitches 62/3 innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks.
  4. Militants take hostages at Bangladesh restaurant; 2 dead (w/video)

    World

    DHAKA, Bangladesh — Heavy gunfire and explosions rang out Saturday morning local time as Bangladesh security forces backed by armored vehicles moved to end a 10-hour standoff with heavily armed militants holding dozens of people hostage, including foreigners, after storming an upscale restaurant at the heart of …

    An injured person is helped after a group of heavily armed gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday.
  5. Plate approach, versatility helping Rays' Nick Franklin

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The work he put in during the offseason while working with former big-leaguer Alex Ochoa in Miami Gardens has helped INF Nick Franklin at the plate. But it's his newfound ability to play the outfield that will keep him around when the Rays activate Steven Souza Jr. today.

    Rays second baseman Nick Franklin connects for a three-run double in the third inning of Thursday’s game against the Tigers.
  6. Greg Biffle earns Sprint Cup pole at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Ford found some extra power at one of NASCAR's fastest tracks on Friday — enough to put Greg Biffle on the pole for the first time in almost four years.

    Greg Biffle enjoys his pole run — his first in Sprint Cup since 2012 — with daughter Emma Elizabeth and his Roush Fenway Racing crew at Daytona International Speedway.
  7. Retired pope offers first-ever assessment of his own papacy

    Religion

    VATICAN CITY — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever papal assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican's "gay lobby."

    A German journalist interviewed retired Pope Benedict XVI.
  8. Fennelly: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has seen best and worst at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH

    Hard to believe it has been 15 years since Dale Earnhardt lost his life at Daytona International Speedway as his son, Dale Jr., and Michael Waltrip raced for the win at the Daytona 500.

    The day the music died.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. seeks his first Sprint Cup victory this season tonight at Daytona.
  9. Tampa police arrest man accused of stealing thousands from parking meter kiosks

    Crime

    TAMPA — A contractor hired to collect parking meter fees for the city was arrested Thursday and accused of stealing more than $4,000 of that money, according to Tampa police.

  10. Pasco man in prison for nearly 10 years to walk free after plea deal

    Criminal

    NEW PORT RICHEY — For 12 years, J.J. Daiak maintained his innocence.

    J.J. Daiak appears in a courtroom in New Port Richey on Friday. He accepted a plea deal in an a aggravated assault case after insisting for 12 years that he was innocent.  [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times] 

Florida Republicans sign up to raise money for Trump and GOP

The Republican National Committee on Friday published a list of state finance chairs -- the people responsible for raising serious money for the GOP and its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump....

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Rays send down Taylor Motter, will activate Steven Souza Jr. on Saturday

INF/OF Taylor Motter experienced the thrill of pitching in a big-league game on Friday, but then the disappointment of being demoted back to Triple-A.

Motter was sent down after Friday's game, as the Rays plan to activate Steven Souza Jr on Saturday.

Souza has been out since June 14 with a left hip strain. He played one rehab game on Friday for advanced Class A Charlotte.

Motter, who allowed a hit and then got the final out of the ninth, was hitting only .188 in 33 games, with two homers and 9 RBI.
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Jon Gruden and the Bucs sideline celebrate a touchdown during their Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003.

NFL to post three classic Bucs games on Youtube

For Bucs fans who have worn out their DVD of the Super Bowl XXXVII, who still keep a VCR around the house to play old tapes from the creamsicle days, there is exciting news: The NFL is posting the network broadcasts of three classic games for each NFL team on Youtube this summer....

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