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WEATHER CLOSINGS: Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo and more closed today because of flooding

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  1. Tuesday's letters: Stop or tax the pollution

    Letters

    July letter of the month

    July's winning letter was written by Louise Raterman, who wrote about fertilizer use in Hillsborough.

    Stop or tax the pollution

  2. Column: Obama wants you to think his climate plan is bold. It's not.

    Columns

    President Barack Obama calls his just-announced Clean Power Plan "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change." That's not saying a whole heck of a lot.

  3. It's time to ask: What should Joe Biden do?

    Columns

    WASHINGTON

    A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this.

    Vice President Joe Biden, with his wife, Jill Biden, and son Beau Biden, after voting in 2012. Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer earlier this summer, had encouraged his dad to consider a run for president.
  4. Richard Dreyfuss bringing 'Jaws' anniversary screening to Capitol Theatre

    Movies

    We're gonna need a bigger theater. Actually, the intimacy of Capitol Theatre is perfect for a 40th anniversary screening of Jaws, followed by a Q&A discussion with Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, hosted by Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall. Tickets ($39.50-$75) go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. …

    Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw in Jaws, 1975.
  5. WEATHER CLOSINGS: Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo and more closed today because of flooding

    Events

    The rain that will not end is ending the fun for a lot of us. Here's some venues and activities canceled today because of the record rainfall and flooding:

    Motorists attempt to navigate standing water on Decubellis Road near Starkey Boulevard in New Port Richey as heavy rain and flooding continues in Pasco County Monday morning. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
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    Gov. Scott will tour flooding in Pasco County, meet with residents

    Gov. Rick Scott will visit flood-ravaged Pasco County on Monday to meet with residents. The governor's office says Scott will accompany Sheriff Chris Nocco on State Road 54 in New Port Richey....

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    Richie Shaffer is the first player from the Rays 2012 draft to make the majors.

    For starters, Rays at White Sox, in Shaffer's debut

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