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Why did cutting edge businesses like Shipt, Drizly and Carvana choose Tampa Bay?

Several things about Tampa Bay caught Bill Smith's eye last summer when he was looking to expand his cutting edge grocery delivery business Shipt. The area was growing. It was getting younge …


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  1. PayPal founder Peter Thiel is said to bankroll Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker


    Hulk Hogan had a secret financial backer in his legal fight against Gawker Media for invasion of privacy.

    Terry Bollea, also known as Hulk Hogan, enters the courtroom in St. Petersburg on Wednesday morning.
  2. Firefighters battling large fire at east Tampa warehouse


    TAMPA — Firefighters from three agencies were battling a large fire at a textile warehouse early Wednesday.

    Firefighters battled a 2-alarm blaze Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016, at a warehouse located at 6803 Parke Blvd E in east Tampa. [10News WTSP via Twittter]
  3. Tampa police to hold three community forums in response to DOJ bike-ticket report

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    TAMPA — In response to the Department of Justice report on its bike-ticking practices, the Tampa Police Department will hold three community listening …

    (from left) Ronald L. Davis, Director of Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined Tampa police Chief Eric Ward to speak to the media regarding the Department of Justice's COPS review of the Tampa Police Department's bike stopping and ticketing practices. Next month police will hold three community forums to gather public feedback about its operations. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Why did cutting edge businesses like Shipt, Drizly and Carvana choose Tampa Bay?


    Several things about Tampa Bay caught Bill Smith's eye last summer when he was looking to expand his cutting edge grocery delivery business Shipt.

    Shipt launched in Tampa Bay last summer and delivers groceries from Publix to your door. Here, CJ Hughes, one of the first Shipt personal shoppers in Tampa, uses the Shipt app to find items for a family in Seminole.  Shipt and other cutting edge tech firms have chosen to launch in Tampa over other metros because its just the right size and people have money to spend. Justine Griffin  |  Times
  5. The DayStarter: Special Ops forces will rescue Tampa's mayor from a hostage situation that doesn't involve pirates — and our Deal Divas visit Juxtapose


    • If you liked Tuesday's weather, we should be in for more of the same today, according to 10Weather WTSP. Highs near 90 and dry save for a stray shower.

    Salmon and blueberries are in season. Why not put them together? [MICHELLE STARk | Tampa Bay Times].
  6. Born without hearing, an 11-year-old takes on the National Spelling Bee


    As he walked out of his elementary school last week, fifth-grader Neil Maes heard the clapping from his fellow students lining both sides of the hallways. He heard them cheer and yell his name, and he heard them wish him luck as he headed off to compete in the National Spelling Bee, which starts this morning at the …

    Neil Maes, 11, of Belton, S.C., holds up his National Spelling Bee badge on Tuesday at The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) in Washington. Maes was born deaf and now hears with the helps of cochlear implants. The boy will participate in his first National Spelling Bee today. [Associated Press]
  7. Millennials most likely to be living with Mom and Dad


    For the first time in modern history, more 18-to-34-year-olds live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

  8. Thousands held in federal prisons for too long, report finds


    WASHINGTON — More than 4,300 federal inmates were kept in prison beyond their scheduled release dates from 2009 to 2014 — some of them for an extra year or more, according to a report released Tuesday that highlighted wide confusion in the prison system.

  9. Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death


    KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban confirmed today that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor.

    The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. [Associated Press (2015)]
  10. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans visit Avengers fan with cancer (w/video)


    EL CAJON, Calif. — Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.

    In this photo provided by Amy Wilcox, Ryan Wilcox, second from left, poses for a photo with actors Chris Evans, left, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow during a visit with Wilcox on Monday at his home in El Cajon, Calif. The Avengers teamed up to lift the spirits Wilcox, who has been at home for months battling cancer. [Associated Press]

Rubio does the robot

Marco Rubio poked fun at himself this morning in a tweet that linked to a story in which he expressed regret for trying to tangle with Chris Christie on the debate state in New Hampshire....


Coach Mike Sullivan said going with Matt Murray gives the Penguins the best chance to win.

Matt Murray to start for Penguins, Vasilevskiy for Lightning

With the Penguins season on the line, they are making another switch in net, rookie Matt Murray to start tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final....


Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, who have lost three straight.

For starters: Rays at Marlins, in a 12:10 matinee

UPDATE, 11:29: RHP Erasmo Ramirez said he felt the "normal soreness" this morning after throwing 54 pitches in 2-plus innings on Monday and expects to be available again on Thursday. But he also said he made a mistake when the Rays asked him about going back out to start a third inning after throwing 45 pitches and needs to "be smarter" to protect himself from injury. ... RHP Brad Boxberger will make at least a fifth rehab outing, on Wednesday for Double-A Montgomery. ...

Here is the Marlins lineup:
Ichiro LF
Prado 3b
Bour 1b
Stanton rf
Ozuna cf
Dietrich 2b
Realmuto c
Hechavarria ss
Koehler p