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To help fix aging sewers, St. Petersburg City Council advances utility rate hike

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg City Council committee voted unanimously Thursday to add either $3.73 or $5.60 to residents' average monthly utility bills. The reason? A sewer syste …

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Demolition to begin soon on 400 Central property in St. Petersburg

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Votes delayed on cross-bay ferry service

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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. FDA: No Miami-area blood donations during Zika investigation

    Health

    MIAMI — Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in South Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

    Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, on Wednesday takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines.   Florida health officials say they are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be directly related to travel, bringing the total to four. [Associated Press]
  2. Talk show host, actor Jerry Doyle found dead at Vegas home

    Celebrities

    LAS VEGAS — Actor and syndicated conservative talk show host Gerard "Jerry" Doyle has died in Las Vegas at age 60.

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  3. Chipotle branching out, plans to open burger restaurant

    Business

    NEW YORK — Chipotle is branching out from burritos and plans to open its first burger restaurant.

    Chipotle announced Thursday that the company's first  burger restaurant will open in the fall in Lancaster, Ohio.  [Associated Press]
  4. Review: Raunchy and relatable 'Bad Moms' embraces imperfect parents (w/video)

    Movies

    Bad Moms taps into the growing rejection of motherhood as something precious, a state of being so delicate that few can really achieve or even deserve.

    This image released by STX Productions shows, from left, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn in a scene from, "Bad Moms." (Michele K. Short/STX Productions via AP) NYET312
  5. Charlie Crist hits the 'the bank' in Philly

    Blogs

    "This is a good place to be - for a lot of reasons. We must have set up five fundraisers today. This is the bank."

  6. Some Americans think Russia's Putin isn't so bad

    World

    For many Americans, Vladimir Putin is perceived as some kind of international boogeyman, with alleged links to nefarious plots all over the world. This perception helps explain why many Americans find Donald Trump's seemingly admiring comments about the Russian president so unnerving.

    A 2015 Pew Research poll shows that 70 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Russia President Vladimir Putin, here shaking hands with U.S. President Barack Obama. However, a closer look at the numbers shows that younger, less educated Americans tended to view Putin in a more favorable light.  [Associated Press]
  7. Assessing the would-be Democratic governor candidates

    Blogs

    PHILADELPHIA -- Florida Democrats gathered in Pennsylvania this week may have been focused on electing Hillary Clinton in 2016, but they also witnessed unmistakable jockeying for Florida governor in 2018.
    We are in the invisible primary phase of that open governor's race, where the prospects quietly laying the …

  8. TV lawyers argue over whether Colbert can be Colbert

    Nation

    NEW YORK — After CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert told viewers that lawyers representing his old Comedy Central show said he couldn't be "Stephen Colbert" anymore, he thumbed his nose at them with a transparent dodge.

    Lawyers representing Stephen Colber's old show at Comedy Central complained to CBS after Colbert revived the character he played under his own name. [CBS]
  9. Tampa Bay gas prices falling below $2 a gallon — and then some

    Energy

    Gas prices typically spike in the summer, and with travel this month pushing record levels, you'd expect more of the same.

    Average gas prices in the Tampa Bay area are falling below $2 a gallon thanks to active refineries more than meeting summer demand. 
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  10. Harry Reid says 'absolute fraud' Alan Grayson should drop Florida Senate bid

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — Top Democrats are pressuring Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson to drop his bid for U.S. Senate in Florida after reports he physically abused his ex-wife.

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada smiles from the podium as he speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. [Paul Sancya | Associated Press]

Charlie Crist hits the 'the bank' in Philly

"This is a good place to be - for a lot of reasons. We must have set up five fundraisers today. This is the bank."...

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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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