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Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

CLEARWATER — Health officials on both sides of Tampa Bay are scrambling to contain a potential new outbreak of the Zika virus after the first locally transmitted infection was confirmed in P …

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New trial denied, murder resentencing hearing in Clearwater stabbing continues

LARGO — For the second time, Renee Langfritz sat through the sentencing of the troubled teenager convicted of randomly stabbing her only child to death. Jason Paul wanted to be a veter …

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Pasco deputies: Man, 21, faces sex charges after parents find him in 13-year-old daughter's closet

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Mosley Motel residents sue new owner looking for more time to find housing

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  1. Howard Johnson's restaurant in Maine to close, leaving only 1 more

    Business

    BANGOR, Maine

    The closing of one of the last two Howard Johnson restaurants in a couple of weeks will mark the end of its fried clam strips, ice cream and other menu staples that nourished baby boomers and leave the once-proud restaurant chain teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Franchise owners David and Sally Patel say the hotel side of their business is healthy, but it is not worth it to keep the restaurant open.
  2. Zika, a formidable enemy, attacks and destroys parts of babies' brains

    Health

    The images tell a heartbreaking story: Zika's calamitous attack on the brains of babies — as seen from the inside.

    This image shows the damage to the brains of twin Brazilian girls infected with Zika during their mother’s pregnancy. The sloping forehead suggests the forebrain had not developed normally, a doctor says.
  3. Florida Senate District 19 candidates connect on early childhood learning

    Politics

    TAMPA — The Democratic candidates in a hotly contested race to replace Sen. Arthenia Joyner are making their final push to connect with voters before next week's primary.

  4. Clinton Foundation donors who met, talked with Hillary Clinton

    National

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton met or talked by phone with at least 154 people from private interests, such as corporations, during her time as secretary of the state. More than half of those people had donated either personally or through companies or groups to the Clinton Foundation or pledged to donate to …

  5. Pinellas County workers erroneously poisoned 74 sabal palmetto trees in Joe's Creek

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — When four trees had to be removed in March for maintenance purposes, two Pinellas County workers sprayed the sabal palmetto trees with a herbicide.

    The dead sabal palmetto trees that line Joe's Creek between Jacaranda Manor and Brookside Mobile Home Park at 4150 66th St. N in St. Petersburg. In March, two Pinellas County workers tasked with removing four trees in March ended up erroneously spraying poison on an additional 74 trees for maintenance purposes but without consulting a supervisor. The incident is now being investigated the Florida Department of Agriculture because of the chemicals sprayed near water. It also spurred Pinellas County to tighten rules allowing its employees to kill trees. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  6. U.S. new home sales climb to best level since late 2007

    Real Estate

    WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July to the fastest pace in nearly nine years, the latest sign that low mortgage rates and a solid job market are helping support the residential real estate market.

  7. Mosley Motel residents sue new owner looking for more time to find housing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dozens of residents of the Mosley Motel have filed a lawsuit against its new owners, asking a judge to halt their pending evictions.

    Dozens of residents of the Mosley Motel have filed a lawsuit against its new owners, asking a judge to halt their pending evictions so they can have more time to look for new homes.
  8. Fennelly: No sure things in the NFL, just ask RGIII

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Cleveland starting quarterback and cautionary tale Robert Griffin III wasn't available to media Tuesday after the Bucs and Browns' joint practice in advance of Friday's preseason game. Nothing personal. RGIII will talk Wednesday.

    So we spoke with RG4.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is seen during a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.
  9. Rhonda Mims joins WellCare executive ranks

    Business

    Rhonda Mims was named Tuesday to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief of public affairs at Tampa's WellCare Health Plans. The appointment makes Mims one of the highest-ranking black female executives in Tampa Bay. She will oversee strategic communications, public policy, corporate social …

    Rhonda Mims was named senior vice president of public affairs at Tampa's WellCare Health Plans in August 2016. She reports to CEO Ken Burdick.
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  10. Pasco deputies: Man, 21, faces sex charges after parents find him in 13-year-old daughter's closet

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The parents of a 13-year-old girl found a 21-year-old man hiding in her bedroom closet on Monday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

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Florida politicians respond to Zika's spread in Tampa Bay

After Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Tuesday morning that someone became infected by Zika in Pinellas County, Florida politicians weighed in, largely calling on Congress to pass additional emergency money to fight the virus....

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Chris Archer has been pitching better of late, 3-4, 3.06 since the All-Star break, a drop of more than 1.5 runs from his first-half numbers.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day

UPDATE, 5:55: Cash said just a day off for Duffy, was they want to limit him to 4-5 in a row since he is coming off the Achilles injury. ... The Rays will wait for RHP Alex Cobb to get back from Norfolk and talk with him about whether he will make another rehab start on Saturday or rejoin the rotation this weekend....

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Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage Roberto Aguayo to remain confident and push through his current problems.

McCoy's encouragement to Bucs kicker Aguayo: 'Stay the course'

As Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo has struggled in his first two preseason games with three missed kicks, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage the second-round pick to remain confident and push through his current problems....

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