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Homebuilder backs out of deal to buy Tampa's A La Carte Pavilion

TAMPA — A Texas-based homebuilder has backed out of its multi-million dollar deal to buy the A La Carte Pavilion, a popular event venue, and build an upscale waterfront community on the 15-a …

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Preliminary vote tonight on new tax rate for Pinellas schools

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A startling ending in mother's quest to find recipient of deceased son's heart

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  1. Citing cyber 'revolution,' Obama issues attack response plan

    National

    WASHINGTON — The White House warned Tuesday of a "revolution" of computer-generated threats to the U.S. stoked by growing cyber aggression by traditional U.S. foes like Russia and North Korea, and issued a color-coded response plan for the federal government to use after major cyberattacks.

    Aiming to streamline Washington's response to major attacks, President Obama released a presidential policy directive that establishes six levels of severity for attacks, a color-coded system that evokes the terror alert system formally used by the Homeland Security Department.  [Associated Press file photo]
  2. The creator of the viral pro-Trump act 'USA Freedom Kids' now plans to sue the campaign

    National

    Within hours of their performance at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola last January, the U.S.A. Freedom Kids were a sensation.

    U.S.A. Freedom Kids, from left, Bianca, 11, Alexis, 9, and Melaina, 11, rehearse in the media staging area down the street from the crime scene at Pulse nightclub in hopes of getting to sing the national anthem on a news broadcast in Orlando in June. The group, made famous by their performance at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Pensacola, was brought to Orlando by manager Jeff Popick after the nightclub shooting that left 49 dead. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. A startling ending in mother's quest to find recipient of deceased son's heart

    Human Interest

    When 25-year-old Kendrick Murray died, his mother Adrian Murray was surprised to learn he was an organ donor.

    Kendrick Murray suffered an unexpected seizure at work and hit his head during the fall, causing massive brain swelling. He required immediate surgery and died a week later. [Courtesy Adrian Murray]
  4. Donald Trump to VFW: Democrats 'established ISIS because of weakness'

    National

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, drawing cries of "Lock her up!" from the audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte.

    Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, addresses the 117th annual VFW National Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center on Tuesday. [David T. Foster III | Charlotte Observer via TNS]
  5. Bill Nelson: It was a 'mistake' for convention organizers not to feature more Floridians

    Blogs

    PHILADELPHIA -- Sen. Bill Nelson said it was a "mistake" for Democratic convention organizers not to feature more Floridians.

    Sens. Al Franken and Bill Nelson ran into each other this morning
  6. Mike Reed holds a sign along with others during a news conference outside of Donald Trump's Tampa headquarters on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Tampa. A little over 20 protesters attended the news conference. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  7. Preliminary vote tonight on new tax rate for Pinellas schools

    K12

    The biggest single portion of the property tax bill for Pinellas County residents will begin to take shape tonight when School Board members consider a new tax rate for 2016-17.

    Pinellas County School Board will hold a public hearing on its 2016-17 budget and tax rate at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the district administration building, 301 Fourth Street SW in Largo. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  8. MTV's 'True Life' premiering episode on Pulse Orlando shooting survivors (w/video)

    Blogs

    MTV's long-running documentary series True Life will debut a special episode featuring survivors of last month's mass shooting that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured at the …

    Tony Marrero will be one of the survivors featured on "True Life: We Are Orlando."
  9. Review: 'Captain Fantastic' is one of the summer's nicest movie surprises

    Movies

    Ben's five children are savages. That's the way he wants them. Brutal and cunning enough to stalk, kill and dress a deer. Able to climb sheer rock walls, know the deadliest spots to stab an opponent, stitch themselves if needed. Ben wants them ready for whatever is out there.

    Samantha Isler, Shree Crooks, Viggo Mortensen, Charlie Shotwell, Annalise Basso and George MacKay.
  10. From the 305 to worldwide, Pitbull is Florida's paid ambassador

    Music & Concerts

    Two weeks ago, Pitbull stood surrounded by admirers in Los Angeles' Celia Cruz Square, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As he often does, he brought up his childhood in South Florida.

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19:  Artist Pitbull performs onstage at a one-of-a-kind concert experience in New York City, PlentiTogether LIVE, bringing to life the better together theme of the first multi-brand rewards program in the U.S., Plenti.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Plenti)

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis supports Donald Trump "now more than ever" after RNC

Freshly home from the Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis says he's more certain than ever about Donald Trump as his party's presidential candidate....

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For starters: Rays at A's, trying to get even

UPDATE, 3:19: RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make at least two more rehab appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Stone Crabs before rejoining the Rays. ... RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) wiill throw a bullpen on Tuesday and then the team will decide if he is ready to get back to minor-league games. ... 1B Logan Morrison (forearm tendinitis) is feeling better but Cash said they likely will wait until after Monday's off-day to get him back in the lineup....

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As camp looms, Bucs add WR Jonathan Krause to mix

By simple logic, any player picked up on waivers while NFL rosters are at 90 players will have long odds to stick around once rosters are cut to 53, and it's easy to dismiss a late-July NFL signing with "last in, first out" rationale. Having said that, there's reason to think Jonathan Krause -- claimed by the Bucs off waivers from the Eagles on Saturday -- could join what is already a deep and wide-open competition for the team's final receiver jobs....

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