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Florida's mental hospitals are still violent and deadly (w/ video)

Inside Room 420 at Florida State Hospital, two roommates clashed in the dark. Anyone who paid attention to their recent behavior, who compared their size and age, could see they should not …

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National gun control tour stops in St. Pete

 

To Florida's creepy clowns: Scaring people in a mask is illegal here (and real clowns are sick of you)

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  1. Zika funding provides Florida politicians with bragging points, attacks

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - The approval of a budget deal that includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus is a victory for Florida — and for Florida politicians who are eager to tout their role ahead of the November elections. Along the way, they illustrated the partisanship that has helped prevent funding from coming …

    A female Aedes aegypti mosquito going in for a snack
  2. Latest aftermath of Frontier's takeover of Verizon: 250 layoffs

    Corporate

    Frontier Communications, which acquired Verizon's landline, cable and internet business in the Tampa Bay area earlier this year, said it is laying off 250 management employees nationwide.

    A Frontier flag flies outside the Frontier regional office in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  3. In his own words: I'm a 12-year-old international go-kart racer

    Human Interest

    I was 4 years old when I started racing. … I remember going out on the track for my first time and, like, just going around, like, really slow. …

    Ira Mattice Jr. poses with the trophies and plaques he has won for go-kart racing around the world. Eight years after started, he won his first race this year. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  4. National gun control tour stops in St. Pete

    Blogs

    The heroic Arizona congresswoman who made it back to speak at the Democratic Convention after being shot in 2011 wasn't there. Neither was her astronaut husband.

    St. Petersburg City Council chairwoman Amy Foster said
  5. Independent Senate candidate sues to be in debates

    Blogs

    An independent candidate for U.S. Senate on Thursday sued news organizations and the Federal Communications Commission, demanding he be allowed to participate in two debates.

    Steven Machat of Miami is a no-party-affiliation candidate for U.S. Senate.
  6. A Jose Fernandez baseball jersey hangs in the dugout at Alonso High School during a candlelight vigil in his honor. The jersey disappeared after the vigil ended. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  7. Florida's mental hospitals are still violent and deadly (w/ video)

    News

    Inside Room 420 at Florida State Hospital, two roommates clashed in the dark.

    A surveillance camera rolls as Ruben Quinones, 60, is carted out from his room at Florida State Hospital. He would die 11 days later, from injuries sustained after his 19-year-old roommate stomped on his head.
  8. Trump broke Cuban embargo, report says

    Politics

    Donald Trump's hotel and casino company secretly spent money trying to do business in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, Newsweek reported Thursday in a story that could endanger the Republican presidential nominee's Cuban-American support in South Florida.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Waukesha, Wis. [Associated Press]
  9. Clearwater's Strand building draws interest

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Don't get too excited, but there's new buzz about a potential sale of Clearwater's biggest and most dilapidated eyesore.

    The Strand, at 1100 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, remains bare-bones, but is getting some interest from developers.
  10. We asked 14 local officials if they knew the Howard Frankland was losing a free lane. Only four did.

    Transportation

    Confusion is swirling around the Florida Department of Transportation's plan to replace the northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

    Traffic makes its way across the Howard Frankland Bridge on a rainy Thursday in June. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

Trump broke Cuban embargo, report says

Donald Trump's hotel and casino company secretly spent money trying to do business in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, Newsweek reported Thursday in a story that could endanger the Republican presidential nominee's Cuban-American support in South Florida....

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Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays, trying to put a good finish on an inconsistent rookie season.

For starters: Rays at White Sox, delayed until 8:30

UPDATE, 8:00: The Sox announced a tentative start time of 8:30 Tampa Bay time.

UPDATE, 7:05:
RHP Chase Whitley will get to start Sunday's season finale, as the Rays will give him the opportunity as something of a reward for his hard work in returning from Tommy John surgery. LHP Drew Smyly was slated to start....

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Mike Evans ranks among the NFL's top five in yards (301), receptions (21) and touchdown catches (3).

Bucs' Mike Evans eager for Broncos' physical corners

Bucs WR Mike Evans is off to a strong start, ranking among the NFL's top five in yards (301), receptions (21) and touchdown catches (3), but he'll have a real challenge this week as Denver comes to Tampa with two Pro Bowl cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Chris Harris....

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