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Florida to receive $3.25B from gulf states' Deepwater Horizon settlement with BP

Five years after globs of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster tainted the Panhandle's sugar-white beaches, petroleum giant BP agreed Thursday to an $18.7 billion settlement with Florida and fo …

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Breaking: Gawker-Hulk Hogan trial postponed

Monday's scheduled start in the trial over pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker will be postponed, attorneys for the celebrity news website said Thursday morning. The rescheduli …

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Ruth: Jolly draws opposition from both sides of Tampa Bay

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Kahwa Coffee to open new drive-through location in St. Peters­burg

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  1. Fourth of July fireworks return to Hernando County Fairgrounds with community support

    Events

    BROOKSVILLE — Eighteen years. That's how long it has been since the Hernando County Fairgrounds played host to Freedom Fest, a Fourth of July celebration that included a fireworks display. Due to dry spells, both meteorological and financial, the event fizzled out.

  2. Couple hope to spread their love of music, art with new Inspire Studios

    Music & Concerts

    PORT RICHEY

    A whiff of fresh paint hung in the air as Cristine Rhodes doled out rhythm sticks to the outstretched hands of children who had arrived with their parents to give her free class a shot.

    Traeh Carrington, 8, from left, Asher Carrington, 7, teacher Cristine Rhodes and Chelsea Miller, 5, take part in a class.
  3. A machine gun shoot, Fourth of July fests and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

    Events

    Independence Day

    Sparklebration in Dade City: Sparklebration starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 6722 State Road 52, Dade City. Admission is $5; free for ages 12 and younger. Parking: $5. Festival seating. Chairs and blankets welcome. Personal fireworks, pets, alcohol, food and …

  4. Ruth: Jolly draws opposition from both sides of Tampa Bay

    Columns

    Perhaps former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern expected to arrive in Pinellas County with all the adoration and folderol of Elizabeth Taylor sitting upon a massive sedan chair atop the shoulders of slaves entering Rome in Cleopatra.

  5. When it comes to outdoor parties, a little planning goes a long way

    Home and Garden

    Could you use some new ideas for wowing your friends this summer? Whether your outdoor living room is a sliver of an urban balcony or a vast back deck filled with cushy seating, we have tricks to help your keep guests, food and flowers from wilting. Read on.

    Party planning

    The Union trestle dining table recalls a classic picnic table, but this one is made of aluminum and faux wood ($899, crateandbarrel.com). The red Union chairs are made of aluminum ($248 each).
    Donna Karan in her studio upstairs from Urban Zen in New York, Feb. 21, 2014.

    Donna Karan steps down from her own brand

    Everyone bust out your 90s graphic block lettering DKNY shirts!...

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    Fla GOP leaders to hold immigration conference call

    Several Republican party officials will host a conference call Thursday to discuss immigration policy in the 2016 election....

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    Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore.

    For starters, Rays vs. Indians with Matt Moore's return

    UPDATE, 11:15: RF Steven Souza Jr. isn't in the lineup today, as manager Kevin Cash wanted to give him a day off. The rookie is in an 0-for-23 slump. ... Cash called the Rays' recent offensive struggles a "perfect storm" of slumping offense and standout opposing pitching. That's why the Rays haven't had a base runner through the first five innings of three consecutive games. ... 1B James Loney (broken finger) is scheduled to be reevaluated today after his rehab start last night for Class-A Port Charlotte. Cash said Loney could rejoin the Rays this weekend in New York....

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