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South Florida driver faces DUI manslaughter charge in death of bicyclist on Howard Frankland Bridge

The driver accused of fatally running down a bicyclist on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday night now faces charges including DUI manslaughter after fleeing the scene, according to the Flor …

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Jury acquits Tampa nurse in fatal hit-and-run

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Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military (w/video)

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Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

Dining Planner: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest turns 100, celebrate with Tampa Bay hot dogs

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 27-July 3

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Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

Where to see July 4 fireworks in Tampa Bay

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  1. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's net worth down to $119 million

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott may not be as wealthy as he used to be.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses members of the media after addressing members of the Florida Senate Finance and Tax Committee in January at the Florida Capitol. He was pushing for permanent tax cuts for businesses. (SCOTT KEELER    |  Times)
  2. Lightning plans Matt Carle buyout to free salary cap space

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning will buy out veteran defenseman Matt Carle, giving the team much-needed cap relief heading into the opening of free agency at noon today.

    FILE - In this May 16, 2016, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Matt Carle plays during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the moves tells The Associated Press that Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are among the players on buyout waivers. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday, June 30, 2016,  because the teams didn't announce their decisions. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NY169
  3. Meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Bill Clinton provokes political furor (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — An airport encounter this week between Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton has welled into a political storm, with Republicans asserting that it compromised the Justice Department's politically sensitive investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices while she was …

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks at a news conference on June 22 in Washington, D.C. Lynch met with former  President Bill Clinton at the airport in Phoenix this week - an encounter that she described as "primarily social," but one that drew instant attention because of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into the email practices of his wife, Hillary, while she was secretary of state. [Getty Images]
  4. USF fires top administrator who was hired despite serious lapses at previous job

    College

    TAMPA — The University of South Florida announced Thursday it has fired the director of its Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications for concealing an investigation into his inappropriate relations with students while in his previous job at Texas Tech University.

    Samuel Bradley was fired this week from his post as director of the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications at USF. [Times files]
  5. Jones: Steve Yzerman maintains his golden touch

    Lightning Strikes

    The Lightning's most valuable person doesn't even play. Not anymore.

    Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager, Steve Yzerman watches from high above the ice as the Lightning take on the Florida Panthers during first period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Tuesday evening (03/24/15). PHOTO TO PUBLISH with a story on Yzerman by Joe Smith on Sunday 4/12/15. (NOTE: Yzerman was watching from a box next to the broadcast boxes and press box above the 300 level seating at the arena. He was photographed from the catwalk at the start of the game).
  6. Eckerd College student dies after head-on collision in the Keys

    Obituaries

    ST PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student died Tuesday from injuries she suffered in a head-on collision the night before near her home in the Florida Keys, according to news reports.

    Maggie Fenney, 22, was a rising senior at Eckerd College. She was injured in a head-on collission on Monday near her home in the Florida Keys and pronounced dead on Tuesday. [Photo courtesy of Eckerd College]
  7. A lighter shade of blue: Florida Democrats' share of voter base continues to slide

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In the must-win state of Florida, Democrats are seeing their numerical advantage in voters slowly wither away — a trend that could make a third straight presidential election victory in 2016 more challenging.

    A "Vote" sign directs voters to St. John's Presbyterian on N. MacDill in Tampa during Florida's Primary Election Day in March. Although Hillsborough County has 100,000 more registered voters than it did in 2008, the share of those voters who describe themselves as either Repubilcan or Democrat has dropped. Meanwhile, those registered as "no party affiliation" has jumped. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times]
  8. Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military (w/video)

    Military

    WASHINGTON — Saying it's the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference Thursday at the Pentagon where he announced new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. [Associated Press]
  9. Two funds for Pulse victims merge, donation pool reaches $17 million

    Business

    Times Staff Writer

    Victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting can expect a quicker payout for their piece of $17 million worth of donations, the city of Orlando announced Thursday.

Gov. Rick Scott's still a multi-millionaire, but...

Our friends at the AP are reporting that Gov. Rick Scott's net worth dropped nearly 19 percent from the prior year....

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Updates on Alex Cobb, Steven Souza Jr. Brad Boxberger, Chase Whitley

Lots of news today on the Rays injury front … ...

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The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....

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