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Poll highlights the steep climb Beruff faces against Rubio

That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base — and with …

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Publix lands on list of 100 best places for millennials to work

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Judge: Pinellas owes developer $16.5M in dispute over Safety Harbor apartments

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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. For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, seeking two straight

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 2:53; Dickerson is back in the Rays lineup, as is Owaldo Arcia, who was a late scratch Wednesday due to flu like symptoms:

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

    Accidents

    The driver accused of fatally running down a bicyclist on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday night now faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    William B. Matthews, 67, of Bay Harbor Islands in Miami-Dade County, was booked into the Pinellas County jail just after midnight Thursday. The Florida Highway Patrol said that he struck a bicyclist on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Wednesday night. The bicyclist, John M. Brennan, 44, from New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene. [Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

  3. Steven Stamkos said he followed his heart to Tampa

    Blogs

    Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said there were a couple sleepless nights throughout this whirlwind contract saga.

    While Steven Stamkos had many other suitors, including his hometown Maple Leafs, he spurned potential sweepstakes — and more money —  to stay with the Lightning.
  4. Boris bows out: U.K. in shock as Johnson drops leadership bid

    World

    LONDON — In a real-life political drama mixing Shakespearean tragedy with "House of Cards," Britain's victorious anti-EU campaigner Boris Johnson saw his chances of leading his country evaporate Thursday after the defection of a key ally.

    Former London mayor Boris Johnson waves on Thursday after announcing that he will not run for  leadership of Britain's ruling Conservative Party. The battle to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron as Conservative Party leader has drawn strong contenders, with the winner set to become prime minister and play a vital role in shaping Britain's relationship with the European Union after last week's Brexit vote. [Associated Press]
  5. Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous

    Space

    LOS ANGELES — Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out.

    This artist's rendering made available by NASA/JPL-Caltech on July 7, 2015, shows the Juno spacecraft above Jupiter. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the planet on July 4 to begin a nearly year-long study of the gas giant. [NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP]
  6. Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    Military

    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

  7. Lightning prospects hope summer on the ice facilitates callups

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — After the power skating drills were completed Tuesday morning, the Lightning prospects remained on the ice at Brandon Ice Sports Forum to work on their skating.

    Brayden Point (36) on the ice during the Lightning prospect camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Wednesday (07/01/15).
  8. Turkish official: Attackers were from Russia, Central Asia

    World

    ISTANBUL — As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and police raided neighborhoods looking for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.

    Relatives mourn as they gather around the Turkish flag-draped coffin at the funeral for Habibullah Sefer, one of the victims killed in Tuesday's blasts at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on Thursday. Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded scores of others at the busy airport in the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. [Associated Press]
  9. City of Largo right to fire ex-cop over sexual relationship, ruling says

    Public Safety

    LARGO — A former Largo Police officer who was fired last year for engaging in a sexual relationship with a woman he pulled over will not get his job back, an arbitrator decided in a last-ditch appeal.

    Former Largo police Officer Jeffrey Pires. An arbitrator recently ruled the city was right to fire him last year. [Courtesy City of Largo]
  10. Yes, please! This robot follows you around and blasts you with air conditioning

    Science

    Reinhard Radermacher has a vision: A person walks into a room hot and sweaty after exercising, and somewhere in the dark, tucked in a corner, a small robot notices and lights up. It moves forward and speaks.

    University of Maryland engineers, researchers and designers are racing to develop RoCo - a robotic personal air conditioner capable of sensing when a person is too hot or too cold and taking action to make them more comfortable. [Christian K. Lee | Washington Post]

Still no Supreme Court decision on death penalty with one week left before recess

With one week left before the Florida Supreme Court goes on its summer recess, the justices have yet to rule on one of the most anticipated and politically charged questions facing them this year: Whether to commute the sentences of 390 death row inmates after the state’s death penalty laws were struck down and rewritten this spring....

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For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, seeking two straight

UPDATE, 2:53; Dickerson is back in the Rays lineup, as is Owaldo Arcia, who was a late scratch Wednesday due to flu like symptoms:...

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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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