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Here's how Brexit will affect Florida and the Tampa Bay area

The ripple effects of Britain's surprise decision to pull out of the European Union could soon be felt on Florida's shores. From trade to travel, tourism to real estate, the ties between Fl …

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Found guilty twice of strangling woman with a lamp cord, St. Petersburg man will go on trial again

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Rays acquire OF Oswaldo Arcia from Twins

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  1. Hillsborough farmers seek to lure millennials with technology, success

    Agriculture

    DOVER

    Farming may not rank high on the list of job interests among millennials, but Melissa Grimes thinks it should.

    Strawberries are harvested by hand at places like Fancy Farms in Plant City. Strawberries are Hillsborough County’s top crop.
  2. The grandson of an infamous Mafia accountant is a temperature control guy in Tampa

    Business

    TAMPA

    Gary Rapoport may be the grandson of deceased mobster Meyer Lansky, but in Tampa, he has another claim to fame. Rapoport, owner of 3-G's Gas Service, is the force behind outdoor heating and cooling units for more than 300 restaurants and bars in the Tampa Bay region. The business owns between 500 and 600 …

    Gary Rapoport got the idea for his business after a bar he was at ran out of propane.
  3. LGBT pride flag does not create hostile work environment, Hillsborough's attorney says

    Blogs

    TAMPA — A LGBT pride flag hanging outside the Hillsborough County government center does not create a hostile work environment for Christians.

    The decision last week to hang an LGBT pride flag outside the Hillsborough County government center does not create a hostile work environment, the county attorney's office said Thursday.
  4. For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

    Blogs

    The Rays are looking to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak tonight as the take on the Orioles on what thus far has been a rainy Friday.

    LHP Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays, facing Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo.

    The Rays added some help for their …

  5. West Virginia governor says 14 people dead in flooding

    Weather

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday.

    In this photo released by the The Weather Channel, a vehicle rests in a stream Friday after heavy rain near White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Multiple fatalities have been reported in flooding that devastated parts of the state, a state official said Friday morning. [Associated Press]
  6. Tampa police: 57-year-old woman killed by bullet meant for teenager

    Crime

    TAMPA — A 57-year-old woman was struck down by a bullet meant for someone else, according to Tampa police.

    Maria J. Rivera-Contreras, 57, of Tampa, was killed Thursday night when police say she was struck by a stray bullet as a group of youths were  involved in a dispute along E Columbus Drive. The shot was intended for a teen on a bicycle. [Tampa Police Department]
  7. Walmart Pay feature now live in Florida

    Business

    Florida Walmart stores can now take payments through the retailer's mobile app, which will allow many customers to bypass the card reader at the register.

  8. St. Petersburg man convicted in attempted Realtor robberies sentenced to 20 years in prison

    Criminal

    Paul Pinkston, the St. Petersburg man found guilty in May of holding two Realtors at gunpoint last year, was sentenced Friday afternoon to 20 years in prison.

    Paul Jay Pinkston, a computer analyst, was arrested on June 8, 2015, as a suspect in two Realtor robberies and attacks in Pinellas County.
  9. Lightning signs defenseman Luke Witkowski

    Blogs

    The Lightning started chipping away at its many restricted free agents Friday, re-signing defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way deal.

    Luke Witkowski could battle for a roster spot in training camp or be a key cog for the AHL Syracuse Crunch.
  10. World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory

    Olympics

    MONTREAL — Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited antidoping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests.

    The Olympic Village as seen Thursday from the balcony of an apartment during a media tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio will host the Olympic games starting on Aug. 5. The organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics have unveiled the athletes' village, where nearly 11,000 competitors and some 6,000 coaches and other team members will stay during the Aug. 5-21 games. [Associated Press]
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The overhyping of underwhelming Patrick Murphy

For at least a year the conventional wisdom has echoed from Democrats and Republican alike in Washington, Tallahassee, and across Florida: U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is the future of the Democratic party, a powerhouse statewide candidate and most likely Florida's next U.S. Senator....

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For starters: Rays at Orioles, trying to break a streak

The Rays are looking to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak tonight as the take on the Orioles on what thus far has been a rainy Friday.

LHP Matt Moore, who has pitched better of late, will be on the mound for the Rays, facing Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo.

The Rays added some help for their outfield earlier Friday, acquiring Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins, though he isn't expected to join them until Saturday at the earliest.

The lineup has a slightly different look tonight, with Corey Dickerson moved up to the No. 2 slot and Brad Miller dropped to fifth as manager Kevin Cash tries to get some protection for 3B Evan Longoria.

Here is the lineup:...

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Bucs join NFL in $400,000 donation to Orlando shooting victims

The Bucs are the latest Tampa-area team to join in supporting the victims of the Orlando mass shooting, as the NFL Foundation and the Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars have combined for a $400,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund to help victims' families and survivors....

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