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The DayStarter: Our guide to the morning's news


Judge blocks parts of abortion law hours before it goes into effect

A federal judge late Thursday night blocked parts of a controversial abortion law within hours of it going into effect. The injunction, written by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle, or …

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USF fires top administrator who was hired despite serious lapses at previous job

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Tigers 10, Rays 7: Bullpen turns a 7-2 ninth inning lead into a loss

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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. After Hillsborough non-profit loses millions in state funding, former executive keeps getting paid

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — After nine foster children died between 2009 and 2011 under the watch of Hillsborough Kids Inc., the embattled nonprofit was stripped of a $65 million state contract to protect the county's most vulnerable children. On June 30, 2012, it closed its doors.

    NextGen Alliance, with offices at 3750 Gunn Highway in Tampa, brought in  little revenue and may be recreated as a new new nonprofit focused on preventing teen pregnancy and imporving sexual health. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  2. School choice, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year's session three months ago, and 161 of them take effect Friday with the start of the state's fiscal year, affecting school choice, rape kit testing, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State.

    Under a new law put into effect Friday, student athletes are immediately eligible to play if they haven't joined practices in the same sport at their previous school. Here, Durant quarterback Carlton Potter catches the snap during a scrimmage against Strawberry Crest at Strawberry Crest High School on May 14, 2016 in Plant City.
 (ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times)
  3. Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom

    Wetlands

    STUART — As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida's Atlantic coast, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to reduce the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee that many blame for fueling the problem.

    A dead walking catfish lies on the shore with algae along Sewell's Point on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge on Monday. [Associated Press]
  4. Fourth of July weekend forecast in Tampa Bay: be prepared for afternoon showers

    Weather

    Your holiday weekend forecast is just about as expected for a Florida summer as red white and blue is for the Fourth of July. Be prepared for the possibility of afternoon showers or storms around Tampa Bay.

    The view from downtown Tampa on Friday morning. [10Weather WTSP]
  5. Official: AG will accept prosecutor call on Clinton case

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — A Justice Department official says Attorney General Loretta Lynch "expects to accept" whatever recommendation career prosecutors make in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails.

  6. Port Tampa Bay still struggling to find its place after widened Panama Canal opens

    Business

    After years of buildup, the widened Panama Canal opened last week but Port Tampa Bay still finds itself struggling to see where it fits in.

    Port Tampa Bay took delivery of two new, state-of-the-art Post-Panamax gantry cranes Friday, April 1, 2016.  The cranes will be used to unload cargo containers and can handle larger container ships which will start using the expanded Panama Canal in late June.  The new cranes have an outreach of 174 feet which will allow them to accommodate ships that are twice as big as the ships that currently deliver containers to the port.
  7. Judge blocks parts of abortion law hours before it goes into effect

    Courts

    A federal judge late Thursday night blocked parts of a controversial abortion law within hours of it going into effect.

  8. Emera's acquisition of TECO Energy to close today

    Energy

    TAMPA — The acquisition of TECO Energy by Nova Scotia-based utility Emera Inc. is expected to close today.

    The acquisition of TECO Energy by Nova Scotia-based utility Emera Inc. is expected to close today. TECO Energy President and CEO John Ramil, shown here announcing the deal in 2015, is retiring in August.
[LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times
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  9. Marketing luxury homes in Tampa Bay with Jameis Winston, Ferraris and Maseratis

    Real Estate

    Sunday afternoons are rife with open houses, especially the kind where a Realtor plants a sign in the front yard and prays that at least a few folks walk through the door and sign the guest sheet.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was the star attraction in May when  Coldwell Banker agent Jennifer Zales held an invitation-only open house to showcase the historic Stovall-Lee home  and guesthouse, listed for $13.9 million on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard.  Zales invited some of her high-end clients, who could pose with Winston and drive new Porsches and Maseratis. [Imani Lee Creative]
  10. Born 100 years ago, mystery writer John D. MacDonald foresaw the risks facing Florida's beauty

    Human Interest

    I read a lot of paperback thrillers, especially in the summer. Sometimes I think it's because of something in my DNA.

    John D. MacDonald, in an undated photo, sits on the porch of his home in Sarasota.

Hillary Clinton's campaign makes Miami hires

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has hired a couple of staffers in Miami familiar with local Democratic politics, the Miami Herald has learned....

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More gory details from the Rays' Thursday night meltdown

Some more details from Thursday's game, when the Rays went into the ninth inning with a 7-2 lead and came out with a 10-7 loss:...

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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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