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What you should know about sharks at the beach this weekend

The sun is beating, the sand is warm, the waves, glistening, are lapping at your feet, beckoning you to wade on in. But all you hear is the …


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  1. Wild ride across Florida: 800 miles, alone on a bike

    Human Interest

    Spindly legs dangle from the frame of my glasses. A black body rappels down a silk filament, itsy-bitsy arachnid feet tickling my nose.

    Graham Brink completed an 800-mile bike race across the full length of Florida. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]
  2. Plan your weekend: July 3-5


    Plan your weekend


    July 4: Independence Day falls on Saturday this year, but you can see fireworks early in Channelside on Friday and at the Threshers game in Clearwater today and Friday. On Saturday, there are more options: downtown St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Tarpon …

    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
  3. Editorial: A promising BP settlement


    The settlement announced Thursday in the 2010 BP oil spill marks a major turning point for the federal-state effort to repair the Gulf of Mexico after the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The $18.7 billion that BP has agreed to pay is substantial enough to help the gulf, punitive enough to send a message to …

    Nearly eight months after the April 2010 BP oil spill, workers in Waveland, Miss., remove tar balls from along the Gulf Coast. Under a settlement Thursday, BP will pay $18.7 billion to resolve nearly all outstanding claims.
  4. Editorial: NASA needs clearer mission, more money


    Officials at NASA downplayed the explosion of an unmanned cargo ship this week with their usual platitudes and vague reassurances. But this latest setback reflects the halting state of a space program that lacks vision and money, and one that is entirely too dependent on the private sector, Russia and other players …

  5. Friday's letters: Declaration errors, then and now


    Putting a period in the Declaration | June 28, Perspective

    Declaration errors, then and now

    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!...


    Hillary Clinton returns to Florida July 31 for National Urban League speech

    Hillary Clinton will address the National Urban League Conference in Fort Lauderdale on July 31....


    James Loney to return from DL on Friday

    The Rays' offense is about to get a much-needed boost....