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Charges dropped against man convicted in Chandra Levy's death

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors say they will not retry a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement Thursday that the office has …

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FDLE clears man after doughnut flakes test positive for meth

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The Independent bar is returning to downtown St. Petersburg

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Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

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Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

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Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

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Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

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  1. Trading places? Rays' Steve Pearce hopes not

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Based on contract status and performance, INF Steve Pearce is considered the Rays player most likely to be traded by Monday's deadline, with the Indians and Giants among those most interested.

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Steve Pearce (28) fields a grounder before throwing for an out in the third inning of a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
  2. Times editor gets meme-ified for 'mediocre' cheesesteak tweet from Philly (w/video)

    General

    Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly love from Philadelphia after tweeting from the Democratic National Convention that the city's famous cheesesteaks are …

    Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly love from Philadelphia after tweeting from the Democratic National Convention that the city's famous cheesesteaks are "mediocre to gross." [iStockphoto]
  3. Rays hand Luke Maile a chance to impress

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like the other Rays starting pitchers, Chris Archer is more than willing to discuss the assorted strengths rookie catcher Luke Maile has displayed in making a good impression during his limited time in the majors.

    But Archer also suggests a visual.

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile taking batting practice during an optional workout for Tampa Bay Rays players in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, July 14, 2016
  4. The Independent bar is returning to downtown St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Opened in 2005, The Independent was at the vanguard, an early prophet preaching the joys of craft beer.

    The Independent bar will return to St. Petersburg in the location of the former The Amsterdam on Central Avenue. The Independent used to have a location in St. Petersburg, but closed several years ago. There is another location in Seminole Heights, where this photo was taken. 

[Luis Santana | TBT]
  5. Special election for Tampa City Council heating up

    Politics

    Two new candidates and placement on the Nov. 8 general election ballot are further complicating the special election for a Tampa City Council seat to replace Lisa Montelione in District 7.

  6. St. Petersburg Housing Authority asks city to forgive $3.1 million Jordan Park loan

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority defended its handling of the Jordan Park housing complex Thursday and asked the city to forgive a $3.1 million loan as it prepares to buy back and upgrade the troubled property.

    Carolyn Pierce and Heidi Hampton are having problems with rats in their Jordan Park public housing project home. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]


  7. Winston to McCoy: Let your voice be heard

    Bucs

    TAMPA — While praising DT Gerald McCoy as a veteran leader last season, QB Jameis Winston said Thursday that he asked the four-time Pro Bowler to "bring it up a notch" as a more vocal presence with him guiding Tampa Bay in 2016.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston signs autographs for fans  at training camp at the team's training facility, One Buc Place, in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, July 28, 2016.
  8. Columbia Restaurant again cancels its 1905 Day special

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The party is over.

    For one day each September for years, diners lined up along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City, devoting hours for a crack at the annual bargain that is 1905 Day, when the Columbia Restaurant rolls back its prices in celebration of its early years.

    The Columbia Restaurant cafe dining room, shown in 1906, was the original 60-seat restaurant that opened in 1905. Today it is one of 15 distinct dining rooms. Photo courtesy the Columbia Restaurant.
  9. Florida's 2018 governor's race out front at delegation breakfasts

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — Florida Democrats gathered in Pennsylvania this week may have been focused on electing Hillary Clinton in 2016, but they also witnessed unmistakable jockeying for Florida governor in 2018.

     Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn spoke to a large crowd at the Florida State Fairgrounds before the Hillary Clinton rally on July 22 in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
  10. Carlton: I wish my mother was here to see this

    Elections

    A lot of women in America probably had the same thought as I did this week:

Ted Deutch in Philadelphia

Ted Deutch: My daughters will proudly vote for Hillary Clinton

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch addressed the Democratic convention on Thursday. Below is his speech, as prepared for delivery....

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"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...

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Fresh start: CB Verner grateful for 'second chance' with Bucs

The morning after the Bucs' season finale in January, former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner had accepted the real possibility he had played his last game with the Bucs after an up-and-down season in a struggling Tampa Bay secondary....

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