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New York style brownstones planned for downtown St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Five high-end, New York-style brownstones are now planned for the downtown St. Petersburg site where a 16-story luxury condo tower once was proposed. Frank Menna, who …


Love of football keeps Lavonte David dedicated


Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting (w/video)


  1. Review: 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' has Tom Cruise at his best


    No matter what anyone thinks of Tom Cruise, about his marriages, divorces, religion, couch jumping or wherever he stands on immigration, one thing is undeniable:

    Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation features a succession of action sequences showcasing practical stunt work at its finest. It’s hard to choose a favorite among the set pieces, but there is a thrilling motorcycle chase in Morocco — with Cruise leaning steel.
  2. Ease into the school year with these happenings



    USO School Supply Drive

    The USO Central Florida is hosting its second annual Back to School Drive. Supplies collected will send more than 700 military children back to school ready with supplies. They are looking for the following: spiral notebooks, black and blue pens, composition …

    Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games films, will be at Saturday’s event in Wesley Chapel.
  3. Tell Me About It: Brother's affair is his issue to deal with

    Tell Me About It: Brother's affair is his issue to deal with


    Q: I have never liked my sister-in-law. However, I love my brother dearly, so I sucked it up and smiled and nodded.

  4. A fan dressed as Star War's Darth Vader poses for a photo on the first day of the 2015 Comic Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Tampa Bay Comic Con 2015 runs from July 31-Aug. 2.
  5. Food truck owners set up shop in brick-and-mortar restaurants

    Food & Dining

    The wheels are coming off.

    Remember when food trucks were a hot new trend? In 2011 the Tampa Bay area started with about 13 food trucks; today that number is more than 150, with new ones coming onboard each week.

     Jennifer Byrd (pictured), Scott Brown, and Misty Brown, food truck owners of Aloha To Go and Dude And His Food, have merged their ideas together to create the brick and mortar restaurant The Aloha Dude, located in Island Shores. "What's exciting is being able to expand my menu and watching people come in from far away who have followed the truck, just to get Hawaiian food. I think we are very innovative in our concept of merging two trucks to do one spot," Byrd said. [SOPHIA NAHLI ALLISON  |   Times]
    A Birkin Croco bag

    Jane Birkin wants her name off the Birkin Croco bag

    I'm going to make a couple assumptions.

    1. You are familiar with a Birkin bag, because as one of our readers, you are interested in fashion, broadly informed and culturally literate. ...


    Alan Grayson fails to file FEC form



    Despite Archer's bid for perfection Rays lose 2-1 to Tigers

    Rays ace Chris Archer was perfect into the seventh inning Wednesday, but a mistake by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera led to a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
      Archer flirted with a perfect game by retiring the first 19 Tigers, but after he allowed an infield single with one out in the seventh an error by Cabrera on what should have been an inning-ending double play changed the narrative dramatically as a 1-0 Rays lead became a 2-1 deficit.
        The loss, before a camp day-boosted crowd of 28,057 at the Trop, kept the Rays from a three-game sweep of the Tigers and dropped then back under .500 at 51-52.
         Jose Iglesias was the first Tiger to reach against Archer one out into the seventh, hitting a slow bouncer to the left side and beating the throw from Cabrera. Official scorer Bill Mathews didn't hesitate in calling it a hit.
        The Rays should have been out of the inning when Yoenis Cespedes hit a grounder up the middle, but Cabrera booted it and couldn't even get the lead out. That put two runners on and though Archer retired always dangerous Victor Martinez on a fly to left, he gave up a ground ball single to J.D. Martinez that scored the tying run, and then another single to Nick Castellanos on a liner off Cabrera's glove that scored Cespedes and put the Tigers up 2-1.
      By retiring the first 19 Tigers, Archer made the longest perfect game bid in Rays franchise history. Matt Garza retired the first 18 Red Sox in an April 30, 2009 game. (Garza has also thrown the only no-hitter in Rays history, on July 26, 2010, vs. Detroit.)
      Archer, riding an especially nasty hard slider, did his part in striking out 10 of those 19, including five in row.
       But centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier lend a hand with a spectacular catch, running with his back to the field, then leaping and reaching across his body to corral James McCann's fly ball just before hitting the wall.
       Still Archer went from near perfection to a frustrating loss, allowing two unearned runs on the three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings, having thrown 101 pitches.
      Tigers starter Justin Verlander was equally impressive early on, retiring the first 14 Rays he faced, until Cabrera homered on an 0-1 pitch with two outs in the fifth. Verlander, with his girlfriend model/actor Kate Upton in the stands, worked eight innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 10 for his fur
       The Rays had a final shot to tie in the ninth when Evan Longoria was hit by a Joakim Soria pitch with two outs, but Tim Beckham struck out....