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Carlton: In a city of gun violence, public pools cool things down

On this sweltering afternoon, the bright sounds rising from the sprawling city park seem out of sync with the neighborhood around it, a tired urban landscape of tattered duplexes and sagging chain …

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Rays sign top draft pick OF Garrett Whitley

  1. Editorial: Court clerks should be properly funded by state

    Editorials

    Florida lawmakers managed to find plenty of money in next year's budget for private sports academies and new shorelines for condos on the sun-soaked beaches, but court clerks who process traffic tickets and help domestic violence victims seek court-ordered protection? Not so much. It's all the product of an …

    Florida lawmakers managed to find plenty of money in next year’s budget for private sports academies and new shorelines for condos on the sun-soaked beaches, but court clerks — like Pinellas’ Ken Burke, above — who process traffic tickets and help domestic violence victims seek court-ordered protection? Not so much.
  2. Column: The failures of SpaceX are part of progress

    Essays

    Only in the space industry can something as spectacular as an exploding rocket be considered part of the process.

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart shortly after liftoff. (AP Photo/John Raoux) KSC107
  3. Wednesday's letters: Delays persist in care for veterans

    Letters

    VA Choice program

    Veterans' care still being delayed

  4. Find a Friend: Sadie

    Pets

    America is the land of second chances. Sadie is proof of that. The seasoned but spiffy 43-pound blond only needed a spirit-lifting dental treatment and a volunteer's tender loving care Now in foster care, Sadie's as playful as a young pup yet house-trained and obedient. Meet and adopt Sadie, ID No. 27837455, at the July …

    America is the land of liberty and second chances -- just ask Sadie. The seasoned but spiffy 43-pound blonde only needed a spirit-lifting dental treatment and a volunteer's tender loving care Now in foster care, Sadie's as playful as a young pup yet housetrained and obedient. Meet and adopt Sadie, ID #27837455, at the July 4th First Saturday Celebration and cook-out featuring music, fun, pawdicures, and name-your-own-price adoptions. The Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center on Falkenburg Road salutes military members with free pet adoptions on Saturday and Sunday (shelter is closed Friday, July 3).For more information, visit HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
  5. Uncle John's Band hits Chicago for Grateful Dead glory

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Minutes after midnight, Uncle John's Band close another sprawling set at Skipper's Smokehouse with the Grateful Dead's U.S. Blues, drawing cheers from the tie-dyed faithful.

    Mike Edwards, co-founder and bassist of Uncle John's Band, a long-running Grateful Dead tribute band based in St. Petersburg, rehearses a new Dead tune. The group has been tapped to perform at an event connected to the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" concerts in Chicago over July 4 weekend.
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    My Outfit Monday: The Most Special Diva Wedding Edition Ever

    It's going to be hard to top this My Outfit Monday....

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    Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

    The Bush family mantra has been consistent for generations: First make a lot of money, and then focus on public service....

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    Rays top draft pick Garrett Whitley, 18, center, of Niskayuna High School, signs his contract as Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison, left, Samantha Bireley, scouting administrator, right, and scout Tim Alexander, standing, watch Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

    Rays sign top draft pick Garrett Whitley

    The Rays have signed top draft pick OF Garrett Whitley....

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