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Investigation exonerates Tampa police union president in throat-slashing gesture complaint

TAMPA — The president of Tampa's police union has been cleared of an allegation that he made a throat-slashing gesture during the contentious City Council meeting where Frank Reddick was ous …

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Tesla owner's death in Autopilot crash raises questions about technology's limitations

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Toxic algae bloom crisis hits Florida, drives away tourists (w/video)

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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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Five ideas for Fourth of July sides: potato, pasta and fruit salads

Five ideas for Fourth of July sides: potato, pasta and fruit salads

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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. Greg Biffle earns Sprint Cup pole at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — Ford found some extra power at one of NASCAR's fastest tracks on Friday — enough to put Greg Biffle on the pole for the first time in almost four years.

    Greg Biffle enjoys his pole run — his first in Sprint Cup since 2012 — with daughter Emma Elizabeth and his Roush Fenway Racing crew at Daytona International Speedway.
  2. Retired pope offers first-ever assessment of his own papacy

    Religion

    VATICAN CITY — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever papal assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican's "gay lobby."

    A German journalist interviewed retired Pope Benedict XVI.
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has seen best and worst at Daytona

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH

    Hard to believe it has been 15 years since Dale Earnhardt lost his life at Daytona International Speedway as his son, Dale Jr., and Michael Waltrip raced for the win at the Daytona 500.

    The day the music died.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. seeks his first Sprint Cup victory this season tonight at Daytona.
  4. Tampa police arrest man accused of stealing thousands from parking meter kiosks

    Crime

    TAMPA — A contractor hired to collect parking meter fees for the city was arrested Thursday and accused of stealing more than $4,000 of that money, according to Tampa police.

  5. Pasco man in prison for nearly 10 years to walk free after plea deal

    Criminal

    NEW PORT RICHEY — For 12 years, J.J. Daiak maintained his innocence.

    J.J. Daiak appears in a courtroom in New Port Richey on Friday. He accepted a plea deal in an a aggravated assault case after insisting for 12 years that he was innocent.  [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times] 
  6. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy signs three-year contract extension

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — By February's trade deadline — and likely sooner — the Lightning will have to make a decision on which goaltender it's keeping long term, Ben Bishop or Andrei Vasilevskiy.

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) cools off during a break in the action in the second period of game game seven of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
  7. Investigation exonerates Tampa police union president in throat-slashing gesture complaint

    Local

    TAMPA — The president of Tampa's police union has been cleared of an allegation that he made a throat-slashing gesture during the contentious City Council meeting where Frank Reddick was ousted as council chairman.

    Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick accused the president of Tampa’s police union of making a throat-slashing complaint at a meeting where Reddick was ousted as chairman. [Times files] 
  8. New York developer to buy entire downtown St. Petersburg block for major project

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A New York company headed by a Greek-American billionaire who owns Manhattan's largest grocery story chain is under contract to buy and redevelop an entire block in downtown St. Petersburg.

    An entire block in downtown St. Petersburg, including the 1920s hotel dubbed the “cheese grater’’ building and a crumbling parking garage, will be demolished. Plans may include a new hotel.
  9. Orangutan that got loose at Busch Gardens has been captured, returned to enclosure

    News

    TAMPA — For the second time in as many weeks, an orangutan escaped an enclosure at Busch Gardens on Friday afternoon, causing a mild panic inside the theme park and a sensation on social media.

    The orangutan is seen standing on a sign at Busch Gardens as visitors stream past Friday. [Courtesy of Fox 13 News]
  10. Gov. Rick Scott's job creation agency agrees to rein in spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The agency Gov. Rick Scott has prized as an essential job recruiting tool took major steps in reforming itself on Friday.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks with members of the media in Miami in 2014. (Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press)

Florida Republicans sign up to raise money for Trump and GOP

The Republican National Committee on Friday published a list of state finance chairs -- the people responsible for raising serious money for the GOP and its presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump....

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Drew Smyly, winless over his last seven starts, faces the Tigers tonight.

For starters: Desmond Jennings sits, lineups vs Tigers

CF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup, listed officially as day-to-day. Rays manager Kevin Cash said it might take a day or two before the training staff can fully understand the severity of Jennings’ left hamstring, which tightened on him Thursday and forced him out of the game....

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Jon Gruden and the Bucs sideline celebrate a touchdown during their Super Bowl victory over the Raiders in San Diego in January 2003.

NFL to post three classic Bucs games on Youtube

For Bucs fans who have worn out their DVD of the Super Bowl XXXVII, who still keep a VCR around the house to play old tapes from the creamsicle days, there is exciting news: The NFL is posting the network broadcasts of three classic games for each NFL team on Youtube this summer....

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