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City Attorney: State won't pursue criminal charges in St. Pete's sewage crisis

The St. Petersburg City Council is expected to approve a consent order later today that requires the city to spend $326 million on improving its sewer system. ...

Tampa-based start-up takes on Airbnb by promoting inclusion, diversity

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Florida prisons have toilet paper, but they're not supplying it to some inmates

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Top Things to Do This Weekend

Top Things to Do This Weekend

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Free and cheap fun: Photo class, 'Iron Giant' and more

Free and cheap fun: Photo class, 'Iron Giant' and more

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This week's best concerts, including Shawn Mendes

This week's best concerts, including Shawn Mendes

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What to see, and avoid, at theaters: 'Dunkirk,' 'Valerian,' 'Girls Trip'

What to see, and avoid, at theaters: 'Dunkirk,' 'Valerian,' 'Girls Trip'

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  1. New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

    Human Interest

    EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the Pinellas Trail to the Pasco border that he would often drive across …

    Cyclists wait for the official opening of the Pinellas Trail's newest segment. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  2. Authorities recover body of missing boater in Lake Thonotosassa

    Accidents

    THONOTOSASSA — Authorities on Thursday recovered the body of a 44-year-old Plantation man who went missing while boating on Lake Thonotosassa.

  3. Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, dies by suicide at 41: Report

    Blogs

    Chester Bennington, the flame-throated singer of enormosly popular metal band Linkin Park, has reportedly committed suicide at age 41.

    Chester Bennington and Linkin Park last performed in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field in 2014.
  4. Fifth worker from TECO molten slag accident dies

    Public Safety

    The June 29 accident at the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach claimed a fifth life on Thursday.

    A fifth worker died following a June 29 accident at Tampa Electric's Big Bend Power Station. Anthony Perez, 56, an employee of BRACE Industrial Group, died Thursday. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES]
  5. Review: 'Midnight, Texas' overloads on supernatural, lacks luster

    Blogs

    There is a cemetery full of great supernatural shows out there. Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas isn't one of them.

    Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.
  6. Ready to go it alone? Tips for easing into solo travel

    Travel

    Since 2012, Kristin Addis has been traveling the world. More often than not, she's solo.

    Travel author Kristin Addis takes soloness to another level at Dead Horse State Park in Utah. Before you book an international trip, try starting small to test the waters.
  7. O.J. Simpson makes case for his freedom on live TV

    Crime

    LOVELOCK, Nev. — A gray-haired O.J. Simpson went before a Nevada parole board Thursday to plead for release after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel room heist, making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

    Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday.  Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. [Lovelock Correctional Center via AP]
  8. Girl says her mom asked for forgiveness before stabbing her

    Crime

    ATLANTA — Everyone was asleep when Isabel Martinez began stabbing her children and then fatally stabbed her husband as he tried seek help, her daughter told a child welfare caseworker.

    In a  July 7 file photo, Isabel Martinez gestures towards news cameras during her first court appearance, in Lawrenceville , Ga. Martinez is charged with killing four of her children and their father. [AP Photo/John Bazemore, File]
  9. McCain says 'I'll be back soon' as he battles brain cancer

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain on Thursday promised to return to work, making a good-natured dig at his Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of the six-term lawmaker's diagnosis.

    Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after a blood clot was removed. [Associated Press]

A new 'Dream Act' lacks a prominent backer: Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan plan to protect Dreamers from deportation was released Thursday but lacks an influential supporter: Sen. Marco Rubio....

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Steven Souza Jr. strained his left hip in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second.

Rays morning after: Steven Souza Jr.'s status is a major concern

The Rays will know more about the status of RF Steven Souza Jr. later today after reviewing results of a scheduled MRI and exam of the left hip he strained in Wednesday's game on an awkward slide into second....

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Parisa Fitz-Henley, center, and Francois Arnaud in Midnight, Texas.

Review: 'Midnight, Texas' overloads on supernatural, lacks luster

There is a cemetery full of great supernatural shows out there. Unfortunately, Midnight, Texas isn't one of them....

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