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  1. Monday's sports on TV/radio

    TV and Radio

    TODAY

    Baseball
    Cubs at Nationals7 p.m.MLB
    Rockies at Giants10 p.m.ESPN
    College World Series finals
    Florida vs. LSU, Game 17 p.m.ESPN
    NBA
    Awards show9 p.m.TNT
    Sailing
    America's Cup1 p.m.NBCSN
    ...

  2. Police: Uber driver's gun discharges during fight at Adventure Island in Tampa

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — An Uber driver's gun went off Sunday at Adventure Island during a fight between the driver and two passengers.

    According to Tampa police, the driver, Julian Leon III, arrived about 4:50 p.m. to pick up Austin Korb, 23, and Skylar Korb, 27. Leon, 29, refused to drive them because they were wet. They got into a fight that became physical.

    Leon, who police said felt in fear of his life, reached into his car and grabbed a gun. As the group struggled over the gun, a round was fired....

  3. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez will head back to the bullpen to help that beleaguered unit. Ramirez is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA and a .197 opponents average as a reliever this season. He has one save for pitching the 15th inning of a win at Minnesota, but he was a member of the starting rotation at that point. He started the following night at Texas....

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  4. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Sunday, the A squad had its chance to protect a one-run eighth-inning lead, and … it let one get away.

    The Orioles scored four runs in their final two at-bats, including three in the ninth off closer Alex Colome, for an 8-5 victory at Tropicana Field....

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith sprawls out to catch Mark Trumbo’s drive for the first out of the second inning.
  5. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

    And it sounds like Tampa Bay is kicking the tires on the biggest fish in the free agent market, veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

    The Lightning is one of many teams that checked in with Shattenkirk on Sunday. The window for teams to court pending unrestricted free agents opened at midnight Saturday....

    Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who can be a free agent Saturday, counts the Lightning among his early suitors.
  6. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is not happy about moving back to the bullpen, and can you blame him? But that's the best move for the Rays now. He can fill several roles: long man, setup man, even closer in a pinch. The Rays need to settle the bullpen, and Ramirez has proven he's capable of doing that.

    The Orioles were a mess when they arrived in town and looked even messier after being routed 15-5 Friday. But they won the next two games of the series, proving you can't take anything for granted in the American League East, where the Rays are 15-19....

  7. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of June 26-July 2.

    Events

    Vans Warped Tour: The festival returns Saturday to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, featuring shock-metal icons Gwar, hardcore punks Sick Of It All, ska band Save Ferris and indie-pop group Never Shout Never ($39.50-$49.50). vanswarpedtour.com.

    Dan TDM: See the gamer and YouTube personality live Sunday at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall for a Minecraft-related adventure ($53.25-$82.75). rutheckerdhall.com. ...

    Crowd for the Motionless in White band at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, Friday, July 25, 2014.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  8. Rays up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    Probable pitchers: Rays, RH Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05); Pirates, RH Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.09)

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    On deck

    Wednesday: at Pirates, 7:05. Rays, LH Blake Snell (0-4, 4.71); Pirates, RH Ivan Nova (7-5, 3.06)...

  9. Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival.

    They played games at the tents lining Central Avenue, took literature being passed out by LGBT organizations, accepted free hugs being offered throughout and shopped, dined and drank at the local establishments.

    Still, for that area's business owners, the economic impact of Sunday won't make up for losing Saturday's Pride Parade to Bayshore Drive on the downtown waterfront....

    Taylor Pospeschil, who is bisexual, said she couldn’t attend the parade but took in the sights at Sunday’s street festival.
  10. Rays blow another lead, lose rubber match to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Orioles rallied past the Rays on Sunday, winning the rubber match of the three-game series 8-5.

    It was the first time the Rays lost a series at home since May 8-11 when they dropped three of four to Kansas City.

    The Orioles scored three in the ninth off Rays closer Alex Colome, starting with a ground rule double to left by Joey Rickard that gave them a 6-5 lead....

    Baltimore Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini (16) scores in the sixth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  11. Coast Guard airlifts man from fishing boat in Gulf of Mexico

    Public Safety

    A 27-year-old man was evacuated from a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter Saturday night, authorities said.

    The Coast Guard rescued Steve Wager 60 miles west of Venice. He and four other boaters were aboard a 35-foot fishing vessel at the time.

    At 7:40 Saturday night, Wager's boating companions contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, stating he was suffering seizure-like symptoms. The Coast Guard launched air crews at 8:13 p.m. aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater. The Jayhawk crew reached the fishing boat at 9:12 p.m. and airlifted Wager to Tampa General Hospital, arriving at 10:50 p.m....

  12. Tampa pedestrian struck, killed near Temple Terrace

    Accidents

    A Tampa woman was killed Saturday night after she was hit by a car while walking near Temple Terrace.

    Betty Ann Rivera, 38, was struck at 9:50 p.m. near the intersection of N. 56th Street and Society Park Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

    Rivera was walking eastbound across the northbound lanes of N. 56th Street when she entered the path of a Hyundai Sonata driven by Kafi Kafi, 22, of Tampa. Kafi was uninjured, the report said....

  13. Illegal sign patrol on a mission to clean up Hillsborough streets

    Human Interest

    BRANDON --Jim Reed, rifling through the back of his Nissan Pathfinder, picks out a sign.

    "You see these all over the place. 'Free Groceries.' You and I know there ain't nothing free.''

    Here's another: " 'Buy a New Home, $1,000 Down.' All scam stuff, basically that's what it is. I'd like to see anybody buy a new house anymore for a thousand dollars down.''

    Reed, 74, hates illegal roadside signs, from the crude handwritten ones stuck on telephone poles to the Styrofoam-on-metal-frames stuck in the ground. So does his neighbor, Bill Staley, 75....

    A county dumpster in Brandon shows discarded roadside sign advertisements. 

Citizen volunteers Bill Staley and Jim Reed take down illegal signs for county code enforcement. They have been doing this since 2011, and have removed more than 50,000 signs.  CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  14. Pepin daughters to take on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Human Interest

    About seven years ago, Tom Pepin and his four daughters stood at 12,000 feet, overlooking the Colorado Rockies during an outward bound survival training mission.

    That was the highest point the family had reached together.

    Until now.

    On Saturday (July 1), Pepin and his four daughters (ranging in ages from 19 to 25) will attempt to break that record by climbing 19,340 feet to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro....

    From left, Christina Pepin, Lauren Pepin (Tom’s Wife), Cassie Pepin, Allie Pepin, Bella Pepin and Tom Pepin take a break during an outward bound survival training mission in Colorado.
  15. Tampa's two 'Olivias' maintain friendship as they vie for Miss Florida

    News

    TAMPA — Olivia Butler, referring to a Biblical passage, assesses her burgeoning friendship with Olivia Fiss as "iron sharpening iron."

    Fiss insists they will be friends long after they vie for the Miss Florida crown.

    Both Butler, 24, and Fiss, 18, met through the pageant world's small community in the Miss America system. In the months leading up to this week's pageant, the "two Olivias" have made a number of public appearances, wearing crowns and sashes while flashing smiles at each other they insist are genuine....

    Olivia Butler, left, and Olivia Fiss are two friends who are competing together in the Miss Florida pageant as Miss Tampa and Miss St. Petersburg.