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The DayStarter: Our guide to the morning's news


Sundial shopping center in downtown St. Petersburg is for sale

ST. PETERSBURG — Sundial, downtown St. Petersburg's entertainment and shopping complex, is for sale. Developer Bill Edwards bought the once-troubled property, which was then known as …

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Family trust of Publix founder's daughter gives $800,000 to fight medical marijuana initiative

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James Nozar has been busy planning the future of downtown Tampa

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  1. Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 266,000

    Business

    WASHINGTON — More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy.

  2. Four people arrested in suspected home invasion in Clearwater

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Four men burst into a home overnight and beat up a resident in an attempted robbery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  3. Joe Biden loves the word 'malarkey,' but nobody knows where it came from (w/video)

    Politics

    If Joe Biden had a catchphrase, "a bunch of malarkey" might well be it.

    Vice President Joe Biden waves before speaking during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. [Paul Sancya | Associated Press]
  4. The WHO says being transgender is a mental illness — but that could soon change

    Research

    According to the World Health Organization, being transgender is a mental illness.

  5. Analysis: In Freddie Gray case, Baltimore prosecutors faced uphill battle from beginning (w/video)

    Crime

    BALTIMORE — Four days after the funeral of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, stood before a cluster of microphones and cameras to declare that she would pursue charges against six officers in the young man's death. During the nationally televised news conference in May 2015, she …

    Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, arrives at a courthouse before opening statements in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, one of six members of the Baltimore Police Department charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, Thursday, July 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) MDPS105
  6. After suffering fall, Pope leads Mass celebrating Poland's deep Catholic roots (w/video)

    World

    CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a "meek and powerful" herald of mercy, and honored the countless "ordinary …

    Pope Francis is helped by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Mons. Guido Marini as he stumbles on the altar as he celebrates a mass in Czestochowa, Poland, Thursday, July 28, 2016. [Associated Press]
  7. A Florida woman and a baby alpaca are turning heads in Fort Myers, and online (w/video)

    Human Interest

    In the outskirts of Fort Myers, 21-year-old Rebekah Johnson was cruising down the streets in her Honda Fit. She had music blasting — Christina Aguilera — and her back-seat companion wasn't having it.

    Darwin was yelping. Loudly.

    Rebekah Johnson, 21, poses with the alpaca she cares for in Fort Myers. Darwin, only 5 months old, has garnered a lot of attention online. (Courtesy of Rebekah Johnson)
  8. The DayStarter: Bay area feels-like temps from 105 to 112 today, and the DNC wraps up with Hillary Clinton's speech

    News

    Today looks like it'll be the hottest day this week, 10Weather WTSP says, with highs in the mid 90s and feels-like temperatures ranging from 105 to 112 degrees. Again, look out for afternoon storms.

    FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Raleigh, N.C. Public confidence in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in the single digits in nearly half of the countries surveyed in a new poll that examines international attitudes toward the United States.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) WX303
  9. President Barack Obama passes the torch to Hillary Clinton, calls out Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA

    Twelve years to the day after giving a speech at the Democratic convention that thrust him into the national spotlight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday night passionately vouched for Hillary Clinton while culminating a night of acerbic attacks on Donald Trump as dangerous and unprepared on …

    President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd after Obama’s speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
  10. Transcript of President Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention

    National

    This was President Barack Obama's speech, as prepared for delivery, to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Hello, America.

    President Barack Obama speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. [J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Angela Bassett speaks of Charleston church massacre at DNC

Continuing the Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention theme about the need for more gun control was another Florida woman: Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg....

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"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...

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Bucs claim former Nebraska CB Daniel Davie from Colts

Continuing to tweak the bottom of their roster on the eve of training camp, the Bucs on Wednesday waived cornerback Joel Ross and claimed cornerback Daniel Davie, an undrafted rookie from Nebraska who was waived Tuesday by the Colts....

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