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About the leaked DNC emails, and how they reveal the inner workings of wooing big-money donors (w/video)

In the rush for big donations to pay for this week's Democratic convention, a party staffer reached out to Tennessee donor Roy Cockrum in May with a special offer: the chance to attend a roundtabl …


Here's what two beer bloggers think of Tampa Bay's craft breweries


Hernando coaching legend Ernie Chatman dies


  1. Embattled Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz blasted by loud, angry Florida crowd

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — An angry group of protesters drowned out Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday morning as she tried to call for unity at a Florida delegation breakfast.

    Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and his wife, Adele, at the Florida delegation breakfast Monday morning as protesters shout down U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (Louis Jacobson  |  Times)
  2. Delta flight from Tampa makes emergency landing after engine trouble


    A Delta flight traveling from Tampa to New York City landed safely at Raleigh-Durham International in North Carolina after experiencing engine trouble Monday morning.

    A Delta flight from Tampa to New York City made an emergency landing in North Carolina Monday morning after engine trouble. No one was hurt. This is a photo of a Delta Boeing 757 taken in March.  (AP Photo | Ted S. Warren
  3. Review: 'The Pitmen Painters' digs into weighty subjects with a light touch


    ST. PETERSBURG — It isn't often someone even tries to accomplish what Lee Hall has done in writing The Pitmen Painters, a discussion of a serious subject — in this case art — built into a storyline people are meant to watch and enjoy.

    Derrick Phillips, Ally Farzetta and Gavin Hawk are cast members in American Stage's production of The Pitmen Painters. Photo by Joey Clay.
  4. Clearwater's Paige Railey sets sail for second Olympic Games


    CLEARWATER — Paige Railey, seated on a picnic table overlooking the water at Clearwater Community Sailing Center, watches as several elementary-age kids sail in after another sweltering summer day at sea. As they jump off their Optimist dinghies (think bathtub with a sail), Railey reflects back to when she was …

    Paige Railey, 29, of Clearwater, stands in Clearwater Bay on Thursday 7/21/16) with an Optimist dinghy, the first boat she learned how to sail with 21 years ago through the Clearwater Sailing Center on Sand Key in Clearwater. Railey has once again made the U.S. Olympic sailing team and leaves for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 27, 2016, where she will compete in the Women's Laser Radial One Person Dinghy event. The Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games runs August 5, 2016 - August 21, 2016. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times)
  5. Restaurant review: Metro Diner in St. Petersburg brings nice breadth, breakfast all day

    Food & Dining


    Sit on the chrome and vinyl stool and close your eyes.

    "Can I get a runner?"

    "Need an over medium well!"

    "No more biscuits!"

    "Why your eggs look so pretty?"

    A lunchtime crowd fills the new Metro Diner on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg.   You’ll find a list of the daily specials on a colorful chalkboard.
  6. Chefs Rick Bayless and Art Smith talk about their Disney restaurants

    Food & Dining


    For the past few weeks national media have been swooning over the newly unveiled Disney Springs, the shopping-dining-entertainment complex formerly known as Downtown Disney.

    Frontera Cocina at Disney Springs, headed up by chef Rick Bayless, serves gourmet Mexican dishes.
  7. Five exotic fruits bring depth in flavor: dragon fruit, jackfruit, lychee, mamey, rambutan


    Take a stroll through any of our local Asian markets, like Oceanic in Tampa or Dong A in St. Petersburg, and you will pass mounds of exotic-looking fruits. Things like durian, a round, spiky fruit, or bitter melon, which looks like a shriveled cucumber — tropical fruits that are popular throughout the world …

  8. Iraq finally bans fake bomb detectors after blast that killed nearly 300 people


    BAGHDAD — For nearly a decade, anyone driving through one of Baghdad's many checkpoints was subjected to a search by a soldier pointing a security wand at their vehicle and watching the device intently to see if its antenna moved. If it pointed at the car, it had supposedly detected a possible bomb.

    An Iraqi police officer uses a handheld device that is supposed to detect bombs at a checkpoint on July 14 in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad. For nearly a decade, when you drove through one of Baghdad's seemingly endless checkpoints, a soldier would point a handheld gun-shaped device at your vehicle, intently watching to see if the antenna atop the device moved. If it pointed at your vehicle, the theory was, it had found a possible bomb. The wands were fake, but it wasn't until a massive bombing this month that the government halted their use. [Associated Press]
  9. Beruff continues to align himself with Donald Trump


    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff is clearly making a play for Donald Trump supporters in his campaign against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

  10. Hernando coaching legend Ernie Chatman dies


    Hernando High coaching icon Ernie Chatman, whose uncanny success spanned several Leopards sports and decades, passed away Sunday evening of an apparent heart attack at his Brooksville home.

    Ernie Chatman, arguably the most successful coach in Hernando County history, passed away Sunday at age 66.

Beruff continues to align himself with Donald Trump

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff is clearly making a play for Donald Trump supporters in his campaign against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio....


For starters: Rays at A's, trying to get even

UPDATE, 3:19: RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) will make at least two more rehab appearances on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Stone Crabs before rejoining the Rays. ... RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) wiill throw a bullpen on Tuesday and then the team will decide if he is ready to get back to minor-league games. ... 1B Logan Morrison (forearm tendinitis) is feeling better but Cash said they likely will wait until after Monday's off-day to get him back in the lineup....


Julian Dennison and Sam Neill star in Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Review: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople€™' finds small pleasures in vast New Zealand bush

In what will be his last indie before tackling Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi starts thinking bigger — if only slightly bigger — in Hunt for the Wilderpeople....