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Judge: Clearwater detective crossed the line in coercing confession in Pinellas Trail death

LARGO — After she threw out a Clearwater man's murder confession last week, Pinellas Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley had harsh words for the detective who questioned him, according to court re …

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Sylvia's famous name long gone from St. Petersburg; more criticism for city's new grants

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Disorganized Invest 99L still targets Florida; strong storms possible for Tampa Bay area

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Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

Movie Planner: Two local horror shows, plus 'Hands of Stone,' 'Mechanic Resurrection' opening

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Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

Dining planner: Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month warrants heading east on Interstate 4 for dinner

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Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

Steven Tyler still rocking, still surprising at 68

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Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

Drake, bound for Tampa Saturday, tries to please the masses

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  1. Donald Trump rebukes racism claims (w/video)

    National

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.

  2. Spring Hill driver killed when she crashes into house

    Accidents

    SPRING HILL — A woman died Thursday morning after losing control of her vehicle and smashing into a house, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Kristen Dawkins, 22, of Spring Hill, was killed after she lost control of her 2008 Nissan Altima and crashed into a house at 3197 Harrow Road in Spring Hill. FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL
  3. Two killed in Pasco crash with semitrailer truck

    Accidents

    Two women, one from Dade City and the other from Brooksville, died Thursday morning after their car was struck by a semitrailer truck while traveling through a U.S. 98 intersection, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  4. Jones: For Bucs, Friday's preseason game matters

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has one priority for tonight's preseason game against the Browns.

  5. Florida water managers send message: Don't make us mad

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — If you want to keep a low profile, don't disagree with the South Florida Water Management District, or ask for its email list.

  6. St. Pete to discuss bringing sunshine, more public input to CRA grants

    Blogs

    The St. Petersburg City Council wants to make sure more public input and transparency is involved before more taxpayer dollars are spent from the city’s newly-formed South St. Petersburg Community Renewal Area.

  7. SoHo clubs bristle at Tampa's tightening of noise ordinance

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The noise of people talking across desks and bustling around an air-conditioned office registers a "comfortable" 55 decibels, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

    The Tampa City Council approved a law intended to make it easier for police to deal with noise violations.
  8. Absentee ballot returns show spike in unlikely voters weighing in on Florida's primary

    State Roundup

    The political team at the Florida Chamber of Commerce has come across a remarkable trend this campaign season: a huge spike in mail voting by people who rarely vote in primary elections.

    Poll deputy James Willis, right, greets early voters with a smile as he opens the door for them at the Forest Oaks Supervisor of Elections Office during early voting in Hernando County on Aug. 22. (BRENDAN FITTERER | Times)
  9. Chargeable backpacks feed your smartphone addiction

    Retail

    Backpack manufacturers like to consider their products "enablers," especially of active lifestyles. No matter where you go or what you do, a reliable backpack can keep your stuff safe and sound right there with you.

    CO.alition backpacks include charging and data-storage features and sell for $149. They’re among several new high-tech backpacks on the market with built-in batteries so users can charge their smartphones and other devices when no outlet is near.
  10. Apple boosts iPhone security after Middle East spyware discovery

    Business

    PARIS — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

Environmental lawyer: Water agency trying to retaliliate and bully detractors

If you want to keep a low profile, don't disagree with the South Florida Water Management District, or ask for its email list....

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Jake Odorizzi’s 1.64 ERA during the second half of the season is the lowest post-All-Star Break ERA in team history and the second lowest this season in the majors.

For starters: Lineups vs. Red Sox for homestand finale

The Rays and Red Sox return today to the Trop for a quick turnaround after last night’s 11-inning affair won by the Rays 4-3 on a walk-off error....

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Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....

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