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It's been a busy day at the polls as early voting begins across the state

ST. PETERSBURG —Deborrah Rudolph was among those standing in line when the polls opened on the first day of early voting so she could cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. "I didn't want …


Officials plan to destroy Ruskin mailman Doug Hughes' gyrocopter


Husband of disgraced Tampa police corporal accused in theft of tax refund


  1. Officials plan to destroy Ruskin mailman Doug Hughes' gyrocopter


    WASHINGTON — Authorities plan to destroy a helicopter-like aircraft that made headlines when its owner flew it on to the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in 2015 as a political protest.

    Flanked by his wife, Alena, left, and daughter Kathy, right, gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes reports to FDC Miami on June 14 to serve four months for landing on the U.S. Capitol lawn. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  2. The grillwork is off St. Pete's Pheil hotel, revealing the original brick not seen in 50 years (w/ video)

    Real Estate

    For the first time in decades, the historic Pheil Hotel is revealing its original brick facade to pedestrians and businesses along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.

    Workers from the demolition crew of Kimmins Contracting Corporation, Tampa, peeled back the metal "cheesgrater" skin of the old Pheil Hotel, 424 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Monday, revealing salmon colored brick with ornate designs. A 6,500 pound wrecking ball came crashing down on the 11 story building built in the 1920s during St. Petersburg first building boom. The block will be redeveloped possibly for a mixed-use tower and hotel. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. White House confirms double-digit premium hikes for Obamacare


    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through

  4. Defiant Donald Trump blames those 'phony polls'

    State Roundup

    ST. AUGUSTINE — A defiant Donald Trump blamed his worsening campaign struggles on "phony polls" from the "disgusting" media on Monday, fighting to energize his most loyal supporters as his path to the presidency shrinks.

    Donald Trump on stage during a campaign rally at the amphitheater in St. Augustine Monday. [Eric Thayer/The New York Times]
  5. Husband of disgraced Tampa police corporal accused in theft of tax refund


    TAMPA — A retired Tampa police officer faces federal charges over a check reported missing from an evidence room, and he isn't the first in his family to be accused.

  6. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings, Week 10


    1. Plant (8-0)

    This week: at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 Friday

    St. Petersburg running back Donnie Crum (6) runs past Countryside defenders Friday in St. Petersburg. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  7. Lightning's Stamkos expects quiet reception in return to Toronto

    Lightning Strikes

    TORONTO — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos skated at the Maple Leafs practice facility Monday morning, donning a dark blue jersey.

    Steven Stamkos admits that going through his contract saga last season, sparking questions and speculation in every road city, wore on him mentally. But teammates say he did a great job keeping it out of the dressing room. [AP photo]
  8. Citizens Review Board to hear presentation on Tampa police body cameras

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Body-worn cameras will be the focus of Tuesday night's meeting of the Tampa Police Department's Citizens Review Board.

  9. Pinellas School Board candidates invited to pledge support at FAST assembly tonight


    All four Pinellas County School Board candidates have been invited to stand with a faith-based group pushing a bill to curb arrests among children.

    About 3,000 people gathered at Tropicana Field for a Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) event in April.
  10. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with local farmers Monday at Bedners Farm Fresh Market in Boynton Beach. [Associated Press]

Tim Kaine tears into Marco Rubio in Miami

Tim Kaine, usually tasked with pillorying Donald Trump, zeroed in Monday on a different Republican target on the Florida ballot: Marco Rubio....


Bucs gunners again forced rare turnover on special teams

Positions on special-teams units aren't as well known as "quarterback" and "linebacker," but the last two Bucs games have shown how much of a game-changing difference can come from gunners battling jammers in punt coverage....


Playwright, actor and spoken word poet Aleshea Harris.

Playwright Aleshea Harris wins national prize for 'Is God Is'

A play by former St. Petersburg resident Aleshea Harris has won The Relentless Award, which honors Philip Seymour Hoffman.  ...