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Pressured from the outside, Bob Buckhorn creates Citizens Review Board for Tampa police

TAMPA — Pushed by black residents, civil rights groups and an assertive City Council, Mayor Bob Buckhorn Friday created a Citizens Review Board to advise City Hall on how to improve police r …

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Owners in Tampa Bay condo complex are losing their homes

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  1. Editorial: St. Petersburg should consider moving city elections

    Editorials

    This week's primary election in St. Petersburg City Council District 7 predictably attracted little voter interest despite the high stakes. Fewer than 15 percent of registered voters in this south St. Petersburg district voted, a dismal record by any standard but particularly for a district with great needs that range …

  2. Editorial: Pinellas makes short-term transit fixes, needs long-range plan

    Editorials

    The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority eliminated two of its least-used bus routes last week, the first of several necessary adjustments to keep the county's transit system in line with its limited finances. Reducing already skimpy bus service is a thankless task, but voters left the PSTA with few options last year by …

    The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority cut two of its least-used bus routes last week. The authority will also consider a small fare increase for 2016.
  3. Napoleon Wineamite to make Tampa Theatre fundraiser flippin' sweet

    Events

    Tampa Theatre's annual movie-themed wine festival this year is called Napoleon Wineamite, so the five-day series of events Sept. 10-17 will be flippin' sweet.

    186915 Description Summer Movie Preview images. Cutlines and credits are attached to photos under file info. Napoleon Dynamite From left:Jon Gries, Jon Heder and Aaron Ruell in Napoleon Dynamite Photo Credit: Aaron Ruell Fox Searchlight Pictures
  4. Monday's letters: A cool app for Hillsborough parents

    Letters

    ReadyRosie

    Good resource for parents

    The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County knows that as a child's first and most important teacher, parents can use every resource they can get their hands on. In June the coalition carved out dollars in its current budget to put ReadyRosie into …

  5. Sunday's letters: Pain patients always made to feel like suspects

    Letters

    Yes, I need pain meds | Aug. 23

    Always treated like a suspect

    Righthanded pitcher Erasmo Ramirez will be on the mound for the Rays.

    For starters, Royals vs Rays

    The Rays lineup for tonight's series opener against the Royals, owners of the best record in the American League (78-49):

    LF Grady Sizemore
    RF Daniel Nava
    3B Evan Longoria
    DH John Jaso
    2B Logan Forsythe
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    1B James Loney
    CF Kevin Kiermaier
    C Rene Rivera

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez

    And the Royals:

    SS Alcides Escobar
    2B Ben Zobrist
    CF Lorenzo Cain
    1B Eris Hosmer
    DH Kendrys Morales
    3B Mike Moustakas
    C Salvador Perez
    RF Alex Rios
    LF Paulo Orlando

    RHP Edinson Volquez...

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    Galvano: Counting on Supreme Court to give lawmakers time to reconvene for redistricting

    Bill GalvanoAs the afternoon fades on this Friday in August, the Florida Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling as to how it wants to proceed in the redistricting impasse over the congressional maps....

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    Connor Barth, 29, signed a two-year, $2.75-million contract with the Bucs and will have two preseason games to convince the team to give him his old job back.

    Kicker Barth's battle with Murray: 'almost like deja vu'

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