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Siesta Beach tops Dr. Beach's rankings of best locations in America

Three beaches in Florida made it on a highly coveted list of the top 10 in America this year, ranked by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach." Siesta Beach in Sarasota took the No. 1 sp …

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'Star Wars' turns 40 today, and the cast of Hamilton celebrated with a 'Happy Birthday' song

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6 essential things you'll need before going to a theme park this summer

6 essential things you'll need before going to a theme park this summer

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These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger

These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger

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Volcano Bay, with waterproof wristbands that eliminate lines, now open at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay, with waterproof wristbands that eliminate lines, now open at Universal Orlando

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  1. Florida joins other states in ending 'tampon tax'

    Blogs

    From our friends at the Associated Press:

  2. Rubio, Nelson propose expansion of federal judgeships

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson today proposed adding a number of federal judges to the state.

  3. Bar review: The Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    I've spent many evenings in St. Pete's Jannus Live courtyard, enjoying one of the best open-air venues in the Tampa Bay area. It's where I saw my first concert in Florida: Toadies, on the Rubberneck tour sometime in the mid '90s.

    The drinks at the Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg are about as cheap as you’ll find at any other regular downtown bar, a nice surprise.
  4. Local craft beer of the week: Two Henrys Belleview-Biltmore Blueberry Vanilla Wheat

    Bars & Spirits

    Two Henrys Brewing Company is a unique entity in the Tampa Bay brewing scene, due to both its status as the only brewery in Plant City, as well as its location on a 27-acre working farm, which also includes a winery.

    Photo by Justin Grant
  5. Trump vows to crack down on Manchester leaks, chastises NATO

    World

    BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to crack down on leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing. He also chastised NATO leaders for not paying their fair share to protect the long-standing alliance.

    U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by European Council President Donald Tusk as he arrives at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Trump arrived in Belgium on Wednesday evening and will attend a NATO summit as well as meet EU and Belgian officials. [Associated Press]
  6. Who is Congressman Patrick Murphy?

    Blogs

    The fundraising email came fast, and full of outrage.

    A fundraising email from former Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy
  7. Interview: Todd Rundgren comes to St. Petersburg looking to reach a new generation

    Music & Concerts

    They're teaching Todd Rundgren in college now.

    Todd Rundgren will perform at the Mahaffey Theater on May 27. Credit: Lynn Goldsmith
  8. For starters: Rays looking to get even with Angels, with no TV

    Blogs

    The Rays are looking for a split in the four-game series with the Angels in today's 1:10 matinee, a game that is not on TV in the Tampa Bay market.

    RHP Matt Andriese will start for the Rays, seeking to go deeper than his last start, when he was ejected after hitting New York's Aaron Judge with his first pitch …

  9. Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress

    Columns

    In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned.

    Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.[SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times, 2005]
  10. Volcano Bay, with waterproof wristbands that eliminate lines, now open at Universal Orlando

    Attractions

    ORLANDO — Universal Orlando opened its third park on Thursday, this one a resort-style water attraction called Volcano Bay that features a waterproof wristband that promises to eliminates lines.

    Universal Orlando opened its third park, on May 25, 2017, this one a resort-style water attraction called Volcano Bay that features the first waterproof wristband that promises to eliminates lines. [Willie J. Allen Jr. | for Universal Studios]

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Opinions across Florida: More pleas for a Rick Scott budget veto

The Florida Legislature continues to get slammed by editorial board writers and columnists, who are increasingly turning to Rick Scott. ...

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For starters: Rays looking to get even with Angels, with no TV

The Rays are looking for a split in the four-game series with the Angels in today's 1:10 matinee, a game that is not on TV in the Tampa Bay market.

RHP Matt Andriese will start for the Rays, seeking to go deeper than his last start, when he was ejected after hitting New York's Aaron Judge with his first pitch of the sixth.

The Angels are starting RHP Daniel Wright, a call-up from Triple-A to replace injured Alex Meyer.

The Rays lineup has a slightly different look, with Tim Beckham getting the day off and Daniel Robertson at short, with Michael Martinez at second. Also, Jesus Sucre is catching.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Dickerson lf,
Kiermaier cf,
Longoria 3b,
Morrison 1b,
Souza RF,
Rasmus DH,
Robertson SS,
Martinez 2b,
Sucre c,
Andriese p

And here is the Angels lineup:
Maybin cf
Trout dh
Valbuena 3b
Simmons ss
Calhoun rf
Marte 1b
Revere lf
Graterol c
Espinosa 2b
Wright p...

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The cast of Hamilton sang a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Star Wars' 40th Anniversary.

Video: 'Hamilton' cast sings 'Happy Birthday' to celebrate 'Stars Wars' 40th Anniversary

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