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

While an area of low pressure located about 200 miles northwest of Puerto Rico has …

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Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11 innings (w/video)

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Italy earthquake toll rises to 247 as anguish mounts over quake past (w/video)

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

    Weather

    While an area of low pressure located about 200 miles northwest of Puerto Rico has yet to rise to the level of a tropical system, forecasters say it still will produce strong winds and heavy rains — and …

    An enhanced satellite image shows the location of Invest 99L at 2 a.m. Thursday. [Weather Underground]

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

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG—Larry Newsome's plan to reopen Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant, according to city officials, has one fatal flaw:

    Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant was foreclosed on in June and taken over by the city after the old owner fell far behind on his rent in the city-owned Manhattan Casino. St. Petersburg officials believe Sylvia's will not re-open for a very important reason: The owners of the original Sylvia's in Harlem asked the owner to stop using the iconic name nearly 18 months ago. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]


  3. Italy earthquake toll rises to 247 as anguish mounts over quake past (w/video)

    World

    AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its medieval communities built on seismic lands.

    This aerial photo shows the historical part of the town of Amatrice, central Italy, after an earthquake, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. [Associated Press]
  4. Even as medical marijuana becomes more widespread, there's little science to show it works

    Health

    More and more Americans are turning to marijuana to treat a range of conditions, hoping to shrink cancerous tumors, halt epileptic seizures or manage chronic pain.

    Vials of medical marijuana oil. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  5. The DayStarter: U.S. Rep. Grayson and former Gov. Crist campaign, and a family risks life as fugitives and refugees to save their son

    News

    • Today will be another hot one, 10Weather WTSP forecasters warn. With highs in the mid 90s, it'll feel much steamier.

    Kristen and Tyler Yeckley in May 2015.
  6. Thai farmers launch sting operation to stop elephant raids

    World

    PANA, Thailand — To stop wild elephants rampaging through their crops, farmers in Thailand put up electric fences, burst firecrackers and even switched their crop from pineapples to pumpkins, which the pachyderms don't relish much. Nothing worked, so the villagers decided on Plan Bee.

    Dararath Sirimaha, right, a farmer and newly trained beekeeper, checks a beehive Aug. 19 on the perimeter of her family's property in Pana, southeastern province of Chanthaburi, Thailand.  To stop wild elephants rampaging through their crops, farmers are trying a project that deploys bees as a new line of defense, exploiting elephants' documented fear of bee stings.[Associated Press]
  7. Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11 innings (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Close wasn't good enough for the Rays on Wednesday.

    The Rays’ Luke Maile pops up after scoring the winner on a Red Sox error in the 11th inning, completing a comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
  8. Throwback Thursday: Local millennials remember Tampa's 'David D TV'

    The Feed

    In an age when YouTube is helping fuel peak Clinton-era nostalgia, it was only a matter of time before this one resurfaced.

    David D TV followed David D and his mildly mischievous Muppet-looking friend, Smedley, which was voiced by Todd Coyle.
  9. Rays call up RHP Tyler Sturdevant, send down Richie Shaffer

    Blogs

    After getting five innings of shutout relief in their 4-3 11-inning win over the Red Sox, the Rays made a move to add a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up RHP Tyler Sturdevant.

    To make room, INF Richie Shaffer was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

    Sturdevant is 0-1, 4.08 in 15 appearances over two …

  10. Fennelly: UCF should be ashamed of O'Leary statue

    College

    I've got the tiebreaker if the Big 12 wants to choose between USF and UCF.

    Former head coach George O’Leary, with QB Blake Bortles, led UCF to a win at the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. He also stood by while a 19-year-old student-athlete died.
A Patrick Murphy campaign aide blocks a "tracker"'s camera outside a press conference the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate held Wednesday at the Palm Beach Gardens public library after Murphy cast his primary ballot during early voting.

Report: Murphy campaign blocks 'tracker' at public library photo op

When Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy cast his ballot Wednesday at an early voting site in a branch of the Palm Beach County public library, he reportedly had an invited guest tag along: An opposition "tracker" whose job it is to tail the candidate and film his every move....

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Rays call up RHP Tyler Sturdevant, send down Richie Shaffer

After getting five innings of shutout relief in their 4-3 11-inning win over the Red Sox, the Rays made a move to add a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up RHP Tyler Sturdevant.

To make room, INF Richie Shaffer was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Sturdevant is 0-1, 4.08 in 15 appearances over two previous stints with the Rays.

Shaffer was not getting much action after being called up to replace injured INF Nick Franklin....

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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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