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Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

CLEARWATER — Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that a locally transmitted case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Pinellas County. However, the state does not believe mosquitoes are a …

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New trial denied, murder resentencing hearing in Clearwater stabbing continues

LARGO — For the second time, Renee Langfritz sat through the sentencing of the troubled teenager convicted of randomly stabbing her only child to death. Jason Paul wanted to be a veter …

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Carlos Beruff puts in $8M of own money in quest to win Senate seat

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Klink app and Corona will deliver beer beachside on Saturday

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  1. Pasco deputies: Man, 21, arrested after parents find him in 13-year-old daughter's closet

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The parents of a 13-year-old girl found a 21-year-old man hiding in her bedroom closet on Monday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

    Christian Roque was arrested Monday by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office on charges that include lewd and lascivious battery and possession of child pornography. The New York man is accused of traveling to Florida to engage in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl. Her mother discovered the 21-year-old man in her daughter's closet, deputies said. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Lector Social Club and Wine Bar set to open in Tampa Heights this fall

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA HEIGHTS

    In the increasingly restaurant-rich Tampa Heights neighborhood, Lector Social Club and Wine Bar will debut this fall.

    Lector Social Club and Wine Bar in Tampa Heights will debut this fall. Located in a formerly vacant building at 2307 N Florida Ave., Lector will be a gathering place and venue for intimate live music and literary readings.
  3. Madden NFL 17 predicts playoffs for Jameis Winston and the Bucs

    Bucs

    Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed to the playoffs.

    [EA Sports]
  4. What Madden NFL 17 says about Bucs kicker Roberto Aguayo

    Bucs

    Here at the Tampa Bay Times, we're not sure how we feel about Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo.

    [EA Sports]
  5. New trial denied, murder resentencing hearing in Clearwater stabbing continues

    Criminal

    LARGO — For the second time, Renee Langfritz sat through the sentencing of the troubled teenager convicted of randomly stabbing her only child to death.

  6. Zephyrhills looks at SunTrust building as alternative to new City Hall

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — Officials are exploring the possibility of scrapping plans to build a new City Hall and instead buying a 44-year-old bank building to house municipal operations.

  7. Klink app and Corona will deliver beer beachside on Saturday

    Events

    In a publicity stunt aimed at thirsty beach-goers, Corona beer has partnered with the alcohol delivery service Klink for beach-side beer delivery for one day only on Madeira Beach this Saturday.

    Writer-director Richard Tanne, center, poses with stars Tika Sumpter, left, and Parker Sawyers, who play young Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama in Southside with You.
  8. A city-only transportation referendum? House candidates in South Tampa are all over the map

    Elections

    TAMPA — For most of the years he's been mayor, Bob Buckhorn's wish list for the Florida Legislature consistently has included one thing: The chance for the city of Tampa to hold its own transportation sales tax referendum.

    The three candidates in Florida House District 60, which covers South Tampa and coastal areas around the bay from Dana Shores to Ruskin, have varying opinions on whether the Legislature should let Tampa hold a city-only referendum on a sales tax for transportation.
  9. AARP poll: Florida women 50-plus favor trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump on Social Security

    Blogs

    A newly released poll for AARP Florida shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump among Florida women voters age 50-plus, 47 percent to 38 percent. These older women voters account for about one third of the likely voters in Florida's election, and the poll found nearly three in four want Congress and the next …

  10. Meet the Aleppo rescue team that saved 5-year-old Omran (w/video)

    World

    As the volunteers scrabbled through smashed cinder blocks, the whimper they'd been hearing for hours grew louder. It was the only sign that this rubble had once been someone's home.

    In this frame grab taken from video provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being pulled out or a building hit by an airstirke, in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The White Helmets, were among the crowd of first responders who pulled Daqneesh and his family from the rubble of their apartment building Wednesday night.  [Aleppo Media Center via AP]

Florida politicians respond to Zika's spread in Tampa Bay

After Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Tuesday morning that someone became infected by Zika in Pinellas County, Florida politicians weighed in, largely calling on Congress to pass additional emergency money to fight the virus....

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Chris Archer has been pitching better of late, 3-4, 3.06 since the All-Star break, a drop of more than 1.5 runs from his first-half numbers.

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, on Archer day

After losing to the Red Sox and old friend David Price on Monday, the Rays have RHP Chris Archer on the mound tonight for the second of the four-game series.

Archer has been pitching better of late, 3-4, 3.06 since the All-Star break, a drop of more than 1.5 runs from his first half numbers. The bad news is that he is 1-9, 5.82 in 14 games vs. the Red Sox, including 0-3, 8.10 in three starts this season.

The Red Sox are starting RHP Clay Buchholz, who is filling in for injured RHP Steven Wrigth, who is 2-8, 5.95 in 15 starts and was bumped to the bullpen.

One ongoing subject of conversation was the home-run robbing catch by Red Sox rookie OF Andrew Benintendi, who leapt over the short wall in the leftfield corner....

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Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage Roberto Aguayo to remain confident and push through his current problems.

McCoy's encouragement to Bucs kicker Aguayo: 'Stay the course'

As Bucs rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo has struggled in his first two preseason games with three missed kicks, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Tuesday that he's made a concerted effort to encourage the second-round pick to remain confident and push through his current problems....

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