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As Tampa Bay building boom swells, can supply of construction workers meet demand?

Within blocks of my writing this column at the Tampa Bay Times , downtown St. Petersburg remains a frenzy of block-long demolition (despite the rain) to make room for a massive mixed-use bui …

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will go to China this month for talk of USF Health, kinship and trade

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Rays demote Beckham to Triple-A Durham following latest baserunning blunder

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  1. Trump says he and Mexican leader discussed wall, not payment

    Politics
    MEXICO CITY — Standing alongside the president of Mexico, a measured Donald Trump on Wednesday defended the right of the United States to build a massive border wall along its southern flank, but he declined to repeat his frequent promise to force Mexico to pay for it.
    Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shake hands after a joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City, on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  2. Publix Charities gives $5 million to Feeding America network

    Corporate
    LAKELAND — Publix Super Markets Charities announced Wednesday that it will donate $5 million to the Feeding America network, including 28 member food banks and 38 of their local partner agencies in Publix's operating areas.
    Publix Super Markets Charities is donating $5 million to the Feeding America network. [Times file photo]
  3. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will go to China this month for talk of USF Health, kinship and trade

    Local Government
    TAMPA — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will visit Lanzhou, China, in September to establish a sister-city connection initiated by USF Health, the health sciences division of the University of South Florida, which teaches Chinese medical students.
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the field before throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
  4. Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy will debate, but how many times unclear

    State Roundup
    TALLAHASSEE — Wasting no time after their blowout primary victories, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy were quick to engage in a chippy debate over debating in their first hours back on the campaign trail.
  5. Rays demote Beckham to Triple-A Durham following latest baserunning blunder

    The Heater
    The Rays decided they had seen enough of infielder Tim Beckham after his latest baserunning blunder, optioning him to Triple-A following Wednesday's 8-6 loss.
    The Rays optioned Tim Beckham Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Red Sox. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  6. Alan Grayson insists he'll be back despite political setbacks

    State Roundup
    TALLAHASSEE — When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson entered the campaign for U.S. Senate, he was supposed to be an alternative for the Democratic Party's left wing.
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, of Orlando, addresses the Florida Democratic Party's progressive caucus during the party's annual gathering on June 18, 2016, in Hollywood. Grayson, a progressive firebrand, has drawn most of his support from that wing of the party. (Kristen M. Clark   |  Times/Herald)
  7. Romano: A blood-stained crib makes the argument for foster care over unfit parents

    Public Safety
    The evidence suggests we have been overzealous.
  8. As Tampa Bay building boom swells, can supply of construction workers meet demand?

    Real Estate
    Within blocks of my writing this column at the Tampa Bay Times, downtown St. Petersburg remains a frenzy of block-long demolition (despite the rain) to make room for a massive mixed-use building, and a construction zone of multiple apartment buildings. A Hyatt hotel is rising along with the next tier of fancy …
    A Hyatt hotel under construction at Central Avenue and Second Street N in St. Petersburg, like many projects throughout Tampa Bay, could face a challenge as a national industry group warns of a looming shortage of construction workers.
  9. Exotic ideas like monorail may help solve Hillsborough transportation woes

    Columns
    Um, politicians?Yeah, I'm talking to you.I hope you were paying attention Tuesday during the election primaries because voters screamed they have had enough. You, dear elected officials, are on the clock to boldly go where no county commission here has gone before.Yep.
  10. Rays blow early lead, waste rally in loss to Red Sox

    The Heater
    BOSTON — The Rays came up just short in more ways than one in losing to the Red Sox 8-6 on Wednesday.
    Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe dives but can't make a play on a single by Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon in the fourth inning. [AP photo]

Bill Clinton headlining two Miami fundraisers next week

Bill Clinton will be hitting up Miami donors again after Labor Day weekend....

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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham (1) picked off (after review) of first base in the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, seeking series win

UPDATE, 12:23: Cash said they opted to give Duffy today off so he has three days off his feet, having been the DH on Tuesday, as part of the maintenance for his left Achilles. ... Cash said the Rays may not announce their call-ups until Friday.... Drew Smyly comes into today's start with a 20 1/3 inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox. ... The Rays are still planning on flying home to Tampa after today's game but travel director Chris Westmoreland has several contingencies plans in the works as well.

Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2b
Bogaerts ss
Ortiz DH
Betts RF
Ramirez 1b
Leon c
Young rf
Hill 3b
Bradley cf
Wright p
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Bucs hold out 25 players in preseason finale vs. Redskins

As expected, the Bucs are holding out nearly all their established starters and key contributors from Wednesday night's rainy preseason finale against the Redskins, with 25 players not playing, most as healthy scratches....

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