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PolitiFact: Did Confederate symbols gain prominence in the civil rights era?

A major catalyst in the run up to the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., was the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. As the nation reeled from the viol …

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The FHP trooper behind quota on speeding tickets will retire Sept. 5

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Q&A: A business leader and historian jointly delve into Tampa's waterfront

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  1. Myrtle Avenue closed, man hospitalized after Clearwater bike crash

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — Myrtle Avenue is closed in both directions following a bicycle crash that hospitalized a man with serious injuries.

  2. 'Candle in the Wind' was the perfect song at a tragic moment

    Music & Concerts

    When's the last time you listened to the biggest pop single of the modern era?

    John’s recording of Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997 was certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in its first day of release in the United States.
  3. Rosie Marie, star on 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' wins over Twitter at 94

    Blogs

    Today's must-follow Twitter account belongs to a 94-year-old actress whose 90-year(!) career spans back to the days of Vaudeville, making her one of that era's last surviving stars. 

    Rose Marie quickly gained thousands of followers with this plea.
  4. Rick Scott to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott will have lunch Thursday with President Donald Trump, the latest in a series of get togethers between the political allies.

    Trump and Scott are grabbing lunch today.
  5. Trump decries the removal of 'beauty' as governments in Florida, other states debate Confederate monuments

    Blogs

    ATT: Hillsborough County Commission, other local governments and the

    Shore Acres residents adjusting to 40th Avenue bridge closure

    Roads

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nina Pollauf, principal of Shore Acres Elementary School, worried last Friday when she heard about the 40th Avenue bridge closing for emergency repairs.

    A group from the engineering firm Kisinger Campo & Associates assess the situation on the 40th Avenue bridge.. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  6. Powerball jackpot climbs to $510 million, 8th largest

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $510 million, making it one of the largest in U.S. history.

    A store clerk pulls a Powerball ticket from the printer for a customer, Tuesday, in Hialeah, Fla. The Powerball jackpot has has rolled 18 times, since the June 14, drawing, resulting in an estimated $510 million for Wednesday night's drawing. [Associated Press]
  7. Photo of the Day for August 17, 2017 - 'Keeping a watchful eye'

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from George Capaz of Wesley Chapel, FL. The photo was taken at a small roadside lake at Bruce B. Downs Blvd and Cross Creek Blvd.

  8. Online studies, off-campus sites drive growth of Saint Leo University

    College

    ST. LEO — When Arthur Kirk became president of what was then Saint Leo College in 1997, the school was on the brink of bankruptcy. Enrollment had dropped; deficits had climbed. Faculty salaries were depressed. It seemed that every roof on campus leaked.

    MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesMelanie Storms, vice president of Saint Leo WorldWide is shown on Saint Leo's main University Campus in eastern Pasco County. WorldWide is a new branch of the Catholic university that streamlines online courses and operates satellite education centers.
  9. Charles Bottoms, right, with his wife, Annie, wore the Tim Tebow Broncos jersey to Steinbrenner Field "only because I didn't want to wear my good (signed Gators) Tebow one." [RYAN ROMANO | Times]
Trump and Scott are grabbing lunch today.

Rick Scott to have lunch with President Donald Trump on Thursday

Gov. Rick Scott will have lunch Thursday with President Donald Trump, the latest in a series of get togethers between the political allies....

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Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.

Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays

We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of their most productive hitters up....

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Rose Marie quickly gained thousands of followers with this plea.

Rosie Marie, star on 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' wins over Twitter at 94

Today's must-follow Twitter account belongs to a 94-year-old actress whose 90-year(!) career spans back to the days of Vaudeville, making her one of that era's last surviving stars. ...

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