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Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida. Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, which sued two state agencies over th …

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Security firm that employed Orlando gunman goes to court in Hillsborough

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Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

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  1. New Florida poll highlights the steep climb facing Carlos Beruff against Marco Rubio

    Blogs

    That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base - and with his millionaire U.S. Senate primary challenger Carlos Beruff. That may turn out to be the case, but fresh polling data from Associated …

  2. How Fair Districts may lead to a whiter Florida Senate

    Blogs

    Supporters of the Fair Districts redistricting reform repeatedly stressed that drawing fairer, more compact and competitive districts would not necessarily mean less diverse representation. But the close of candidate qualifying last week left an awkward landscape for Florida Democratic leaders: The very real prospect …

  3. Acceptance gives dog owners clarity with end-of-life decisions

    Human Interest

    We watched our yellow labrador, Hendrix, die in slow motion.

    [Courtesy of Amber McDonald]
  4. What you need to know for Thursday, June 30

    News

    • High temperatures should top out around 90 today, according to 10Weather WTSP. But the "feels like" heat index will flirt with triple digits. A chance of thunderstorms, particularly inland.

    Can you guess what 80s' band this is? Well they're playing next week at the Mahaffey Theater. We talked to a band member member who was not the lead singer. [Dean Stockings | Special to the Times]
  5. Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

    Blogs

    The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the …

    Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.
  6. Michael Phelps makes fifth Olympics; Countryside High's Melanie Margalis makes first

    Olympics

    OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics. So is Missy Franklin.

    Countryside High alum Melanie Margalis, back, hugs winner Maya DiRado after they qualify for the Olympics in the 200-meter IM.
  7. Steven Stamkos re-signs with Lightning for 8 years, $68M

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA

    All along, captain Steven Stamkos maintained he wanted to re-sign with the Lightning. General manager Steve Yzerman always hoped to keep the face of his franchise. Yet there were doubts, even with Yzerman, especially with Stamkos, 26, just two days away from being the most coveted unrestricted free agent in …

     Lightning captain Steven Stamkos says the team has unfinished business after losing to the Penguins in the Eastern final.
  8. Judge rules that Pinellas County owes developer $16.5 million in apartment complex dispute

    Local Government

    In 2013, Pinellas County commissioners unanimously rejected an apartment complex to the cheers of Safety Harbor residents.

    Ed Armstrong, attorney for the Richman Group, at right, holds back comments as Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche, county attorney James Bennett and county administrator Robert Lasala participate in a discussion in 2014 about an administrative law judge’s ruling that commissioners had erred in their decision to deny the Richmond Group’s plans for a 246-unit luxury apartment complex at McMullen-Booth Road and State Road 590 in Safety Harbor. Moments later the commission voted unanimously to deny the judge’s recommended order. “What my client wanted to do was build a nice residential community,” said Ed Armstrong of the project when the commission denied the project back in May. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times (2014)] 
  9. North America leaders urge against Trump's isolationism (w/video)

    World

    OTTAWA — President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The leaders warned against easy solutions peddled by "demagogues" …

    President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, and Mexican President Enrique Pe?a Nieto said Wednesday that they are determined to strengthen economic ties.
  10. Congress clears Puerto Rico rescue bill, sends to president

    National

    WASHINGTON — Congress delivered relief to debt-stricken Puerto Rico on Wednesday, sending President Barack Obama a last-minute financial rescue package to help the U.S. territory of 3.5 million Americans.

New Florida poll highlights the steep climb facing Carlos Beruff against Marco Rubio

That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base - and with his millionaire U.S. Senate primary challenger Carlos Beruff. That may turn out to be the case, but fresh polling data from Associated Industries of Florida shows what a tough hurdle Beruff faces. The June 27 and 28 survey of 732 likely Republican primary voters found 71 percent had a favorable view of Rubio and 21 percent unfavorable. Little known Beruff was viewed favorably by 11 percent and unfavorably by 9 percent (Donald Trump was 62/32)....

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Rays Brad Boxberger, and wife Anna, with one of the dream children.

Rays walk the runway to benefit Children's Dream Fund

The Rays walked the runway on Wednesday night to benefit the Children's Dream Fund in their annual event at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.  Lindsay Guyer, wife of Rays OF Brandon, was the host. Most of the players participated, many with their wives and girlfriends. Some of the "dream" children also shared the stage....

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The loss of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 was mourned by coaches in other sports, such as former Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Jon Gruden: Pat Summitt made 'real impression on me' with Vols

Tuesday's news of the death of legendary Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt at age 64 reached far beyond the sport her Vols teams dominated, and her loss was mourned by coaches in other sports, like former Bucs coach Jon Gruden....

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