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Study: Tampa Bay a top market for homebuyers on the move

The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, ATTOM Data Solutions says. Based on information provided in loan applications, the …

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Here are the 20 most dangerous stretches of roadway in Hillsborough County

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Bob Buckhorn, a mayor who knows what he wants, surveys constituents on what they want

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  1. Manhattan Casino choice causes political headache for Kriseman

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Days before the mayoral primary, Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to let a Floribbean restaurant open in Midtown's historic Manhattan Casino has caused political angst within the voting bloc he can least afford to lose: the black community.

    Last week Mayor Rick Kriseman chose a Floribbean restaurant concept to fill Midtown's historic Manhattan Casino. But that decision, made days before next week's mayoral primary, has turned into a political headache for the mayor. Many residents want to see the building's next tenant better reflect its cultural significance in the black community. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  2. FSU-Bama 'almost feels like a national championship game Week 1'

    Blogs

    The buzz is continuing to build for next Saturday's blockbuster showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

  3. Plan a fall vacation at Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens when crowds are light

    Florida

    Now that the busy summer vacation season is ending, Floridians can come out to play.

    Maria Reyna, 8, of Corpus Cristi, TX. eats chicken at the Lotus Blossom Cafe at the Chinese pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Epcot is celebrating it's 35th year as the upcoming Food and Wine Festival kicks off once again.
  4. USF spends $1.5 million to address growing demand for student counseling

    College

    TAMPA — As Florida's universities stare down a mental health epidemic, the University of South Florida has crafted a plan it hopes will reach all students, from the one in crisis to the one who doesn't know he could use some help.

    A student crosses the University of South Florida campus in Tampa, where visits to the school's crisis center more than doubled last year, part of a spike in demand that has affected colleges across the country. The university is addressing the issue this year with $1.5 million for more "wellness coaches," counselors, online programs and staff training. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  5. PTA treasurer at Pinellas school accused of stealing $5,000

    Crime

    The treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Association at a Pinellas County elementary school faces a felony fraud charge after she was accused of stealing from the organization to pay her credit card and phone bills.

    Lisa McMenamin, 50, of Tarpon Springs, is facing felony charges of scheming to defraud the Brooker Creek Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, where she served as treasurer. She is accused of stealing $5,000 to pay credit card and phone bills. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  6. What you might have missed from the third episode of the Bucs on 'Hard Knocks'

    Bucs

    We're back for a third edition of the Annotated Hard Knocks, trying each week to freeze frames and find the tiny nuances of Bucs training camp you might have missed out on. If you see something we missed, hit …

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans wears one of teammate Kwon Alexander's red "LI-TI-RILLA" T-shirts, which refer to Alexander being part lion, part tiger and part gorilla, of course. [HBO/NFL FILMS]
  7. What you need to know for Thursday, Aug. 24

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    With crowds thinning at Florida theme parks as the summer comes to an end, it's a good time to plan an off-season visit for the family. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times (2016)]

  8. New town homes sprouting in Oldsmar

    Real Estate

    BY PIPER CASTILLO

    Times Staff Writer

    OLDSMAR — City officials have been chipping away for several years on a downtown development plan, bringing new life to a 7-acre site on State Street. One day in the not-far-off future, they want to lively streets and walkways used by residents and …

  9. Study: Tampa Bay a top market for homebuyers on the move

    Real Estate

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, ATTOM Data Solutions says.

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, a survey found.
[Associated Press file photo]
  10. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

Jeb Bush on the 'most ridiculous example of political correctness in history'

Jeb Bush on ESPN's decision to pull commentator Robert Lee from a football broadcast at the University of Virginia....

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Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, activate Alex Cobb

After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex Cobb being activated off the DL to start Thursday.

But Whitley, who threw 36 pitches over 1 2/3 innings, also had to go so they could add a fresh arm, calling up RHP Chih-Wei Hu.

And if Hu sticks around after Thursday's game and accompanies the team to St. Louis, it could be the highlight of the Players Weekend, where players have the option of wearing nicknames on their jerseys.

Hu chose WHO?, and if were to somehow reach base, or even be used as a pinch-runner, it would be an Abbott and Costello moment of Who's on first?...

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This cover image released by Big Machine shows art for her upcoming album, "reputation," expected Nov. 10.

Taylor Swift ends intrigue, announces new album in November

Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you....

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