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Abandoned historic Palmetto Beach cigar factory "total loss" after fire

An abandoned historic Palmetto Beach cigar factory is considered "a total loss" after a fire early Sunday morning, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded to the abandoned bui …


Man accidentally shoots friend with spear gun, Sarasota police say


  1. How to avoid your ex? It's called 'ghosting'


    It was not long ago that Sean Penn and Charlize Theron were a happy couple: appearing together at fashion shows and film festivals, hugging on the beach. Recently, though, it was reported that Theron had stopped responding to Penn's calls and text messages. She was "ghosting" him.

    What's ghosting?

  2. Keep your kids safe from drowning — train yourself


    Q: My 4-year old twins are crazy about swimming or floating or doing pretty much anything in and around water. On one hand, I'm thrilled. I swam in high school and college, and I'm looking forward to having them follow in my footsteps. On the other, I'm scared. I'm a stay-at-home mom, and there is no way I can …

  3. Timely Tendings: When to pick summer fruit

    Home and Garden

    How to tell ripeness of mangoes, avocados

    Times file (2011)
  4. Tell Me About It: Monetary gifts from relatives have a time limit


    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

    On phasing out monetary gifts for relatives who reach adulthood:

  5. Editorial video: Make St. Petersburg recycling easier


    Universal curbside recycling has finally started in St. Petersburg, but there are still a few bumps. While 40 percent of St. Petersburg residents have their trash picked up in the alley, the blue recycling bins are only being picked up on the street in front of houses. That is a problem in some neighborhoods. Watch this …

    100 Fourth of July sales you need to know about this weekend

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    Donald Trump: Jeb will never be able to secure borders, negotiate deals well, care for vets

    Jeb Bush denouncing Donald Trump's comments about illegal immigrants from Mexico, per the NY Times: “To make these extraordinarily ugly kind of comments is not reflective of the Republican Party....“He’s doing this — he’s not a stupid guy, so I don’t assume he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. He’s doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be the organizing principle of his campaign,” Mr. Bush said....


    Souza has some concern over bruised, cut finger

    Though initial x-rays were negative, OF Steven Souza Jr. said he has some concern over his right pinkie, which was bruised and cut after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning....