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Forecasters predict Invest 99L could turn into Tropical Storm Hermine, hit Florida

Meteorologists across Florida were watching weather patterns closely Wednesday as hurricane hunters flew into a developing system that forecasters say could turn into a tropical storm this week. …

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Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11 innings (w/video)

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Italy earthquake kills at least 159, reduces towns to rubble

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  1. Throwback Thursday: Local millennials remember Tampa's 'David D TV'

    The Feed

    In an age when YouTube is helping fuel peak Clinton-era nostalgia, it was only a matter of time before this one resurfaced.

    David D TV followed David D and his mildly mischievous Muppet-looking friend, Smedley, which was voiced by Todd Coyle.
  2. Rays call up RHP Tyler Sturdevant, send down Richie Shaffer

    Blogs

    After getting five innings of shutout relief in their 4-3 11-inning win over the Red Sox, the Rays made a move to add a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up RHP Tyler Sturdevant.

    To make room, INF Richie Shaffer was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

    Sturdevant is 0-1, 4.08 in 15 appearances over two …

  3. Rays rally to beat Red Sox in 11 innings (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Close wasn't good enough for the Rays on Wednesday.

    The Rays’ Luke Maile pops up after scoring the winner on a Red Sox error in the 11th inning, completing a comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
  4. End of torturous rehab in sight for Rays' Alex Cobb

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the 17 months since he first felt something amiss in his right arm that afternoon in Clearwater, in the 15-plus months since the Tommy John surgery to repair the tear in his elbow, in the nearly two months since he started pitching, and not particularly well, in minor-league games, Alex Cobb …

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) is seen in the Tampa Bay Rays dugout during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox on Tropicana Field on Wednesday, August 24 2016.
  5. Fla Chamber Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 41%, Gary Johnson 9%

    Blogs

    An Aug. 17-22 Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in Florida, 44 percent to 43 percent, in a two-way match up, and 44 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent when Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is included. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

  6. Fennelly: UCF should be ashamed of O'Leary statue

    College

    I've got the tiebreaker if the Big 12 wants to choose between USF and UCF.

    Former head coach George O’Leary, with QB Blake Bortles, led UCF to a win at the 2014 Fiesta Bowl. He also stood by while a 19-year-old student-athlete died.
  7. Elderly woman crossing Gulf Boulevard in crosswalk is struck and killed

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — An elderly pedestrian died Wednesday morning on Sand Key when she was hit by a car, authorities said.

  8. Two Tampa Water Department workers retire amid sexual harassment investigation

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Two longtime Tampa Water Department employees retired last week rather than be fired over complaints from a co-worker who said she received unwanted text messages, had to deal with inappropriate comments and worried about losing her job if she complained.

  9. Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from U.S. government

    Working Life

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va.

    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hit hard by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant.

    Some of the grants will allow laid-off coal miners to participate in job retraining. The 29 projects total nearly $39 million and are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs.
  10. Injuries test depth of Bucs offensive line

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ali Marpet goose stepped his way to the practice field Wednesday, the result of a clunky walking boot on his sprained right ankle.

    Bucs tackle Donovan Smith missed a few days last week with the flu.

Fla Chamber Poll: Donald Trump 44%, Hillary Clinton 41%, Gary Johnson 9%

An Aug. 17-22 Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll Trump edging out Hillary Clinton in Florida, 44 percent to 43 percent, in a two-way match up, and 44 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent when Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is included. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent....

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Rays call up RHP Tyler Sturdevant, send down Richie Shaffer

After getting five innings of shutout relief in their 4-3 11-inning win over the Red Sox, the Rays made a move to add a fresh arm to their bullpen, calling up RHP Tyler Sturdevant.

To make room, INF Richie Shaffer was optioned to Triple-A Durham.

Sturdevant is 0-1, 4.08 in 15 appearances over two previous stints with the Rays.

Shaffer was not getting much action after being called up to replace injured INF Nick Franklin....

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Donteea Dye, pictured, is competing against special-teams standout Russell Shepard, as well as other young receivers like Evan Spencer.

Donteea Dye making case to stick with Bucs as cuts approach

The Bucs' fourth and fifth receiver jobs remain largely up for grabs with two preseason games remaining, but Donteea Dye, holding down the kickoff return job and making plays on offense, is making a case to stick around through final cuts....

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