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The DayStarter: Our guide to the morning's news


Tampa City Council honors Monsignor Higgins

One day after the death of Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, Tampa City Council honored the Irish priest who was a valued confident to many city and business leaders. Thursday’s council meeting …

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Altman: Silah, retired Navy captain and champion for wounded, dies at 80

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Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

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  1. Visit Florida, Pitbull pull plug on tourism partnership

    Tourism

    Pitbull may still #LoveFL. But he's no longer getting paid to say so.

  2. DB Anthony Johnson's motor, and mouth, never stop running

    Footballpreps

    It's hard not to notice St. Petersburg defensive back Anthony Johnson, whether he's a teammate or a member of the opposing team. Johnson is not only adept at covering receivers, he's also a first-class trash talker.

    St. Petersburg High DB Anthony Johnson the mouth of south Pinellas. (Dirk Shadd, Times)
  3. Two Orlando hospitals won't bill survivors of Pulse nightclub shooting

    Medicine

    The Orlando hospitals that treated dozens of people injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting said Wednesday that they would not bill any of these survivors.

    Jerry Perez, center, puts a rose on a photo of Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, one of the victims killed in the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, on July 12. Perez and friend Christopher Johnson, left, came to pay their respects at the club where a shooter killed 49 people. Perez attended drama school with Jean Carlos Mendez Perez in Puerto Rico. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times] 

  4. Tampa City Council honors Monsignor Higgins

    Blogs

    One day after the death of Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, Tampa City Council honored the Irish priest who was a valued confident to many city and business leaders.

    Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins who died Wednesday
  5. Tampa Bay quickly becoming defensive back central

    Footballpreps

    Zamari Maxwell lines up in his stance, crouched, his fingers twitching. The Pinellas Park High senior spends nearly an entire game backpedaling. If he plays well, he is invisible. If he makes one mistake, one slip, it will show up on YouTube or his opponent's Hudl account for everyone to see.

    Pinellas Park High School DB Zamari Maxwell is notorious for pulling down interceptions when the ball is thrown his way. Maxwell, a senior, is hoping for another great season with Pinellas Park. (Dirk Shadd, Times)
  6. Altman: Silah, retired Navy captain and champion for wounded, dies at 80

    Veterans

    Short and crusty, retired Navy Capt. Bob Silah was like a boiled lobster — hard shell on the outside, sweetness inside.

    Bob Silah, who was chairman of Operation Helping Hands, is remembered as a champion for wounded, ill and injured service members and their families [Times file (2013)]
  7. Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

    Blogs

    Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy head into their expected general election matchup in a tight race, with a new poll showing Rubio taking 46 percent of the vote and Murphy 43 percent.

  8. Eustis girl, only 14 but a math whiz, set to begin college life at Stetson

    Human Interest

    EUSTIS — Danielle Carson, 14, is almost two years away from getting her braces off or her driver's license.

    But next week she is starting college.

    14-year-old Danielle Carson will begin working on her bachelor's degree this fall at Stetson. She lives at a farm house on 15-acres in Eustis and takes care of the horses and other animals. [Charles King | Orlando Sentinel/TNS]
  9. Mylan says it will expand programs that lower EpiPen costs

    Medicine

    NEW YORK — Mylan, in the face of heated criticism over price hikes for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, is bulking up programs that help patients pay for the drug.

    Mylan, in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, said Thursday that it would expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. [Associated Press (2013)]
  10. New Port Richey man fatally struck while crossing road in motorized scooter

    Accidents

    A New Port Richey man was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing a road on a motorized mobility scooter.

Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy head into their expected general election matchup in a tight race, with a new poll showing Rubio taking 46 percent of the vote and Murphy 43 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....

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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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