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  1. St. Pete police say murder victim's body concealed on property

    Briefs

    A man and a woman are in custody for the murder of an acquaintance whose body they concealed on their property for up to two weeks, St. Petersburg police said.

  2. Tampa woman receives bionic eye implant in groundbreaking surgery

    Health

    Carmen Torres woke up one morning in absolute darkness. It took 16 years and a team of doctors to bring back the light.

    Carmen Torres of Tampa is the first blind woman to receive the bionic eye implant in Florida. She shows off her bionic glasses on Friday as she sits next to Alex Gonzalez, a biomedical engineer at The University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. [C.M. GUERRERO | El Nuevo Herald]

  3. One person found dead in Seminole Heights house fire

    Fire

    TAMPA — One person died in an early morning residential fire on West Ida Street, Tampa Fire Rescue reported.

    Firefighters on the scene at Tampa house that caught fire early this morning. [JASON PENNY   |    Tampa Fire Rescue]
  4. Charges dropped for man accused of growing 'medically necessary' marijuana

    Criminal

    Matthew Young won't be spending any time in jail for growing medical marijuana, but he says each day continues to be a battle without the drug.

    Matthew Young paid a lawyer $799 to help him get paperwork.
  5. Being a Florida lawmaker a path to wealth for many

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of the Great Recession, which left the average Florida family struggling to make ends meet, at least one group of people continues to get richer: It pays to be elected to the state House or Senate.

  6. St. Pete Police gets (needed) help on crime lab, traffic

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When crime scene technicians process evidence at the St. Petersburg Police Department, they huddle in a cramped area on the ground floor of an 85-year-old building.

  7. After detour through St. Petersburg thrift store, cremated remains bound for family

    Bizarre News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sorting through piles of incoming donations a few weeks ago, workers at the PARC Thrift Store came upon a box they knew would never be slapped with a price tag.

  8. Officials explain, and hear about, proposed school rezoning plans in Hernando

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — The eight glossy, color-coded maps handed out to parents all had the same basic goal, said Tony Akers.

  9. Sloppy all around, Rays fall to Red Sox

    The Heater

    BOSTON — If the Rays keep playing like this, arguing over whether they should have done more at the trade deadline won't be worth a spit.

    BOSTON, MA - JULY 31:  Logan Forsythe #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays congratulates Mikie Mahtook #27 after he scored a run against the Boston Red Sox  during the second inning at Fenway Park on July 31, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) 538587721
  10. A case of bed bugs shuts down Tampa library branch for the weekend

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — The North Tampa Branch Library has closed for the weekend after officials confirmed Friday evening that bedbugs were found in an upholstered chair.

  11. Rays deal Jepsen, otherwise stand pat at trade deadline

    The Heater

    BOSTON — Rather than add to an offense that ranks among the American League's worst, the only deal the Rays made by Friday's nonwaiver deadline was to trade one of their top relievers, Kevin Jepsen, to the Twins for a pair of lower-level minor-league pitchers.

    Rays reliever Kevin Jepsen is dealt to the Twins for two minor-league pitchers.
  12. Coast Guard ends search for missing Florida teens

    Nation

    OPA-LOCKA — After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday, a heart-rending decision for families so convinced the boys could be alive they're pressing on with their own hunt.

    Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14, were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. [U.S. Coast Guard via AP]
  13. Former wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61

    Wrestling

    "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, the kilt wearing trash talker who headlined the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died, the WWE said Friday. He was 61.

    WWE had no additional details.

     Wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper gestures to the crowd after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at the Induction Ceremony in Universal City, Calif., on April 2, 2005, The WWE said Piper died Friday, July 31, 2015. He was 61. [Associated Press]
  14. 19-year-old man shot while riding bicycle in St. Petersburg

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 19-year-old man was shot Friday while riding his bicycle on Highland Street, police said.

  15. Five people charged in mailbox pipe bombings in Brooksville

    Crime

    Times staff

    BROOKSVILLE — Five people were arrested this week and accused of blowing up mailboxes with pipe bombs last month.