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  1. Rays rout Blue Jays behind Drew Smyly

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Drew Smyly had just dominated the potent Blue Jays lineup by twirling a two-hit shutout that was the first complete game of his professional career. But even after the 8-0 win, his Friday night wasn't yet done.

    Evan Longoria homers to lead off the second, part of his three-hit, three-RBI night.
  2. Artist tells the story of Melrose Elementary journalism magnet in mural

    News

    When St. Petersburg artist Sebastian Coolidge worked during the summer nights to finish the mural he created for the journalism program at Melrose Elementary, the brightness of a supermoon illuminated his art, as well as inspired it.

    Artist Sebastian Coolidge of St. Petersburg puts finishing touches on his mural at Melrose Elementary on Aug. 20, 2014.The mural decorates the outside of the portable that houses the journalism program at the school.   
Photo by Lakewood High student Naudia McDaniel.
  3. Records show Gov. Rick Scott's office put up barriers to public records

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become a "unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works."

  4. Mother upset after 5-year-old son gets off Hernando school bus at wrong stop

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — The bus filled with Brooksville Elementary School students had arrived at a stop Wednesday afternoon and was letting students out when the driver heard a disturbance.

  5. Mistrial declared in Pinellas murder trial of man accused of burning girlfriend

    Criminal

    LARGO — A mistrial was declared in a murder case this week after a juror admitted to looking at a news story about the crime.

    Jeffrey Robert Grant is accused dousing his girlfriend with gas and setting her on fire.
  6. Tampa Bay Bucs, HSN among latest corporate backers of Greenlight Pinellas

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Home Shopping Network are the latest big corporate names to back the Greenlight Pinellas transit campaign.

  7. St. Petersburg Free Clinic program faces allegations of racism

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, highly regarded for its decades of work with the poor, is being accused of racism at its shelter for homeless women.

    Alberta Brown, 55, a former resident, says white women received things that she did not.
  8. Man accused of stealing Haley VA patient ID info

    Veterans

    TAMPA — The documents with the Social Security numbers of veterans treated at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center were supposed to be shredded by a company whose website warns, "Don't become a victim of identity theft."

  9. Romano: Duke Energy billing switch is latest sign it just doesn't care

    Energy

    Sticking customers with roughly $1.5 billion in bills for a nuclear plant in Levy County that everyone knew would never be built is pretty bad, I'll admit.

  10. At Healthbox Tampa, a mission to support 7 startups taking on silos of medical industry

    Business

    Who in their right mind would purchase expensive, personal services with minimal information about the provider and little if any idea of the price?

    Employees at several aspiring health care companies get some valuable instruction Tuesday from Healthbox Tampa at the Tampa Bay WaVE incubator.
  11. Spring Hill man agrees to deal, sentenced to prison on sex charges

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man accused of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual battery, one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition, according to Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly.

    Daniel William Hoover will spend more than 25 years in prison on child sex charges.
  12. Duke Energy considering Pinellas land for solar farm

    Energy

    ST. PETERSBURG — Duke Energy is exploring sites for a solar farm in Pinellas County.

  13. At the VMAs, this is the one award that really matters

    Pop Culture

    It's probably safe to say that no one cares about the awards that are actually handed out at the VMAs as much as Kanye West does—and certainly few of us outside the pop music industry care at all. Like the BET Awards, the VMAs are an excuse to corral the biggest pop stars of the moment inside one room and watch …

    5 Seconds of Summer band members, from left, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood appear on NBC's "Today" show in New York in July. 5 Seconds of Summer will make its debut at the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV's annual over-the-top celebration of pop music, on Sunday, Aug. 24.  (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
  14. Times names veteran journalist as new business editor

    Business

    Times names new business editor

    The Tampa Bay Times has named a veteran reporter and editor as its new business editor. Chris Tisch, 41, will move into the role after six years as the Times' assistant metro editor/nights. He succeeds Graham Brink, who was recently named metro editor.

    Chris Tisch joined the Times in 2000. For the past six years, he has been the assistant metro editor/nights.
  15. Former Hernando detention deputy enters open plea on child abuse charges

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — A former Hernando County detention deputy accused of severely burning a child with a hair dryer, then failing to seek medical attention, has pleaded guilty to aggravated child abuse and child neglect, according to Assistant State Attorney Erin Daly.