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  1. Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich visits Pinellas, calls on Charlie Crist to debate

    State Roundup

    Gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich spoke with Pinellas County Democratic Party supporters in a St. Petersburg hotel conference room Thursdsay night to remind them that she is the only lifelong Democrat running for the office.

  2. Carlton: Tampa council member barhops for a better city

    Local

    So a Tampa City Council member walks into a bar. And another bar. And another bar.

  3. Hotel executive calls out Tampa's 'deplorable, embarrassing' taxicabs

    Business

    TAMPA — Hotel developer Lou Plasencia flies all over the nation from Tampa International Airport. When he steps into a taxi, that's one of his first impressions of the city he's visiting.

    Two companies, Yellow Cab of Tampa and United Cab Co. of Tampa, pay for the right to serve TIA. No others operate there.
  4. Man convicted of murdering cab driver in Clearwater in 2008

    Criminal

    LARGO

    Man convicted in '08 murder of cab driver

    Washington
  5. Hillsborough hotel market on track for pre-recession highs

    Business

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County lodging industry appears to be headed for a record year in 2014.

    Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, said bay area tourism officials have worked better together.
  6. Tampa Bay: Better than most, still behind many for 'best' business metro area

    Economic Development

    Defying the economic success of western cities, Raleigh, N.C., ranked first this year in Forbes' list of the 200 "Best Places for Business and Careers."

  7. Women who drink face special risks but also have advantages over men

    Health

    If you want to get women to your next gathering, there may be nothing that will draw a crowd quite like the promise of wine or fruity cocktails served in frosty stemmed glasses. From grocery stores and salons to trendy boutiques, chic fundraisers, even Botox parties, alcohol lures the "girls' night out'' crowd. • …

    Dr. Carlos Santana
  8. Sen. Marco Rubio wants to 'wind down' program for immigrant youth

    National

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday called for an end to President Barack Obama's program that grants legal status to immigrant youth brought to the United States by their parents.

    Sen. Marco Rubio is eyeing a run for president in 2016.
  9. Votel to succeed McRaven as SOCom commander at MacDill

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Army Gen. Joseph Votel arrives next month in Tampa and will assume leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Command, replacing the man widely credited with planning the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

    Army Gen. Joseph Votel now leads the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  10. Pinellas School Board member Peggy O'Shea diagnosed with cancer

    K12

    Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea, who is running for re-election, says she has breast cancer and expects to begin chemotherapy next week.

  11. Selmon Expressway lanes to close for tests of driverless car

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Elevated commuter lanes on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway will close for hours in the coming days so Audi can offer demonstrations of its latest driverless car.

  12. Artistic lighting planned for Central Avenue in St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of artists unveiled a plan Thursday to visually remake Central Avenue into an illuminated unifying symbol of the city.

  13. PunditFact: Fact-checking claims about the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border

    Politics

    The influx of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border is pushing security officials to their limits and putting pressure on President Barack Obama and Congress to take some sort of action.

  14. Quiz: How's your knowledge of comic book history?

    With more than 150,000 fans expected to turn out for the four-day celebration of film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and other popular arts known as Comic-Con today through Sunday in San Diego, what better time to test your knowledge of comics and super heroes?

    [Associated Press]
  15. Judge skeptical about fixing Florida's congressional maps now

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A coalition of voting-rights groups on Thursday urged a judge to redraw Florida's congressional map and push back the August primary — or risk having the election be invalid.