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  1. St. Pete to discuss bringing sunshine, more public input to CRA grants

    Blogs

    The St. Petersburg City Council wants to make sure more public input and transparency is involved before more taxpayer dollars are spent from the city’s newly-formed South St. Petersburg Community Renewal Area.

  2. SoHo clubs bristle at Tampa's tightening of noise ordinance

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The noise of people talking across desks and bustling around an air-conditioned office registers a "comfortable" 55 decibels, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

  3. Absentee ballot returns show spike in unlikely voters weighing in on Florida's primary

    State Roundup

    The political team at the Florida Chamber of Commerce has come across a remarkable trend this campaign season: A huge spike in mail voting by people who rarely vote in primary elections.

    Poll deputy James Willis, right, greets early voters with a smile as he opens the door for them at the Forest Oaks Supervisor of Elections Office during early voting in Hernando County on Aug. 22. (BRENDAN FITTERER | Times)
  4. Chargeable backpacks feed your smartphone addiction

    Retail

    Backpack manufacturers like to consider their products "enablers," especially of active lifestyles. No matter where you go or what you do, a reliable backpack can keep your stuff safe and sound right there with you.

    CO.alition backpacks include charging and data-storage features and sell for $149. They’re among several new high-tech backpacks on the market with built-in batteries so users can charge their smartphones and other devices when no outlet is near.
  5. Apple boosts iPhone security after Middle East spyware discovery

    Business

    PARIS — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.

  6. Tampa men sue ex-cop who held them at gunpoint, made anti-Muslim comments

    Civil

    TAMPA — One afternoon in late 2014, two American citizens of Palestinian descent got into a spat with the owner of a Tampa auto body shop over the price of a detail job. As the argument escalated, the owner's son, a former Pinellas sheriff's deputy named Paul Ryan Young, ran to a car and got a gun.

    Paul Ryan Young, 32, was arrested in 2014 after authorities said he pointed a gun at two men. Those men, both Palestinian Americans, are now suing Young and his family's business, alleging he made anti-Muslim statements while threatening to shoot them.
  7. Tim Kaine's wife to campaign in Florida on Friday, Saturday

    Blogs

    Anne Holton, wife of Tim Kaine, will attend campaign events in Florida on Friday and Saturday.

  8. Mahtook ends 0-for-34 slump with key hit for Rays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LF Mikie Mahtook took early BP every day this week, hoping to shake his career-long slump that was getting closer by the game to Luke Scott's Rays-record 0-for-41 slide in 2012.

    Steven Souza Jr. slides home ahead of catcher Bryan Holaday of the Boston Red Sox to score off of a double by Mikie Mahtook during the seventh inning. [Getty Images]
  9. 'We're in unprecedented territory' with unlikely voters weighing in on Florida's primaries

    Blogs

    The political team at the Florida Chamber of Commerce has come across a remarkable trend this campaign season: A huge spike in mail voting by people who rarely vote in primary elections.

  10. Last two lawyers disbarred in Diaco DUI set-up

    Courts

    Times Staff Writer

    TAMPA — Calling it "among the most shocking, unethical and unprofessional" conduct they had ever witnessed by lawyers, the justices of the Florida Supreme Court made it both official and unanimous Thursday:

    Lawyers Stephen Diaco, left, Adam Filthaut, center, and Robert Adams, pictured at the Pinellas County Justice Center in August 2015. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  11. Unsatisfied former patient files class action lawsuit against Lung Institute in Tampa

    Civil

    TAMPA — Diagnosed with lung disease and determined to shed her oxygen tank, Tammy Rivero resorted to an unorthodox treatment.

  12. Judge: Clearwater detective crossed the line in coercing confession in Pinellas Trail death

    Criminal

    LARGO — After she threw out a Clearwater man's murder confession last week, Pinellas Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley had some harsh words for the detective who questioned him, according to court records obtained Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times.

  13. Jeb Bush calls Trump's immigration shift 'abhorrent'

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush said Donald Trump looks like “a typical politician” as the nominee has shifted on immigration and appears to hold views similar to Bush’s, despite attacking Bush as soft on the issue.

    “I can only say that whatever his views are this morning, they might change …

  14. Mike Pence fundraising Wednesday in St. Pete

    Blogs

    Mike Pence will headline a fundraiser Wednesday in St. Petersburg for Trump Victory, a joint committee for the campaign and the Republican National Committee.

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