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  1. Sloppy all around, Rays fall to Red Sox

    The Heater

    BOSTON — If the Rays keep playing like this, whether they should have done more at the trade deadline won't even be worth talking about.

    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
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Coast Guard ends search for missing Florida teens


    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]
  5. Former wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61


    "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]
  6. 19-year-old man shot while riding bicycle in St. Petersburg


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

  7. Five people charged in mailbox pipe bombings in Brooksville


    Times staff

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

  8. With possible date change for 2016 Grand Prix, local businesses are adjusting — for better or worse


    ST. PETERSBURG — Local special events don't get much louder or bigger than the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

    Juan Pablo Montoya races toward the finish line in winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March. [Luis Santana | Times]
  9. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Super PACs outline donors behind their hauls

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — In a stunning illustration of the shift in the financing of political campaigns, a Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush for president disclosed Friday it had raised $103 million from an array of rich donors and special interests.

    Sen. Marco Rubio's Super PAC reported $16 million in donations. The take was concentrated among a handful of donors who wrote huge checks. Miami auto magnate Norman Braman, a longtime benefactor, gave $5 million. Oracle founder Larry Ellison gave $3 million. Besilu Stables, a thoroughbred company in Miami, gave $2.5 million. Laura Perlmutter, wife of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, gave $2 million. Rubio also got money from a number of corporate interests, including $100,000 from Florida Crystals Corp. and $100,000 from a group related to the private prison company Geo Group, based in Boca Raton. [Associated Press]
  10. When the rain falls, some Tampa Bay businesses get busy


    This week, when the rain fell hardest, Cardinal Roofing was flooded with as many as 50 calls on one day from damp, desperate Tampa Bay residents whose roofs were in dire need of repair. That's five times the calls the Valrico business usually gets.

    Jose Palacios, left, and Wilmer Puerto of Cardinal Roofing cover the roof of an Apollo Beach home in plastic to protect it from the rain Friday. This week, the company got as many as 50 calls a day from homeowners whose roofs were in need of repair.
  11. With evacuation order lifted and improved conditions on Anclote, Pasco begins to plan for road repairs


    It could cost Pasco County more than $1 million to repair roads damaged by this week's heavy flooding, county officials said Friday.

    Rain falls as Jose Ramirez, left, and Ibrahim Saunders pack sandbags at Pasco County Fire Station 17 in New Port Richey on Monday. The rising Anclote River combined with days of heavy rain flooded streets in the area leaving several feet of water in parts of nearby neighborhoods. The flood river was finally lifted Friday.  [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]
  12. Pasco man charged in elderly mother's death


    Federal officials on Friday took into custody the son of a 91-year-old woman whom neighbors found dead in her New Port Richey home Tuesday morning.

    Bruce Cardon Martin, 55, of New Port Richey, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of his 91-year-old mother, Carolyn Martin. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  13. Hillary Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday


    WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is in "excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president," her physician declared Friday — just one in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a campaign stop at Florida International University in Miami on Friday. [Associated Press]
  14. Fight looms over practice that forces patients to wait for better prescription drugs


    There were days Terri Eggeman didn't want to get out of bed.

    Terri Eggeman poses for a portrait in her home in Valrico on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Eggeman uses suffers from psoriatic arthritis and uses a medication called Enbrel. She wears a wrist splint to bed at night to help with the arthritis pain.
  15. 'Rose Garden' country singer Lynn Anderson dies at age 67


    NASHVILLE — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, has died. She was 67.

    In this Nov. 10, 2010 file photo, Lynn Anderson attends the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the country and pop charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. She was 67.  (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) NYET553