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  1. Bloomberg warns of Trump economic plans at Democratic convention


    Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a "risky, reckless, and radical choice."

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday. [J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press]
  2. Rays' Moore boosts value with another strong start

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — The Rangers, Pirates, Dodgers and any of the other contenders looking to add an impact starter by Monday's deadline certainly will be thinking more about Rays LHP Matt Moore, who turned in another impressive outing in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
  3. GM Yzerman confident Lightning will sign Kucherov

    Lightning Strikes

    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's offseason can't have gone much better, especially after he re-signed captain Steven Stamkos and locked up cornerstone defenseman Victor Hedman long-term.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 22:  Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates after scoring a goal against Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on May 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
  4. Hillary Clinton's challenge: Easing deep doubts about character, trustworthiness

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — The question tonight as Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in the biggest speech of her life is whether it's too late to ease the deep doubts so many Americans have about her character and trustworthiness.

    Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at a "get out the vote" event in Charlotte on Monday, a day before she became the first woman to head a major-party presidential ticket. (Washington Post photo by Melina Mara)
  5. Fire erupts at Town 'N Country mosque for second time in 10 days


    TAMPA — Flames erupted Wednesday at a Town 'N Country mosque for the second time in 10 days, leaving local and federal investigators looking for answers.

    Hillsborough County firefighters were called to the Islamic Education Center in Town 'N County to fight a blaze for the second time in 10 days Wednesday.  [DAN SULLIVAN  |  Times]
  6. Angela Bassett speaks of Charleston church massacre at DNC


    Continuing the Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention theme about the need for more gun control was another Florida woman: Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg.

    Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
  7. Mother of Pulse nightclub shooting victim brings raw emotion to Democratic convention


    PHILADELPHIA -- Perhaps the most raw moment of the Democratic National Convention came Wednesday night when a woman from Polk City, Florida, stepped up to the lectern.

    Christine Leinonen, the mother of Christopher "Drew" Leinonen, who was killed in the nightclub attack in Orlando, is joined on stage by Brandon Wolf, survivor of the nightclub attack in Orlando, and Jose Arraigada, survivor of the nightclub attack in Orlando, as she speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
  8. Rick Scott to chair Trump super PAC


    Gov. Rick Scott will serve as national chairman for Rebuilding America, a super PAC supporting Donald Trump.

  9. Pinellas police leaders distance their departments from national tensions at Tiger Bay luncheon

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — In a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday about modern policing, three of Pinellas County's top law enforcement leaders sought to distance their departments from the violence and fractured race relations that have troubled authorities across the nation.

    From left, St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter answer questions Wednesday at Tiger Bay.
  10. Democrats chide Alan Grayson over domestic violence reports

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Four staffers quit U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign for the Senate on Wednesday, continuing the political fallout from newly emerged allegations that he abused his ex-wife four times over 20 years.

    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is in the final weeks of the Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate. [Associated Press (2015)] 
  11. Warren Sapp reaches for a lobster and gets bit by a shark


    Warren Sapp likes to fish, but Wednesday he learned what the bait feels like.

    "The shark wanted the lobster just as bad as Sapp," charter captain Jack Carlson wrote on Instagram with a photo of a gash in Sapp's arm and the hashtag #epicbattle. [Instagram]
  12. News Service of Florida: After Pulse, Rick Scott expressed support for gay rights


    From our friends at The News Service of Florida:

    Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, said that Rick Scott privately expressed to him support for gay rights after the Pulse nightclub killings.
  13. Kevin Cash: Rays 'not good enough right now' (w/video)

    The Heater

    LOS ANGELES — The Rays were good enough Wednesday afternoon.

    Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe, left, makes the relay, after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner (10) at second base, to get Scott Van Slyke at first for a double play during the first inning. [AP photo]
  14. State Rep. Chris Sprowls faces heat from opponent after leaving State Attorney's Office


    CLEARWATER — State Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Republican attorney running for re-election to the House District 65 seat in November, is getting heat from his Democratic opponent after resigning earlier this month from the State Attorney's Office for Pinellas and Pasco counties.

    Assistant State Attorney Chris Sprowls resigned earlier this month after seven years as assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which includes Pinellas and Pasco counties. He took a job with the private firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney.  [SKIP O’ROURKE  | Times]