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  1. Police arrest couple, say they had sex on Bradenton Beach

    Public Safety

    You've heard of TMI, but this was more like a case of TM for the eye.

    Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 39, were charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. They were released on $7,500 bond apiece. Manatee County Sheriff's Office
  2. SunWest issue won't die, to ire of some Pasco commissioners

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — One commissioner walked out. Another accused the chairman of "doing an injustice to the board." And by the time Pasco County commissioners had wrapped up for lunch Tuesday, numerous issues divided them.

  3. Attorney general candidate urges PSC to reject proposals to gut energy conservation goals

    Energy

    Florida Attorney General candidate George Sheldon on Tuesday urged state regulators to reject proposals by Florida power companies to slash their energy conservation goals.

  4. Repairs under way at site of sinkhole in Spring Hill

    Public Safety

    SPRING HILL — Hernando County officials expect Wednesday to start repaving the roads that collapsed when a sinkhole opened over the weekend.

  5. Dramatic video seems to show 4-year-old running into Tampa road

    Crime

    UPDATE: Tampa police released a new video Monday afternoon that appears to show the 4-year-old boy running up and down N Florida Avenue before being struck by an SUV heading southbound.

     

    Marterrance Albury [Family photo from Bay News 9]
  6. Florida sues failed Digital Domain to recoup millions in taxpayer funds

    Business

    The state of Florida filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to recoup millions of taxpayer dollars provided to the failed Digital Domain film visual effects company, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed by the Department of Economic Opportunity in St. Lucie County Circuit Court against Digital Domain Media Group and a number …

  7. Hernando commission talks taxes, proposes small rate increase for next year

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Taxes were the issue of the day at the Hernando County Commission meeting Tuesday, with commissioners tentatively approving a small increase in the property tax rate as well as the Penny for Projects sales tax referendum that will go on the ballot in November.

  8. State corrects errors in its lawsuit against VA

    Veterans

    The state has filed an amended lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs that deletes several significant errors about a patient offered as an example of the poor care veterans receive in agency hospitals.

  9. Raymond James seeks $800,000 from ex-advisor who allegedly swindled client

    Banking

    Raymond James Financial Services seeks more than $800,000 from a former financial advisor the St. Petersburg investment firm claims swindled a 96-year-old client suffering from dementia. According to Financial Advisor magazine, Raymond James last week asked a federal court to freeze the assets of advisor Jo Ellen …

  10. Signs of an improving economy lead to cautious budget optimism in Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The opening strains of budget season in Brooksville on Monday night lacked the ominous tone of the past few years.

  11. Orange juice retail sales fall to new low

    Agriculture

    U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as consumers continue to turn away from the breakfast beverage. U.S. consumers bought 36.11 million gallons of orange juice in the four weeks ended July 5, down 8.3 percent from a similar period a year ago, according to Nielsen data published by the …

    People just aren't drinking orange juice like they used to. [Florida Department of Citrus]
  12. Spurned nurse-midwife sues Tampa clinic over contraception duties

    Civil

    TAMPA — A nurse-midwife fresh out of school has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a chain of Tampa health centers, alleging she was refused a job because of her religious opposition to prescribing hormonal contraceptives, including abortion drugs.

  13. Construction delays push St. Petersburg Trader Joe's opening to 2015

    Retail

    Don't count on celebrating the holidays with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck from the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. The much anticipated 12,000-square-foot store under construction between 28th and 27th avenues won't open until next year.

    Construction continues Tuesday morning on the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N at 28th Avenue in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  14. Nitally's super spicy soup to be featured on Travel Channel show

    Events

    Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, infamous for its super spicy Inferno Soup, will be featured in the Aug. 5 episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise. The show is like a culinary documentary. Each week it follows a theme, like the best breakfast, and finds restaurants all over the country that …

    The monster bowl of soup that must be finished by customers at Nitally's that take the Inferno Soup challenge. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  15. FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    World

    In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

    A Delta Air Lines jet takes off at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., in this file photo.  [Associated Press]