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  1. Weather prompts some weekend event cancellations

    Events

    The weather is putting a damper on some weekend fun, with some planned events getting canceled. Among them:

  2. Flood warning cancelled for Anclote River at Elfers, but more rain is coming

    Weather

    The National Weather Service cancelled the flood warning for the Anclote River in the water-logged Elfers area of Pasco County. The river waters remain elevated but have fallen below flood stage, NWS said in a statement Friday.

    The good news ends there.

    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]
  3. Marco Rubio: People should be more 'fired up' about Planned Parenthood babies than Cecil the lion

    Blogs

    Marco Rubio told TMZ that people should be more "fired up" about the babies shown in Planned Parenthood videos as they are about the Cecil the lion.

  4. Buyers still feel burned by Donald Trump after Tampa condo tower failure

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Jay Magner was watching the noon news one day when he heard that real estate tycoon Donald Trump and a group of local developers were planning a 52-story condo tower on the river in downtown Tampa.

    Jay Magner sits in front of the vacant land where the Trump Tower was supposed to be built. Magner lost $130,00 of his down payment on the failed project.
  5. Ex-Gibbs star Trayvon Bromell chases Olympic dream

    Olympics

    Trayvon Bromell honed his appreciation of track and field by watching endless YouTube videos of the greatest American sprinters. The former Gibbs High standout studied the blistering starts of Tyson Gay, the perfect form of Justin Gatlin and the cocksure attitude of Michael Johnson.

    Baylor's Trayvon Bromell, center, celebrates after winning the men's 100 meters while Florida State's Dentarius Locke, left, and Northwestern State's Justin Walker, right, follow at the NCAA track and field championships on Friday, June 13, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. Locke came in second place and Walker came in fourth place. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) ORRB111
  6. With Top Golf and now Bass Pro Shops, Brandon is a destination

    Retail

    BRANDON — Veteran Realtor Randy Adkins can remember when Brandon was little more than a bunch of cow pastures.

    Anaiah Ramirez, 7, gazes upon the nearly 10 foot tall indoor aquarium during the grand opening of the Bass Pro Shops in Brandon on Wednesday. The store is the first location in the Tampa Bay area and along with a Top Golf entertainment complex, has made Brandon a go-to destination in Tampa Bay. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  7. Embattled Florida elections chief goes on the defense

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Under fire once again for lapses in oversight of Florida's voter database and lax communication, Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official says he'll "over-communicate" in the future.

     Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who oversees Florida's elections system, is defending himself from critics.
[Florida Department of State]
  8. 11 things to do indoors on a rainy day in Tampa Bay

    Events

    The new Vertical Ventures indoor climbing gym picked a great week to open in St. Petersburg. With stir-crazy kids (and parents), the place has been packed this week with families desperate to find some rainy day fun. But they aren't the only indoor play zone in town.

    Keenan Sweeney, 8, of St. Petersburg, navigates a climb as his mother, Bethany Sweeney, watches at Vertical Ventures, a climbing gym in St. Petersburg, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Sweeney has been climbing for a bout a year and comes twice a week.
  9. Jeb Bush Super PAC outlines donors behind $103 million haul

    Blogs

    By Alex Leary, Eli Murray and Kirby Wilson

    Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Longwood, Fla. A dozen million-dollar contributors account for at least 10 percent of Bush’s record-setting presidential fundraising haul. The big-money boosters propelled Right to Rise, a super PAC dedicated to helping Bush win the Republican nomination, to its $103 million total in the first six month of the year.
  10. Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched

    World

    DUMA, West Bank — A sleeping toddler was burned to death when suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, an attack that also critically wounded the child's 4-year-old brother and parents and outraged both Israelis and Palestinians.

    A relative holds up a photo of a 1-1/2-year-old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, in a house that had been torched in a suspected attack by Jewish settlers in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday. The boy died in the fire, his 4-year-old brother and parents were wounded, according to a Palestinian official from the Nablus area. [Associated Press]
  11. Dwayne Johnson says of Hulk Hogan: 'We've all talked trash'

    Celebrities

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Dwayne Johnson says he was disappointed when he heard about a tape of Hulk Hogan using racial slurs.

    Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of "San Andreas" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles in May. While speaking to TV critics Thursday about his HBO series "Ballers," Johnson was asked to comment on the tape of Hulk Hogan making racist comments. Johnson, also a former pro wrestler, said he was "disappointed" when he heard about Hogan's remarks, but also said the comments didn't match his personal history with him. [Associated Press]
  12. Koch brothers brave the spotlight to try to alter their image

    National

    Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles Koch now promotes research on the link between freedom and everyday happiness. Turn on The Big Bang Theory or Morning Joe and you are likely to see soft-focus television spots introducing some of the many …

    Charles and Liz Koch at Koch Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. After two elections in which Democrats and liberals sought to cast them as the secretive, benighted face of the Republican Party, the Kochs brothers, Charles and David, are seeking to remake public perceptions of their family, their business and their politics, unsettling a corporate culture deeply allergic to the spotlight. [Bo Rader | Wichita Eagle via AP (2012)]
  13. Troopers seek truck involved in fatal hit and run on U.S. 19 in Pasco

    Crime

    A person walking on U.S. 19 in Port Richey was hit by a truck and killed Tuesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  14. Bill Nelson vows to use 'all available procedural options' to block attempt on Gulf oil drilling

    Blogs

    Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter Thursday to Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid saying he would use “all available procedural options” to block a measure to repeal the ban on offshore drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

  15. Madeira Beach man dies in two-car crash on I-4

    Accidents

    A Madeira Beach man died in a two-car crash on eastbound Interstate 4 near County Line Road early Friday, highway officials said.