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  1. For starters: Rays at A's, trying to get even


    After back to back walkoff losses, the Rays are trying to break even in the four-game series with the A's that concludes this afternoon.

    They will have LHP Blake Snell, who is coming off a sharp outing in Colorado, on the mound. Former Rays prospect Jesse Hahn, traded to San Diego in the deal that netted Matt …

  2. Serving seniors a calling for Largo police officer who is retiring this month

    Public Safety


    The police officer strolled into the assisted living home on a mission to find Miss Betty.

    Rayshall Poinsette, 61, is retiring at the end of the month as the senior services officer for Largo police.
  3. Sanders calls for Wasserman Schultz's resignation as hacked emails overshadow DNC

    WASHINGTON -- Hacked emails threatened to overshadow the Democratic Party's upcoming celebration in Philadelphia as progressives expressed disappointment Sunday over the presidential nomination process and Bernie Sanders stepped up demands that the party's chairwoman step down.

    In televised interviews Sunday,  Vermont senator Bernie Sanders said the emails proved what he knew was true: The DNC planned to support former Secretary of State Clinton from the start. [Associated Press]
  4. Debbie Wasserman Schultz booted from Democratic convention stage


    Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not preside over the Democratic National Convention, a major embarrassment as she is embroiled in fresh controversy over the DNC's …

  5. Russia avoids complete ban at Rio Olympics


    LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Olympic leaders stopped short Sunday of imposing a complete ban on Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Games, assigning individual global sports federations the responsibility to decide which athletes should be cleared to compete.

    The IOC's ruling 15-member executive board has decided that Russia will not face a blanket ban at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. [Associated Press]
  6. Democratic convention spotlight falls on Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    State Roundup

    A week before the start of the Democratic National Convention, its chairwoman, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, strolled into the arena — of the opposing party's presidential convention.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and running mate Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at Florida International University in Miami on Saturday. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
  7. FHP: Zephyrhills man dead after car hits fence, tree in Pasco County


    A 23-year-old man died after his car veered off the road Saturday evening, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  8. St. Petersburg police: Man in surgery following shooting during argument


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man is in surgery after he was shot during an argument early Sunday, according to St. Petersburg police.

  9. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


    Winner of the week

    Blaise Ingoglia. The Florida GOP Chairman managed to give the state's delegates to the national convention a top-notch week in Cleveland, with A-list breakfast speakers, good parties and prime seat. He is the first Republican Chairman to pull that off with …

  10. Computer security stymies volunteers' efforts to find homes for dogs at county shelter

    Local Government

    HILLSBOROUGH — Pickle, a 1-year-old, brown pit bull terrier, faces euthanasia after spending a month in an animal shelter with little hope of adoption.

    In addition to animals that come directly to the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, the shelter takes the overflow from the private, nonprofit Humane Society shelters in Tampa.
  11. Rowdies tie New York Cosmos, coach rips officials


    ST. PETERSBURG — Sometimes there are ties that feel more like a loss. And then there are ties like Saturday night's 2-2 match between the Rowdies and New York Cosmos.

    Tampa Bay Rowdies midfielder Joe Cole attempts to juke out defenders during the Tampa Bay Rowdies game against the New York Cosmos on Saturday night, July 23, 2016 in downtown St. Petersburg. ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times
  12. Colome gives up two homers in ninth as Rays lose to A's

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Drew Smyly, finally, gave the Rays a good start. And then Alex Colome, finally, turned in a bad ending.

    Tampa Bay Rays' Alex Colome, left, walks off the field after giving up the game-winning home run to Oakland Athletics' Ryon Healy in a baseball game Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. The A's won 4-3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) OAS112
  13. Rays likely to take trade talks right to deadline

    The Heater

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Rays' starting pitchers are going to be popular topics of conversation for another week.

    Matt Moore, left, and Jake Odorizzi could be former members of the Rays rotation by the Aug. 1 deadline for nonwaiver deals. The Rays have reportedly been in talks with several contenders who need starting pitching.
  14. Bucs GM Jason Licht raring to go as camp gets set to start


    TAMPA — He flew away with his bride to Colombia and Panama to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. He joined a family reunion in Nebraska. He hiked the Rocky Mountains with his kids. He snuck away for a couple's weekend in Chicago, watched the Cubs at Wrigley Field and dined with manager Joe Maddon.

    Bucs general manager Jason Licht is fully back in work mode after some traveling this summer.