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  1. Chris Archer outduels Chris Sale as Rays rout White Sox

    The Heater

    CHICAGO — The Rays expected Chris Archer to pitch well for his part in the aces-high matchup with Chris Sale on Tuesday, and he did precisely that over seven solid innings.

    CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: Logan Forsythe (C) of the Tampa Bay Rays is greeted by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning on August 4, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) 538588087
  2. Grumpy Cat's adoring fans turn out in droves to see perpetually frowning feline

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The doormen locked the entrance while the line outside Tampa Theatre snaked around the building and around the corner and around the next block, more than 500 strong.

    Tabatha Bundesen of Arizona holds her famous feline, Grumpy Cat, before debuting the new BuzzFeed video Tuesday at Tampa Theatre, where hundreds gathered to see the sensation. For a video report from the event, visit
  3. Sinkhole in front of St. Joseph's Hospital shuts down traffic on MLK Blvd.


    TAMPA — A sinkhole opened in front of St. Joseph's hospital Tuesday night, shutting down some lanes of traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to Tampa Police.

  4. Controversial Tampa I-275 expansion plan gets a vote of support


    TAMPA — Despite impassioned pleas from scores of residents, Hillsborough County's road planning agency Tuesday night voted to keep a controversial project to expand Interstate 275 on its five-year list of funding priorities.

  5. Republican enters 2016 race for Pinellas County property appraiser


    There's another Republican in the wide-open 2016 Pinellas County property appraiser race.

  6. Former Clearwater Central Catholic wrestling coach, accused of hitting students, is sentenced to jail


    CLEARWATER — A wrestling coach accused of hitting two students after forcing them to strip naked pleaded no contest Tuesday to two counts of misdemeanor battery.

  7. Tampa man admits to coercing Missouri boy into sex, says he was trying to help


    TAMPA — The teen boy in Mountain View, Mo., had been bullied for being gay.

    Stephen Farris Underwood, 46, of Tampa struck up a relationship with a Missouri boy.
  8. Activists question Gov. Rick Scott's rush job on environmental appointment


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's decision to speed up the reappointment of Florida's top environmental regulator is drawing suspicion from grass roots activists across the state.

    Jon Steverson may be reappointed as the head of DEP today.
  9. Trigaux: TECO pursuit of solar despite potential sale is curious timing


    Hardly a utility on the frontlines of solar energy, Tampa Electric said Tuesday it will build a 25-megawatt, 70,000-solar panel project on 125 acres of its Big Bend power station on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay.

  10. Debate field is set: Trump, Bush in; Santorum, Fiorina out


    WASHINGTON — Fox News on Tuesday announced the lineup for the first Republican presidential debate, one that will probably be dominated by the figure standing at center stage, Donald Trump, whose attention-grabbing skills have allowed him to leap to the front of a crowded GOP field over the last six weeks.

    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night's leadoff debate of the 2016 presidential race. [AP photo]
  11. Now official: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio make cut for first debate


    Here's the official first GOP debate lineup, as determined by Fox News via polling averages.

  12. Staff shake-ups come to St. Petersburg's Locale Market

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Locale Market opened in December, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot collaboration between celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona was the hottest game in town, with hundreds of would-be shoppers queuing for the opportunity to browse wares from 11 different kitchens. San Francisco-based …

    Chefs Michael Mina, left, and Don Pintabona opened Locale Market in December. Pintabona relocated to New York but is still culinary director and partner at Locale. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times] 
  13. Three sentinel chickens test positive for West Nile virus in Pinellas County

    Human Interest

    Three sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile virus in Pinellas County on Tuesday, health officials said.

  14. Jeb Bush's Planned Parenthood stumble draws Clinton attack


    Jeb Bush told an evangelical crowd today that "I'm not sure we need a half billion dollars for women's health issues," and was forced to clean up his comments amid blistering attacks from Hillary Clinton and Democrats.

  15. Citizens' eyes on police cases could only help

    Public Safety

    We are deep into the long, hot summer that has worried public officials across America.

    Tampa police Chief Eric Ward will be at Thursday’s Tampa City Council meeting to discuss a potential Citizens Review Board. [SKIP O’ROURKE   |   Times]