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  1. Hundreds view Jupiter and Venus at St. Petersburg College's Gibbs campus

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG -— When only a few stars speckle the night sky, Joyce Fosdick misses their companions. When her children were little, she and her husband, Charles, taught them to spot constellations and late-summer shooting stars. When her grandchildren came along, she would sing to them, "I see the moon, and the …

    A jet flies in front of Jupiter and Venus as they appear in a conjunction Tuesday night. A conjunction is when two or more planets or other celestial objects seem very close together in the sky. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times] 
  2. Rays break up no-hitter in ninth, lose again to Indians

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sometime during Wednesday's near-no-hit 8-1 loss to Cleveland, leftfielder Joey Butler said the Rays almost felt bullied as their offensive struggles reached a never-before-seen low.

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59) tips his cap to the crowd after coming out of the game after pitching 8 2/3 innings with no hits in the ninth inning of the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1.
  3. Father of Scientology leader has reported book deal

    Special Topics

    The father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige has reportedly signed a deal to write a book about his son's life. But the working title, If He Dies, He Dies, suggests the story may not be a flattering one.

    The working title of Ron Miscavige’s book is If He Dies, He Dies, referring to a 2012 incident in Wisconsin.
  4. Leaner St. Joe Co. wants boomers to retire in its 'national park' development

    Economic Development

    A company that has single-handedly transformed the Florida Panhandle from the Redneck Riviera to a land festooned with upscale second homes, beachfront communities and its own jet-capable airport is at it again.

  5. Romano: No shame knows no limits in Tallahassee


    The line exists. Of that, you can be sure.

  6. Coffee company awarded spot at Tampa airport has history of financial troubles


    TAMPA — Today, Herb Colvin runs a coffee stand inside a Hills­borough County Public Schools building, sells organic teas and coffees at farmers markets and other locales, and has a record of financial problems, including federal and state tax liens, evictions, a foreclosure and a bankruptcy.

    Bay Coffee & Tea Company’s one actual coffee stand is in a Hillsborough County Public Schools building in Tampa.
  7. Man shot as gunfire exchange ends standoff in Clearwater


    CLEARWATER — After a 12-hour standoff, SWAT team members shot and removed an armed man with a history of mental illness from his bedroom Wednesday after he barricaded himself inside, police said.

    SWAT members tend to Frederick Nelson, 43, who had barricaded himself inside after reportedly threatening his family.
  8. Lightning signs free agent winger Erik Condra from Senators

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Ten years ago, Erik Condra was an usher in Lightning coach Jon Cooper's wedding.

    For the next three seasons, Erik Condra, 28, is expected to be a versatile, bottom-six winger and key penalty killer for the Lightning. [Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP]
  9. Peer pressure: What will Tampa Bay do now that Miami-Dade made pot possession a civil infraction?

    Local Government

    Starting this month, people caught with small amounts of marijuana in Miami-Dade County could walk away with a civil citation and no criminal charge.

    Miami-Dade police have the option of issuing citations for small amounts of marijuana.
  10. Literally everyone hates peas in guacamole


    Earlier today, the New York Times tweeted out this recipe:


    What guac is supposed to look like.
  11. Only 70 houses missed so far in St. Pete recycling roll out


    St. Petersburg---A day after some residents in a southeastern neighborhood complained about being skipped over in the city's initial recycling pick up effort, Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration reported only 70 houses citywide had been skipped in the first two days of the fledgling program.

  12. U.S. probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high


    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating whether some of America's biggest airlines have colluded to keep airfares high, striking at an industry that has posted record profits recently while limiting routes and affordable seats, officials familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

    Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in this file photo. The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. [AP photo (2013)]
  13. Police: Suspect has broken into 10 South Tampa businesses


    TAMPA — Since late March, police say, the same suspect has broken into 10 different businesses by smashing glass windows with cement bricks.

  14. Rooftop surf park, wave pool coming to Orlando's International Drive


    Add a surf park with three pools atop a 10-story parking garage to the attention-grabbing features coming to the Skyplex entertainment complex set to open on Orlando's International Drive in about 18 months. Developers have already announced plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, a drop tower attraction, a zip …

     A surfer rides the stationary artificial wave in on a San Diego, Calif., rooftop in 2000. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
  15. 11-year-old shoots 9-year-old brother in cheek in Plant City


    PLANT CITY — Three young brothers broke into their mother's locked bedroom on Wednesday to obtain her new handgun, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, which led to an 11-year-old boy shooting his 9-year-old brother in the cheek with a .45-caliber pistol.