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  1. Riverview shed, RV catch fire

    Fire

    RIVERVIEW — Tampa Fire Rescue stopped the spread of a structure fire early Monday, fire officials said.

  2. Fire stops traffic on stretch of N Florida Avenue

    Fire

    TAMPA — Traffic was briefly closed Monday morning on a two-block stretch of N Florida Avenue as firefighters and police battled a four-alarm fire.

  3. Teen charged in St. Petersburg shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A suspect has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting of a teenage boy on Saturday.

  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Coke Zero 400 after terrifying crash

    Auto racing

    DAYTONA BEACH — A frightening, last-lap crash overshadowed a victory by NASCAR's most popular driver at its most famous track.

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 05:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 562678155
  5. St. Petersburg NAACP has been dormant for months, prompting questions about its future

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The modest office at 1501 16th St. S is easy to miss. It has no sign, and potted plants near the front door are wilted and brown.

    Nearly 10 months ago, the national NAACP office shut down the St. Petersburg branch at 1501 16th St. Some have tried to continue the traditions of the branch, but without the backing of the national organization, state Rep. Darryl Rouson said, there’s only so much that can be done.
  6. Patriotic weekend continues as fans cheer women's World Cup championship

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Three minutes.

    That's how long U.S. women's national team fans had to wait to drown out television announcers, and douse the floors with beer after Carli Lloyd's first goal in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

    Soccer fans Kristi Sharpe, from left, Alex Sharpe, Kirsten Cabral and Jay Cabral are pumped Sunday after the U.S. women’s team scored in their 5-2 victory over Japan.
  7. U.S. wins record third Women's World Cup title

    World Cup

    VANCOUVER

    When the final whistle sounded on the Women's World Cup final Sunday, Carli Lloyd dropped to her knees near the sideline and looked to the open roof at BC Place, pumping her arms before teammate Heather O'Reilly embraced her.

    Carli Lloyd, far left, and her teammates celebrate winning the United States’ first Women’s World Cup title since 1999. Their record third — the first was in ’91 — breaks a tie with Germany.
  8. In Tarpon Springs, cheers for Greek bailout no-vote

    Human Interest

    TARPON SPRINGS — The group of Greek men played rummy and smoked tobacco in their usual Tarpon Springs cafe on Sunday as they watched the historic voting results pour in on Greek television.

    Men play rummy as they watch voting results on TV in Kooneli Kafenio, a Tarpon Springs coffee shop they visit almost daily.
  9. Think Tampa Bay's condo market is booming? You should see Miami's

    Real Estate

    MIAMI — Peter Zalewski talks so fast that listeners wonder when he has time to breathe. But his rat-a-tat speech is appropriate for a man who makes his living tracking a condo market growing at breakneck pace.

    Bayfront Park in downtown Miami offers a stunning view of the city’s high-rises at night. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN  |   Times] 
  10. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of July 6-12

    Events

    America II: Extreme Mud Wars: This wildly popular day of mud slinging returns to Spa Beach on Saturday and Sunday with more than 600 people competing in ultimate football, an obstacle course, joust pit, belly bumper pit, mud tug-of-war, the eliminator, dodge ball and mud ball frenzy. It's free for spectators; …

    Vanja Kravarusic, 31, from St. Petersburg, is covered in mud as he emerges from crawling under a net while maneuvering through the obstacle course during the Tampa Bay Club Sport Extreme Mud Wars at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg Sunday afternoon (07/14/13). Kravarusic was one of six on team Tampa Muay Thai. The two day event included dodgeball, belly bumpers, joust, obstacle course, tug-a-war, eliminator, ball frenzy and football. All teams required six competitors (including at least two females).
  11. Marijuana plants found in burning Tampa house, police say

    Fire

    TAMPA — Tampa Fire Rescue personnel who entered a house to put out a fire on Sunday found about 100 marijuana plants inside, authorities said.

  12. St. Petersburg police officer hit with own Taser during struggle, authorities say

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was hit with his own Taser while trying to take a shoplifting suspect to jail Friday, authorities said.

  13. Rays rout Yankees, snap seven-game losing skid (w/video)

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — What is usually a rollicking celebration of a victory was even a little more raucous in the Rays clubhouse Sunday afternoon. Pitbull's Don't Stop the Party blared from the speakers, veteran David DeJesus paraded through the room banging his cymbals, and James Loney, though without the saxophone …

    New York Yankees' Ivan Nova's errant throw skips away from Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, left, as Tampa Bay Rays' Curt Casali, right, and umpire Gabe Morales, center, react in the fifth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Casali scored on the error. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) NYY107
  14. Man accidentally shoots friend with spear gun, Sarasota police say

    Accidents

    SARASOTA — A man accidentally shot his friend in the head with a spear gun while diving Saturday, Saraota police officials said.

  15. Vacant historic Palmetto Beach cigar factory a "total loss" after fire

    Fire

    TAMPA — Fire tore through a vacant former cigar factory in Palmetto Beach early Sunday, rendering it a "total loss," according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

    Firefighters fought the blaze at the four-story former cigar factory in Tampa for more than two hours early Sunday.