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  1. Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic nomination saying, 'We'll fix it together'

    State Roundup


    Declaring "America is once again at a moment of reckoning," Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night, portraying herself as prepared to lead during turbulent times while promising to make creating jobs and growing wages her "primary mission" and attacking …

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday in Philadelphia. [John Locher | Associated Press]
  2. Adam Smith on conventions: Fear versus optimism

    State Roundup

    PHILADELPHIA — Only in this bizarre election would we see the sunny themes of Ronald Reagan more apparent in the Democratic National Convention than the Republican convention.

    Delegates on the floor during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)
  3. Transcript of Hillary Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention


    This is a transcript of the speech Hillary Clinton made to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday night when she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. The remarks are as prepared for delivery.

    The Democratic Party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, during the last day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday. [Olivier Douliery | Abaca Press via TNS]
  4. Jimmy Walker leads first round of PGA Championship


    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — A stale year for Jimmy Walker came to life Thursday in the PGA Championship when he saw putts drop and wound up leading a major for the first time.

    Jimmy Walker, who at 37 has never won a major, ties his lowest career score in a major championship with his 65. “Just keep it rolling,” he says.
  5. Man shot by Miami officer gets 'big hug' from autistic client he tried to protect (w/video)


    MIAMI — The last time they were together, Charles Kinsey struck a pose that captured the nation's attention: supine in the middle of the road with his hands in the air while begging the man he cared for to do the same.

    Charles Kinsey
  6. Dunedin commissioners approve purchase of Catholic church land near Hammock Park

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — City Hall erupted in cheers Thursday night when commissioners unanimously agreed to buy a piece of Catholic church-owned land adjacent to Hammock Park, saving it from being developed for townhomes.

  7. Despite questions, new transportation proposal barreling down the road in Hillsborough


    TAMPA — After spending a year and seven figures on a transportation plan they ultimately scrapped, Hillsborough County commissioners are now sprinting toward a new solution that is so far sketchy on details.

    “I do believe it’s going to work for our citizens,” Hillsborough Commissioner Sandy Murman said.
  8. Democrats hope to beat Donald Trump with his own words


    PHILADELPHIA — Every night here at the Democratic National Convention, the video clips have appeared on the giant screens above the arena floor.

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claps as he arrives to speak during a campaign rally Thursday in Davenport, Iowa. [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
  9. Despite reticent Dirk Koetter, word's out on Bucs' 1st practice


    TAMPA — On the eve of the first training camp practice Wednesday night, Dirk Koetter stood in front of his team and talked for 27 minutes. But ask him to recall one line of that speech and he is reluctant to spit out a syllable.

     Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (in orange) speaks to teammates on the first day of training camp at the team’s training facility.
  10. Sarcasm from Trump? 'That's bull,' Alex Sink says


    PHILADELPHIA - Donald Trump says he was being "sarcastic" when he asked Russian hackers to get Hillary Clinton's State Department emails.

  11. Trading places? Rays' Steve Pearce hopes not

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Based on contract status and performance, INF Steve Pearce is considered the Rays player most likely to be traded by Monday's deadline for nonwaiver deals, with the Indians among several interested teams.

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Steve Pearce (28) fields a grounder before throwing for an out in the third inning of a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
  12. Times editor gets meme-ified for 'mediocre' cheesesteak tweet from Philly (w/video)


    Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly love from Philadelphia after tweeting from the Democratic National Convention that the city's famous cheesesteaks are …

    Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly love from Philadelphia after tweeting from the Democratic National Convention that the city's famous cheesesteaks are "mediocre to gross." [iStockphoto]
  13. Rays hand catcher Luke Maile a chance to impress

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like the other Rays starting pitchers, Chris Archer is more than willing to discuss the assorted strengths rookie catcher Luke Maile has displayed in making a good impression during his limited time in the majors.

    But Archer also suggests a visual.

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Luke Maile taking batting practice during an optional workout for Tampa Bay Rays players in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Thursday, July 14, 2016
  14. The Independent bar is returning to downtown St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    ST. PETERSBURG — Opened in 2005, the Independent was at the vanguard, an early prophet preaching the joys of craft beer.

    The Independent bar will return to St. Petersburg in the location of the former the Amsterdam on Central Avenue. The Independent used to have a location in St. Petersburg, but closed several years ago. There is another location in Seminole Heights, where this photo was taken. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]