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  1. Rays rally past Brewers for 10th win in 11 games

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays starter Jake Odorizzi insisted that nothing would be different about Monday's game, even though he was facing a Milwaukee team that traded him in 2010, two years after drafting him No. 32 overall.

    Rays rookie right-hander Jake Odorizzi shuts down one of the NL’s best offenses to win his fourth game in July.
  2. Tampa Bay chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters to merge

    Briefs

    The Board of Directors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay have agreed to create a combined agency that will serve more than 3,350 children.

  3. Prosecution rests in trial of man accused of throwing a baby onto I-275

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The prosecution rested its case Monday in the capital murder trial of Richard McTear Jr., concluding with DNA evidence linking McTear to his ex-girlfriend's baby, who was found dead on the side of Interstate 275.

    Richard McTear Jr., 26, left, is accused of throwing a 3-month-old boy onto Interstate 275.
  4. Report: SOCom's McRaven contender to lead Texas university

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring as leader of the U.S. Special Forces Command at MacDill Air Force Base, is a top contender to become chancellor of the University of Texas System, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing anonymous sources.

  5. Pinellas gets few applicants for top job; interim Mark Woodard could be easy choice

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The field of applicants for Pinellas County government's chief executive is likely to reaffirm the gut feeling of some commissioners that the right man for the job is already doing it.

    Mark Woodard has 
been interim administrator since April.
  6. Oldsmar bicyclist struck, killed after collision with pickup truck

    Accidents

    PALM HARBOR — A 52-year-old man on a bicycle was struck and killed Monday afternoon at the intersection of McMullen-Booth and Curlew roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  7. Judge upholds Florida's blind trust disclosure law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida judge is upholding a law that allows elected officials to place their assets in a blind trust instead of reporting each investment publicly. Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Monday ruled that politicians can use a blind trust and still comply with a 1976 constitutional amendment …

  8. Retrial of man charged with murder of father begins in Hernando

    Criminal

    BROOKSVILLE — For the next couple of days, Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino is expected to cover some familiar territory during the retrial of Stephen Horne.

    Stephen Horne is accused of fatally shooting his father, and stealing drugs and cash.
  9. PHSC academy instructor, whistle-blower fired

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco-Hernando State College on July 17 fired its police academy's instructor coordinator whose complaints launched a recent Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation.

  10. 'Paper Towns,' once banned at Pasco school, is back on summer reading list

    K12

    A Pasco County middle school that quietly removed star novelist John Green's Paper Towns from its eighth-grade summer reading list after a parent's complaint has now just as quietly put the title back on its list.

  11. Hernando man upset with his neighbor charged with setting fire to her home

    Crime

    BROOKRIDGE — Hernando County sheriff's deputies say a 61-year-old man tried to set his neighbor's home on fire early Monday morning after an ongoing dispute over the state of her property.

  12. Days numbered for J.C. Penney at Gulf View Square

    Retail

    The end looms for the JCPenney store at Gulf View Square in Port Richey.

     Mug of Susan Thurston for column sig taken Tuesday, July 15, 2014.    USE THIS SIG FOR EVERYTHING.....
  13. Review: Castile at Hotel Zamora is a new culinary star in St. Pete Beach

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Restaurant chefs are often wanderers, staying in a kitchen a year or two before moving on. For this reason, reviewing restaurants gets tricky. You say glowing things about a restaurant and, poof, the chef is promptly off somewhere new. I've been watching Ted Dorsey for a while, but I took my eye off …

    Temptations at Castile, at the Hotel Zamora, include baked oysters served atop a Himalayan salt block, black grouper cheeks and yellowfin tuna poke. Ted Dorsey and Zach West think outside the standard beach-food box, especially with seafood and salads.
  14. Comic D.L. Hughley takes on current affairs at the Improv this weekend

    Stage

    Veteran comic D.L. Hughley is a Dancing With the Stars survivor, but it will be current affairs and strong opinions, not spangles, that will be flashing when the comedian takes the stage at the Improv at Centro Ybor this weekend. He's well-known for his strong opinions on everything from Colorado legalizing marijuana …

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  15. Adoptions spare animals at overcrowded Hernando County shelter

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE —After an urgent plea to save dozens of dogs and cats from euthanasia at the overcrowded Hernando County Animal Services shelter, adopters crowded into the facility at the end of last week.