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Civil trial begins for Arizona sheriff accused of racial profiling

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Racial profiling civil trial for sheriff begins

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-illegal immigration patrols took center stage Thursday in federal court as a group of Latinos set out to prove that his deputies racially profiled them as part of a systemic policy of discrimination. Opening arguments were made in the civil lawsuit. Instead of money, the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the Maricopa County department racially profiles and an order requiring it to make changes to prevent discriminatory policing.

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$268K GSA awards event investigated

The General Services Administration spent more than $268,000 on a one-day awards ceremony, an inspector general told Congress on Thursday, the latest revelation of lavish government conferences on taxpayers' tab. In a letter to a House subcommittee, GSA Inspector General Brian Miller said he is investigating the Nov. 17, 2010, event in two Washington hotels that featured a drum band exercise and more than $50,000 in gifts and awards to attendees. The GSA said all spending for events was suspended in April.

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GOP's Boehner defends Abedin

Calling accusations from conservatives in Congress against a top Muslim aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton "pretty dangerous," House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday became the second top GOP official to stand by Huma Abedin. The secretary of state's longtime adviser was singled out by conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other rank-and-file Republicans who want a federal investigation to determine if Abedin is using her State Department influence to further the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Elsewhere

Washington: The Defense Department said Thursday it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history, at San Diego's gay pride parade Saturday.

University Park, Pa.: Steve Garban resigned Thursday from the Penn State Board Of Trustees, the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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  1. St. Pete's Downtown Looper expands service with $900,000 grant

    Transportation

    By DIVYA KUMAR

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG ­— The Downtown Looper will expand its route and its hours starting in October 2018 thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

  2. Latest sewage crisis fallout: Higher utility bills in St. Pete

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months the cost of the city's sewage crisis has been measured in terms of environmental damage, legal ramifications and political repercussions.

    Now residents are about to get the bill.

    Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg warn people in September 2016 to stay out of the water due to contamination from partially treated sewage during the height of the city's sewage crisis. Now the City Council is considering how much to raise utility rates to pay the $326 million bill to fix St. Petersburg's sewage system. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Rays add a bat, too, acquiring Lucas Duda from Mets

    Blogs

    The Rays made another big move today, acquiring 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.

    Duda, 31, is a lefty slugger who will take over as the Rays primary DH against right-handers, with Corey Dickerson now playing most of the time in the outfield.

    To get Duda, the Rays gave up minor-league RHP Drew Smith, …

    The Rays acquired 1B/DH Lucas Duda from the Mets.
  4. Florida's legal losses up to $19 million and counting since 2011

    Blogs

    From Gary Fineout of the Associated Press:

    This is getting expensive.
  5. Susanne Bartsch installation at Tampa Museum of Art

    News

    Susanne Bartsch and Raquel Martuscelli adjust the hat and hair on a mannequin in the Susanne Bartsch: Art-a-Porter exhibit on Thursday July 27, 2017 at the Tampa Museum of Art, in Tampa, Fla. The exhibit features designs worn by Bartsch and highlights her career in fashion. Bartsch is known for her over the top style and lavish parties thrown in the New York club scene, since the 1980s. The exhibit runs July 30 through November 12.