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Hops and stretches

Obama changes afghan exit plan once more

The president says 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan when he leaves office next year, an increase from the 5,500 he previously said would stay. World, 2A

Police shooting video stirs outrage

A bystander captures two white officers' deadly altercation with a black man in Baton Rouge, La. Nation, 2A

Fines may rise for Uber, Lyft drivers

The $200 increase in the works in Hillsborough is likely to deepen regulatory authorities' rift with rideshare companies. Local, 1B

John Wilson now in movie business

Two years after the longtime television news anchor retired, he's teaming up with two of his sons in film ventures. Local, 1B

Want Google to forget searches?

Its new My Activity makes it easy to delete activity that you would prefer Google forget. Business, 4B

Labor no deterrent to recruiting visit

The tale of basketball legend Pat Summitt, a recruiting visit and the dash to have a baby born in Tennessee. Martin Fennelly, 1C

Los Angeles Angels beat Rays 7-2

Tampa Bay continues its franchise-worst spiral, with its 18th loss in the last 21 games. Sports, 1C

Hops and stretches 07/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:41pm]
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  1. Plant City farmer hopes robot pickers can save strawberry industry from shrinking labor force

    Agriculture

    PLANT CITY — If current trends continue, the region's status as a major strawberry producer will depend in large part on what happens in Mexico.

    Strawberry pickers work during the daytime, when fruit is more likely to bruise. Machine pickers can work at night. The owner of Wish Farms in Plant City is developing automated pickers and hopes to see them at work on a widespread basis in five years. [Times file]
  2. Charlie Crist asking local youth for advice on how to stop deadly car theft epidemic

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is meeting with local children Wednesday night to get their thoughts on how to stop the deadly juvenile auto theft epidemic plaguing Pinellas County.

    From left: St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Congressman Charlie Crist, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway during a meeting earlier this year to discuss the car theft epidemic among Pinellas youth. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman sells house for $3 million to new player

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman's multi-million Davis Islands home is staying in the Lightning family. Yzerman sold his 6,265-square-foot house Monday to new defenseman Dan Girardi for $3 million.

    The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman sold for $3 million Monday to Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi. | [Courtesy of Hi Res Media]
  4. Hernando commissioners propose tax-rate reduction as budget talks continue

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The typical budget battle between the Hernando County Commission and Sheriff Al Nienhuis has largely been averted this summer, except for a dust-up over how the sheriff has accounted for federal inmate money. But a minor skirmish did break out this week.

    Hernando County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes has suggested a small rollback in the proposed property tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year and proposes that it be equally shared by the county's operations and the sheriff.
  5. Danny Rolling killed five in Gainesville 27 years ago this week

    Criminal

    The following story appeared in the St. Petersburg Times on October 26, 2006, the day after Danny Rolling was put to death. Also included are photos covering the period from the time of the murders to the day of Rolling execution.

    Rolling Executed