Monday, July 16, 2018
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News at Noon: Suspects arrested in break-ins; official says Lochte's story made up; decisive primary ahead; Bucs, Jags work out

Three men have been arrested in a string of South Tampa home burglaries that date to late March and mainly targeted expensive jewelry. Police recently released a surveillance video of one of the robbers in action, but it wasn't until one of them used a stolen credit card that investigators were able to identify the group, police said.

BRAZIL POLICE OFFICIAL: LOCHTE MADE UP STORY ABOUT ROBBERY

A Brazilian police official says American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio. The official says the swimmers were confronted by a security guard at a convenience doors after they broke a locked bathroom door. The official says two of the swimmers with Rochte told investigators the story was fabricated.

PRIMARY WILL DECIDE DOZENS OF FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE RACES

It's called a primary, but the election on Aug. 30 could be a defining moment for the Florida Legislature. Across the state, primary races soon to be decided by a relative handful of voters may determine whether the state Senate stays on its moderate course or shifts to the right as new battles loom over abortion, education, guns and the environment.

GREG AUMAN | Times

Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner talks with Jaguars coach Gus Bradley on way to this morning's practice in Jacksonville.

BUCS, JAGUARS KEEP ON WORKING

The Bucs continue their workouts with the Jaguars today ahead of Saturday's preseason game in Jacksonville. Keep up with the day's activities from Tampa Bay Times beat reporters Rick Stroud and Greg Auman.

UBER TO START USING AUTONOMOUS CARS WITHIN WEEKS

Ride-hailing service Uber says it will start hauling passengers with self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh in next several weeks. The company says the autonomous Ford Fusions will have human backup drivers but will transport passengers just like normal Uber vehicles.

APPLICATIONS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FALL TO 262,000

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are scarce and employers are likely hiring at a solid clip. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. They have remained below 300,000 for 76 straight weeks, the longest streak since 1970.

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THE ART OF POLITICS

Pablo Picasso said, "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." Think on that for a second. Apply it to our current season. We are mired in a presidential election that, with each passing day, seems to get more colorful. How do the rhetoric and endless slog of information get to us — really get to our hearts and minds? Via the very things our writers explore in this special package. These stories are not about policy. They're not about right and wrong. They're about red and blue, and so much more.

PROSECUTOR WHO CHARGED ZIMMERMAN COULD LOSE RE-ELECTION

Angela Corey, the Jacksonville prosecutor who failed to win a second-degree murder conviction against George Zimmerman after he shot Trayvon Martin, is up for re-election. Polls have shown Corey trailing two fellow Republican opponents, and the race in recent weeks has taken a brutish turn amid a flurry of negative television ads.

ON CITY HALL, PARTISAN POLITICS AND ... UH ... SUNFLOWERS

Critics have grumbled about St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman making his office more overtly partisan than his predecessors. So it's no surprise a move by Kriseman and City Council to give $531 in taxpayer money to the Pinellas Democratic Party for landscaping was called "horrifying" by the county's Republican Party chairman.

Washington Post

The Rio de Janeiro skyline rises behind Ipanema Beach.

TOURISTS REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIT IN AT RIO'S BEACHES

Cariocas, as Rio residents are called, may seem casual and carefree, their city a paradise for the no-shirt, no-shoes traveler. But residents have their beach-life rituals. American tourists in for the Olympics see their floss-sized bikinis and snug sunga shorts, but how do Brazilians see us?

TAMPA RESIDENT BARTOLETTA WINS OLYMPIC GOLD

Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally has an Olympic gold medal, the Tampa resident winning the long jump final with a career-best jump of 23 feet, 6¼ inches late Wednesday.

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