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Your Wednesday morning briefing

Highlights from Wednesday's top stories in the Tampa Bay Times and on

Lawyer John Germany, driving force behind downtown Tampa library, dies at 92
By Patty Ryan, Times Staff Writer
His diagnosis came only this month. Incurable cancer. At 92, John F. Germany began to say his goodbyes. He died peacefully at home Wednesday morning, his family said. But there were final instructions from the man who founded downtown Tampa's library and remembered it in his waning hours. "He wants people to love to read," a daughter said.

Deputies: Head-on crash closes Belleair Beach Causeway
Times staff
A serious car crash closed the Belleair Beach Causeway on Wednesday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. According to traffic news reports, the head-on collision involved a Sheriff's Office vehicle as well as three other cars.

Tropical Storm Erika approaches Antigua, Puerto Rico
Times staff
Tropical Storm Erika was moving swiftly, forecasters said Wednesday morning, and while it's still too far away to have any certainty about its path, it could approach the area around Miami by early Monday.

Universal Orlando will add 'Fast & Furious' attraction to theme park
By Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer
A new "Fast & Furious: Supercharged" ride is slated to open some time in 2017.

Jeb Bush's hurricane legacy shapes his image
By Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald
He points to his leadership from Irene in 1999 to Wilma in 2005.

Pop-up ERs provide ease, competition
By Kathleen McGrory, Times Staff Writer
Experts say standalone emergency rooms could cause hospitals to lose viability.

Buzz kill: Markets' rally fails
New York Times
U.S. stocks' late plunge ended a hopeful Tuesday as losses continue despite China's efforts.

Yelp gives itself a review
By Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic
The consumer website's heavy hitters speak of the forum's clout and challenges.

School board tackles failing schools in Pinellas
By Cara Fitzpatrick, Colleen Wright and Michael LaForgia
The meeting comes after the increased scrutiny in the wake of a Times inquiry.

Claim: St. Pete power broker Bill Edwards 'looted' millions
By Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer
Plaintiffs allege he's trying to shield the money in case he and his company lose a lawsuit.

Hillsborough schools held back on public discussion of dwindling reserve fund
By Marlene Sokol, Times Staff Writer
The Hillsborugh School Board's July budget hearing didn't touch on the shrinking reserves.