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Published July 9, 2019

Here are the top five latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.

Hulk Hogan's son. A tragic crash. Murder-for-hire. The latest on Tampa Bay's strangest saga.

Debra Graziano answered her phone and heard a voice from the past. It was her ex-husband, she told deputies. The man who went to prison for trying to arrange her murder a decade ago. On the phone, Edward Graziano, 63, told his ex-wife he had some things he wanted to talk to her about, according to the Sheriff's Office. That April 22 phone call landed Edward Graziano back in jail, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The murder-for-hire plot was just one chapter from the Graziano family's brush with tragedy and infamy in the late 2000s.

Texas billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot dies

Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president as a third-party candidate, has died. He was 89. Perot, whose 19 percent of the vote in 1992 stands among the best showings by an independent candidate in the past century, died early Tuesday at his home in Dallas surrounded by his devoted family, family spokesman James Fuller said.

Five things to know about blue-green algae (It's bad and getting worse)

Three years ago, a foul-smelling blue-green algae bloom so thick it looked like guacamole shut down the beaches of Martin County over the Fourth of July. Last year, blue-green algae blooms again popped up in Lake Okeechobee and the rivers connected to it. This year, there are small blue-green algae blooms appearing in the waters of Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. What is blue-green algae, why does it keep appearing and what does that mean for your health? Here are some answers.

How winning Home Run Derby was a family affair for Tampa's Pete Alonso

Winning the All-Star Home Run Derby was a family affair for Pete Alonso. And while the Mets rookie smash was born, schooled and rooted in Tampa, this had to do more with his parents' Ohio-based relatives, more than two dozen of whom turned out to root him on. And especially the one, Derek Morgan, a second cousin on his mom's side, who got the opportunity to be the pitcher who helped him to the thrilling win.

Pinball Arcade Museum opening in St. Petersburg next month

An interactive pinball museum opening Aug. 1 will add 2,000 square feet of playable pinball machines and arcade cabinets to the growing slate of entertainment options in St. Petersburg's Grand Central District. The Pinball Arcade Museum is located at 2313 Central Ave., across the street from the Dog Bar and next door to the recently opened Mouse Trap escape room. On the other side of the museum is the soon-to-open Calabash Jamaican restaurant.

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