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What Port Richey's elected leaders really think, and other deleted scenes

Tampa Bay Times reporters Rebecca Woolington and Justin Trombly spent two months digging into politics in Port Richey, a small city in Pasco County. Port Richey made the news recently when two mayors were arrested in four weeks. Woolington and Trombly found unusual personal and business relationships between Dale Massad and other top officials that persisted despite clear signs Massad was unstable. Along the way, they collected a series of telling, profane or simply bizarre scenes that didn't make the final draft. Here are the best of them.

Meet the top students in Pinellas public high schools this year

With final exams and college decisions bearing down on the top students in Pinellas County public schools, we threw one more assignment at them. We asked them to write a paragraph reflecting on this moment. What stood out was an eagerness by many to see how they and their peers will do as a group. "We are generation Z," one student began. "We are resilient and willing to put up a fight. We are diverse and open-minded individuals who are looking to make the world a better place." We give you the valedictorians and salutatorians from the Class of 2019.

Dick Vitale's gala rises above college hoops' dark clouds

Friday night at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, college hoops' most recognizable ambassador will work the room like there's no tomorrow. For many of those he's trying to help, tomorrows are at a premium. Hence the reason he'll sermonize, sob, plead and exhort to a celebrity-studded banquet hall at the 14th annual Dick Vitale Gala. Last year's event raised a record $3.7 million for cancer research. The goal for this year's gala ― which will feature Clemson's Dabo Swinney, ESPN's Chris Fowler and dozens of other sports luminaries ― is $4 million.

Watch as Jameis Winston allows golf ball to be hit off his head

The Jameis Winston debate officially has crossed into the absurd. The Bucs quarterback on Monday allowed a golf ball to be hit off his head. Yes, but ... he was wearing a helmet. Winston, wearing what appears to be a bicycle helmet, sat cross-legged as trick-shot artist Trevor Consavage drove a ball off a tee attached to the top of the helmet during the 19th Annual Derrick Brooks Celebrity Golf Classic at Old Memorial Golf Course, TMZ reported. Yes, we know Winston is a risk-taker. But ... was the risk necessary?

'Game of Thrones' live concert coming to Tampa

There are only a couple of episodes left in Game of Thrones' final season. Time for the show to announce one more march across the country to cash in on the hype. The blockbuster HBO series will once again transform into a live music experience for new tour, and it's coming to Tampa this fall. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will arrive at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 22. The show features an orchestra led by Emmy-winning show composer Ramin Djawadi, who created the theme song, accompanied by outsized visuals and scenes from the show.

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