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Rangers turn 3 Rays miscues into 4-3 win

Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and the Rangers beat the Rays 4-3 on Saturday night. The Rangers took a 4-3 lead during the decisive sixth when two runs scored after center fielder Mallex Smith misplayed Adrian Beltre‘s two-out deep fly ball, and Beltre scored on two wild … Keep Reading

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The mayor’s race is over

All that’s left now is the crying. St. Petersburg residents woke Saturday morning to the news, as broken wide open by Charlie Frago and Mark Puente of the Tampa Bay Times, that a state report places much of the blame for the city’s 200-million gallon sewage spill crisis on the administration … Keep Reading

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Ernest Hemingway lookalikes gather in Key West for annual contest

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About 160 stocky, white-bearded men resembling Ernest Hemingway have gathered in Key West to compete in the island city’s annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The competition began Thursday evening at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, frequented by Hemingway when he lived in Key West during the 1930s. Judged by former winners, the three-night contest is a highlight of the Hemingway Days festival honoring the late author’s literary prowess and colorful lifestyle. Many competitors wear sportsman’s garb associated with Hemingway. Entrants include repeat contender…

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At Tampa Tiger Bay, local officials bemoan expected expansion of homestead exemption

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While it won’t go into effect for another year and a half, the expected passage of a constitutional amendment expanding the homestead exemption is already giving local officials severe headaches. Amendment 1 asks voters to approve an expansion of the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $75,000 of the first $100,000 of a home’s taxable value. State lawmakers who supported it said the average homeowner would save about $275 per year, based on the statewide average home value of $220,000 and an…

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Gwen Graham vows to help more Floridians receive care after free clinic ‘workday’

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham did one of her campaign “work days” at a Seminole County free clinic Wednesday and came away pledging to “help more Floridians receive care” if elected.

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Oldsmar City Council picks Al Braithwaite for city manager

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The Oldsmar City Council ended a year-long search for its next city manager after selecting Al Braithwaite with a unanimous vote Thursday.

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Blake Dowling: The almighty email

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Ray Tomlinson invented email in 1972. Tomlinson was an ARPANET contractor and picked the @ symbol to reference digital communications between computers. Since then, things have changed — just a wee bit.

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As trade deadline approaches, Rays already made a good move

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The Major League Baseball trading deadline ends in 10 days. During the recent past, the Tampa Bay Rays have not been in contention to be a deadline buyer for a player that would get them over the top and into the post season. Being a Tampa Bay buyer and a buyer for teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are two distinctly different things. With their financial situation, the Rays pursue transactions at the Flea Market, while…

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Karl Nurse endorsing Rick Kriseman for St. Pete mayor

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St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as mayor. Nurse, term-limited from running again, has served on the Council for nearly a decade, first elected in 2008.

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