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Justice Department says civil rights law does not protect gay people

The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being consid …

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Hillsborough approves miniscule cut to property tax rate, give $2 million to bus system

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5 things to know before Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend

5 things to know before Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend

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5 things to do under $5 July: Bucs training camp, Dive-In Movie, free Glazer Museum admission

5 things to do under $5 July: Bucs training camp, Dive-In Movie, free Glazer Museum admission

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Plan your weekend July 28-30: Comic Con, Lady Antebellum, Margarita Wars, Tampa's Fourth Friday

Plan your weekend July 28-30: Comic Con, Lady Antebellum, Margarita Wars, Tampa's Fourth Friday

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21 fun places to escape the heat (or rain) and chill indoors in Tampa Bay

21 fun places to escape the heat (or rain) and chill indoors in Tampa Bay

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  1. In Florida a year ago today, Trump asked Russia to find Clinton's emails

    Blogs

    A year ago today, at his golf club in Doral, Donald Trump begged Russians to find Hillary Clinton's emails.

  2. Bealls and West Marine to join Pollo Tropical at redeveloped Kmart site in Clearwater

    Economic Development

    CLEARWATER — The long-vacant shopping plaza on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, formerly home to Kmart, is nearing completion, bringing a handful of well-known retailers to the area.

    The long-vacant shopping plaza on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, formerly home to Kmart, is nearing completion. .JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  3. Dunedin approves contract approved for new city manager

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — City officials finalized the last step in the process to bring home their next manager.

    Jennifer Bramley, 52, is the new Dunedin city manager.
  4. Aquarium curator Carol Audette touches noses with Snooty the manatee in 2001 at the South Florida Museum. Snooty was 53 then. [Times 2001]
  5. Florida Congressmen to attend White House ceremony honoring officers who responded to baseball shooting

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Florida Reps. Dennis Ross and Ron DeSantis will be at the White House today as President Trump awards the Public Safety Medal of Valor to officers who responded to the baseball field shooting last month.

  6. Justice Department says civil rights law does not protect gay people

    Working Life

    The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions boards his plane at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday. Sessions is traveling to El Salvador to meet with local leaders and discuss their efforts to fight gangs like MS-13. [Pablo Martinez Monsivais | Associated Press]
  7. St. Pete City Council plans to discuss plastic bag ban

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A City Council committee will start considering a citywide ban on single-use plastic bags at Thursday afternoon's meeting. If it were to adopt such a measure, it would be the second city to do so in Florida.

    The City of St. Petersburg is considering a ban plastic shopping bags.
  8. Ramsberger chosen for Chief Justice Award

    Courts

    The Florida Supreme Court's Chief Justice presented Pinellas Circuit Judge Peter R. Ramsberger the 2017 Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence.

    Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Peter R. Ramsberger was presented the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.
  9. Joint Chiefs chairman says military's transgender policy unchanged for now

    Military

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. will continue to permit transgender individuals to serve openly in the military until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has received President Donald Trump's "direction" to change the policy and figured out how to implement it, the nation's top military officer said Thursday.

    Protestors gather in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. The rally was held after President Donald Trump's announcement of a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military. [Frank Franklin II | Associated Press]
  10. Hudson man, 53, accused of impersonating police officer

    Crime

    HUDSON — A 53-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer after the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said he pulled over a motorist and claimed to be an off-duty officer.

    Scott Ziegler, 53, was arrested on a charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer on Wednesday by Pasco deputies. [Courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]

In Florida a year ago today, Trump asked Russia to find Clinton's emails

A year ago today, at his golf club in Doral, Donald Trump begged Russians to find Hillary Clinton's emails....

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Artsy, no?

What you should know about new Rays reliever Dan Jennings

The Rays have finally brought in a reliever — and this one isn't a DFA'd castoff. White Sox left-hander Dan Jennings will come to Tampa Bay, while first base prospect Casey Gillaspie heads to Chicago. The 30-year-old reliever has a lifetime ERA of 2.86 in 261-1/3 innings, recording one save and 27 holds in 35 opportunities. Here are some more things to know about the newest Ray....

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The Onion posted this story making fun of the Tampa Bay Rays stingray tank.

The Onion takes aim at Rays, and 10 other times they made fun of Tampa Bay

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