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The DayStarter: Our guide to the morning's news


Times editor gets meme-ified for 'mediocre' cheesesteak tweet from Philly (w/video)

Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith is getting the opposite of brotherly l …

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Despite a reticent Dirk Koetter, the word's out on the Bucs' first practice

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Despite questions, new transportation proposal barreling down the road in Hillsborough

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Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

Dining Planner: Cottage Industry Expo, Epic Chef Showdown, new foodie magazine launches

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Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

Movie Planner: Woody Allen's blah 'Cafe Society,' 'Jason Bourne,' 'Bad Moms,' 'Nerve'

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Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

Here's where to celebrate a midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book

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Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show

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  1. Tampa Bay Storm defensive back James Harrell charged with DUI

    Storm

    TAMPA — The day before the Tampa Bay Storm finish the regular season with a game at Jacksonville, defensive back James Harrell was arrested early Friday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

    The day before the Tampa Bay Storm finish the regular season with a game at Jacksonville, defensive back James Harrell was arrested early Friday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Police: One San Diego police officer killed, another wounded in shooting

    Nation

    SAN DIEGO — One police officer died and another was wounded after being shot in a San Diego neighborhood, authorities said early Friday.

  3. Pope Francis visits Auschwitz, begs God to forgive 'so much cruelty'

    Religion

    OSWIECIM, Poland — Pope Francis paid a somber visit in silence to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday, with his only public comment a guest book entry begging God "forgiveness for so much cruelty."

    Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz on Friday in Oswiecim, Poland. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. [Associated Press]
  4. U.S. wages, benefits see steady rise in second quarter

    Business

    WASHINGTON — The wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a steady pace in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, as income growth showed signs of slight acceleration.

  5. U.S. GDP grows a weak 1.2 percent in second quarter

    Business

    WASHINGTON — Growth in the U.S. economy was sluggish again in the spring, dashing expectations for a robust rebound after a tough winter. Stronger consumer spending was offset by weakness in housing construction and a big slowdown in the pace that businesses restocked store shelves.

  6. Father of Muslim U.S. soldier killed in action delivers a repudiation of Donald Trump

    Elections

    Donald Trump was speaking at an event in Iowa, complaining that America was not allowed to waterboard terrorists, when Khizr Khan and his wife walked up to the microphone at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

    Khizr Khan's son, Humayun Khan, was an American Muslim Army soldier who died serving the U.S. after 9/11. He spoke at the Democratic National Convention and offered a strong rebuke of Donald Trump, saying, "Have you even read the United States Constitution?" [Washington Post photo by Michael Robinson Chavez]
  7. How the Berners' final protest went bust

    Elections

    PHILADELPHIA — You could not speak long with a Bernie Sanders delegate from California before hearing about the latest seating drama.

    Bernie Sanders supporters hold up signs at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.[Getty Images]
  8. Tampa Bay weekend weather: After a string of mostly dry days, showers expected

    Weather

    After a few hot and mostly dry days, showers are likely returning this weekend in Tampa Bay.

  9. Woman's dead body found at McDonald's in Palm River-Clair Mel

    Crime

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives were investigating a dead body Friday morning found late Thursday night at a McDonald's at the intersection of S 78th Street and Palm River Road, east of Tampa …

    A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office vehicle can be seen late Thursday night outside a McDonald's east of Tampa in Palm River-Clair Mel, where detectives were investigating a woman's dead body. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  10. A six-figure grant, a new project, a simple idea: Welcome babies to the neighborhood

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Allison Pinto's front yard was full of kids and none of them were hers.

    Isaiah Delvalle, 10, decides what kind of shampoo would be best for one of the newest babies on his block. Hannah Jeffrey | Times

PolitiFact: What did happen with Trump's Florida condo projects?

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine questioned Donald Trump's business ethics, saying the Republican presidential candidate swindled customers in a past real estate deal in the Sunshine State....

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"My view is a team that's not good enough,'' Kevin Cash said. "We're not good enough right now.''

Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'

The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:...

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Fresh start: CB Verner grateful for 'second chance' with Bucs

The morning after the Bucs' season finale in January, former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner had accepted the real possibility he had played his last game with the Bucs after an up-and-down season in a struggling Tampa Bay secondary....

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