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As Tampa Bay building boom swells, can supply of construction workers meet demand?

Within blocks of my writing this column at the Tampa Bay Times , downtown St. Petersburg remains a frenzy of block-long demolition (despite the rain) to make room for a massive mixed-use bui …

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will go to China this month for talk of USF Health, kinship and trade

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Rays demote Beckham to Triple-A Durham following latest baserunning blunder

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  1. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will go to China this month for talk of USF Health, kinship and trade

    Local Government
    TAMPA — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will visit Lanzhou, China, in September to establish a sister-city connection initiated by USF Health, the health sciences division of the University of South Florida, which teaches Chinese medical students.
    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the field before throwing the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
  2. Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy will debate, but how many times unclear

    State Roundup
    TALLAHASSEE — Wasting no time after their blowout primary victories, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy were quick to engage in a chippy debate over debating in their first hours back on the campaign trail.
  3. Rays demote Beckham to Triple-A Durham following latest baserunning blunder

    The Heater
    The Rays decided they had seen enough of infielder Tim Beckham after his latest baserunning blunder, optioning him to Triple-A following Wednesday's 8-6 loss.
    The Rays optioned Tim Beckham Triple-A Durham following Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Red Sox. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  4. Alan Grayson insists he'll be back despite political setbacks

    State Roundup
    TALLAHASSEE — When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson entered the campaign for U.S. Senate, he was supposed to be an alternative for the Democratic Party's left wing.
    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, of Orlando, addresses the Florida Democratic Party's progressive caucus during the party's annual gathering on June 18, 2016, in Hollywood. Grayson, a progressive firebrand, has drawn most of his support from that wing of the party. (Kristen M. Clark   |  Times/Herald)
  5. Romano: A blood-stained crib makes the argument for foster care over unfit parents

    Public Safety
    The evidence suggests we have been overzealous.
  6. As Tampa Bay building boom swells, can supply of construction workers meet demand?

    Real Estate
    Within blocks of my writing this column at the Tampa Bay Times, downtown St. Petersburg remains a frenzy of block-long demolition (despite the rain) to make room for a massive mixed-use building, and a construction zone of multiple apartment buildings. A Hyatt Hotel is rising along with the next tier of fancy …
    A Hyatt Hotel is under construction in downtown St. Petersburg at Central Avenue and Second Street N. Amid much activity throughout Tampa Bay, a national industry group is warning of a looming shortage of construction workers. [ROBERT TRIGAUX | Times]
  7. Exotic ideas like monorail may help solve Hillsborough transportation woes

    Columns
    Um, politicians?Yeah, I'm talking to you.I hope you were paying attention Tuesday during the election primaries because voters screamed they have had enough. You, dear elected officials, are on the clock to boldly go where no county commission here has gone before.Yep.
  8. Rays blow early lead, waste rally in loss to Red Sox

    The Heater
    BOSTON — The Rays came up just short in more ways than one in losing to the Red Sox 8-6 on Wednesday.
    Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe dives but can't make a play on a single by Boston Red Sox's Sandy Leon in the fourth inning. [AP photo]
  9. Hillsborough Judge Gregory Holder is reprimanded by Florida Supreme Court

    News
    TALLAHASSEE — His tie red, white and blue and his back military straight, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder stood Wednesday before the Florida Supreme Court to accept a reprimand for his advocacy on behalf of a veteran in his court.
    Hillsborough Circuit Judge Gregory Holder stands before the Florida Supreme Court as Chief Justice Jorge Labarga reads the formal public reprimand during a disciplinary hearing in Tallahassee on Wednesday. [Photo by Mark Wallheiser]
  10. National roofing company moving to Tampa

    Corporate
    TAMPA — A national commercial and industrial roofing company is moving its corporate headquarters to Tampa, saying it will bring 180 new, high-wage jobs, the area's economic development agency announced Wednesday.
    North American Roofing CEO Brian Verble

Bill Clinton headlining two Miami fundraisers next week

Bill Clinton will be hitting up Miami donors again after Labor Day weekend....

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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Tim Beckham (1) picked off (after review) of first base in the fourth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

For starters: Rays vs. Red Sox, seeking series win

UPDATE, 12:23: Cash said they opted to give Duffy today off so he has three days off his feet, having been the DH on Tuesday, as part of the maintenance for his left Achilles. ... Cash said the Rays may not announce their call-ups until Friday.... Drew Smyly comes into today's start with a 20 1/3 inning scoreless streak against the Red Sox. ... The Rays are still planning on flying home to Tampa after today's game but travel director Chris Westmoreland has several contingencies plans in the works as well.

Red Sox lineup:
Pedroia 2b
Bogaerts ss
Ortiz DH
Betts RF
Ramirez 1b
Leon c
Young rf
Hill 3b
Bradley cf
Wright p
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) looks to pass in the third quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) looks to pass in the third quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.[LOREN ELLIOTT | Times  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) looks to pass in the third quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) looks to pass in the third quarter of a preseason game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]

Vikings fans prefer Bucs' Mike Glennon for new QB

As Vikings fans reel from Tuesday's difficult news of losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending knee injury, there's obvious speculation as to what Minnesota could do to bring in a veteran quarterback to work with new starter Shaun Hill....

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