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Another local Confederate display sparks division, this one over name of the war

TAMPA — While the Hillsborough County commission was wrestling over the future of Confederate monument at the county courthouse, a lawsuit has been playing out in court over how best to repr …

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Hillsborough leaders ask for patience as multiple schools still suffer from broken air conditioners

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Westbound traffic on Courtney Campbell blocked after crash

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  1. Westbound traffic on Courtney Campbell blocked after crash

    Accidents

    Westbound traffic on the Courtney Campbell Causeway is being diverted following a crash early Thursday morning.

  2. Q&A: A business leader and historian jointly delve into Tampa's waterfront

    Business

    TAMPA — As a native of Tampa, Arthur Savage has always had a passion for his hometown's history. And as a third-generation owner and operator of A.R. Savage & Son, a Tampa-based shipping agency, his affinity for his hometown also extends to its local waterways.

    Arthur Savage (left) and Rodney Kite-Powell, co-authors of "Tampa Bay's Waterfront: Its History and Development," stand for a portrait with the bust of James McKay Sr. in downtown Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. McKay, who passed away in 1876, was a prominent businessman, among other things, in the Tampa area. He was Arthur Savage's great great grandfather. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. 25 things to remember on the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew

    Hurricanes

    Twenty-five years ago today, Andrew was born.

    Aerial of a mobile home community in the Homestead area, destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. [Times (1992)]
  4. Tampa's connected-vehicle program looking for volunteers

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Drivers on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway can save on their monthly toll bill by volunteering to test new technology that will warn them about potential crashes and traffic jams.

    A rendering shows how new technology available through the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority will warn driver's about crashes, traffic jams, speed decreases and more. THEA is seeking 1,600 volunteers to install the devices, which will display alerts in their review mirrors, as part of an 18-month connected-vehicle pilot.
  5. What you need to know for Thursday, Aug. 17

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    A rendering of what a football stadium at the University of South Florida could look like. The university's board of trustees will again discuss the possibility of bringing the Bulls back to campus. [Courtesy of USF]
  6. Hernando commission to seek state audit of sheriff's spending

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The politically volatile idea of using a separate taxing district to fund Sheriff Al Nienhuis' budget is once again off the table.

    OCTAVIO JONES   |   TimesTo clear up questions about the way Sheriff Al Nienhuis accounts for his agency's money,  county commissioners have asked for a formal audit through the state Auditor General's Office.
  7. PolitiFact: Did Confederate symbols gain prominence in the civil rights era?

    Perspective

    A major catalyst in the run up to the deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., was the city's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

    Tom Lever, 28, and Aaliyah Jones, 38, both of Charlottesville, put up a sign that says "Heather Heyer Park" at the base of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee monument in Emancipation Park on  Aug. 15 in Charlottesville, Va.  (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)
  8. What Florida's top Republicans are saying about Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    Republicans nationwide are blasting President Donald Trump for how he responded to Charlottesville.

  9. USF panel to discuss on-campus stadium today

    Colleges

    The University of South Florida today will take another step in what it describes as "a long process" of exploring the possibility of building an on-campus football stadium.

    A conceptual look at one of two potential sites for an on-campus stadium at the University of South Florida. This location is on the west side of campus, just north of Fowler Avenue and east of Bruce B. Downs. [University of South Florida]
  10. No easy answer to the Dunedin parking question

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Nothing has been more divisive in this city than the issue of paid parking.

    A server at Cafe Alfresco (background) claims Dunedin's new paid parking has cost him money. Dunedin began a paid parking last October. Nine months in, residents, business owners and city officials all share mixed feelings. In October, when the one-year program ends, the city will have until November to come up with another solution to its parking woes, or continue the paid parking program at the risk of angering locals.JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
A monument honoring slain Confederate soldiers stands on the grounds of the state Capitol Complex in Tallahassee. Some politicians want the monument removed in the wake of the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, on Aug. 11-12.

Florida debates: Should a Confederate monument at the state Capitol be removed?

A monument honoring slain Confederate soldiers in front of Florida’s Old Capitol is the latest subject of debate by politicians seeking to act against racism in response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend....

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Daniel Robertson is expected to make a third straight start tonight, likely at shortstop.

For starters: Rays at Jays, with a different look to lineup

UPDATE, 6:40: Former Rays reliever LHP J.P. Howell was DFA'd today by the Blue Jays; he had a 7.36 ERA in 16 games....

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Heidi Klum tells designers upset over dressing models of all sizes to 'get with it'

Make it work, designers.

For the first time, Project Runway is including models of all sizes on the show, and super model host Heidi Klum said some of the designers competing were not on board with the change....

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