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As recently as late July, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the team was waiting for Tampa and Hillsborough County to present a viable option and challenged them to "completely weigh in." [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

Tampa officials focusing on Channel District-Ybor for potential Rays ballpark

TAMPA — Officials trying to lure the Tampa Bay Rays across the water are aggressively working to secure a site for a ballpark in the Channel District-Ybor City area, and hope to make an announcement soon. Hillsborough County and its lawyers have had dozens of conversations this year with the Rays, its financing tea …

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Rubio praises Trump for 'excellent' speech on Afghanistan

Sen. Marco Rubio praised President Donald Trump's "excellent" speech on Afghanistan....

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Two people have resigned from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the inclusion of David McCallister, a leader of the local branch of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Second person resigns from Hillsborough diversity council after Confederate activist appointed

TAMPA — A second person has resigned symbolically from the Hillsborough County Diversity Advisory Council after the appointment of a known activist of Confederate causes to the panel. ...

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In Hernando, more than 8,000 kids skipped school for solar eclipse

More than 8,000 students — nearly 40 percent of Hernando County’s enrollment — skipped school today after the district last week told kids they could stay home for the solar eclipse....

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