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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 …


Rubio praises Trump for 'excellent' speech on Afghanistan

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


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. ...


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....