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  1. Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government


    CARACAS, Venezuela — Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government.

    Opposition member shut down a main road during a protest Monday against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, completed math homework and lined up motorcycles on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government. [Associated Press]
  2. Rays blow another lead, lose to first-place Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Monday started so well for the Rays, some still seemingly rare national recognition as Steven Souza Jr. won the AL player of the week award, and on his 28th birthday no less.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer paces around the mound as the Orioles’ Hyun Soo Kim circles the bases in the sixth after hitting the first of back-to-back homers off Archer.
  3. FAST wants more Penny for Pinellas tax money spent on affordable housing


    ST. PETERSBURG — City and county officials were asked to commit millions of dollars of sales tax revenues to build more affordable housing in Pinellas during a gathering of about 3,000 people Monday night at Tropicana Field.

    St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice
  4. State Department removes promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism Monday.

  5. Aramis Ayala gets prominent backers in death penalty dispute with Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Ex-prosecutors, former state Supreme Court justices, civil rights organizations and families of homicide victims from across the country have filed briefs supporting embattled Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her legal battle with Gov. Rick Scott.

    Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced in March that her office will no longer pursue the death penalty as a sentence in any case brought before the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida. [Orlando Sentinel via AP]
  6. As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants 'continuation' budget, no new spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O' Lakes and Florida Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  7. Tampa Bay area business leaders lobby on contentious transit bill


    TALLAHASSEE — More than a dozen top business local executives went to Tallahassee with an appeal in the days following last week's political showdown between three GOP senators from Tampa Bay over a regional transit bill.

    Keep talking. Please.

    Rick Homans is president of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
  8. The next step Bucs' Mike Evans knows he needs to take


    TAMPA — Even at 23, Bucs WR Mike Evans understands he needs to take on more of a leadership role with veteran Vincent Jackson not back for 2017.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) leaves the field after a 30-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
  9. Editorial: Don't cut legal aid for the poor


    President Donald Trump's budget-slashing proposals to defund Planned Parenthood and PBS have received plenty of attention. Flying dangerously under the radar is the president's push to eliminate federal money for the Legal Services Corp., which distributes millions in Florida and elsewhere to local organizations that …

    Everyone should have competent legal advice when they need help securing veterans benefits, seeking lost wages, fighting eviction from an apartment or coping with domestic abuse.
  10. Haley, Young center among VA hospitals where drugs disappeared en route to patients


    The Tampa area's two Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals — James A. Haley in Tampa and C.W. Bill Young in St. Petersburg — are among five in Florida reporting the loss of prescription pain killers, according to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan.

    The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa is one of five in Florida reporting missing drugs.
  11. Trigaux: How a tasty menu helped bring Quality Distribution's headquarters to downtown Tampa

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — I'm not sure whether to credit the mushroom ricotta stuffed Paccheri pasta or wild boar lasagna at the Cena restaurant.

    Ken Stoltenberg is director of the Tampa-based Mercury Advisors commercial real estate firm. Its projects include Grand Central at Kennedy, a mixed-used residential condo, retail and commercial office space building in the Channel District near downtown Tampa. [Handout photo]
  12. Ominous question preceded Tampa man's murder charge: "Did you find her?"


    TAMPA — As Hillsborough sheriff's deputies led him to a patrol car, blood spattered on his clothes and legs, Hector Acevedo asked an ominous question.

    Hector Acevedo confessed to attacking girlfriend Shyeanne Lewis, a police report says.
  13. Border wall, health care jeopardize bill days from shutdown


    WASHINGTON — Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump's border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.

    Lawmakers return to Washington this week to a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over his border wall. [Associated Press]
  14. Former President Barack Obama listens as participants speak during a forum at the University of Chicago held to promote community organizing on Monday in Chicago, Illinois. The visit marks Obama's first formal public appearance since leaving office.[Scott Olson/Getty Images]