Does U.S. women’s soccer team bring in more revenue but get paid less than men? the top 10 most expensive homes sold in Tampa Bay in June; and more

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Does the U.S. women’s soccer team bring in more revenue but get paid less than the men?

The United States Women’s National Soccer Team recently won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time. But the team’s compensation remains the subject of considerable controversy. Chants of “equal pay” erupted after the team’s victory over the Netherlands and during its triumphant victory parade in New York City. The women’s team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, its parent organization, in March over gender discrimination. We wanted to take a closer look at the issue.

Topher Morrison, who championed pedestrians in run for mayor, gets pepper-sprayed by driver

Standing on the sidewalk as pepper spray stung his eyes, Topher Morrison decided to turn his attack into a teachable moment. Moments earlier, the 50-year-old business consultant and former Tampa mayoral candidate was riding his motorized, single-wheeled board through the Channel District when he got into an argument with a motorist. The driver sprayed Morrison with pepper spray and sped off. As he waited for police, Morrison started streaming live on Facebook to relay the experience.

Florida deputy accused of planting drugs in traffic stops

A former sheriff’s deputy in the Florida Panhandle was arrested Wednesday on charges that he routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs and then arrested them on made-up drug charges, including one victim who lost custody of his daughter because of the arrest. Former Jackson County deputy Zachary Wester was arrested in Crawfordville, after a nearly year-long investigation, according to a statement from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Evidence Bill Nelson suffered from bad ballot design in 2018

Evidence continues to mount that shows former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s race for re-election in 2018 was hampered by a ballot design quirk. It was immediately clear after the Nov. 6 election that far more voters than expected were leaving the Senate box blank. Many supported other Democrats. In a new academic paper presented Thursday at the Election Sciences, Reform, & Administration Conference, two researchers found that Broward County voters who skipped the Senate race likely did so by accident, rather than purposely avoiding the race.

Here are the top 10 most expensive homes sold in the Tampa Bay area in June

The priciest home sold in the Tampa Bay area in June went for $6 million. The six-bedroom, six-bath home is located in Hillsborough County — as are nine of the 10 most expensive homes sold in the area last month. It’s rare for Hillsborough to dominate a monthly Top 10 list like this. Normally, more homes in Pinellas County — particularly those on the water — make the list. But in June, six of the top 10 homes were in South Tampa and three were on Davis Islands.

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