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  • Your guide to Florida's back-to-school tax-free weekend

    Your guide to Florida's back-to-school tax-free weekend

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:42:14 GMT
    Florida's sales tax holiday has officially begun. Here's what savvy back-to-school shoppers need to know about their 72-hour window to save about seven percent on clothes, school supplies, and computers.
    Florida's sales tax holiday has officially begun. Here's what savvy back-to-school shoppers need to know about their 72-hour window to save about seven percent on clothes, school supplies, and computers.
  • Thief caught on video targeting Riverview restaurants

    Thief caught on video targeting Riverview restaurants

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:40:36 GMT
    A locked glass door was no match for a suspect's karate kicks. Surveillance video from East Coast Pizza in Riverview showed a balding burglar wasn't looking for pizza dough, he wanted the other kind.
    A locked glass door was no match for a suspect's karate kicks. Surveillance video from East Coast Pizza in Riverview showed a balding burglar wasn't looking for pizza dough, he wanted the other kind.
  • Pro-Israel rally in downtown Tampa

    Pro-Israel rally in downtown Tampa

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:05:43 GMT
    If you hear air raid sirens in downtown Tampa today, police say there's no need to panic.The sirens are expected to be set off by demonstrators showing their support for Israel at a rally in Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
    If you hear air raid sirens in downtown Tampa today, police say there's no need to panic.The sirens are expected to be set off by demonstrators showing their support for Israel at a rally in Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
  • Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean

    Tropical Storm Bertha approaches Caribbean

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:26:43 GMT
    Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly late Friday morning to 50 mph.
    Tropical Storm Bertha approached the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds. The storm's maximum sustained winds increased slightly late Friday morning to 50 mph.

  • Study says existing Pier is structurally sound

    Study says existing Pier is structurally sound

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:38:33 GMT
    A draft of the first-ever study of the structural integrity of St. Petersburg's "Municipal Pier Building Structure and Substructure" gives the inverted pyramid better known as the St. Pete Pier a shot at survival.
    A draft of the first-ever study of the structural integrity of St. Petersburg's "Municipal Pier Building Structure and Substructure" gives the inverted pyramid better known as the St. Pete Pier a shot at survival.
  • Florida Polytechnic, Mosaic ink deal to prepare STEM students

    Florida Polytechnic, Mosaic ink deal to prepare STEM students

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:06:20 GMT
    Florida's newest university is teaming up with a powerhouse company. On Friday, Florida Polytechnic and Mosaic, a leader in the phosphate industry, signed an agreement to work together to get students ready for real world jobs.
    Florida's newest university is teaming up with a powerhouse company. On Friday, Florida Polytechnic and Mosaic, a leader in the phosphate industry, signed an agreement to work together to get students ready for real world jobs.
  • Police warn store owners about purse thieves

    Police warn store owners about purse thieves

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:01:44 GMT

    According to police, surveillance cameras caught three men robbing two department stores back-to-back. On July 16, they stole from T.J. Maxx on 66th Street North, then hit the Marshall's across the street the next day. They stole 13 Michael Kors bags, valued at more than $2,000.

    According to police, surveillance cameras caught three men robbing two department stores back-to-back. On July 16, they stole from T.J. Maxx on 66th Street North, then hit the Marshall's across the street the next day. They stole 13 Michael Kors bags, valued at more than $2,000.


  • Manatee County woman scares burglar off with gun

    Manatee County woman scares burglar off with gun

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:03:14 GMT
    It was broad daylight, just around 2:30 in the afternoon. NJ Logan was upstairs at her Holmes Beach home off 6th Avenue.She was resting after hip replacement surgery when she heard a noise downstairs.
    It was broad daylight, just around 2:30 in the afternoon. NJ Logan was upstairs at her Holmes Beach home off 6th Avenue.She was resting after hip replacement surgery when she heard a noise downstairs.
  • Deputies: mom smuggled pills into jail for inmate daughter to deal

    Deputies: mom smuggled pills into jail for inmate daughter to deal

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:37:32 GMT
    They arrested 53-year-old Mary Ann Albertson. They say she and her daughter, 27-year-old Janelle Albertson, hatched a plan to get various prescription pills into the jail. Janelle Albertson would sell them, or trade them for commissary products, phone cards, and even a pair of Nike shoes, investigators said.
    They arrested 53-year-old Mary Ann Albertson. They say she and her daughter, 27-year-old Janelle Albertson, hatched a plan to get various prescription pills into the jail. Janelle Albertson would sell them, or trade them for commissary products, phone cards, and even a pair of Nike shoes, investigators said.
  • Deputies bust bank robber wearing 'Scream' mask

    Deputies bust bank robber wearing 'Scream' mask

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:26:21 GMT
    Deputies say they arrested the man who tried to rob a bank for the third time while disguised in a "Scream" mask.
    Deputies say they arrested the man who tried to rob a bank for the third time while disguised in a "Scream" mask.
  • Experts: Fishing gear to blame for endangered sea turtles

    Experts: Fishing gear to blame for endangered sea turtles

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:33:35 GMT
    Sea turtles have roamed the earth's ocean for millions of years, but its population has been on the decline, and experts say accidental fishing gear has a lot to do with that.
    Sea turtles have roamed the earth's ocean for millions of years, but its population has been on the decline, and experts say accidental fishing gear has a lot to do with that.
  • Police search for trio of designer bag thieves

    Police search for trio of designer bag thieves

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:34:23 GMT
    The search is on for three men who stole very expensive purses from at least two local stores last month.
    The search is on for three men who stole very expensive purses from at least two local stores last month.
  • Woman hopes annual vigil saves lives

    Woman hopes annual vigil saves lives

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:24:28 GMT
    For four years, Ginger Brengle has been coming to the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 9th Street. For hours, she stands there, holding a sign -- something she probably wishes she didn't have to do.
    For four years, Ginger Brengle has been coming to the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 9th Street. For hours, she stands there, holding a sign -- something she probably wishes she didn't have to do.
  • U.S. 301 reopens, water main break damage repaired

    U.S. 301 reopens, water main break damage repaired

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:07 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:07:22 GMT
    The massive hole has been repaired, and commuters are in the clear to use northbound U.S. 301 near Balm Riverview Road once again.
    The massive hole has been repaired, and commuters are in the clear to use northbound U.S. 301 near Balm Riverview Road once again.
  • '24' star in Tampa to show her comedic side

    '24' star in Tampa to show her comedic side

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:32:11 GMT
    She's known to many as the nerdy, rude, kind of weird sidekick to Jack Bauer. But "24" star Mary Lynn Rajskub is Tampa this weekend in a different role: she's doing stand-up comedy, the gig she says shaped who she is today.
    She's known to many as the nerdy, rude, kind of weird sidekick to Jack Bauer. But "24" star Mary Lynn Rajskub is Tampa this weekend in a different role: she's doing stand-up comedy, the gig she says shaped who she is today.
  • New pet rescue group meets in Tampa Bay

    New pet rescue group meets in Tampa Bay

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:02:30 GMT
    A new pet rescue group held their first inaugural meeting Thursday night in Tampa. The founder of the new Tampa Bay Pet Rescue Association says their goal is to be a voice and support rescue groups as they try to save more lives at county shelters.
    A new pet rescue group held their first inaugural meeting Thursday night in Tampa. The founder of the new Tampa Bay Pet Rescue Association says their goal is to be a voice and support rescue groups as they try to save more lives at county shelters.
  • Woman gets $500 reward for reporting animal cruelty

    Woman gets $500 reward for reporting animal cruelty

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:50:58 GMT
    Two years ago, "Beau" had been drop kicked, punched, and bashed with water bottles. His injuries were so awful, a leg had to be amputated." The woman who reported the abuse -- and saved his life -- was thanked today with a $500 check from the Tampa Bay SPCA.
    Two years ago, "Beau" had been drop kicked, punched, and bashed with water bottles. His injuries were so awful, a leg had to be amputated." The woman who reported the abuse -- and saved his life -- was thanked today with a $500 check from the Tampa Bay SPCA.
  • 'Einstein' robber may have hit several banks

    'Einstein' robber may have hit several banks

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:37:15 GMT
    Deputies say they've arrested a 29-year-old man who used an Albert Einstein mask to rob a bank. Matthew Maxwell is considered a suspect in several other crimes as well.
    Deputies say they've arrested a 29-year-old man who used an Albert Einstein mask to rob a bank. Matthew Maxwell is considered a suspect in several other crimes as well.
  • Tampa BP stations transition to Marathon brand

    Tampa BP stations transition to Marathon brand

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:58:00 GMT
    Several BP gas stations have traded in the green and white for red, white and blue. Many of the BP stations in the Tampa Bay area are in the process of transitioning to Marathon stations, with others potentially facing the same brand change.
    Several BP gas stations have traded in the green and white for red, white and blue. Many of the BP stations in the Tampa Bay area are in the process of transitioning to Marathon stations, with others potentially facing the same brand change.
  • Ideas aplenty, but they don't all pay off

    Ideas aplenty, but they don't all pay off

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:53:04 GMT
    "People come in with literally things on the back of a napkin and then we go take it from that to CAD drawings to prototyping," explained Delaney Manufacturing owner John Smelser.
    "People come in with literally things on the back of a napkin and then we go take it from that to CAD drawings to prototyping," explained Delaney Manufacturing owner John Smelser.
  • McTear convicted in baby's murder

    McTear convicted in baby's murder

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:19:11 GMT
    After a day of deliberation, jurors have convicted Richard McTear of murder in the death of a boy thrown from a car. The baby's mother, Jasmine Bedwell, reacted with tears but remained composed as the verdict was read.
    After a day of deliberation, jurors have convicted Richard McTear of murder in the death of a boy thrown from a car. The baby's mother, Jasmine Bedwell, reacted with tears but remained composed as the verdict was read.
  • City of St. Petersburg employees to get free bus rides

    City of St. Petersburg employees to get free bus rides

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:07:14 GMT
    Starting Friday, 3,500 City of St. Petersburg employees can ride any PSTA bus or trolley anywhere, anytime for no charge.Their fares are prepaid by the city, which also subsidizes 50 employees' public transportation to reduce employee parking demand.
    Starting Friday, 3,500 City of St. Petersburg employees can ride any PSTA bus or trolley anywhere, anytime for no charge.Their fares are prepaid by the city, which also subsidizes 50 employees' public transportation to reduce employee parking demand.
  • Crist fires at Scott for rejecting high-speed rail funds

    Crist fires at Scott for rejecting high-speed rail funds

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:25:13 GMT
    Charlie Crist is making high speed rail a big issue in Florida's race for governor. Gov. Scott derailed Florida's high-speed rail project because he said it was too risky for Florida taxpayers.
    Charlie Crist is making high speed rail a big issue in Florida's race for governor. Gov. Scott derailed Florida's high-speed rail project because he said it was too risky for Florida taxpayers.
  • Repairs continue after water main break on U.S. 301

    Repairs continue after water main break on U.S. 301

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:54:28 GMT
    A water main break from Wednesday afternoon continues causing major traffic trouble in Riverview.
    A water main break from Wednesday afternoon continues causing major traffic trouble in Riverview.
  • Hospital uses a sweet treat to send a startling message

    Hospital uses a sweet treat to send a startling message

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:47:23 GMT
    Members of the child advocacy team at St. Joseph’s Hospital placed cookie dough inside a hot car to show the danger of leaving a child inside.
    Members of the child advocacy team at St. Joseph’s Hospital placed cookie dough inside a hot car to show the danger of leaving a child inside.
  • Mason Foster, the man in the middle

    Mason Foster, the man in the middle

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:32:25 GMT
    Mason Foster is the man in the middle. He's looking to carry on the tradition of outstanding middle linebackers in the Tampa 2 defense.
    Mason Foster is the man in the middle. He's looking to carry on the tradition of outstanding middle linebackers in the Tampa 2 defense.
  • Rays ship Price to Detroit in last-minute deal

    Rays ship Price to Detroit in last-minute deal

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:16:55 GMT
    Another Rays star has been traded for prospects. FOX Sports reports that pitcher David Price, a former Cy Young Award winner, was shipped to Detroit just minutes before the league's trade deadline as part of a three-team deal.
    Another Rays star has been traded for prospects. FOX Sports reports that pitcher David Price, a former Cy Young Award winner, was shipped to Detroit just minutes before the league's trade deadline as part of a three-team deal.
  • Enjoying golf, and life, at 93 years young

    Enjoying golf, and life, at 93 years young

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:41:52 GMT
    Feisty and full of fun, Doris Parker leads a full, active life in her golden years. How she does it provides wisdom and inspiration for all, and is "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
    Feisty and full of fun, Doris Parker leads a full, active life in her golden years. How she does it provides wisdom and inspiration for all, and is "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
  • School: gym coach's arrest a 'betrayal'

    School: gym coach's arrest a 'betrayal'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:27:16 GMT
    Justin Henry was hired at Elite World Gymnastics as a rec coach and eventually became a cheer coach. He was on the job for about a year when fellow coaches say the 21-year-old ruined the trust he had gained in his time there.
    Justin Henry was hired at Elite World Gymnastics as a rec coach and eventually became a cheer coach. He was on the job for about a year when fellow coaches say the 21-year-old ruined the trust he had gained in his time there.
  • Ocala man charged with transmitting HIV

    Ocala man charged with transmitting HIV

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:45:59 GMT
    An Ocala man is in jail after investigators say he knowingly transmitted HIV to a sexual partner. Samuel Lewis Orr, 50, is charged under Florida’s sexually transmissible diseases statute. He was arrested Wednesday in Citrus County.
    An Ocala man is in jail after investigators say he knowingly transmitted HIV to a sexual partner. Samuel Lewis Orr, 50, is charged under Florida’s sexually transmissible diseases statute. He was arrested Wednesday in Citrus County.
  • Bus tour gives high school athletes a chance to shine

    Bus tour gives high school athletes a chance to shine

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:41:10 GMT
    They are taking their skills to colleges to show their stuff to potential coaches. High school athletes traveling the country for a chance at a scholarship. All thanks to a bus tour. It's "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
    They are taking their skills to colleges to show their stuff to potential coaches. High school athletes traveling the country for a chance at a scholarship. All thanks to a bus tour. It's "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
  • Bradenton police seek credit card fraud suspect

    Bradenton police seek credit card fraud suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:58 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:58:07 GMT
    Police need help tracking down a man who they say used a woman’s credit card multiple times without her permission.
    Police need help tracking down a man who they say used a woman’s credit card multiple times without her permission.
  • VIDEO: Loggerhead turtle lays eggs, heads back to sea

    VIDEO: Loggerhead turtle lays eggs, heads back to sea

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:25:28 GMT

    A local viewer captured an incredible nature moment on a Tampa Bay area beach.

    A local viewer captured an incredible nature moment on a Tampa Bay area beach.

  • Habana Ave. reopens after fatal motorcycle crash

    Habana Ave. reopens after fatal motorcycle crash

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:18:38 GMT
    All lanes on Habana Avenue reopened Thursday after a fatal motorcycle crash earlier in the morning. 
    All lanes on Habana Avenue reopened Thursday after a fatal motorcycle crash earlier in the morning. 
  • Sarasota now blames 'underlying condition' for man's death

    Sarasota now blames 'underlying condition' for man's death

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:39:39 GMT
    Health officials in Sarasota now say a man -- thought to have died as a result of flesh-eating bacteria -- actually died from other medical conditions.
    Health officials in Sarasota now say a man -- thought to have died as a result of flesh-eating bacteria -- actually died from other medical conditions.
  • Man arrested after assault on SCAT bus

    Man arrested after assault on SCAT bus

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-31 14:37:50 GMT
    Police have arrested a man accused of pulling a knife on a woman while on a Sarasota County bus earlier this month.
    Police have arrested a man accused of pulling a knife on a woman while on a Sarasota County bus earlier this month.
  • Lakeland man charged with lewd and lascivious battery

    Lakeland man charged with lewd and lascivious battery

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:37 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:37:27 GMT
    A Lakeland man is under arrest after investigators say a mother caught him having sex with her daughter in the girl’s bedroom.Justin Henry, 21, is charged with lewd and lascivious battery.
    A Lakeland man is under arrest after investigators say a mother caught him having sex with her daughter in the girl’s bedroom.Justin Henry, 21, is charged with lewd and lascivious battery.
  • Worth it or wasted: Lights along State Road 60

    Worth it or wasted: Lights along State Road 60

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:56:39 GMT
    Florida's Department of Transportation says it is putting up hundreds of new streetlights over a seven and a half mile stretch of State Road 60 just east of Lake Wales. Are those lights worth it or wasted?
    Florida's Department of Transportation says it is putting up hundreds of new streetlights over a seven and a half mile stretch of State Road 60 just east of Lake Wales. Are those lights worth it or wasted?
  • Pinellas Park man sentenced in sex assault of 12-year-old

    Pinellas Park man sentenced in sex assault of 12-year-old

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:44:34 GMT
    A Pinellas Park man has been sentenced to nearly 37 years in prison for a vicious assault on a 12-year-old girl. A woman who held the victim down during the attack was also sentenced.
    A Pinellas Park man has been sentenced to nearly 37 years in prison for a vicious assault on a 12-year-old girl. A woman who held the victim down during the attack was also sentenced.

  • Health officials warn of parasitic disease 'Crypto' in Pinellas

    Health officials warn of parasitic disease 'Crypto' in Pinellas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:38:11 GMT
    The Pinellas Health Department says reports of Cryptosporidium are on the rise. “Crypto” is a parasite that spreads easily in child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water, according to the department.
    The Pinellas Health Department says reports of Cryptosporidium are on the rise. “Crypto” is a parasite that spreads easily in child-care settings and through swimming in contaminated water, according to the department.
  • Rash of break-ins in St. Pete neighborhood

    Rash of break-ins in St. Pete neighborhood

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:25:55 GMT
    Police say car burglars in St. Petersburg are tip-toeing their way to a big summer. Three neighborhoods have been targeted by car thieves 36 times over the last month.
    Police say car burglars in St. Petersburg are tip-toeing their way to a big summer. Three neighborhoods have been targeted by car thieves 36 times over the last month.
  • Police plan to use bikes as bait to catch thieves

    Police plan to use bikes as bait to catch thieves

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:12:30 GMT
    Police in Gulfport are reaching for a new technology, after a 70% jump in bicycle thefts in 2014. They’ve dubbed them “bait bikes,” which is simply a bicycle equipped with a GPS tracking device.
    Police in Gulfport are reaching for a new technology, after a 70% jump in bicycle thefts in 2014. They’ve dubbed them “bait bikes,” which is simply a bicycle equipped with a GPS tracking device.
  • Fire & police retirees to get bonus $9K check

    Fire & police retirees to get bonus $9K check

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:50:09 GMT
    Tampa police and firefighters are entitled to excellent pension benefits, but some are questioning if the benefits are a bit too generous.
    Tampa police and firefighters are entitled to excellent pension benefits, but some are questioning if the benefits are a bit too generous.
  • Health insurance: check’s in the mail, but the rates may go up

    Health insurance: check’s in the mail, but the rates may go up

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:59:19 GMT
    You may soon get a pleasant surprise in your mailbox: federal statistics show nearly a million people in Florida are getting refund checks from their health insurance. But providers, including Humana and Florida Blue, have also announced plans to raise rates.
    You may soon get a pleasant surprise in your mailbox: federal statistics show nearly a million people in Florida are getting refund checks from their health insurance. But providers, including Humana and Florida Blue, have also announced plans to raise rates.
  • Manatee County teen survives flesh-eating bacteria infection

    Manatee County teen survives flesh-eating bacteria infection

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:48:55 GMT
    The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is mostly found in warm coastal waters and can enter the body through an open wound. That's what happened to 13-year-old Jake Ahlers of Manatee County. He got treated quickly and survived. Others have not been so lucky, and health officials want the public to be aware of the higher risk this time of year.
    The bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus, is mostly found in warm coastal waters and can enter the body through an open wound. That's what happened to 13-year-old Jake Ahlers of Manatee County. He got treated quickly and survived. Others have not been so lucky, and health officials want the public to be aware of the higher risk this time of year.
  • Tracking illegal snakes in Florida

    Tracking illegal snakes in Florida

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:50:13 GMT
    Wildlife officials say they have a permitting process for owning exotic animals, and it's in place to keep the public safe.
    Wildlife officials say they have a permitting process for owning exotic animals, and it's in place to keep the public safe.
  • WATCH: Porsche catches fire in Britton Plaza parking lot

    WATCH: Porsche catches fire in Britton Plaza parking lot

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:51:51 GMT

    Firefighters were called to put out a car fire Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Britton Plaza on Dale Mabry.

    Firefighters were called to put out a car fire Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Britton Plaza on Dale Mabry.

  • Wildlife officers working to trap invasive tegu lizards

    Wildlife officers working to trap invasive tegu lizards

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:41:47 GMT
    A lizard that can grow up to four feet long is causing incalculable damage to Florida’s delicate ecosystem, and wildlife officials are on the hunt for them.
    A lizard that can grow up to four feet long is causing incalculable damage to Florida’s delicate ecosystem, and wildlife officials are on the hunt for them.
  • The Bay Area's biggest gut-busting meals

    The Bay Area's biggest gut-busting meals

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:36:17 GMT
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their annual "Xtreme Eating" list, which names nine of the most monstrous meals on restaurant menus.
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their annual "Xtreme Eating" list, which names nine of the most monstrous meals on restaurant menus.
  • Parental punishment bad for the brain, book claims

    Parental punishment bad for the brain, book claims

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:22:46 GMT

    What do you do when your child acts up? A time out? Grounding? Maybe even a spanking? That might be the old way, but a growing new trend claims it's time to throw those traditional punishments out the door.

    What do you do when your child acts up? A time out? Grounding? Maybe even a spanking? That might be the old way, but a growing new trend claims it's time to throw those traditional punishments out the door.

  • Jury to begin deliberating McTear trial Thursday

    Jury to begin deliberating McTear trial Thursday

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:21:07 GMT
    Guilty, or innocent? Closing arguments have wrapped up in the Richard McTear murder trial, and the jury is to return Thursday morning to receive instructions, and begin deliberating.
    Guilty, or innocent? Closing arguments have wrapped up in the Richard McTear murder trial, and the jury is to return Thursday morning to receive instructions, and begin deliberating.
  • Three arrested after string of armed robberies

    Three arrested after string of armed robberies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:28:43 GMT
    Three people who went on an armed robbery spree last night may have been trying to raise funds for court fines. Deputies say Willie Toledo, Lori Beth Fawaz, and Amie Lynn Brown tried to rob three different people Tuesday evening.
    Three people who went on an armed robbery spree last night may have been trying to raise funds for court fines. Deputies say Willie Toledo, Lori Beth Fawaz, and Amie Lynn Brown tried to rob three different people Tuesday evening.
  • Water will soon flow back into Bill Young Reservoir

    Water will soon flow back into Bill Young Reservoir

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:26:36 GMT
    The bay area's largest reservoir is about to be back in business. Thursday, crews will start filling the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir
    The bay area's largest reservoir is about to be back in business. Thursday, crews will start filling the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir
  • Coach accused of touching students to go back to work

    Coach accused of touching students to go back to work

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:22:19 GMT
    A Bradenton coach accused of groping female students will return to coaching. The state attorney's office will not file charges against Sugg Middle School Coach Brian Stevens.
    A Bradenton coach accused of groping female students will return to coaching. The state attorney's office will not file charges against Sugg Middle School Coach Brian Stevens.
  • Pilot in deadly beach crash 'deeply, deeply' sorry

    Pilot in deadly beach crash 'deeply, deeply' sorry

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:19:18 GMT
    Family and friends of 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor spoke to the media Tuesday on his behalf, and read a statement saying he didn't see anyone on the beach when he landed, and said he was "deeply" sorry for what happened.
    Family and friends of 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor spoke to the media Tuesday on his behalf, and read a statement saying he didn't see anyone on the beach when he landed, and said he was "deeply" sorry for what happened.
  • Sanctuary founders create safe space for exotic animals

    Sanctuary founders create safe space for exotic animals

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:14:29 GMT
    Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a little bit of Africa (and Asia) right here in Florida. And it's a life's dream come true for the couple who own and run it.
    Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a little bit of Africa (and Asia) right here in Florida. And it's a life's dream come true for the couple who own and run it.
  • Missing dog found trapped under house

    Missing dog found trapped under house

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:13:29 GMT
    There was heartbreak in a Clearwater home when "Allie," a Shepherd mix, went missing -- that is, until her owners heard whimpering coming from under the house.
    There was heartbreak in a Clearwater home when "Allie," a Shepherd mix, went missing -- that is, until her owners heard whimpering coming from under the house.
  • Sarasota County reports death from 'flesh-eating' bacteria

    Sarasota County reports death from 'flesh-eating' bacteria

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:44:19 GMT
    One person in Sarasota County has died from a “flesh-eating bacteria,” officials there confirmed Tuesday. According to a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the patient was middle-aged and had chronic health problems. The death comes amid concerns about the bacteria thriving in warmer water temperatures that arrive in the Florida summer months.
    One person in Sarasota County has died from a “flesh-eating bacteria,” officials there confirmed Tuesday. According to a spokesperson with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, the patient was middle-aged and had chronic health problems. The death comes amid concerns about the bacteria thriving in warmer water temperatures that arrive in the Florida summer months.
  • Crist, Scott setting records for unpopularity

    Crist, Scott setting records for unpopularity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:40:08 GMT
    Statistician Nate Silver earned a reputation for calling elections. His site, Fivethirtyeight.com, currently shows Florida's race for governor is a tossup. But it also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist could make history for being so unpopular.
    Statistician Nate Silver earned a reputation for calling elections. His site, Fivethirtyeight.com, currently shows Florida's race for governor is a tossup. But it also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist could make history for being so unpopular.
  • Store employee shoots burglary suspect

    Store employee shoots burglary suspect

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:32:34 GMT
    A burglary suspect is recovering in the hospital after an employee shot him during a break-in early Tuesday morning, Tampa police said.
    A burglary suspect is recovering in the hospital after an employee shot him during a break-in early Tuesday morning, Tampa police said.
  • Elevated expressways planned for Pinellas County

    Elevated expressways planned for Pinellas County

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:04 GMT
    Imagine a drive from Pasco through Pinellas to Hillsborough County -- without ever hitting a single red light. It's going to happen, and work starts in 2017 with “The Gateway Project” in Pinellas. It will make non-stop connections of U.S. 19, the Bayside Bridge and Interstate 275.
    Imagine a drive from Pasco through Pinellas to Hillsborough County -- without ever hitting a single red light. It's going to happen, and work starts in 2017 with “The Gateway Project” in Pinellas. It will make non-stop connections of U.S. 19, the Bayside Bridge and Interstate 275.

  • Photos: venomous snakes seized from Sarasota home

    Photos: venomous snakes seized from Sarasota home

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:02:25 GMT

    Wildlife officials seized seven venomous snakes from a man who they say was not licensed to have them.

    Wildlife officials seized seven venomous snakes from a man who they say was not licensed to have them.

  • Pasco drug bust involves pill mills, doctor shopping and more

    Pasco drug bust involves pill mills, doctor shopping and more

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:03:37 GMT
    Addicts. Doctor shopping. Pill mills. And dozens of guns -- Pasco County's sheriff says a Wesley Chapel businessman used them all to run his lucrative drug business.
    Addicts. Doctor shopping. Pill mills. And dozens of guns -- Pasco County's sheriff says a Wesley Chapel businessman used them all to run his lucrative drug business.
  • Clearwater names new police chief

    Clearwater names new police chief

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:45:10 GMT
    Daniel Slaughter, a 22-year veteran of the Clearwater Police Department, was announced as the new police chief Tuesday morning. He replaces former chief Tony Holloway, who is now with the St. Petersburg Police Department.
    Daniel Slaughter, a 22-year veteran of the Clearwater Police Department, was announced as the new police chief Tuesday morning. He replaces former chief Tony Holloway, who is now with the St. Petersburg Police Department.
  • Meet the fastest player in the NFL

    Meet the fastest player in the NFL

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:21:27 GMT
    Don't blink, you'll miss him -- Bucs running back Jeff Demps is gone in a flash. He's a mismatch for Bucs linebackers, and that's not an insult to the defensive players who are trying to slow him down.
    Don't blink, you'll miss him -- Bucs running back Jeff Demps is gone in a flash. He's a mismatch for Bucs linebackers, and that's not an insult to the defensive players who are trying to slow him down.
  • Brain stimulator treats depression using magnets

    Brain stimulator treats depression using magnets

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:52:43 GMT
    We all have them -- stuck to our refrigerators, our desks, and even our cars. Now magnets are helping doctors treat depression and maybe even PTSD.
    We all have them -- stuck to our refrigerators, our desks, and even our cars. Now magnets are helping doctors treat depression and maybe even PTSD.
  • Airfare advertising to change?

    Airfare advertising to change?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:54:38 GMT
    Airlines want to advertise their fares without including government taxes. And the U.S. House has agreed with them. But is that good news for consumers? Maybe not.
    Airlines want to advertise their fares without including government taxes. And the U.S. House has agreed with them. But is that good news for consumers? Maybe not.
  • No charges in boy's dog-mauling death

    No charges in boy's dog-mauling death

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:59:22 GMT
    The fatal mauling of a 4-year-old boy was negligent but not criminal, the state attorney's office says, so no charges will be filed.
    The fatal mauling of a 4-year-old boy was negligent but not criminal, the state attorney's office says, so no charges will be filed.
  • Young girl injured by plane has passed away

    Young girl injured by plane has passed away

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:31:05 GMT
    The 9-year-old girl injured during a plane's crash-landing on Caspersen Beach has passed away from her injuries. "Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven," her family said in a heart-wrenching statement.
    The 9-year-old girl injured during a plane's crash-landing on Caspersen Beach has passed away from her injuries. "Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven," her family said in a heart-wrenching statement.
  • Second suspect arrested in fatal Manatee theater shooting

    Second suspect arrested in fatal Manatee theater shooting

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:18:43 GMT
    Deputies have arrested the second suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a woman outside a Manatee County theater early Monday morning.
    Deputies have arrested the second suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a woman outside a Manatee County theater early Monday morning.
  • Old sport moves to Tampa, brings along new curiosity

    Old sport moves to Tampa, brings along new curiosity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:14 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:14:00 GMT
    New, big poles along I-75 have locals asking questions. So, what are they, and why are they there? We have the answers.
    New, big poles along I-75 have locals asking questions. So, what are they, and why are they there? We have the answers.
  • Family of slain pregnant woman demands justice

    Family of slain pregnant woman demands justice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:41:18 GMT
    After a pregnant woman may have been accidentally shot and killed over the weekend, her family says they want answers, and possibly charges against the gun owner.
    After a pregnant woman may have been accidentally shot and killed over the weekend, her family says they want answers, and possibly charges against the gun owner.
  • Police still looking for driver in Pasco hit-and-run crash

    Police still looking for driver in Pasco hit-and-run crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:46:56 GMT
    Authorities want to find the driver who ran into a family of three in Pasco County, and fled from the scene. It happened Saturday afternoon in Holiday; authorities are looking for a blue, 2000 Ford Crown Victoria.
    Authorities want to find the driver who ran into a family of three in Pasco County, and fled from the scene. It happened Saturday afternoon in Holiday; authorities are looking for a blue, 2000 Ford Crown Victoria.
  • As veterans waited, VA gave bonuses to executives

    As veterans waited, VA gave bonuses to executives

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:23:15 GMT
    As Tampa Bay area veterans waited months or years for disability claims, and as patients endured excessive wait times at VA hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs rewarded top executives with performance bonuses.
    As Tampa Bay area veterans waited months or years for disability claims, and as patients endured excessive wait times at VA hospitals, the Department of Veterans Affairs rewarded top executives with performance bonuses.
  • Bicyclist killed in crash

    Bicyclist killed in crash

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:06:46 GMT
    A bicyclist was killed Monday night when he rode into the path of a pickup truck.
    A bicyclist was killed Monday night when he rode into the path of a pickup truck.
  • Local teens give back, and learn in the process

    Local teens give back, and learn in the process

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:04:40 GMT
    It’s an incredible opportunity for teens to have a summer filled with fun and history. Heritage Village's Junior Docent program is packed with local adventures.
    It’s an incredible opportunity for teens to have a summer filled with fun and history. Heritage Village's Junior Docent program is packed with local adventures.
  • Artist hides drawings for people to find and share

    Artist hides drawings for people to find and share

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:24:47 GMT
    Start looking in nooks, crannies, and off the beaten path places for Bump Galletta's art. He sketches out a picture, then hides it anywhere He thinks someone will eventually find it: in a store, park, or even a tree.When you find a sketch, He asks that they do just one thing: take a selfie and post it on social media.
    Start looking in nooks, crannies, and off the beaten path places for Bump Galletta's art. He sketches out a picture, then hides it anywhere He thinks someone will eventually find it: in a store, park, or even a tree.When you find a sketch, He asks that they do just one thing: take a selfie and post it on social media.
  • Bucs experiment with third tight end position

    Bucs experiment with third tight end position

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:13:22 GMT
    The Bucs loaded up this offseason, collecting tight ends. A year ago, it was a weakness; now, it's a strength. On the outside, it looks like there are too many players at that position for traditional starting spots.
    The Bucs loaded up this offseason, collecting tight ends. A year ago, it was a weakness; now, it's a strength. On the outside, it looks like there are too many players at that position for traditional starting spots.

  • Driverless car testing continues today

    Driverless car testing continues today

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:39:06 GMT
    It sounds like something out of a science fiction show: Driverless cars. But they are a reality and their testing could affect your commute this afternoon if you plan to take the Selmon Crosstown.
    It sounds like something out of a science fiction show: Driverless cars. But they are a reality and their testing could affect your commute this afternoon if you plan to take the Selmon Crosstown.
  • Investigation continues into crash that killed beachgoer

    Investigation continues into crash that killed beachgoer

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:33:18 GMT
    We're learning more about the beachgoer who was killed by a crashing plane in Venice over the weekend. Ommy Irizarry, a vacationing Army soldier, was killed and his 9-year-old daughter badly hurt.
    We're learning more about the beachgoer who was killed by a crashing plane in Venice over the weekend. Ommy Irizarry, a vacationing Army soldier, was killed and his 9-year-old daughter badly hurt.
  • Florida backs medical marijuana 9-to-1

    Florida backs medical marijuana 9-to-1

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:02:57 GMT
    According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Florida backs medical marijuana nine to one. Voters support legalized marijuana for medicinal use 88 percent to 10 percent.
    According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Florida backs medical marijuana nine to one. Voters support legalized marijuana for medicinal use 88 percent to 10 percent.
  • National spotlight to shine on St. Pete museum

    National spotlight to shine on St. Pete museum

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:47:06 GMT
    The St. Petersburg Museum of History is in for a double dose of national publicity. Tuesday, video crews from two unrelated cable television channels will shoot two unrelated segments inside the museum.
    The St. Petersburg Museum of History is in for a double dose of national publicity. Tuesday, video crews from two unrelated cable television channels will shoot two unrelated segments inside the museum.
  • Police: 'Advanced' skimmers found on Tampa gas pumps

    Police: 'Advanced' skimmers found on Tampa gas pumps

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:33:11 GMT
    Police say they are investigating more cases of skimmers at gas stations in Tampa, but these latest cases are more difficult to detect than others.
    Police say they are investigating more cases of skimmers at gas stations in Tampa, but these latest cases are more difficult to detect than others.
  • Rays pitcher Joel Peralta confirms he has chikungunya virus

    Rays pitcher Joel Peralta confirms he has chikungunya virus

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:08:47 GMT
    Health officials said Monday that a third case of the chikungunya virus has been confirmed in Pinellas County, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta says it is him. Peralta confirmed the information during Monday’s Rays media briefing.
    Health officials said Monday that a third case of the chikungunya virus has been confirmed in Pinellas County, and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta says it is him. Peralta confirmed the information during Monday’s Rays media briefing.
  • The eclectic sights and sounds of Safety Harbor

    The eclectic sights and sounds of Safety Harbor

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:07:17 GMT
    With little shops and restaurants, it's a bit like Mayberry, but with an artsy twist. Homes and businesses explode with color, and artists are committed to creating a nurturing community.
    With little shops and restaurants, it's a bit like Mayberry, but with an artsy twist. Homes and businesses explode with color, and artists are committed to creating a nurturing community.
  • 'No plans' to return coupon packet to newspapers

    'No plans' to return coupon packet to newspapers

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:56:20 GMT
    Recently, coupon bloggers told readers that the RedPlum coupon booklet would reappear in the Sunday paper July 27. And they rejoiced. But the reports of RedPlum’s return were untrue.
    Recently, coupon bloggers told readers that the RedPlum coupon booklet would reappear in the Sunday paper July 27. And they rejoiced. But the reports of RedPlum’s return were untrue.
  • Plane crash kills one, injures girl on Caspersen Beach

    Plane crash kills one, injures girl on Caspersen Beach

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:45:19 GMT
    Sarasota County deputies are responding to a plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice that killed one man and critically injured a little girl.
    Sarasota County deputies are responding to a plane crash off Caspersen Beach in Venice that killed one man and critically injured a little girl.
  • Moms raise money for girl with brain cancer

    Moms raise money for girl with brain cancer

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:15:55 GMT
    A community is rallying around a 3-year-old Tampa girl fighting brain cancer.
    A community is rallying around a 3-year-old Tampa girl fighting brain cancer.
  • Pregnant woman dies after accidental shooting

    Pregnant woman dies after accidental shooting

    Sunday, July 27 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-27 22:19:13 GMT
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office was investigating a shooting in Brooksville Saturday evening. Detectives said a gun accidentally went off.
    The Hernando County Sheriff's Office was investigating a shooting in Brooksville Saturday evening. Detectives said a gun accidentally went off.
  • Deputies search for home invasion suspects

    Deputies search for home invasion suspects

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:41:48 GMT
    Two suspects force their way into a home in Sarasota and rob two people.
    Two suspects force their way into a home in Sarasota and rob two people.


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