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Hillsborough landowner says she didn't know moving a center for special-needs kids was part of deal

TAMPA — As the grandmother of an 8-year-old autistic boy, Kay Burgess knows firsthand how hard it is to raise special-needs children. So her heart goes out to the parents who fear that …


Transit at center of debate of Hillsborough County's transit-less transportation plan


  1. Morning Watch: Live from 'stand your ground' hearing; audio clue to Indiana deaths; Largo zip line on hold; Steve Persall's Oscars predictions


    The latest news and developments to help you get ready for the day ahead.

    Curtis Reeves, who is charged with second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Chad Oulson, is seen during his "stand your ground" hearing at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  2. Commandos' new mission: Understand reactions in the brains of jihadis


    PALM HARBOR — U.S. special operations forces have gained fame for dramatic raids like the one that killed Osama bin Laden.

    Arne Skjaerpe of Prox Dynamics, shown here at a Tampa conference in May, also demonstrated his Black Hornet drone this week at a special operations forces symposium Palm Harbor. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Times]
  3. Trouble leads to stringent controls for Tampa's Playpen nude dance club

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — After a run of trouble with prostitution and drug violations, the Playpen nude dance club this week was told to make a series of changes if it wants to stay open.

    The owner of the Playpen nude dance club on N 50th Street agreed to a lengthy list of changes at the club during a hearing this week before the Tampa Public Nuisance Abatement Board.
  4. Tom Brady takes missing Super Bowl jersey investigation into his own hands


    The case of the Missing Jersey. (Sam Manchester/The New York Times)
  5. Largo obstacle and zipline course on hold after questions of restroom, parking capacity

    Local Government

    LARGO — It was about five months ago that commissioners approved a zip line and obstacle course for the woods north of Highland Recreation Complex in the face of strong objections from dozens of residents.

  6. Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest (w/video)


    CANNON BALL, N.D. — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's governor said, after public officials pleaded with the self-named "water protectors" to leave …

    A fire set by protesters burns in the background as opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline leave their main protest camp Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. Most of the pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of dissent. [Tom Stromme | The Bismarck Tribune via AP]
  7. Police have released a new clue in the deaths of two girls: A chilling recording of three words


    The audio clip released by Indiana State Police on Wednesday contained a voice, and just three words.

    Indiana State Police Peru post public information officer Tony Slocum talks during a news conference to provide the latest details of the investigation into the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Delphi United Methodist Church in Delphi, Ind.  German, 14, Williams, 13, were murdered last week while hiking the High Bridge Trail just east of Delphi. Police released an audio clip believed to be that of the girl's killer taken from Liberty German's cellphone.[J. Kyle Keener | The Pharos-Tribune via AP]
  8. New Port Richey moves to strengthen noise ordinance

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A new noise ordinance passed in November did not please residents, so the City Council is revisiting it to give it more teeth.

    Because decibel readers don’t adequately pick up bass sounds, the New Port Richey City Council has taken other measures to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance.
  9. Fill out your Oscar ballot with Steve Persall's predictions



    Times Movie Critic

    Here's to the ones who dream of La La Land leaving the 89th annual Academy Awards without the best picture prize.

    Dream on.

    Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling take center stage in La La Land, which has received 14 Academy Award nominations.
  10. Florida education news: Machetes, tuition, laptops and more


    RENOVATIONS: The Pinellas County School Board pledges nearly $9 million to the renovation of Lakewood High School.

Corcoran concedes 'we'll get there' on a joint rule with Senate over budget

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Wednesday that he is open to compromise with the state Senate on his hardline new rules aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in the budget process. ...


It's already soggy in Port Charlotte.

Port Charlotte report: Rainy day, union meeting

UPDATE, 10:16: Due to the rain, all workouts will be the cages, and the complex is closed to fans. Pitchers will be able to throw off the mounds, and hitters hit off machines or coaches' throwing. ...Longoria was back in the clubhouse and with the team....


The case of the Missing Jersey. (Sam Manchester/The New York Times)

Tom Brady takes missing Super Bowl jersey investigation into his own hands