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Hernando deputies fatally shoot a 'delusional' knife-wielding suspect

Hernando County deputies fatally shot a man Monday morning, hours after he was acc …

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Retrial of former Jabil executive facing death penalty can move forward, Florida Supreme Court rules

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Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

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  1. Florida troopers to highlight rise in hit-and-run crashes statewide

    Crime

    RUSKIN — State troopers will use the home of a 13-year-old hit-and-run victim to highlight a rise in the number of crashes statewide where motorists drive off leaving victims behind.

    Cameron Fuller's bike and sneaker lie in a turn lane of U.S. 41 in Ruskin after the boy, 13, was struck on New Year's Eve by an SUV whose driver fled the scene. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  2. Parents of disabled children vow to take on beer distributor Pepin in fight over horse therapy center land

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Parents call the Bakas Equestrian Center their "little slice of heaven."

    Chelsea Yarborough cheers after winning a ribbon during an equestrian skills event for the Special Olympics at the Bakas Equestrian Center in Tampa. Since 2001, physically and mentally disabled children have experienced the joy of horse-riding and forged deep connections with the animals at Bakas Equestrian Center. Neighbor Tom Pepin, the CEO of Pepin Distributing Company, wants the county to give him the land in exchange for building a new equine therapy center in Seffner. [Saturday, February 18, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. Parents say some kids get school recess and others don't. The numbers back them up.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For more than a year, whenever a "recess mom" has come to the Florida Capitol and pleaded with lawmakers, they have told stories of their child's lack of access to daily recess — offering anecdotes from their child's school or school district to showcase the inequities of unstructured playtime …

    The Florida Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability (OPPAGA) last fall surveyed all 67 county school districts about their recess policies and also sought responses from 2,900 public elementary and middle schools. The results revealed broad inconsistencies in whether school districts and specific schools actually offer daily recess, and if they do, how frequently and for how long.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. St. Petersburg College seeks public input in its search for a new president

    College

    TARPON SPRINGS — The choosing of a president is a serious undertaking, and each college has its own personality and priorities.

    William D. Law Jr., who recently announced his retirement as president of St. Petersburg College, said the job is more demanding than ever. "You have to be able to craft a vision," he said. "Here's where we are, here's where we're headed, and here's how were going to get there." Law will remain in the job until his successor takes over this summer.
  5. Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp (w/video)

    Nation

    CANNON BALL, N.D. — As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance.

    Debris is piled on the ground Thursday, awaiting pickup by cleanup crews at the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp in southern North Dakota near Cannon Ball. The camp is on federal land, and authorities have told occupants to leave by Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  6. Northern California braces for flooding; spillway opened (w/video)

    Nation

    OROVILLE, Calif. — Large swaths of Northern California were on high alert for flooding Monday as a powerful new storm dumped large amounts of rain on an already saturated region where levees, dams and other waterways are under major stress.

    Water output on the Oroville Dam spillway has been reduced, making the erosion and damage  more visible on Monday. [Los Angeles Times/TNS]
  7. Trade market, playoff push and pending free agents complicate Lightning's decisions

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Lightning is rolling, picking up a point in six straight games, a season high.

    Steve Yzerman
  8. Rule 5 draft could help Rays' Kevin Gadea fulfill big-league dream

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE

    The quiet December morning in the Gadea household in Chinandega, Nicaragua, was shattered when Kevin Gadea stirred awake and checked his iPhone messages.

    Kevin Gadea, 22, has never pitched about Class A but, armed with a mid 90s fastball, has a chance to join the Rays pen.
  9. Trump chooses McMaster as national security adviser

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser Monday, calling him "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

    McMaster continues a trend of Donald Trump  relying on high-ranking military officers.
  10. Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

    Health

    CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the United States declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study has found.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (right) speaks to Florida Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens on Monday as part of a pep-talk tour of the state Capitol.

Bill Nelson's post-election pep talk: 'It has been a difficult slog'

Sen. Bill Nelson sounded a little like the coach of a losing team in the locker room at half time Monday as he made the rounds in the state Capitol, delivering pep talks to House and Senate Democrats....

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Players are always interested in checking out the new gloves,

Port Charlotte report: Glove love, more live BP, no Longo for Rays

UPDATE, 2:16: Cash said Longoria texted this morning, said he felt sick, hadn't slept, had a fever, etc. No concern if he misses Tuesday as well....

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The Mutt Derby returned to Derby Lane after a 20-year hiatus.

Here's what happened when regular, non-greyhound dogs tried racing at Derby Lane

What happens when you take a bunch of regular dogs and try to get them to race on a greyhound track?...

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