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Attorney for fired Tampa police sergeant seeks dismissal of criminal charges

TAMPA — An attorney for a former Tampa police sergeant accused of stealing food stamps allocated to a jail inmate wants a judge to dismiss the case. The reason? La Joyce Houston didn't …

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  1. Tell Me About It: When he says 'just friends' he means it

    Relationships

    Q: Recently I've become friends outside of work with a co-worker. I thought maybe we could be more than friends, but during a conversation he said he wanted to clarify that we are hanging out as "just friends." I was so surprised by the conversation that I just replied by nodding and saying "of course" . . . and …

  2. Tell Me About It: It's time to stand up to mother-in-law's digs

    Relationships

    Q: I have been married to a wonderful man for 20 years and the only time we ever fight is regarding his mother.

  3. Round out the Thanksgiving weekend with a little bluegrass music

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING LAKE — Those looking to round out their Thanksgiving weekend with a little American roots music might want to head to the scenic Sertoma Youth Ranch on the Hernando-Pasco county line.

  4. Find A Friend: Bella and Elisa

    Pets

    St. Francis Rescue

    What are you thankful for this holiday? Bella and Elisa embrace their pirate-town look and see the world through a prism of love and gratitude. These siblings were rescued from the shelter as tiny kittens and are now free of the virus that claimed an eye from each of them. Not yet a year old, …

    What are you thankful for this holiday? Bella and Elisa embrace their pirate-town look and see the world through a prism of love and gratitude. These siblings were rescued from the shelter as tiny kittens and are now free of the virus that claimed an eye from each of them. Not yet a year old, they're playful but snuggly companions. They are available separately but would prefer to remain together as a bonded pair of sweet sisters. Shop 'til you drop this weekend, but don't forget to adopt Bella and Elisa by visiting stfrancisrescue.org.
  5. Holiday Movie Guide: 14 picks for award season

    Movies

    Hark! the herald angels sing. • Sorry, that's just a chorus of Hollywood studios trying to grab our attention during the holiday movie season. • This is their last chance to save 2014 from being the worst box office year in a decade. It's also the first chance for high-profile movies to impress awards …

    Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in The Homesman.

    Rick Scott admits using private email account, skirting public records law

    Anyone else remember of Gov. Rick Scott said over and over again that he never used his private gmail account to conduct public business? The Associated Press now reports:...

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    Chow down on these Thanksgiving TV shows, marathons, specials

    What better day is there to curl up on the couch and watch TV than Thanksgiving? You’re stuffed, you’re sleepy from all that tryptophan, you’re trying to avoid annoying family members — whatever the reason, you need some solid viewing options. The Peanuts’ Thanksgiving classic gets a head start Wednesday, but most of these (including some off-the-wall marathons) will be perfect for relaxing in that post-feast malaise....

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    Did you see this photo and think, "Yeahhhh, I'm not down for that"? Then listen up because we have tips for avoiding mall craziness.

    Tips for avoiding the mall rush this holiday season

    If fighting your way through frantic masses at Target or International Plaza isn't your idea of a fun shopping day, have no fear. We've brainstormed a few ideas that are as chill as they are efficient at clearing your list....

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