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Links from the Times for April 1: After stand-off, house is empty



After 7-hour stand-off, surrounded house was empty
Pinellas deputies believed they had two armed robbery suspects cornered in a home Tuesday. They summoned the SWAT team and stood guard outside.After a stand-off lasting longer than seven hours, SWAT finally went into the home Tuesday night. The house was empty. It was unclear Tuesday how the suspects slipped away from deputies. | Video | Gallery

Mom of handcuffed kindergartener to sue Pinellas School Board
Four years after a video of police handcuffing a 5-year-old St. Petersburg girl made worldwide news, her mother has filed suit against the Pinellas County School Board. The suit accuses school officials of mishandling the situation when the girl threw a violent tantrum in class at Fairmount Park Elementary. | Story | Video

Spring break means fewer dollars for Tampa Bay area
Tampa Bay area hotels, beach shops and restaurants count on spring season — Presidents Day weekend through Easter — to make their biggest profits of the year. While visitors flocked to the area, say tourism officials, the sour economy caused many to spend less. "We'd pinned our hopes on a better spring," said Sheila Cole, executive director of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce. "Was it all we wanted? No. Was it good enough? Yes. You've got to stay in business." | Story

St. Pete burglars ram through store window
Three burglars who plunged their minivan into a St. Petersburg storefront early Monday and made off with more than $1,000 in clothes were caught on tape in a video released by police. | Video


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