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Chef changes attitudes, actions at Children's Services campus
Jerome Jackson serves up more than delicious dishes to nearly 300 children at Hillsborough County Children's Services Lake Magdalene campus. His methods in the kitchen have spilled over to help curb bad behavior at the school for 6 to 17 year-old children from broken homes. |  View audio slideshow

Shops reselling kids items get break from lead law
Thrift stores and children's resale shops appear to be back in business. The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday exempted them from a new law that requires manufacturers and retailers to test all children's items for lead. The law, which would have put many children's consignment shops out of business, goes into effect Feb. 10. | Special report: Exposing hidden lead

Tampa boarding home owner avoids jail in abuse case
Living conditions in Daphne Jones' boarding home in West Tampa weren't just disturbing, police say. They were criminal. After finding elderly and disabled people crammed into windowless bedrooms without air conditioning or enough drinking water in August 2007, authorities arrested Jones on 18 felony counts of adult abuse. But Thursday, Jones, 37, pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor count, for which she will serve six months of probation and 25 hours of community service. Her attorney said the whole ordeal had been overblown. | Backstory: Read previous coverage

Lingerie bowl request catches Tampa City Council attention

The Lingerie Bowl, which features scantily clad women playing full-contact football, is struggling to make it into the end zone. The City Council on Thursday yanked from its agenda a request to close streets in West Tampa for the Lingerie Football League's national championship games during Super Bowl weekend. | Special report: Tampa Bay's Countdown to the Super Bowl

South Tampa's Pita Pit want that chair back, Dude
Dude! Remember Friday night when you dragged a chair out of the Pita Pit across Howard Avenue in Tampa? You never brought it back, Dude. Now you're on YouTube. | YouTube video: That's you under the balloon.

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