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  1. Romano: Florida House's charter school bill would surrender local control

    Legislature

    Try to follow the logic here:

    (You'll know you're on the right track when you start feeling dizzy.)

  2. Brooksville man arrested on child abuse charge

    Crime

    BROOKSVILLE — A 24-year-old Brooksville man was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child abuse after authorities found bruising on the back and buttocks of a young child in his care, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

  3. St. Petersburg council member irked by city's secret money pots

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It has been nearly three years since city leaders gathered at Lake Maggiore to celebrate the opening of Fire Station No. 8.

  4. Indian businesses in Tampa enjoy spike in business from Bollywood Oscars

    Retail

    TAMPA — Normally, Prerana's Indian boutique is closed on Tuesdays.

  5. Florida executes man for killing two relatives

    Criminal

    Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial.

  6. Florida House votes to regulate e-cigarette sales

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would make electronic cigarettes off limits to young people won unanimous support on Wednesday in the Florida House.

  7. Police investigating homicide in Plant City

    Crime

    Plant City Police Department detectives were investigating a homicide Wednesday, but few other details were immediately available.

  8. Raymond James posts 33 percent increase in profits

    Banking

    Raymond James Financial posted a 33 percent increase on profits in its second quarter driven by higher revenues from investment banking and advisory fees.

  9. IIFA notes: Green carpet fans surge toward Deepika Padukone, knock down barrier

    Events

    TAMPA — Things got a little crazy on the green carpet Wednesday after Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone landed at Tampa International Airport.

  10. St. Pete man critically injured in crash after tire gives out

    Accidents

    A St. Petersburg man was in critical condition Wednesday after his tire gave out as he rounded a curve in the road near 16th Street and 62nd Avenue Northeast, police said.

  11. Hillsborough's Social Services undergoing makeover

    Local

    TAMPA — In an effort to establish trust with residents, the county's Social Services Department is undergoing an overhaul that includes training, technology and a new motto: service matters.

  12. Politically connected Brandon salon goes Bollywood

    Tourism

    BRANDON — Hair stylists and make-up artists at Divine Designs Salon & Spa will close up shop for three days, pack up their equipment and cater to Bollywood stars in Tampa this weekend for the International Indian Film Academy's Weekend & Awards.

  13. Beverly Young rips Rep. David Jolly for letting her husband's staff go

    National

    Beverly Young, widow of the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, is upset with David Jolly for not retaining her husband's legislative staff.

  14. Heather Kenyon steps down as CEO of Tampa Bay Technology Forum

    Business

    After two and a half years at the helm, Heather Kenyon is stepping down as president and CEO of the 300-plus member Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the principal advocacy group for the regional technology industry. The decision reflects what TBTF called "an ongoing evolution in the organization's direction." Chase Stockon, …

  15. Kindred spirits: Formerly conjoined twins from Ireland meet Winter the dolphin

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Meeting Winter the dolphin had been a dream for Irish twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf ever since the movie Dolphin Tale. The boys saw themselves as kindred spirits of Clearwater's famous dolphin with the prosthetic tail, for they, too, rely on prosthetic limbs.

    Hussein Benhaffaf (left) feeds Winter the tail-less dolphin a fish next to his twin brother Hassan Benhaffaf with the help of Clearwater Marine Aquarium trainer Cammie Zodrow (not pictured) along with Hanger Prosthetics Dan Strzempka Wednesday morning at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, conjoined twins from Ireland who have miraculously survived surgery to separate visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where they met Winter, the amputee dolphin from Hassan and Hussein’s favorite movie, Dolphin Tale, and receive prosthetic care from the same clinical team, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, who fits Winter. They were accompanied on the trip by their parents Angie and Azzedine and sisters Malika, 10 and Iman, 6.  -  Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf were born conjoined from the chest to pelvis and at four months old, underwent surgery to separate them. The boys have defied odds since inception - as only a very small number of conjoined twins make it to birth, and of those, most don’t make it past the first 24 hours. The twins, now four-years-old, are nicknamed “Little Fighters.” The boys were born in London at 34 weeks as they couldn’t carry out the birth in Ireland. They shared a liver, stomach, bladder, chest, pelvis, and pericardium sac. They were later separated at London’s Ormond Street Hospital during a 14-hour surgery. While the surgery was a success, it left the boys with just one leg and one kidney each. Faced with numerous challenges including Hassan’s diagnosis of scoliosis which will require surgery every six months until he’s 18 and daily medical appointments, the twins receive full time care from their parents. (The trip was made possible by Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics and friends.)