Breaking news

  1. Pasco school board approves longer days for two grades

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — For fourth and fifth graders only, three Pasco County elementary schools will extend their class days by 50 minutes this year.

  2. Hillsborough school district seeks to lessen racial disparities

    Education

    As the Hillsborough County school district develops new ways to reach out to students who are at risk of failing or dropping out, they are doing so amid a chorus of concern about racial disparities.

  3. Pinellas school budget includes more money for operations, lower tax rate

    K12

    LARGO — The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday tentatively approved a $1.2 billion budget that includes two new elementary magnets, new middle school programs and the rebuilding of Largo High School.

  4. Suspected Tampa Soundgarden stalker has no arrests for violence

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The woman accused of frightening a 50-year-old musician and his family with hostile tweets and her knowledge of their Miami home has no history of violence, her mother says, and Florida arrest records lend credence to that assertion.

    Jessica Leigh Robbins is facing federal stalking charges involving Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and his wife.
  [Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]
  5. Carlton: Has the world moved beyond intolerance?

    Politics

    Once upon a time, an antigay, anti-Muslim, "pro-Christian" platform could do wonders for getting you elected in the conservative corners of Hillsborough County.

    But the world keeps turning.

  6. St. Petersburg City Council eyes extra property tax cash

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With nearly $1 million in unexpected revenue in next year's budget, the City Council is pushing for a say in how it's spent.

  7. New Port Richey man arrested after abusing hospital staff

    Crime

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A 34-year-old man is facing disorderly conduct charges after screaming and cursing at paramedics and nurses at Medical Center of Trinity late Monday night, Pasco deputies said.

  8. Pasco elementary teacher charged with DUI

    Crime

    PALM HARBOR — A Pasco County elementary special needs teacher has been charged with driving under the influence and failing to stop at a red light after authorities say she caused an accident early Sunday morning.

  9. Tampa Bay Comic Con: John Rhys-Davies has soft spot for Sallah, Gimli

    Events

    John Rhys-Davies — better known as Sallah or Gimli, depending on your age and level of geekery — had a chance to be in the fourth installments of not one but two Hollywood franchises he helped launch: 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected …

    Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) tells Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) how to get out of the Well of the Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  10. St. Petersburg pair on a mission to provide homes for veterans

    Human Interest

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow understands her tenants.

    Sheila Mutascio, left, and Carol Barkalow work to change the battery in a smoke detector in one of the eight homes they’ve rehabbed for veterans in St. Petersburg. The pair behind Heaven on Earth for Veterans have rented to 49 people so far.
  11. Video: Dog freed after being trapped under house for 2 days

    Human Interest

    A dog that had been missing for two days turned out to be right under its owner's nose. Well, more like under the house.

    Allie has a special greeting for her rescuer. Owner Delilah Gagliardi is in the background. Humane Society of Pinellas photo
  12. Defense rests in case of man accused of tossing baby onto interstate

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Jasmine Bedwell says she knows Richard McTear Jr. killed her infant son five years ago, when she was a teenager living under the watch of Hillsborough County's foster care agency. But that's not what a former case worker remembers her saying at the time.

  13. Tampa woman accused of stalking Soundgarden singer Cornell

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and his wife pulled their children out of New York public schools, fearing that a Tampa woman would try to hurt them, according to a federal complaint that charges the woman with stalking.

    Jessica Leigh Robbins is federally charged with stalking Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. [Photo courtesy of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (2012)]
  14. Tampa Bay Comic Con survival guide

    Events

    The three-day convention draws thousands to the Tampa Convention Center for bold-faced celebrity meet-and-greets and some 400,000 square feet of merchandise mania, panels, vendors, comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, Star Wars, anime and video games. That means you need more than a Darth Vader costume …

    Customers can shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the Tampa Bay Comic Con’s 400,000 square feet of merchandise mania at the Tampa Convention Center.
  15. Zephyrhills drug bust nets guns, cash, pills (w/video)

    Crime

    It was an elaborate fraud scheme involving prescription drugs, thousands of dollars and piles of guns. But Pasco sheriff's deputies were most disturbed that Mark Eisenberg brought small children to his deals with drug addicts.

    Authorities say Mark Eisenberg, 55, was paid with EBT cards.