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  1. Hernando School Board should have voted on move to six periods, member says

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Without public discussion or a formal vote, Hernando County School District superintendent Lori Romano recently directed all middle and high schools to reduce their instructional schedules to six periods a day for the 2014-15 school year.

  2. Former Clearwater postal clerk admits to stealing gift cards

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A former postal clerk admits in a federal plea agreement that she stole gift cards out of the mail while on duty the week before Christmas in the main Clearwater Post Office.

  3. Florida wildlife commissioners limit harvest of sea cucumbers

    Wildlife

    Two months after they postponed a decision on regulating the harvest of one of Florida's ugliest sea creatures, state wildlife commissioners voted Wednesday to limit how many sea cucumbers can be collected.

  4. Nurses awarded for trying to save Pasco movie theater shooting victim

    Public Safety

    SPRING HILL — At first, he thought it was a warning shot.

  5. Biggest new apartment building yet set for construction in downtown St. Petersburg

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A South Florida developer plans to build eight stories of apartments on a downtown lot the size of a city block, adding to a flood of new rental construction in an area developers are betting is a goldmine of young urbanites.

  6. Appeals court agrees — no term limits for Pinellas commissioners despite 1996 vote

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County commissioners are not bound by term limits approved by voters more than a decade ago, an appeals court affirmed Wednesday.

  7. Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Florida on May 1

    Retail

    Planning to buy something on Amazon? Better do it now because the online retailer will start collecting sales tax from customers in Florida on May 1.

  8. Man acquitted of Clearwater murder found guilty on other charges

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 39-year-old man acquitted of first-degree murder Tuesday night was found guilty of other lesser charges.

  9. Racehorse stolen from Odessa stable

    Crime

    ODESSA — A racehorse named Six of Diamonds was stolen from her Odessa stable last week and deputies are asking for the public's help.

  10. Valpak Direct Marketing to move headquarters from Largo to St. Petersburg

    Business

    Valpak Direct Marketing Systems is moving its corporate headquarters from Largo to a St. Petersburg office park to get closer to its manufacturing center.

  11. Man pleads guilty to leaving scene of accident that killed tandem bicyclists

    Criminal

    Christopher Weed pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to leaving the scene of a Clearwater accident in which he struck and killed a couple on a tandem bicycle.

    Defendant Christopher Weed, 30, center, plead guilty, Tuesday, April 16, 2014, at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center. On the right is Assistant Public Defender Adam Pylitt.
  12. Four dead, 283 missing — mostly teens — in South Korea ferry disaster

    World

    MOKPO, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were …

    A photo provided by Donga Daily shows the South Korea coast guard at the site of Wednesday's ferry accident off the coast of Jindo Island. The ferry identified as the Sewol was reported to have been carrying around 470 passengers, including students and teachers, as it travelled to Jeju island.
  13. Driver and passenger identified in I-275 on-ramp crash in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — The driver and passenger involved in a single-vehicle crash on the on-ramp at Interstate 275 and 118th Avenue North on Wednesday have been identified by Florida Highway Patrol.

  14. Review: Glitter, polish make 'Wizard of Oz' gleam on stage

    Stage

    CLEARWATER — About the time Dorothy found herself in the precarious situation of having a pair of fine red pumps soldered to her feet, enraging an unstable green witch who wanted them for herself, my friend Lisa leaned in and whispered:

    Danielle Wade as Dorothy, Jamie McKnight as Scarecrow, Lee MacDougall as Lion, Mike Jackson as Tin Man the original Toronto Cast. Wizard of Oz, Mirvish Productions Toronto A press publicity photo of the Wizard of Oz, coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall.
  15. Arrest made in killing at north Tampa apartment complex

    Crime

    TAMPA -- A Tampa man has been charged with killing a 33-year-old Palm Beach County man Tuesday at a north Tampa apartment complex, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.