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  1. Man named as suspect in girl's death set for Hillsborough court hearing

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A court hearing Thursday morning could determine whether the man suspected of — but not charged with — the death of 9-year-old Felecia Williams remains behind bars on other charges.

  2. Tampa man accused of kidnapping kids, fleeing to Cuba gets another competency hearing

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Joshua Hakken, the Tampa engineer who, along with his wife, is accused of kidnapping their children and fleeing to Cuba, will appear in court Thursday morning for a competency hearing.

  3. Judge rejects delay in Bar's misconduct trial of shock jock lawyers

    Courts

    LARGO — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Florida Bar's case against three Tampa lawyers accused of misconduct amid a defamation trial between radio shock jocks Todd Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem can proceed, but that certain documents will not be made public.

  4. Rays blow lead, lose to Royals

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier did his part, delivering his first professional grand slam in a four-hit night. So did Alex Cobb, pitching into the seventh for the first time in nearly a month. Relievers Grant Balfour, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger all pitched in.

    Rookie reliever Kirby Yates collects himself after giving up Salvador Perez’s go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth.
  5. Pier working group sifts through ocean of residents' ideas

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Invited to specify amenities they'd like at a new or renovated Pier, more than 2,000 residents have offered ideas running the gamut from a comedy club to a microbrewery to a basketball court.

  6. Greenlight Pinellas endorsement rejected by Seminole council

    Transportation

    SEMINOLE — The Seminole City Council has rejected a resolution endorsing the Greenlight Pinellas transit plan.

  7. Pinellas sheriff no longer keeping immigrants jailed for feds

    Public Safety

    Several Tampa Bay area sheriffs have decided recently not to automatically jail all immigrants as requested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

  8. Death of crossing guard brings focus to intersection safety

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER — The recent death of a school crossing guard has pushed the bureaucracy into high gear to improve one of Pinellas County's most crash-prone intersections.

  9. Israeli officer suspended following Tampa teen's beating

    World

    TEL AVIV— The Israeli Justice Ministry said Wednesday that a police officer who allegedly kicked and beat an American teenager in East Jerusalem has been suspended for 15 days and faces possible criminal charges.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) checks the face of Tariq Khdeir as he meets the family of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khudeir in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 7, 2014. An Israeli judge on Sunday released from jail and placed under house arrest Tariq Khdeir, the 15-year-old American of Palestinian descent whose apparent beating by Israeli police in East Jerusalem has drawn U.S. concern. Khdeir from Tampa, Florida, is a cousin of Mohammed Abu Khudeir, 16, whose abduction and killing in Jerusalem on Wednesday sparked violent protests and calls from Palestinians for a new uprising against Israel.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3XGSG
  10. Clearwater summer campers connect with Mexican culture

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    Antonio Martin stood before a table of youngsters as he scribbled foreign words on a dry-erase board. He repeated the same process: Write the word, pronounce it several times, translate it into Spanish and English.

    Antonio Martin, 60, of Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo, Mexico, uses a song to teach campers — from left, Christopher Granados, 10, Mailo Johnson, 10, Yazmine Navarro, 11, and Kris Soriano, 10 — how to pronounce and use words from the dialect of the state.
  11. Lack of training cited as veteran teachers face firing

    K12

    TAMPA — William Leonard II was a finalist for Hillsborough County diversity educator of the year in 2013.

  12. Authorities looking for suspect who put card skimmers at Hillsborough ATMs

    Crime

    TAMPA — Authorities are looking for a suspect they said placed skimming devices to steal credit card information from the ATMs at three SunTrust banks in east Hillsborough County, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay said.

  13. Ethics complaint claims Charlie Crist failed to disclose income, leases

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist failed to accurately report his income on his financial disclosure forms, according to an ethics complaint filed Wednesday.

    Charlie Crist spokesman Kevin Cate called the complaint “another pathetic flail” to help Gov. Rick Scott win re-election.
  14. Arque Dickerson, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, dies at 91

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — Arque Dickerson enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1942. A year later he officially joined the ranks of the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Arque Dickerson trained other military pilots and went on to craft airplane parts.
  15. PHSC responds to allegations about testing, instruction problems

    College

    Pasco-Hernando State College acknowledged some problems at its law enforcement academy brought to light by a whistle-blower, including an allegation about incorrect scoring on firearms tests.