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  1. Safety Harbor girl's birthday gift: Making others smile

    Human Interest

    In the lobby, a boy with his arm in a sling toddled away with a toy tiger.

  2. Tampa Bay's dead-last ranking in median household income signals sluggish recovery

    Banking

    Median household income in Tampa Bay has sunk lower than it was after the recession ended three years ago, cementing the bay area's dead-last ranking in income among the country's 25 biggest metro areas.

  3. Crash closes southbound I-75 near Hillsborough-Pasco county line

    Accidents

    TAMPA — All lanes of southbound Interstate 75 in northern Hillsborough County were closed during evening rush hour because of a crash, authorities reported.

  4. Duke Energy set to auction off a million items from shuttered Crystal River nuclear plant

    Energy

    It's one of the most unusual auctions of the year, akin to putting a nuclear plant on eBay.

    Duke Energy selling off parts -- everything from giant steam generators that have never been used to a set of every-day wrenches -- from its failed nuclear plant. [Photos by Heritage Global Partners]

  5. Pinellas school employees may get 2.5 percent raise

    K12

    Teachers in Pinellas County Schools will see another pay bump this year.

  6. Family mealtime: The importance of how we eat, not just what we eat

    Health

    If there was one simple thing you could do to improve your family's health, boost your kids' grades and fend off teen substance abuse, pregnancy and eating disorders, would you do it?

    Hayden Powell, 7, smells cilantro that his mother, Gina, is holding during the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest at Datz last month in Tampa. The event taught families how to cook together and brought a nutritionist in to speak.
  7. Brooksville council approves 'neutral' balance budget

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Resigned to the notion that outgoing officeholders don't want to saddle their successors with undue burdens, the Brooksville City Council approved a $7.7 million 2014-15 budget Wednesday night with no last-minute surprises.

  8. After months of restoration, historic Chinsegut manor house nearly ready for public

    Tourism

    BROOKSVILLE — Standing on the balcony of the Chinsegut manor house, Christie Anderberg watches while the final touches are being put on the $1.5 million restoration project that was just getting under way six months ago.

    Chinsegut Hill’s 164-year-old manor house that had been crumbling from neglect is nearing its stately former self after months of work. A $1.5 million historic preservation grant awarded by the Legislature has been used to completely renovate the house.
  9. In face of opposition, owner says marina in Hernando Beach is 'a story of success'

    Local Government

    HERNANDO BEACH — For eight years, Glen Lakes resident Carl Frimodig endured the drive to Homosassa and slow passage down the Homosassa River, where it took "a year and a day" to get his boat into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Models show an education center and lodge first proposed for acreage at the marina. The center was dropped from the proposal. The county approved rezoning of the land, but residents appealed.
  10. U.S. transportation secretary's message to bay area: Work together on mass transit (or else?)

    Mass Transit

    TAMPA — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx delivered a message to local business leaders today: work together to fulfill the region's transportation ambitions.

  11. Two women found dead in Jacksonville were from Tampa area

    Crime

    TAMPA — Two women whose bodies were discovered early Thursday along a Jacksonville road were identified as two teens whose last known addresses were in Hillsborough County.

  12. Hernando man struck, killed while walking dog

    Accidents

    BROOKSVILLE — A 62-year-old Hernando County man was killed Thursday morning after he was hit by a pickup truck while walking his dog north of the High Point community, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  13. Girl involved in bullying suicide plans to sue Polk County sheriff

    Crime

    LAKELAND — Attorneys for a 13-year-old girl accused of bullying a classmate have filed notice that they intend to sue Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd and his office.

    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd talks about the events leading up to the arrest over the weekend of two juvenile girls in a Florida bullying case at a press conference in Winter Haven last October. Two middle school girls ages 14 and 12 have been arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking in connection with the suicide earlier this year of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick in Lakeland. [Associated Press]
  14. Despite Clearwater's wishes, Walgreens to replace pitiable Parthenon

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — One of the ugliest, most run-down buildings in Clearwater is in a prominent spot on the well-traveled main route to Clearwater Beach.

    The closed Parthenon restaurant, a bicycle shop and contracting firm are to be replaced by a Walgreens, with a liquor store. The Walgreens four blocks north, on Cleveland Street, would close. Even the bike shop owner and contractor, who will have to move, support the plan.
  15. Critical report led to Belleair police chief's resignation

    Public Safety

    BELLEAIR — Police Chief Thomas Edwards resigned from the department this week after the release of a scalding report that details the deep divide between him and some of his officers.

    Belleair police Chief Thomas Edwards