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  1. Road project bulldozer aims for new Tampa Heights community center

    Growth

    TAMPA — Sometimes it's possible to imagine the interstate isn't there.

    A rehabbed Tampa Heights church is set to open next month as a community center. Residents say it cost $1 million to renovate.
  2. Man dies after being pulled from water off north Clearwater Beach

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER

    Man dies after being pulled from gulf

  3. Florida dentist accused of running 'house of horrors' agrees to quit

    Health

    A Florida children's dentist accused of running a "house of horrors" that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing dentistry.

    Protesters wave signs outside Schneider’s dentist office last month in Jacksonville. The children’s dentist performed unnecessary tooth extractions without anesthetic, parents say.
  4. Officials want buses out of St. Petersburg's Williams Park by February

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The days of exhaust-belching, bumper-to-bumper buses ringing Williams Park may be numbered.

    Officers question men at one of the bus shelters. Police are a frequent presence at Williams Park, which is bordered on three sides by bus stops and populated by homeless.
  5. Florida lawsuit seeks lost pay for Butler & Hosch employees

    Business

    TAMPA — A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status that has been filed against the law firm Butler & Hosch says hundreds of its workers laid off earlier this month, including up to 100 in Tampa, are owed three weeks' salary and were dismissed without the 60-day notice required by law.

  6. The perpetual campaign of Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE

    For Gov. Rick Scott, the campaign never ends.

    Gov. Rick Scott has a videographer on the payroll who captures events such as this visit to a new Wawa convenience store in Fort Myers. The footage is used in campaign-style videos.
  7. Federal review of Tampa's bike tickets will begin next week

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — A federal review of the Tampa Police Department's enforcement practices as it relates to bicycle laws and other traffic infractions is set to begin next week, officials said Friday. Investigators are expected to be on site at least two days, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said, though it could be …

  8. NSA data collection divides Republican presidential hopefuls

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The last time Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky staged a marathon protest on the Senate floor, over the government drone policy, fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio rushed to stand by his side.

    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spent hours on the Senate floor Wednesday speaking against the NSA’s data collection program.
  9. Family of Oldsmar man who died in jail suing Pinellas Sheriff's Office

    Public Safety

    It started as a typical DUI traffic stop. George Arthur Hunt IV had been driving off the road in East Lake Woodlands on May 18, 2013, when a deputy stopped him.

    George Hunt IV, 41, died in 2013 inside a cell at the Pinellas County Jail after his DUI arrest.
  10. Tampa to pay $112,500 to settle negligence case over wrong drug given by paramedic

    Local Government

    TAMPA — A paramedic's mistake in giving an auto accident victim a paralyzing drug instead of a painkiller will cost city taxpayers $112,500.

  11. Rays minor-league Stone Crabs team apologizes for "A-Rod Juice Box Night!"

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:15: The Stone have now issued an apology and a statement:
    The Charlotte Stone Crabs have decided to cancel tonight's Juice Box Promotion.

    The Charlotte Stone Crabs organization would like to apologize for the insensitive
    nature of tonight's promotion.  We in no way meant any …

    This is the photo illustration on the Stone Crabs Twitter feed.
  12. St. Petersburg police ordering new tourniquets after officer shot in line of duty

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When he was shot in the leg last Sunday, Officer Michael "Micky" Cordiviola fashioned a makeshift tourniquet out of a rubber garden hose. His quick thinking may have stanched the bleeding, but it also raised alarm at police headquarters, where officers were outfitted with $30 combat tourniquets …

    St. Petersburg Police Sgt. J.D. Lofton, right, places a CAT-T tourniquet on the arm of Officer Amber DeLaney during a training session. Chief Tony Holloway has asked his staff to look at the issue of police tourniquets after an officer was shot Sunday and used a rubber hose as a makeshift tourniquet. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]
  13. Josh Duggar's police record destroyed on Arkansas judge's order

    Nation

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas police have destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into reality TV star Josh Duggar, a spokesman said Friday, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about sexual misconduct allegations from when …

     Josh Duggar speaks at the Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock, Ark., in this Aug. 29, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo)
  14. Clinton got now-classified Benghazi info on private email

    National

    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

    The information was on Hillary Clinton’s unsecured personal server.
  15. Top of their class: Pinellas County private school valedictorians and salutatorians

    K12

    As the 2014-15 school year winds down, it's time to check in with the top graduates from Pinellas County high schools. We asked them to reflect on what they got out of high school, to think about who helped them through it and to tell us about themselves and their plans. To get the discussion going, we asked them to …

    CAPTION: (05/22/2005 St. Petersburg, FL) Graduates from the Eckerd College Collegium of Natural Sciences make their way to the forty-second annual commencement on the Eckerd's campus in St. Petersburg Sunday, May 22, 2005.  Over 500 students graduated from Eckerd including Charles Bryant, the son of Liberian President Gyude Bryant.   Staff Photo-James Borchuck
STORY SUMMARY:  eckerd college graduation (Times photo by James Borchuck)