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  1. Father killed, daughter critically injured in freak plane accident near Venice

    Public Safety

    Just hours before he died in a freak accident near Caspersen Beach, Ommy Irizarry wrote a Facebook post celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary.

    This screen grab from Facebook was posted by Rebecca Irizarry Monday morning, hours after the accident.
  2. Forecast: A cold front, but no real cold, in this week's weather

    Weather

    This week's forecast will bring a rare glimpse of something we haven't seen in quite a while — a cold front moving in from the Gulf of Mexico.

  3. Democratic candidates say they have the right experience for Pinellas District 67

    Elections

    With all the money in politics, does anyone represent the regular guy?

  4. VA did not reveal all veterans' cancer numbers to Congress

    Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs gave Congress a "fact sheet" in April listing the number of patients seriously harmed by long delays in receiving a gastrointestinal cancer diagnosis at VA hospitals across the nation.

    The C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Seminole decided to report to Congress only cases where it determined veterans were seriously harmed by delays in receiving consultation for gastro-intestinal cancer.
  5. Tampa native Tony La Russa inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sports

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.

    Tony La Russa was doing okay until Sunday afternoon, when he gathered in a room at the Otesaga Hotel with 44 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame whom he and the five other new electees were to soon join.

    Tony La Russa, left, Joe Torre, center, and Bobby Cox display their Baseball Hall of Fame plaques Sunday at Clark Sports Center during their induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. La Russa managed for 33 seasons with 2,728 victories and led his teams to six pennants and three World Series titles. Torre led the New York Yankees to six American League pennants and four World Series titles. Cox won five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
  6. Ripple effect of Lifeline indictments in Tampa felt at El Salvador call center

    Civil

    TAMPA — Workers at a call center in Santa Ana, El Salvador, remember visits from their rich American boss. The phone company owner would arrive in a motorcade, like a president, flanked by gun-waving guards.

    Wilbert Perez-Velasquez is among 75 employees at a call center in Santa Ana, El Salvador, who were still working when it was shut down earlier this month. The company’s U.S. owner has been accused of cheating a federal phone subsidy program.
  7. On Craigslist, even warning posts have something to hide

    Human Interest

    The "please read before hiring" warnings litter the ads on the local ride-share page on Craigslist.

  8. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of July 28-Aug. 3

    Events

    Comic Con: Unleash your inner fanboy and fangirl with stars including Evan Peters (pictured) John Rhys-Davies, Richard Madden and Caity Lotz, plus comics, videos and action figures from anime to Star Wars Friday-Sunday at the Tampa Convention Center. $30, $60 three days, 12 and under free. (610) …

    AMERICAN HORROR STORY Spilt Milk -- Episode 211 (Airs Wednesday, January 9, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: Evan Peters as Kit Walker -- CR: Byron Cohen/FX
  9. PolitiFact, PunditFact fact-check the Sunday July 27 news shows

    Politics

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended military operations in Gaza on Sunday, while U.S. officials debated what should be done in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists continue to cause turmoil.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens to other Senators speak during a news conference on the violence in the Mideast on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo) DCSW107
  10. Rays' winning streak ends with loss to Red Sox

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — After two fairly peaceful games, the drama returned to the Rays' rivalry with the Red Sox in their 3-2 loss Sunday at Tropicana Field.

    Red Sox DH David Ortiz follows through on a three-run home run off Chris Archer in the third inning, giving Boston a 3-0 lead. Ortiz follows the homer with an exaggerated bat toss and a slow trot around the bases that gets Archer’s goat.
  11. Tampa bridal show focuses on LGBT market

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    As the couple walked past the vendors at the wedding planning showcase at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk on Sunday, they couldn't help but envision what their special day would look like in December.

    Sisters Stephanie, left, and Angelica Cuevas, center browse and chat with vendors at the Equal Plan Bridal Show at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel on Sunday. Angelica is planning her wedding to her fiancee, Ellie, set for next summer. The event was put on by Diana Marie Events to showcase LGBT-friendly businesses. Stephanie attended the show with her sister because, she said, “She helped me plan my wedding, which was last September.” Angelica’s wedding is scheduled to be held next Fourth of July to her fiancee, Ellie. While the sisters attended the bridal show, Angelica won two raffle prizes, which included a cupcake prize from Sweet Tweets Cakery and a free night’s stay at the Sheraton. 
  12. Tampa native could be picked on 'Bachelorette' finale

    The Feed

    For anyone who hadn't been paying attention, The Bachelorette is having its finale Monday night.

    In this episode, Andi headed south to Tampa to visit Josh's family. They enjoyed a flirtatious afternoon playing baseball at his childhood field that was filled with future championship dreams. However, Andi learned that underneath that confidence Josh seems to exude, is pain from unfulfilled dreams. After five years of struggling, Josh quit professional sports to devote more time to his family - and in particular his younger brother, who now has been drafted into the NFL.  (ABC/Marc Edwards)
  13. Pregnant woman dies after accidentally being shot in head

    Public Safety

    BROOKSVILLE — Katherine Lynn Bryan grew up in New Port Richey, the youngest in a tight-knit group of four siblings. She recently got married and became Katherine Hoover. At the age of 25, she was five months pregnant. The new baby was going to be her second son.

    Katherine Hoover grew up in New Port Richey and was recently married.
  14. Woman saved, dog killed in pole barn fire in Riverview

    Fire

    RIVERVIEW — A woman was escaped but her dog died in an early morning fire Sunday that engulfed two large pole barns and a shed, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

  15. No injuries in Plant City mobile home fire

    Fire

    PLANT CITY

    No one hurt in fire, but mobile home damaged