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  1. Students allowed transfers from Hernando schools without music programs

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County School District has come up with a solution that will allow students at the two high schools that have lost music programs to continue playing and singing:

    Let them transfer.

    Nature Coast Technical High and Central High recently eliminated music programs, but students were not notified in time to request normal transfers.
  2. Group hopes to present plan by year's end to eliminate one-way streets in Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville Vision Foundation is looking to formally present its plan to eliminate the one-way streets through downtown Brooksville to the Florida Department of Transportation by the end of the year.

  3. Hernando commission approves job-creation incentives for three companies

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — When Richard Smith decided to move his company from South Florida to Central Florida earlier this year, he starting hunting in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

  4. Back-and-forth slugfest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist intensifies

    State Roundup

    In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

    Rick Scott, who refused to release the deposition in 2010 because it was a "private matter," said he won't change his mind. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  5. Pregnant Midori cancels Florida Orchestra performances

    Music & Concerts

    Oh, baby.

    Renowned violinist Midori, one of the biggest names the Florida Orchestra has ever booked to perform, is expecting her first child. Good news for her, bad news for the orchestra.

    Classical violinist Midori. [Handout Photo/ Special to the Times]
  6. Deputies: man in Land O'Lakes jail stole other inmates' personal information

    Crime

    LAND O' LAKES — A man confined to his jail cell for 23 hours a day committed an elaborate fraud scheme over several months, deputies say, during his only hour of free time.

  7. New poll: Jeb Bush leads GOP presidential field in Florida; Hillary Clinton beats them all

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush leads a field of prospective GOP presidential candidates in Florida, topping Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and others. But Hillary Clinton beats them all in head-to-head matchups, according to a poll released Thursday.

  8. Appeal filed in rezoning for marina in Hernando Beach

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando Beach residents have filed an appeal to last month's rezoning at Blue Pelican Marina, citing procedural issues, inconsistencies with Hernando County's comprehensive plan and the conflict posed by County Commission Chairman Wayne Dukes running the meeting and casting the deciding vote while …

  9. Tampa military recruiter accused of claiming $78,000 in undeserved bonuses

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Travis DeVall once described himself as a military recruiter "on steroids."

  10. Lightning strikes injure man, create brush fire in Sand Key Park

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — A 44-year-old Tampa man was injured Thursday after lightning struck the ground on Sand Key Park, police said.

  11. Two people dead in crash on U.S. 19 in Hudson

    Accidents

    HUDSON — Two people died in a three-car crash shortly before noon Thursday on U.S. 19, authorities said.

    Two people died in a three-car crash shortly before noon Thursday on U.S. 19, authorities said. The crash involved a Ford Taurus, Honda Civic and Dodge Charger. [BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times]
  12. Half the task of catching lobsters is finding them

    Outdoors

    Forget about getting anything out of Tom Matthews. The lobster biologist is as cagey as the crustaceans he studies.

    The two-day lobster sport season runs July 30-31. [Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  13. 10 killed in blasts at U.N. facility in Gaza (w/ video)

    World

    GAZA CITY — A series of explosions at a school run by the United Nations sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who had fled their homes for safety from Israeli military assaults killed at least 10 people on Thursday afternoon and wounded many more. The cause was not immediately clear.

    A Palestinian youth carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, into the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra says the dead and injured in the school compound were among hundreds of people seeking shelter from heavy fighting in the area. [Associated Press]
  14. Video: First trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is out (NSFW)

    Movies

    Fifty Shades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book, has released its first trailer and created a predictable buzz.

  15. Arty mannequins to strike a pose for AIDS research

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — In a little, old-style barbershop, artist and barber Brian Feist daubs oil pastels on a female fiberglass torso. A montage of Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea and a blazing sunset emerges.

    Heather Richardson adds colored tiles to her Dude, part of the Outdoor Arts Foundation’s new project. In a first, the foundation will set up a virtual gallery of all the terrific torsos.