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  1. New teachers are welcomed to Hillsborough with a pitch to join the union

    K12

    TAMPA — Sara Malinka and Autumn McCarty sat in the nosebleed seats of the Armwood High School auditorium as leaders of the nation's eighth largest school district welcomed them into the fold.

  2. Review: At Sohkdii, go bold with spicy Laotian cuisine

    Food & Dining

    KENNETH CITY

    There are reasons there are so few Laotian restaurants in this area. Some of it is immigration patterns and demographics, and some of it is because Thai food has stolen its thunder a bit. The country just west of Laos has made a concerted effort to promote its cuisine to the world and has been largely …

    Paintings of Nang Kwak, Goddess of Wealth, watch over the dining room of Sohkdii Lao & Asian Cuisine in Kenneth City, possibly the only Laotian restaurant in the bay area.
  3. Hernando United Way prepares for annual Stuff the Bus drive for school supplies

    K12

    Retailers are catching up with the desires of donors and have been planning ahead for the eighth annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive, which United Way of Hernando County will launch on Friday.

  4. Review: 'Boyhood' charm doesn't last

    Movies

    Boyhood (R) (165 min.) — Richard Linklater's time-lapse cinema experiment arrives showered with rapturous praise, some deserved and some concocted in the sort of adjectives race for superiority that film critics sometimes engage. Boyhood is an impressive feat, produced over 12 years with annual …

    Ellar Coltrane’s role as Mason Jr. is the compass of Boyhood, which was filmed with annual shoots totaling 39 days over 12 years.
  5. Deputies arrest man in robbery of Town 'N Country credit union

    Crime

    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday in connection with a robbery at a credit union a week earlier in Town 'N Country.

  6. Credit card skimming devices found at three South Tampa gas stations

    Crime

    TAMPA — Devices designed to steal credit card information were found affixed to fuel pumps at three South Tampa gas stations this weekend, prompting a public warning from police.

  7. Florida expands back-to-school sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

    Retail

    Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday with savings on more items this year.

    Times files
  8. Forecasters: Area of low pressure has high chance of tropical development this week

    Hurricanes

    Forecasters were eyeing an area of low pressure located about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands early Wednesday.

  9. State rules force Treasure Island to scale back beach events

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city is losing beach events or having them scaled back because of stepped-up state requirements in the wake of a lawsuit filed by three hotel owners.

    Glenn Granade of Melrose adds another seahorse to his sky display at the Treasure Island Kite Festival earlier this year. Organizers have scaled back an upcoming festival because of state rules. LARA CERRI  |   Times
  10. Rays beat Brewers again, now game shy of .500

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are playing for a lot these days, not just to continue their improbable climb back to .500 and into playoff contention but potentially to keep ace David Price and others from being traded.

    Ben Zobrist trots around the bases after homering in the sixth to tie the score at 1.
  11. Parent engagement at the heart of District 3 School Board race in Pinellas

    K12

    Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea is facing a St. Petersburg professor in her bid for a third term.

    Kent Curtis, 47, says the board has made recent turns in the right direction.
  12. Pasco school board approves longer days for two grades

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — For fourth- and fifth-graders only, three Pasco County elementary schools will extend their class days by 50 minutes this year.

  13. Hillsborough School District seeks to lessen racial disparities

    Education

    As the Hillsborough County School District develops new ways to reach out to students who are at risk of failing or dropping out, they are doing so amid a chorus of concern about racial disparities.

  14. Early $1.2B Pinellas schools budget includes new programs

    K12

    LARGO — The Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday tentatively approved a $1.2 billion budget that includes two new elementary magnets, new middle school programs and the rebuilding of Largo High School.

  15. Suspected Tampa Soundgarden stalker has no arrests for violence

    Criminal

    TAMPA — The woman accused of frightening a 50-year-old musician and his family with hostile tweets and her knowledge of their Miami home has no history of violence, her mother says, and Florida arrest records lend credence to that assertion.

    Jessica Leigh Robbins is facing federal stalking charges involving Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and his wife.
  [Jacksonville Sheriff's Office]