Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Park and Ride service planned for BMX Gator Nationals in Oldsmar

OLDSMAR — The city has partnered with the PSTA and is offering a park and ride service during this weekend’s USA BMX Gator Nationals at the Oldsmar Sports Complex.

Public parking will be available in the east parking lot at City Hall, 100 State Street W. Other sites will be available for those staying at hotels in the Town Center area along St. Petersburg Drive E and by the Hampton Inn and Suites on Tampa Road. There will be pick-up and drop-off every 30 minutes. It will run from 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For information, call the PSTA Info Line, (727) 540-1900.

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Tampa jury takes 30 minutes to find former teacher guilty of sexual battery on disabled man

Tampa jury takes 30 minutes to find former teacher guilty of sexual battery on disabled man

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Updated: 10 minutes ago
Pasco woman crashes car with 2-month-old inside 'to get attention' of ex-boyfriend

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Updated: 12 minutes ago
Confederate group banned from Temple Terrace country club, may take legal action

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Updated: 19 minutes ago
Top 5 at Noon: A discussion with DeSantis; Confederate group banned from club may take legal action; and more

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Updated: 24 minutes ago
Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

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Updated: 26 minutes ago
Football player, band member, advanced student, girl: Pasco eighth-grader does it all well

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Bloomingdale High School teacher secretly recorded 'multiple’ students since January 2017, records show

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Colorado-based alternative fuel company to hire 45 at new $10 million factory in Plant City

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Publix has pumpkin spice everything on sale, and other deals this week in coupons (Sept. 20-26)

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Homes sales jump in Pinellas and Hillsborough in August after months of declines

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Updated: 1 hour ago