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Lightning strike sets four cars on fire at Pasco auto shop

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Members of Mom and Pop Militia, a coed roller derby team, skate during a pace line exercise recently at the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Tarpon Springs. A pace line improves footwork, endurance and communication.Photos by DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Bumps and bruises just a small part of Revolution Derby League

PORT RICHEY They arrive wearing spandex and team shirts with names meant to intimidate emblazoned on the back — "Michete," "Meowch," "Scarlet Scourge" and "Helga Hufflepunch" to name a few. In bare feet they work through a series of walking lunges, jumping jacks, sprints and holding planks while their taskmaster an …

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  1. Goodbye Tampa Bay Express, hello Tampa Bay Next; but toll lanes aren't going anywhere

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Express is dead.

    But its replacement — Tampa Bay Next — will likely include many of the same projects, including express toll lanes on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. DOT officials say there are still re-evaluating the most controversial aspect of the old TBX plan: spend $6 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area highways - Interstates 4,75 and 275 - that are currently free of tolls. But TBN will keep the plan to add express toll lanes to the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  2. Lightning strike sets four cars on fire at Pasco auto shop

    Fire

    Lightning from an overnight storm that swept through Tampa Bay is responsible for setting four cars on fire at an auto shop in Dade City.

  3. Brooksville man dies in car accident

    Accidents

    HUDSON — A Brooksville man died during an auto accident Sunday morning.

  4. Man has life-threatening injuries from fire that destroyed Land O'Lakes home

    Fire

    A two-alarm fire ended with a Land O'Lakes home being a "total loss" and one man rushed to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Pasco County Fire Rescue.

  5. Pasco sheriff's office: New Port Richey man arrested after exchanging gunfire with deputies

    Crime

    A New Port Richey man is in custody after opening fire on Pasco County deputies early Sunday morning, according to officials.

    Christopher J. Cutugno, accused of exchanging gunfire with Pasco deputies
  6. Calling the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for help leads to social media humiliation, woman says

    Public Safety

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Felicia Nevins and her husband have been trying to conceive a child for three years now. They decided to try artificial insemination — something she had yet to tell her own family about.

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office wrote a Facebook post on Thursday about a woman who needed help to prevent a thermos she was using for artificial insemination from exploding. She said she was mortified that the sheriff's post had enough information for people to figure out who she was. [Facebook]
  7. Entrepreneurs aren't waiting for lawmakers to plan the future of medical cannabis

    Medicine

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Mute the sound and it would have felt like a real estate seminar. The hotel conference room was half full. It was an older crowd, professionally dressed. Notepads sat on top of the tables, which hid the khakis below.

    Jake Bergmann, CEO of Surterra Holdings, a cannabis-based therapeutics company, speaks to attendees during the first day Friday of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference and Exhibition at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. [JOSH SOLOMON  |  Times]