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  1. Bus employees speak out in Hillsborough

    The Gradebook

    Three town hall meetings have been held so far in Hillsborough County to address transportation issues in the public schools. School Board member Susan Valdes hosted the first one in Town 'N Country. Guests could talk about transportation or any other issues that concerned them. April Griffin hosted the second one in Valrico, which was focused more specifically on transportation. Griffin and Candy Olson co-moderated the third meeting in Apollo Beach, with Cindy Stuart attending the second and third. A fourth is planned April 28 at the Beulah Baptist Church in West Tampa.So what’s being said? …

  2. District baseball: Defeat begins retirement for Gaither coach Permuy

    Baseballpreps

    TAMPA — Like he has done after every baseball game he has coached for 50 years, Frank Permuy addressed his team then gathered his things in the dugout and packed them into a long, black bat bag. …

  3. Students touched by Vietnam veterans' stories

    K12

    SEFFNER — Armwood High School senior Caitlen Edwards knew three certainties when she enrolled in the History of the Vietnam War elective class last fall. …

  4. St. Petersburg officials hopeful antipoverty project will get favor with state legislators

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the 2020 Plan have an ambitious goal: reduce poverty by 30 percent in the city's poorest neighborhoods by the end of this decade. …

  5. Yankees starter Nova may need elbow surgery

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG — Yankees RHP Ivan Nova has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, an injury that often requires Tommy John surgery.  …

  6. Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

    Nation

    DENVER — Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him.  …

  7. Excessive yard waste an issue in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The spring growing season often results in piles of tree and shrub trimmings and bags of yard waste lining and sometimes spilling into city streets, sometimes for days. The litter problem triggered questions from the city commission to the garbage service vendor earlier this month. …

  8. North Pinellas good for you for April 20

    Human Interest

    Good for you On a recent patrol of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard Coast Guard auxiliary vessel Broad on the Bow, coxswain Karen Miller and crew members Ann Bennett and Rob Mancuso spotted what they thought was a white plastic shopping bag floating in the water. …

  9. Port Richey police chief under fire

    Local Government

    PORT RICHEY — Embattled police Chief Dave Brown is not only facing an internal mutiny from his officers who say they have lost confidence in his ability to lead, but the city has also found his department violated city code by trading police vehicles without consent. …

  10. Uber launches new campaign to get bill across the finish line

    The Buzz

    With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, Uber is making an aggressive push to get its priority bills across the finish line. The luxury-car mobile-dispatching service is throwing its considerable heft behind SB 1618 and HB 1389. …

  11. Dispatches From Next Door: The cabana boy grows up

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER BEACH — His rusting Nissan puttered up the Memorial Causeway Bridge, its engine wheezing. Mike McIntosh peered at purple clouds swirling just south. "I don't like weather looking like this," he said, his voice a slow-grinding blender. That wind, Mike knew, would make a hard day harder. He coughed and flicked his cigarette out the cracked window.  …

  12. Review: Shakespeare's 450th birthday marked with books of satire and science

    Books

    Huzzah and happy birthday, William Shakespeare!  …

  13. Brandon woman arrested, accused of taking kids in car to chase down husband

    Crime

    TAMPA — Deputies arrested a Brandon woman late Sunday after they said she brought her two school-aged sons with her in the car to chase down her husband.  …

  14. Ken Forsse, creator of Teddy Ruxpin, dies at 77

    Obituaries

    Ken Forsse, 77, the creator of the 1980s plush bear Teddy Ruxpin that made appropriate facial expressions as it told stories or sang, died of congestive heart failure March 19 in Laguna Woods, Calif. In 2003 the Toy Industry Association named the bear one of the most memorable and creative toys of the 20th century. …

  15. Column: School district is prepared for medical emergencies

    Editorials

    For the past year and a half I have kept my silence on a heart-wrenching case that has had a profound impact on the Hillsborough school district and on me. Though it has been frustrating to refrain from comment, it was a prudent decision; when an organization faces legal action, it is wise to avoid potentially making matters worse with comments that could be misunderstood. …

  16. The cabana boy at Clearwater Beach and the passage of time

    State

    The latest Dispatches from Ernie Pyle finalist John Woodrow Cox and Melissa Lyttle. Set for the April Floridian in the Times this coming Sunday.

  17. The skinny: Dog safe after running alongside train in New York City

    Bizarre News

    On the run Hightailing it on New York City train tracks …

  18. Region tennis: King boys, girls advance

    Tennis Preps

    TEMPLE TERRACE — King singles player Rohit Chari had not planned to play in the Lions' Class 3A region semifinal match against Bartow at the Whiteway Tennis Facility on Tuesday. …

  19. Hernando club news for April 9

    Human Interest

    Clubs Brooksville Brooksville Garden Club: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Bayport Park, 4140 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. There will be games and crafts. Bring a bag lunch. Ingrid, (352) 277-3183, or Linda, (352) 422-2243. …

  20. New Tampa police bureau to conduct agencywide audits

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — For 11 years, the Tampa Police Department has focused on crime reduction, pushing every year for fewer reports. This year, police Chief Jane Castor wants to target something different. On Tuesday, she announced a new Professional Standards Bureau that will conduct "mini audits" through 2014. …

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