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  1. Police agencies tackle homelessness to meet needs, fight crime

    News

    Mike Nirschl can't remember the last time he leaned back in a dentist's chair and opened wide. "It's probably been a couple of years," the 39-year-old Tampa man said last week after thinking for a moment. "I floss and brush every day, but you still need to see a dentist." …

    Mike Nirschl, 39, has lived on the streets twice in recent months but now has a job and room at a boarding house. He’s received help from the homeless outreach effort led by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Tampa Police Department.
  2. The 20 best photos of the week, from the Associated Press and Getty Images

    World

    This week's collection of the best news photos features murmurating starlings in Scotland, Colombian soccer players mourning lost teammates, two very different reactions to the death of Fidel Castro, Paris ablaze (with light) at night, the oldest living person in the world, a massive protest in Indonesia and a couple beautiful, fog-shrouded images. …

    GRETNA, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Starlings put on a display as they gather in murmurations on November 25, 2016 in Gretna, Scotland. It is thought that starlings flock together in large groups for various reasons such as flocking together makes it difficult for predators to target a single bird, it also keeps them warm. They gather over their autumn roosting site just before dusk and perform their acrobatic whirling motions before setting down for the evening.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
  3. Continuing issues could lead to end of fire department in Hernando Beach

    Localgovernment

    HERNANDO BEACH — Hernando County Fire Rescue this week took over emergency calls in Hernando Beach after trying for months to get the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department to cooperate with county emergency protocols. …