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Jackie Faircloth, left, and longtime friend Miller Jordan.Courtesy of Miller Jordan

Plant High rallies for student injured in hit-run

The sound of church bells echoed throughout the courtyard, the brick walls lined with tropical beach paintings. H.B. Plant High, no longer bustling with students trying to get from one class to the next, filled with family, friends, faculty and even strangers praying for Plant High student Jackie Faircloth. The wee …

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  1. Fewer Florida high schools get A's, but graduation rates inch higher

    K12

    The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria.

  2. Editorial: Two years after Sandy Hook and school shootings are still a threat

    News

    On Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy struck the quiet town of Newtown, Conn.

  3. St. Petersburg gets first look at pier proposals

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.

    Destination St. Pete Pier would expand and renovate Spa Beach. The Pier would be four floors, three inside a glass crystal.
  4. You should have kept that ugly sweater from grandma

    Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and . . .

    Carrie Kraft, 28, and Stan Darke, 42, make money on old Christmas sweaters.
  5. Tampa Bay Rays name Kevin Cash new manager

    News

    The Tampa Bay Rays have officially named Kevin Cash as the team's new manager. The Tampa native was one of three candidates to take over after the departure of Joe Maddon.

    Kevin Cash new Tampa Bay Rays Manager attends the Major League Baseball winter meetings.
  6. J.K. Rowling gives the gift of more Harry Potter writing

    News

    J.K. Rowling has an early Christmas gift for Harry Potter fans. On Friday, Rowling began posting 12 days of new writings for her fans, and "and even a potion or two." All this and more will be posted on the Pottermore fan website, pottermore.com.

    Tom Felton as "Draco Malfoy" in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Warner Brothers
  7. Plant High rallies for student injured in hit-run

    News

    The sound of church bells echoed throughout the courtyard, the brick walls lined with tropical beach paintings. H.B. Plant High, no longer bustling with students trying to get from one class to the next, filled with family, friends, faculty and even strangers praying for Plant High student Jackie Faircloth.

    Jackie Faircloth, left, and longtime friend Miller Jordan.
  8. Editorial: When would students inform about potential school shooting?

    News

    It seems like every couple of weeks we hear about another shooting, another massacre carried out by a random person, targeting unsuspecting victims. Despite the varying settings in which these tragedies occur, a familiar word is often tacked to the headline: "school." School, a place of learning, sometimes can be a …

    Mourners walk through a makeshift memorial in a park near Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999, after 12 students and a teacher were killed during a shooting rampage by two students.
  9. Tim Burton to film in Tampa Bay next year

    News

    It isn't surprising that Tim Burton's next filmmaking project involves peculiar children.

    Director Tim Burton arrives at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Los Angeles in 2007.  (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
  10. Editorial: Censorship is real and happening here

    News

    Most of us are probably familiar with classic books such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but for some students around the globe, these literary tales are distant and forbidden stories. In fact, across the world hundreds of books are banned by governments …

    Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief” have been banned in some parts of the world.