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Zombie Containment Unit 15 at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream: The living unleash a zombie apocalypse

TAMPA — There have been myriad zombie renaissances, the latest one reanimating into full flesh-eating swing in 2010 with the advent of AMC's hit show The Walking Dead. This has been a bleaker, darker Zombie Age, with less humor and more dread, gloom, guts. But here we go again. There's now another undead shift goin …

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  1. New program at Lakewood High School aims to fight obesity

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was lunchtime, but inside the Lakewood High School gym, freshmen were lining up for blood pressure checks, stepping on scales, being measured for height and learning their body mass index numbers.

    Nurse Julie Pham checks the blood pressure of freshman Daishanna Reaves, 14, on Friday at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg. The school is part of a new program for students designed to combat obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. 
  2. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream: The living unleash a zombie apocalypse

    News

    TAMPA — There have been myriad zombie renaissances, the latest one reanimating into full flesh-eating swing in 2010 with the advent of AMC's hit show The Walking Dead. This has been a bleaker, darker Zombie Age, with less humor and more dread, gloom, guts.

    Zombie Containment Unit 15 at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream.
  3. Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program

    K12

    The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday.

    A stock image of an M16 assault rifle.
  4. Urban Outfitters apologizes for 'bloody' Kent State sweatshirt

    Nation

    Urban Outfitters issued an apology Monday as it came under scathing attack for featuring a "vintage" Kent State University sweatshirt that appeared to have been splattered with blood.

    Urban Outfitters explained the shirt this way: "The one-of-a-kind item was purchased as part of our sun-faded vintage collection. There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way. The red stains are discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray."
  5. After brutal beating, Tariq Khdeir is back to school in Tampa

    News

    The torrid heat has already devoured the late-August day. The school basketball and volleyball courts, divided only by a painted line, bustle with boys joking and scrimmaging haphazardly. On a shaded lunch patio in the corner of the schoolyard, a group of girls, wearing traditional Islamic hijab …

    Tariq Khdeir, a sophomore at Universal Academy of Florida in Tampa, talks with a tb-two* reporter Aug. 29. Khdeir was beaten by Israeli police this summer while visiting family in Gaza.
Photo Credit: KERI KELLY  |  Academy of the Holy Names
  6. Ferguson shooting death ripples in Tampa Bay as protesters remember their own losses

    News

    The shooting in August of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson continues to spark protests around the globe, including here in Tampa Bay.

    Carla Bristol, one of the hosts of the demonstration, speaks before the crowd of protesters.
  7. Your high school bulletin board for Sept. 11, 2014

    News

    LARGO HIGH

    Construction zone diaries: Largo is finally getting a new campus. It's expected to be finished in 2016 and it's supposed to look absolutely incredible, but there's still a long way to go. With most of the old buildings razed and a village of portables, confusion abounds as walls block …

    Gibbs High has high-def TVs on all four walls of the cafeteria but no bacterial soap in bathrooms.
  8. Deputies: Pasco teen who set house on fire texted mom an apology

    News

    PORT RICHEY — A 14-year-old seventh-grader is facing two charges of attempted murder after admitting to setting her family's house on fire early Thursday, authorities said.

    A 14-year-old girl has been charged with one count of arson and two counts of attempted murder in an overnight fire that occurred at 1:43 a.m. at 9006 Hermitage Lane in Port Richey. Fire crews arrived on scene within six minutes and discovered heavy smoke and flames. (BRENDAN FITTERER  |  Times)
  9. Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81

    Human Interest

    Click through clips of Joan Rivers slinging jokes today. Listen to her talk about bras and hot flashes and third wives.

    Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, shown in February, died Thursday after complications from throat surgery.
  10. St. Petersburg man arrested in Missouri in connection with Pinellas Trail robberies

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — An 18-year-old St. Petersburg man has been arrested in Missouri on local robbery charges, including two that are connected to attacks on the Pinellas Trail.