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  1. The government program provides free lunches in schools that qualify, regardless of a student's family income. The idea is to erase a stigma.
    One manager lost her job, accused of taking advantage of the program she oversaw.
  2. Tampa police investigate at the scene of a shooting on North 15th Street near Fowler Avenue on Monday. The sedan's windows on the driver side appear to be shattered by gunfire. One person was taken to the hospital with at least one gunshot wound. [Tampa Police Department]
    Responding officers found a person shot on North 15th Street near Fowler Avenue.
  3. The report issued by the Department of Justice inspector general is photographed in Washington, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The report on the origins of the Russia probe found no evidence of political bias, despite performance failures. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick) [JON ELSWICK  |  AP]
    The findings undercut President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the target of a “witch hunt.”
  4. Taniea D. Sherrod, 18, is charged with aggravated battery with a weapon after police say she used a pair of surgical scissors to stab her boyfriend while he was in a hospital bed. [Pinellas County Jail]
    She was charged with aggravated battery with a weapon.
  5. A brighter outlook: A University of Florida survey of Floridians in November found consumer confidence higher than the average of the preceding 12 months.
    A monthly survey by University of Florida researchers found Floridians feeling more optimistic about their personal finances and the economy in general.
  6. In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson, File) [MELISSA NELSON  |  AP]
    City officials became aware of the attack hours after the shooting, but expressed caution about linking the two incidents.
  7. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. [kissagator.com]
    Organizations selling sloth encounters say they keep animal safety in mind. Animal welfare experts say human contact puts sloths in peril.
  8. A U.S. CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter takes off after dropping soldiers in Bagh village of Khakeran Valley, Zabul province, Afghanistan, in this 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/Tomas Munita) [TOMAS MUNITA  |  AP]
    Government and military officials told interviewers the U.S. "clearly failed in Afghanistan,” despite leaders telling the public otherwise for nearly 20 years.
  9. Sally Henderson, a Hillsborough County teacher, is one of the few Florida educators to earn National Board certification since 2015.
    The state still has more teachers in the program than all states except North Carolina.
  10. The New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center is offering a 20 percent discount for people buying or renewing their annual memberships before the end of January.
    News and notes from Pasco County
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