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Top 5 at Noon: A homeowner's six-year nightmare; Thousands more now get military shopping deals; Star Wars costumes arrive in St. Pete

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A HOMEOWNER'S SIX-YEAR NIGHTMARE

It was embarrassing to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Tim Grundmann when a clerk told him: "You're being sued. You're being foreclosed on." But that was just the start of a six-year nightmare that was sparked by a huge mistake.

BOY SCOUT EARNED EVERY MERIT BADGE, THEN CAME CANCER

In September, an 18 year old joined the distinctive company of only about 350 boys in the 107-year history of the Boy Scouts, while becoming the first Scout in Tampa Bay to earn every single merit badge.Then came the next challenge: a cancer diagnosis.

EXPANSION OPENS MILITARY EXCHANGE DEALS TO TAMPA BAY SHOPPERS

Military exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base have long offered big savings to active duty troops, military retirees and their families. Starting Saturday, Veterans Day, deals like 25 percent off on watches, 30 percent off smokers, and $70 off an HP laptop will be available to a whole lot more people worldwide — anyone, in fact, who has ever been honorably discharged from the military.

CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO RATE HIKE

Start saving that couch change, 'burgers, you might need it to pay a steeper utility bill starting in January. A City Council committee unanimously approved a plan Thursday thatwould increase the average customer's monthly bill.

A PEEK AT THE STAR WARS COSTUMES COMING TO ST. PETE

A galaxy far, far away just got a lot closer. More than 60 hand-crafted costumes from the Star Wars saga landed this week as part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Star Wars and the Power of Costume." Here's a peek at the exhibit, and details on how to see it.

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