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Published Mar. 29, 2019

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Defense calls John Jonchuck's mother, experts to the stand

There has been more mental health talk today in the trial of John Jonchuck, as jurors are hearing from more experts, including Dr. Scot Machlus. The experts may be what determine this case. These are the people who will analyze whether Jonchuck was insane when he killed his daughter, Phoebe. Jonchuck's mother, Michele Jonchuck, known as MawMaw, also returned to the witness stand. She was asked about the days before Phoebe's death and recounted a strange outburst from Jonchuck in which he told her, "you're not my mom," and started acting like he was Michele's mother.

HUD cites St. Petersburg housing agency for letting CEO live in low-income housing

A federal agency has cited the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for letting chief executive Tony Love live rent-free for nine months in an apartment designated for low-income families. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week sent a notice of violation stating that Love's 2016 stay at the Saratoga Apartments breached federal rules that allow only low-income residents to live in the 34-unit complex just east of Disston Heights. The letter sent to the Housing Authority's governing board also reminded members of their oversight duties and recommends they receive additional training.

State agents seize equipment, tools, anesthetics from ex-mayor's Port Richey home

State agents seized medical equipment, surgical tools and vials and syringes of prescription medication from the home of ex-mayor Dale Massad in connection with an investigation into charges that Massad practiced medicine without a license. Agents also seized 14 guns and ammunition in the Feb. 21 raid on Massad's waterfront Port Richey home, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. Massad was arrested on a charge of practicing medicine without a license and on attempted murder charges after he fired on deputies with a Pasco County Sheriff's SWAT team who were taking part in the raid, investigators said.

What are Tampa Bay's favorite mom and pop businesses?

March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners day, which celebrates the people who own and operate small businesses. Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Times asked readers to tell us about their favorite mom and pop shops, why they liked them and if they knew the owners. More than 200 people responded, including responses on Facebook. A common desire shared by the shop owners is the urge to support other small businesses and foster community. Here are a few of the locally owned businesses that you told us were making a mark in Tampa Bay.

Inclusion into elite women's basketball ranks tends to elude Tampa Bay players

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Tampa is hosting the women's Final Four for the third time in 11 years. Those frequent stops have seemingly done little to generate more interest in the sport here among girls. In 2017-18, almost 10,000 more boys played high school basketball than girls in Florida, according to the National Federation of High School Sports. And that's with roughly the same number of schools fielding both teams. That gap was considerably narrower 10 years ago when about 3,000 more boys played. Those lower numbers make it hard for public schools to fill rosters, endangering the sport.

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