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News at noon: Why does Hillsborough County have so many struggling students?; our favorite Florida scenic drives; and more

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Published Apr. 17, 2019

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Why does Hillsborough County have so many struggling students?

Tens of thousands of Hillsborough school kids struggle to read, according to state testing data. Despite mountains of research and years of trial and error. Despite well-intentioned programs and millions of dollars spent. Only half the Hillsborough students who took the state's reading test last spring passed it. Nearly a fourth scored in the lowest possible range, Level 1. That might mean they read too slowly to work their way through a long exam. To better understand Hillsborough's reading problem, the Tampa Bay Times interviewed nearly 100 teachers, administrators, literacy experts and students.

Florida is full of scenic drives. Here are some of our favorites.

Living in a state surrounded largely by water means an abundance of two things: beaches and beautiful drives. It's not unusual to find a bridge, like the Sunshine Skyway, hoisted hundreds of feet above sea level, giving drivers an expansive view of the waters below. So you can imagine there's plenty of competition for the title of "most scenic drive in Florida." We talked with our newsroom to find some of the state's best scenic drives, those that include long stretches of water and those that don't.

Florida is a top state for drunk online shopping. Tell us your weirdest purchase.

Drunk shopping is apparently a nationwide phenomenon, according to a new survey by The Hustle. The online tech and business site surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol consumers to learn about their drunk shopping habits. According to the survey, Floridians were some of the biggest spenders while intoxicated. We know our readers have stories of people buying ridiculous items while tipsy. And we want to hear them.

Most disappointing moments in Tampa Bay sports history

Few teams or individuals have reached the grand stage of their respective sport so impressively, only to stumble off it so embarrassingly. Locally, there is no debate. The Lightning tops the list. Tampa Bay's descent from being the best team in the NHL to a four-game sweep makes its 2018-19 season the most epic sports meltdown our area has experienced. But it's not the only one.

Easter events in Tampa Bay, from egg hunts to services

Fun family events and parties, as well as services and plays, mark the holiest week of the year for Christians. From egg hunts to parties, services and brunches, here is a detailed list of things to do this Easter week.

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