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Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made a priority of reducing caseloads for the trained civilians who work as child protective investigators because too many were quitting over the stress and long hours. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
Twelve cases at once is the recommended cap, but Hillsborough and Pasco are state leaders in the share of their investigators carrying 20 or more.
Nov. 25• Pinellas
A friend who found him unresponsive said he had a heart condition. A celebration of life is scheduled Saturday.
Nov. 22• Tampa
The future of Straz’s foundation remained unclear Tuesday. Meanwhile, police say Straz died of natural causes at a Citrus County waterfront home.
Nov. 19• Tampa
A jury found Ricky Fitzgerald Hathorn guilty in the 2015 slayings of Tommy Skeens and Lara Kuchar. He will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Nov. 22• Hillsborough

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  1. Lawanda Ravoira, DPA, president & CEO, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, said girls are subject to an alarming rate of violence and bullying and are not getting the help they need from counseling and other social services. CHRISTOPHER O'DONNELL  |  Times
    Leader of Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center comes to Tampa to warn of “unchecked crisis” of violence and victimization of middle and high school girls.
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    The shooting happened on the 1600 block of E North Bay Street.
  4. "Lefty Lucy, Righty Tighty?", Siomara Bridges-Mata, 32, asks her coworkers as they assemble one of 900 bikes Friday when Amalie Arena transformed into Santa's Bike Shop. Bridges-Mata volunteered with Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc. JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
    Local nonprofit Onbikes organizes the annual bike build to provide bicycles to kids in the community
  5. Service dog Eleanor Rigby unexpectedly gave birth to eight puppies at Tampa International Airport as her human family was waiting near gate F81 to board a flight to Philadelphia in May 2018. The airport is getting ready to add pet-relief areas at its airsides for service dogs. (EMILY NIPPS | Tampa International Airport) Tampa International Airport
    Work on the new amenities is expected to be completed by next July.
  6. Mayor Rick Kriseman on Wednesday said he will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore splitting their season between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal prior to the 2027 expiration of the team's lease of Tropicana Field. CHRIS URSO  |  Times
    Politicians on both sides of the bay weigh in on St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s decision to cease talks with the team.
  7. Tampa police say the suspect who struck 58-year-old Denorris Singleton in the head with a baseball bat during a dispute on N 29th Street in East Tampa on Nov. 23 fled the scene in this white sedan. Singleton died from his injuries six days later. Tampa Police Department
    Denorris Singleton, 58, died six days after he was struck, police said.
  8. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor has made climate change a priority in Tampa. On Friday, she joined a national mayoral group dedicated to tackling the issue. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Tampa’s mayor joins St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman with high-profile post on the climate crisis.
  9. Noah Shaffer of Confidant Asset Management says the restaurant sector in the Tampa Bay area has done well in 2019 and to expect more openings in the coming months. Chick-fil-A Brandon South opened earlier this year.
    So far, the economy appears robust enough to support further expansion, says a local industry professional.
  10. Jamie Harden of Creative Sign Designs and Maryann Ferenc of Mise en Place discuss priorities for the Tampa Bay Chamber for the coming year. Harden is the outgoing chairman of the chamber. Ferenc is the incoming chairwoman. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
    Leadership of the organization, formerly the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, also says it could have handled its recent name change better.
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