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    Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher. Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.

    New student victim in Polk teacher sex scandal Video included

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    A former Polk County teacher has been charged with 20 new counts of sex with a minor, the Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon. More>>

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    Woman claims pedicure crossed the line Video included

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    A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
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    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

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    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."... More>>

    Mother of student in Sarasota's meltdown video speaks out

    Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video. Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.
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    By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out. More>>

    NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule announced

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    The 2014 NFL regular season schedule will be released at 8 p.m. Wednesday live on NFL Network. More>>

    TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe

    File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston
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    Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children. More>>

    Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

    Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos
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    Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home. More>>

    Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family Video included

     Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death. Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death.
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    News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son, so he could play his Xbox game. More>>

    Fl Congressman Bill Young's widow says she won't support Jolly Video included

    Photo courtesy of Beverly Young Photo courtesy of Beverly Young
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    The widow of Congressman C.W. Bill Young says she no longer supports the man who campaigned as a “Bill Young Republican” and was elected to her husband’s seat in the House of Representatives. “No, I won’t support him,” Beverly Young said in an interview with News Channel 8. More>>

    Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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    An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More>>

    Outpouring of support for New Port Richey soldier dealing with squatters Video included

    Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
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    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community. Many News Channel 8 viewers and Facebook followers are angry about what happened to the soldier.
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    Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck Video included

    Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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    A disabled Tampa veteran was brought to tears Tuesday when he was reunited with his service dog after she went missing in a car wreck. More>>

    Arcadia burned dog 'Hope' is 90% healed from burns Video included

    Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo Hope's burns are 90% healed. Hardee County Animal Rescue Facebook page photo
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    We have some good news to report about Hope, the little 1-year-old dog that won over the hearts of many after she was doused with kerosene and lit on fire. More>>

    High school senior kicked out of prom for wearing pants Video included

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    According to a senior at Cherryville High School, a pair of her red skinny jeans got her kicked out of her Senior Prom and has started a bit of a controversy at the school since. More>>

    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine set to embark on new search for treasure Video included

    The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and  unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver  ingots. Odyssey photo The Odyssey crew inspects the silver bars as they are recovered from the SS Gairsoppa site and unloaded on deck of the Seabed Worker. In July 2013 from the site, which yielded 1,574 (60 tons) silver ingots. Odyssey photo
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    Tampa based Odyssey Marine Exploration has an exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina which is thought to have been carrying one of the largest cargos of gold ever lost at sea.
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    Sarasota students rally behind teacher fired after meltdown video went viral Video included

    Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy. Captain Jeffrey Daughtry was a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy.
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    Last week, WFLA News Channel 8 told you about a Sarasota teacher who was fired after a cell phone video showed him having a meltdown. Now, his students are rallying behind him and want him to get his job back
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    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine retrieving gold in richest U.S. shipwreck Video included

    The Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey Marine The Odyssey Explorer set off from Charleston South Carolina Wednesday afternoon to recover gold from the shipwrecked S.S. Central America. Photo courtesy Odyssey Marine
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    Tampa-based Odyssey Marine crews are on their way to retrieve gold from the richest shipwreck in American history.
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    Temperatures to dip down tonight

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    After a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon temps will slowly fall back into the mid 60s overnight. More>>

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    • Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

      Woman claims pedicure crossed the line

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:45:39 GMT
      A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
      A Shreveport woman said a nail tech from Style Nails in Shreveport crossed the line during a pedicure, and that she has cell phone video to prove it.
    • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

      Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
      Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
      In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
      In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    • Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

      Search halted for missing Gaboon Viper

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:08:20 GMT
      The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
      The missing viper could still be out there, but the search has been halted for safety concerns.
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    • Mother of student in Sarasota's meltdown video speaks out

      Mother of student in Sarasota's meltdown video speaks out

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:32:23 GMT
      Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.Jeffrey Daughtry is a math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, is seen having a meltdown on video.
      By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out.
      By now, many have seen the video of a Sarasota teacher screaming at one of his students. Now the family of that student is speaking out.
    • TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe

      TPD homicide detective subject of federal probe

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:02:03 GMT
      File photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric HoustonFile photo: TPD homicide Detective Eric Houston
      Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children.
      Tampa police detective Eric Houston is one of the investigators who worked the crime scene at the New Tampa home of Julie Schenecker. She's the mother accused of killing her two teenaged children.
    • Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

      Home alone: Sarasota kids help deputies catch burglary suspects

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:57:07 GMT
      Burglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photosBurglary suspects from left to right: Marcus Felder, Darian Jones, Trevor Jackson and Gary Saulby. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photos
      Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home.
      Some quick-thinking kids in Sarasota are being credited for helping sheriff's deputies catch a group of burglary suspects who investigators say broke into the kids' home.
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    • Outpouring of support for New Port Richey soldier dealing with squatters

      Outpouring of support for New Port Richey soldier dealing with squatters

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:21:16 GMT
      Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community. Many News Channel 8 viewers and Facebook followers are angry about what happened to the soldier.
      Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community. Many News Channel 8 viewers and Facebook followers are angry about what happened to the soldier.
    • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

      Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
      Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
      Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    • New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:58:50 GMT
      Soldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photoSoldier & homeowner Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago. Facebook photo
       When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
      When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Now, they're fighting to get their house back.
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    • Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

      Records: Man shot in court had vowed to behave

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:27:37 GMT
      A defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.
      A defendant who was fatally shot by a U.S. marshal while attacking a witness during a federal court trial had promised a judge earlier that he would behave, a court transcript shows.
    • Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

      Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:27:34 GMT
      For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.
      Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after...
    • Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

      Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:27:34 GMT
      A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.
      A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security...
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