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    Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.The seventh-round pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. ... More>>

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    TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

    Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday. Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.
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    Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here." More>>

    Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

    The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
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    A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm. More>>

    Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

    The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday. The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
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    A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days. More>>

    Convicted felon charged with murder in Brooksville mass shooting

    Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years. Mason III, 42, has an arrest record that goes back more than 20 years.
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    A career criminal with an arrest record that goes back more than two decades is facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with a mass shooting that occurred Friday night in Brooksville.As George June Mason III attempted to flee the crime scene just as law enforcement arrived he was struck by a pick-up truck. More>>

    Police: 3 dead in Brooksville shooting

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    Brooksville Police say at least three people have been killed and a fourth person was flown to a hospital after a shooting at a home near Main Street on Friday night. More>>

    Friday Night Blitz - Week 1 Scores

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    Pepin supports 64oz growlers, regulations Video included

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    He's the president of Pepin Distributing but he's extending an olive branch to craft brewers in Florida.“One key piece of misinformation is that we are opposed to a 64 ounce growler, we support a 64 ounce growler,” said Tom Pepin. More>>

    Coast Guard looking for missing Pasco couple Video included

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    Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for two missing boaters near St. Petersburg on Friday night. Searchers are looking for 69-year-old Bogdan Makowski and his wife 61-year-old Elizabeth Makowski of Hudson. More>>

    Coast Guard warns about fake flare emergencies Video included

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    Emergency signal flares can be a real life saver. He feels, sending off a fake flare alert can cause real problems. More>>

    Thief steals lawn equipment from struggling Spring Hill family Video included

    Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen. Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.
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    A thief stole a trailer full of lawn equipment from a home in Spring Hill overnight on Wednesday.Michael Depace says he was asleep when more than $3,500 worth of lawn equipment was stolen.“I wanted to die. I really did,” he said.He used the lawn equipment to cut grass for free for people suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions. More>>

    Labor Day Weekend Forecast

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    “The holiday weekend is ahead and you can expect typical summertime weather for it,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.

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    Former Pasco massage therapist and massage business face $47 million judgement Video included

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    Raul Alberto Delarosa is already serving 10 years sex offender probation after his conviction for assaulting a female massage client two years ago.But a worse punishment may have beenhanded him this week when a Pasco jury in a civil case awarded the victim a $47.4 million judgment --much of which is owned by the company  More>>

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes Video included

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    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes. More>>

    Ride sharing service Uber says Tampa Taxi companies don't want their competition Video included

    Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft. Daryl Rodgers is a driver for Uber and Lyft.
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    The ride sharing service Uber says traditional Taxi companies are trying to restrict competition in Tampa.Recently the Public Transportation Commission started giving tickets to drivers who are lot licensed to drive through the PTC." It's an abuse of power. More>>

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help Video included

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    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time More>>

    Stewart says Ward's death will affect him forever Video included

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    Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago. More>>

    Friday Night Blitz 'Game of the Week': Armwood plays Durant Video included

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    Friday night at 7:30 the Arwood Hawks will take on the Durant Cougars.  More>>

    Bubba The Love Sponge out of Tampa morning slot

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    Tampa Bay talk radio station 102.5 The Bone is changing its program line-up. The station announced Friday they will discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show effective immediately. More>>

    Tampa preschool canceled after car crashes into classroom Video included

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    A car lost control on Busch Boulevard and slammed into a day care center in Tampa early Friday morning, according to Tampa Police. More>>

    Tampa's largest home show this Labor Day weekend Video included

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    Tampa's largest Home Show is happening this Labor Day weekend and it's free to the public. More>>

    Tampa Bay radio, TV personalities will dance for a cause Video included

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    Business executives, radio and TV news personalities alike are slipping on their dance shoes for a popular Hands Across the Bay fundraiser called "Dancing with the Stars Tampa Bay." More>>

    Tongues wag over Obama's audacity to wear taupe

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    Tongues are wagging over President Barack Obama's audacity to wear taupe. More>>

    Fla. Gov. Scott promises new tax cuts for 2nd term

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    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising more tax cuts if he wins a second term. More>>

    NBC News says Chelsea Clinton quits as reporter

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    Chelsea Clinton is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News. More>>

    Back To School: Homeschool co-op offers education and more Video included

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    When you think of home school, kids at home with their parents learning is what tends to come to mind. More>>

    Police name Tampa city worker who hit and killed toddler

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    Tampa Police have identified the driver who hit and killed a 2-year-old at the Tampa Park Apartments as Robert Fennell, 48, of Tampa.   More>>

    Slain gun instructor's kids: We want to comfort the girl who accidentally killed our dad Video included

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    The grieving children of Charles Vacca, the Arizona gun instructor accidentally killed while teaching a 9-year-old student how to shoot an Uzi, say they plan on reaching out to the girl's family with a message of comfort. More>>

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    • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

      Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 18 - 23

      Friday, August 29 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:58:28 GMT
      Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
      Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?
    • 'Party mansion' in North Raleigh sells for $1 million

      'Party mansion' in North Raleigh sells for $1 million

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:42:52 GMT
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      A North Raleigh house commonly referred to as “the party mansion” sold last month for $1 million.
      A North Raleigh house commonly referred to as “the party mansion” sold last month for $1 million.
    • Bubba The Love Sponge out of Tampa morning slot

      Bubba The Love Sponge out of Tampa morning slot

      Friday, August 29 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:21:06 GMT
      Tampa Bay talk radio station 102.5 The Bone is changing its program line-up. The station announced Friday they will discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show effective immediately.
      Tampa Bay talk radio station 102.5 The Bone is changing its program line-up. The station announced Friday they will discontinue airing the Bubba the Love Sponge Show effective immediately.
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    • TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

      TPD - house fire on Ida St. deliberately set

      Saturday, August 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:26:55 GMT
      Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.Crews with Tampa Fire Rescue arrived at this residence on Ida St. just after 2 am Saturday.
      Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here."
      Timothy Mendenall spent the day cleaning up, after his rental home on Ida Street in Tampa caught fire. "All I know is when I got up the living room and the bedroom were burning," Mendenall said. "So we got the hose and buckets of water and then the Fire Department got here."
    • Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

      Man struck, killed on US 41 in Tampa

      Saturday, August 30 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:08:23 GMT
      The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatal crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.
      A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm.
      A 43-year-old Gibsonton man was struck and killed Friday night while walking along US 41 in Tampa.James Warfle was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:30 pm.
    • Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

      Missing New Port Richey couple rescued from Gulf

      Saturday, August 30 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:39:40 GMT
      The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.The Coast Guard towed the couple's disabled sailboat back to land early Saturday.
      A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
      A Bay area couple that failed to return from a boating excursion in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued early Saturday approximately 10 miles northwest of Anclote Key.A friend of Bogdan and Elizabeth Makowski contacted the United States Coast Guard Station Sand Key on Friday after not hearing from the couple for several days.
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    • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

      Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

      Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
      Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
      Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

      Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

      Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
      Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
      Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    • Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

      Abercrombie dropping logo to boost brand

      Friday, August 29 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:15:46 GMT
      The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
      The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded, so the struggling teen retailer plans to strip off the once-prized logo from its clothing. Shares tumbled Thursday after it reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. 
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    • Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

      Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

      Saturday, August 30 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:31:58 GMT
      The U.S. Forest Service says a pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago continues to grow while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.
      The U.S. Forest Service says a pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago continues to grow while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.
    • People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

      People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man

      Saturday, August 30 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:31:57 GMT
      Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.
      Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.
    • 6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

      6 die in fire at eastern North Carolina home

      Saturday, August 30 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:01:29 GMT
      A fire swept through a mobile home in eastern North Carolina early Saturday, killing six people, authorities said.
      A fire swept through a mobile home in eastern North Carolina early Saturday, killing six people, authorities said.
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