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    Clearwater history book creating controversy

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    A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history. More>>

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    Governor proposes increase in education funding

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    Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ... More>>

    Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

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    Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday. More>>

    Ruskin soldier killed in Afghanistan

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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. More>>

    Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

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    Two firefighters were injured while using their fire truck ladder to help a college marching band take part in an ice bucket challenge, the school's president said Thursday. More>>

    TPD claims training stories fell short

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    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D. More>>

    Kyle Williams found guilty of murdering Lakeland Police officer

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    Kyle Williams, who is accused of killing a Lakeland Police officer was found guilty of murder Thursday afternoon. More>>

    Tampa boy, 13, brought loaded gun to school, say police

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    A Tampa middle school student faces a felony charge after police say he brought a loaded gun to school. More>>

    US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

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    A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. More>>

    Ocala dad leaves kids in car to drink, gets beat up by bar patrons, say police

     Joshua Delong, 28, was charged with three counts of child neglect. Ocala Co. Jail booking photo Joshua Delong, 28, was charged with three counts of child neglect. Ocala Co. Jail booking photo
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    An Ocala man is accused of leaving his three children in a car while he drank beer at a bar, according to the Ocala Police Department. More>>

    TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

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    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story More>>

    Now grown, rescued panther moves to new home in wildlife state park

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    A rescued Florida panther kitten was released into a permanent wildlife habitat Thursday morning. More>>

    PSTA bus involved in head on crash in St. Pete

    A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash. A PSTA bus was involved in a head on crash.
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    94th Avenue North in St. Petersburg will be closed from Gandy Blvd to Dr. Dr. M.L. King Street for the next several hours after a head-on crash between a PSTA bus and an Acura. More>>

    2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

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    After nearly three weeks of treatment, the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials said Thursday.
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    Child porn found on Plant City church computer, youth group volunteer arrested

    Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photo Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, was charged with 2 counts of possession of child pornography. Polk Co Jail booking photo
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    A Plant City church youth group volunteer is charged with possession of child pornography after church staff told police they discovered images of child pornography on a church computer.Polk County Sheriff's Office Computer Crimes detectives on Wednesday arrested Jay Howell Bloodworth, 28, of Lakeland in connection with the crime.Detectives say Bloodworth is an active member of the Church on the Rock and is a volunteer with the youth group which includes 30 to 40 juveniles under the age of 18... More>>

    Complaints of sexual activity in parks lead to 2 arrests in Lakeland

    Left to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photos Left to right: Hazelton Crawn, 62, and Jose Javier Martinez, 54, were arrested. Jail booking photos
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    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is warning people not to have sex in parks.  The warning came after the sheriff's office received complaints. The sheriff's office sent undercover detectives to Lakeland's Saddle Creek Park, they wound up arresting two men.

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    Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

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    Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far. More>>

    Man killed outside Tampa club in early morning shooting

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    A man was shot and killed outside Club Underground in downtown Tampa early Thursday morning, Tampa Police say. More>>

    Bomb squad searches vehicle near USF after shooting

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    A man is facing charges after Tampa Police reported finding numerous weapons and military gear in his vehicle early Thursday morning.
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    4 airlifted to hospital in Wesley Chapel crash

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    Four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital Thursday morning after a two-car crash on County Line Road in Wesley Chapel. More>>

    Restaurant-style lunchrooms in Polk County high schools

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    This year the cafeterias in all Polk County High Schools are resemble restaurants more than lunchrooms."We hope they feel like it's something different. Not just a bigger portion size when they get to high school," said Jenna Kaczmarskie, Polk County School Nutrition Coordinator.
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    378 people 'pay it forward' at St. Petersburg Starbucks

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    A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a St. Petersburg Starbucks.
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    Cat dies after sitting on chair with huge wasp nest in Winter Haven

    Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo
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    A Winter Haven homeowner is working to remove a huge yellow jacket nest, before the wasps that live inside do any more harm. A cat that had jumped up onto the recliner to take a nap was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets. More>>

    The heat goes on

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    Near record highs are possible again this afternoon. Just a slight chance of a storm later today.
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    8 On Your Side gets results for Sun City Center couple Video included

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    A giant hole is eroding the earth in Shan and Brian Henderson's backyard.

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      Haircuts for the Homeless

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:38:55 GMT
      On his days off, stylist Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless of New York City. Here are some of the transformations.
      On his days off, stylist Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless of New York City. Here are some of the transformations.
    • 59 Arrested By Greenville Police In Latest Prostitution Sting

      59 Arrested By Greenville Police In Latest Prostitution Sting

      Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:30:28 GMT
      Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.
      Greenville Police released information Tuesday that 59 people were arrested in a four day long prostitution sting.
    • VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

      VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:27 GMT
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      One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
      One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
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    • Clearwater history book creating controversy

      Thursday, August 21 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:57:21 GMT
      A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
      A planned book on the 100 year anniversary of Clearwater is making some business owners angry.Clearwater will celebrate the century mark next year and the city plans to publish a book on their rich history.
    • Governor proposes increase in education funding

      Governor proposes increase in education funding

      Thursday, August 21 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:33:29 GMT
      File photo: Governor RIck ScottFile photo: Governor RIck Scott
      Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
      Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
    • Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

      Students arrive at USF Tampa for move in day

      Thursday, August 21 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:21:26 GMT
      Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday.
      Dozens of events were planned this week to welcome new and returning students back to the University of South Florida for the fall semester.Nearly 5,500 students were expected to move into campus residence halls Thursday.
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    • TPD claims training stories fell short

      TPD claims training stories fell short

      Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
      The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
      The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    • TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

      TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

      Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:17 GMT
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      An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
      An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
    • Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

      Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

      Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:26:13 GMT
      James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
      James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
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    • Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

      Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

      Thursday, August 21 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:54:21 GMT
      A police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities...
      A police officer placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting in which he was not indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense, authorities...
    • Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

      Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

      Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:37:11 GMT
      A Utah woman accused of helping her husband dump their teenage baby sitter's body in the woods after a night of sex and drugs has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.
      When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said.
    • Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

      Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

      Thursday, August 21 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:34:45 GMT
      The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.
      The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.
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    • Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

      Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

      Thursday, August 21 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:26:58 GMT
       A giant yellow vinyl duck joins sailing ships and motorboats during the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. AP photo Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register A giant yellow vinyl duck joins sailing ships and motorboats during the Tall Ships Festival L.A. parade in the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. AP photo Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register
      The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor - the world's biggest bath toy. A 60-foot-tall rubber duck sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival
      The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor - the world's biggest bath toy. A 60-foot-tall rubber duck sailed into port Wednesday to kick off the Tall Ships Festival
    • Rappin' Xmas Jammies' family back with new video 'Baby Got Class'

      Rappin' Xmas Jammies' family back with new video 'Baby Got Class'

      Thursday, August 21 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:31:01 GMT
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      A jammin' North Carolina family who made a Christmas video that went viral last year is at it again. The Holderness family's clever XMAS JAMMIES song featured the pajama-clad family rapping a video version of a yearly Christmas letter.
      A jammin' North Carolina family who made a Christmas video that went viral last year is at it again. The Holderness family's clever XMAS JAMMIES song featured the pajama-clad family rapping a video version of a yearly Christmas letter.
    • Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

      Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats

      Thursday, August 21 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:47:33 GMT
      In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo, Maria Torero, plays with a group of 175 cats with leukemia in her home in Lima, Peru. Torero says caring for cats with feline leukemia is her responsibility. Anybody else can care for healthy animals. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo, Maria Torero, plays with a group of 175 cats with leukemia in her home in Lima, Peru. Torero says caring for cats with feline leukemia is her responsibility. Anybody else can care for healthy animals. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
      At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count.
      At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count.
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