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    TRACKING THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean

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    Tropical Storm Bertha is approaching the Caribbean with winds near 45 mph. More>>

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    Tampa attorney says taking cover a part of life in Israel

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    Today in Tampa, young and old, Christians and Jews gathered in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. About 200 of them showed their solidarity and support for Israel in its latest ongoing bloody battle with Hamas. One bay area man watched some of that battle up close. Tampa attorney Mark Wright watched the war unfold on television. Wright is Jewish-American, has friends in Israel and traveled to the Jewish state several times. He said he felt the need to go, to help.... More>>

    No love for Lyft in the Tampa Bay area? Video included

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    Kevin Ludig feels like a rock star – he loves his job at Lyft that much.“You know I keep telling people I feel like a rock star because everyone keeps talking about what I do,” joked Kevin in his sleek Mercury MKS Hybrid. “I love this job.”Kevin uses his life at Lyft as a supplement to his work in solar panel sales. More>>

    Heartbroken family warns of synthetic pot after teen's death

    Connor's mother was at his bedside while he was on life support at the hospital. Connor Eckhardt's family wants the story of his tragedy shared, so others will know about the dangers of synthetic pot. Facebook photo Connor's mother was at his bedside while he was on life support at the hospital. Connor Eckhardt's family wants the story of his tragedy shared, so others will know about the dangers of synthetic pot. Facebook photo
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    The family of a California teen whose life was cut tragically short after smoking synthetic pot is on a mission to prevent future tragedies. More>>

    Cities not interested in joining combined 911 center in Pinellas County Video included

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    Thursday Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told county commissioners and others attending a tour of his new Public Safety Complex that "it's time [for Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs] to stop the nonsense" and combine their police dispatch operations with the new 911 center located inside his headquarters. More>>

    Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station Video included

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    Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out. More>>

    Mother and daughter accused in Pinellas jail pill scheme

    Janelle Albertston (left) and her mom Mary Ann Albertson. Pinellas Co. Jail photos Janelle Albertston (left) and her mom Mary Ann Albertson. Pinellas Co. Jail photos
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    A mother and daughter are accused of running a scheme to smuggle prescription drugs into the Pinellas County Jail. A tip from an inmate led investigators to Janelle Albertson.
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    Native American feels Venice HS mascot is racist Video included

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    A Native American activist says the Venice High school Indian's mascot is racist. So he wants it changed. More>>

    Bikini-clad mom of 5 writes viral letter to bullies who mocked her stretch marks

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    A mother of five who was mocked for her stretch marks while sunbathing at the beach has written an open letter to the trio who bullied her. That letter has now gone viral with more than a million likes and 218,000 shares. More>>

    Isolated showers Friday evening

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    “Isolated showers and storms will be possible east of I-75 on Friday evening,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips. “Overnight the showers end and temps will stay in the mid to upper 70s.” More>>

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 19 - 26

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    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the 30 Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from July 21 to 26, 2014.
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    Facebook site down for some users Friday

    This is the message some users got when trying to log onto Facebook on Friday. This is the message some users got when trying to log onto Facebook on Friday.
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    Having problems with Facebook today? You are not alone.Mashable.com is reporting that the Facebook site is down for some users. More>>

    Shots fired at Pinellas Park officer, K9

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    A Pinellas Park Police officer and his K9 partner were shot at while responding to a disturbance call on Thursday evening. More>>

    35 Palestinians killed, Israeli officer missing Video included

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    A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been captured. More>>

    Derrick Brooks set standard for NFL linebackers

    Derrick Brooks getting ready for the HOF group shot. Image courtesy Dan Lucas Derrick Brooks getting ready for the HOF group shot. Image courtesy Dan Lucas
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    Eighteen years later and now headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Derrick Brooks laughs at the memory of sitting in a hotel room the morning of a game early in his career. More>>

    Haines City police officer resigns after Facebook posts

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    A Haines City police officer under an internal investigation has resigned. Amelia Inoa, an officer with Haines City since 2012, submitted her resignation Wednesday night. The resignation came a few hours after News Channel 8 aired a story exposing some of Inoa's posts on her personal Facebook page.
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    Pinellas school district asks Crist to pull TV ad

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    The Pinellas County school district is asking former Gov. Charlie Crist to pull a television ad filmed at an area high school. More>>

    Ban on importing lionfish into Fla. takes effect

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    A ban on importing live lionfish into Florida is taking effect.Aquarium shops will be allowed to obtain new lionfish from divers instead. More>>

    Gas blasts kill dozens in Taiwanese port Video included

    Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP Smoke and flames from an explosion from an underground gas leak rise above the streets of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, early Friday, Aug. 1. Image AP
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    At least 25 people have been killed and nearly 270 when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city of Kaohsiung Friday. More>>

    Closing US 301 for repairs create headaches

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    It’s been a headache for many who travel U.S. Highway 301 in Riverview after the roadway was shut down. But FDOT expects the roadway to be back open about midnight Thursday.After a nearby construction crew damaged a 24-inch water line in the area, water poured out and created a hole, damaging the asphalt on U.S. 301.“It’s still every penny counts, I would say $30 to $50 possibly,” is how much the road closure cost Bee... More>>

    New "Fire challenge" video spurs warnings

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    Videos of a dangerous stunt are spreading all across social media. You can see examples on sites like Youtube and Facebook. It's called "The Fire Challenge" and involves young people dousing themselves with rubbing alcohol and lighting it up on their bodies. Burn victim and now, Tampa General Hospital volunteer, Joe Versaggi, knows all about the horrors of fire. He's undergone 30 surgeries after a fiery plane crash 8... More>>

    Ice cream changes colors when you lick it

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    Here's a fun way to beat the summer heat, an ice cream that changes colors as you lick it. The unusual cool treat was created by Spanish physicist Manuel Linares, who says the ice cream is made with natural ingredients. More>>

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    • Body found near Polk search area for missing girl

      Body found near Polk search area for missing girl

      Friday, August 1 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:53:38 GMT
      Alexandria Chery, 16, of OrlandoAlexandria Chery, 16, of Orlando
      A decomposed body has been found near the search area for a missing 16-year-old Orange County girl.
      A decomposed body has been found near the search area for a missing 16-year-old Orange County girl.
    • Tampa attorney says taking cover a part of life in Israel

      Tampa attorney says taking cover a part of life in Israel

      Friday, August 1 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:56:30 GMT
      Today in Tampa, young and old, Christians and Jews gathered in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. About 200 of them showed their solidarity and support for Israel in its latest ongoing bloody battle with Hamas. One bay area man watched some of that battle up close. Tampa attorney Mark Wright watched the war unfold on television. Wright is Jewish-American, has friends in Israel and traveled to the Jewish state several times. He said he felt the need to go, to help....
      Today in Tampa, young and old, Christians and Jews gathered in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. About 200 of them showed their solidarity and support for Israel in its latest ongoing bloody battle with Hamas. One bay area man watched some of that battle up close. Tampa attorney Mark Wright watched the war unfold on television. Wright is Jewish-American, has friends in Israel and traveled to the Jewish state several times. He said he felt the need to go, to help....
    • No love for Lyft in the Tampa Bay area?

      No love for Lyft in the Tampa Bay area?

      Friday, August 1 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:36:29 GMT
      Kevin Ludig feels like a rock star – he loves his job at Lyft that much.“You know I keep telling people I feel like a rock star because everyone keeps talking about what I do,” joked Kevin in his sleek Mercury MKS Hybrid. “I love this job.”Kevin uses his life at Lyft as a supplement to his work in solar panel sales.
      Kevin Ludig feels like a rock star – he loves his job at Lyft that much.“You know I keep telling people I feel like a rock star because everyone keeps talking about what I do,” joked Kevin in his sleek Mercury MKS Hybrid. “I love this job.”Kevin uses his life at Lyft as a supplement to his work in solar panel sales.
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    • Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station

      Woman says she bought tainted Hostess donettes at Sarasota gas station

      Friday, August 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:33:29 GMT
      Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out.
      Everyone loves a good donut. But not the ones Jena Slinkard bought Thursday night at gas station in Sarasota. She just wanted a yummy, powdered donut late at night. So she bought a few packs, but when she bit into her normal favorite, Hostess Donettes, she spit it right out.
    • Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

      Back-to-School Tax-free Holiday is here

      Friday, August 1 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:37:09 GMT
      It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
      It's almost time to head back to school and that means it's time to shop.
    • Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Tampa Bay woman feels ripped off, pays $61 for coins worth $1.50

      Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:55 GMT
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
      Vickie McInnis responded to a newspaper ad promising a chance to buy old, rarely-seen coins that have been sitting in a bank vault for years.With shipping, she paid $61.43. But, here's what she received: a bag of about 100 pennies, worth at most: $1.50.
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    • Fires force evacuations in West Coast states

      Fires force evacuations in West Coast states

      Saturday, August 2 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-08-02 08:31:29 GMT
      Wildfires burning through dry terrain in West Coast states have forced scores of evacuations as fire teams worked to corral the blazes.
      Wildfires burning through dry terrain in West Coast states have forced scores of evacuations as fire teams worked to corral the blazes.
    • Push for charges in NYC police chokehold death

      Push for charges in NYC police chokehold death

      Saturday, August 2 2014 1:51 AM EDT2014-08-02 05:51:17 GMT
      New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges.
      New Yorkers enraged by a man's death in police custody see a medical examiner's ruling that blames a prohibited chokehold as a clear indication the officers involved should face criminal charges.
    • Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

      Hate crime case resurrects racial wounds in NYC

      Saturday, August 2 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-08-02 05:33:06 GMT
      Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history of racial strife - that much is certain.
      Yitzhak Shuchat, a white member of a civilian patrol group, and Andrew Charles, the black son of a police officer, came face to face in 2008 in a neighborhood with a history of racial strife - that much is certain.
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