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

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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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    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>>

    'Call of Duty' player becomes victim of 'swatting'

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    A New York teenager becomes the victim of 'swatting' after the loser of a video game calls authorities.
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    Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

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    The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
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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>>

    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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    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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    John Franklin, head of Hillsborough County Transportation Department resigns

    Head of Hillsborough school transportation department resigns Video included

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    The general manager of the Hillsborough County School District's Transportation Department has resigned. More>>

    Polk teacher arrested for sex with student fired Video included

    Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher. Jennifer Fichter was fired today as a Polk County teacher.
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    Polk County high school teacher Jennifer Fichter says she fell in love and had sex with her 17-year-old student.Tonight, the Polk County School Board voted to fire the teacher.Fichter told investigators her relationship with the boy started in November and that they had sex 20 to 30 times. More>>

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved Video included

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    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. More>>

    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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    • 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."...
    • 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.
    • Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

      Disabled vet reunited with service dog lost in car wreck

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:49:00 GMT
      Luke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa BayLuke Macner and Nina. Photo courtesy the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
      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.
      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.
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    • Lakeland man accused of road rage

      Lakeland man accused of road rage

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:19:32 GMT
      A Lakeland man has been charged after a road rage incident that occurred in Mulberry. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren "Chalmers" Orr for the alleged attack on a passenger in another car.
      A Lakeland man has been charged after a road rage incident that occurred in Mulberry. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested 25-year-old Warren "Chalmers" Orr for the alleged attack on a passenger in another car.
    • Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

      Health advisory lifted for Hillsborough beaches

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-23 18:43:18 GMT
      The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
      The advisory that was issued on April 17th for Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island beach has been lifted.
    • Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

      Pedestrian hit, killed on I-75 in Hillsborough

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 1:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 17:32:52 GMT
      Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.Investigators say Fred Butler, 66, of Providence, RI, was walking in a southbound lane of I-75.
      A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.
      A man who was walking on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.
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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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    • California mom, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit

      California mom, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:44:14 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 has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.
    • Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

      Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:26:04 GMT
      Federal ocean scientists have released images of the wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people.
      Federal ocean scientists have released images of the wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people.
    • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

      Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:14:25 GMT
      A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning.
      An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
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