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Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video

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Earlier this month, Captain Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!” More>>

Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008

Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday. Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
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In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there. More>>

Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

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Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems. More>>

Arrest warrant sought for captain of sunken ferry

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As the last bit of the sunken ferry's hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water off southern South Korea, prosecutors and police sought arrest warrants for the vessel's captain and two other crew members in the... More>>

Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

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Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. More>>

Owners of Manatee Co. animal sanctuary arrested Video included

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Deputies arrested the owners of Napier's Log Cabin Horse Animal Sanctuary Thursday in connection with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation. More>>

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured. More>>

Egg hunt for Orangutans at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

"Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo "Eggs"cellent Enrichment for Orangutans Friday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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The Bornean orangutan family at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was celebrating Easter early on Friday.They all participated in the annual Orangutan Egg Hunt. Zoo keeperers played Easter bunny and "hid" hard-boiled eggs, baskets, coconuts, frozen juice pops and other seasonal goodies throughout the exhibit. More>>

Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades

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Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr." More>>

$100,000 bond for Citrus dad accused of killing son so he could play video games

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Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, of Homosassa, is charged with child neglect with great bodily harm and third-degree murder in connection with the death of his son, Daymeon Wygant. More>>

Tampa Day School principal arrested for molestation

Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO Larkin on TDS's website (left) and on the mugshot from HCSO
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Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Jerome Larkin, the principal of Tampa Day School, for lewd or lascivious molestation, according to HCSO. Larkin bailed out early Friday morning. More>>

TRAFFIC: NB I-275 closed at Bearss Ave. in Tampa

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Northbound Interstate 275 is closed at Bearss Avenue due to a crash involving multiple cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

Citrus dad killed son so he could play video games, says Sheriff's Office Video included

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A Citrus County father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games. More>>

Fatal crash involving tractor trailer closed Hwy 60 East in Lake Wales

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Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 60 East, between 630 East and Grape Hammock Road, in Lake Wales. More>>

Bay area family demands charges against hit and run drivers

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The family of 30-year-old hit and run victim Amari Williams held a memorial in his honor Thursday night begging for justice. More>>

Hillsborough Ave. student shuttle service to be provided

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Hillsborough School superintendent MaryEllen Elia announced plans Thursday to provide a shuttle bus service for students who live across Hillsborough Avenue. More>>

Hillsborough residents claim water company retaliates against them Video included

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After East Lake residents fed up with stinky, cloudy water won a big battle against their utility company, they say Pluris American Infrastructure is retaliating against them.
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Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian... More>>

Headstone found in Crystal River

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Citrus County deputies need your help to find the rightful owner of a headstone found in Crystal River. More>>

Sarasota math teacher fired after seen screaming at student in video Video included

Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook Photo of Captain Jeffrey Daughtry courtesy Facebook
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A math teacher at Sarasota Military Academy was fired after a cell phone video showed him screaming at a student. More>>

Student shocked Polk teacher used her name in affair Video included

Jessica Seaman Jessica Seaman
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A Polk County high school student is trying to clear her name from an ordeal she says her former teacher brought her into. Jessica Seaman says her teacher posed as her in a messaging app and talked to a 17-year-old boy. Now that teacher, 29-year-old Jennifer Fichter, is under arrest, charged with having sex with the teenaged boy.“It's not just that it was my first name, it was my full name,” Seaman said, of what she learned was spelled out on the affidavit describing the relationship between ... More>>

EXCLUSIVE: St. Pete mom accused of murdering her son talks Video included

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It's the jailhouse interview you need to see. A mother accused of stabbing her 4-year-old son to death speaks exclusively to News Channel 8's Melissa Beckman. More>>

Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist... More>>

Officers vote no confidence in Port Richey police chief Video included

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There may be big changes at the Port Richey Police Department, after every officer on the force voted they have no confidence in the current chief.
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3 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

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Three Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
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RV destroyed in Hillsborough fire

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A fire destroyed an RV in rural Hillsborough County and sent the occupant to the hospital. More>>

Crews fill in Dunedin sinkhole

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A Dunedin sinkhole was filled in Thursday afternoon only a few hours after it opened. More>>

Man who died in shootout shot himself, says Manatee Sheriff's Office

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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the robbery suspect who died during a shootout with deputies died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. More>>

Health advisories issued for Hillsborough beaches

Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect. Ben T. Davis beach on April 17, the day the health advisory went into effect.
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A Health Advisory has been issued for the following beaches: Ben T. Davis, Cypress Point, Davis Island, and Picnic Island based on the criteria for enterococci bacteria recommended by the EPA. More>>

$600,000 Hudson home destroyed by fire, 1 injured

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Investigators say strong winds spread a fire that destroyed a $600,000 home and injured one person in Hudson. More>>

90-year-old Hillsborough man victim of home invasion

A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO A photo of the suspects' truck. Courtesy HCSO
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Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are asking for help identifying two men wanted in the home invasion of a 90-year-old man. More>>

Pasco toy maker that helps needy kids destroyed by fire

Photo: The ToyMakers Photo: The ToyMakers
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A Pasco County toy maker that helps children in need has been completely destroyed from a fire this week. More>>

Riverview murder suspect had victim with him when talking to deputy, says affidavit

Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo Jose Enrique Gonzalez is charged with murder. Jail booking photo
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A Tampa man accused of murdering a woman had the victim in his car when he was talking to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, about an hour before the woman was killed. More>>

Bay area prescription pill abusers ratchet up threat

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Pinellas deputies say what happened at the Trust Pharmacy is the first time they know a drug user went after a customer instead of the pharmacist.
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  • Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video

    Fired Sarasota teacher speaks about meltdown video

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:04 GMT
    Earlier this month, Captain Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!”
    Earlier this month, Captain Jeffrey Daughtry, a math teacher at the Sarasota Military Academy, was fired after a cell phone video captured him screaming at a student.The video shows Daughtry shoving a teenager into a seat and yelling, “You open your mouth again and you will die!”
  • Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008

    Report: Polk teacher accused of sex crimes had similar behavior in 2008

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:37:48 GMT
    Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.Jennifer Fichter, 29, during her first court appearance on Wednesday.
    In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there.
    In a report New Channel 8 received from Orange County on Friday, it shows a teacher recently arrested for allegedly having sex with a student in Polk County also exhibited inappropriate behavior while employed there.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
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  • Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

    Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:05 GMT
    A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.
    A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.
  • AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

    AP PHOTOS: Sailors return from 9-month deployment

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:03 GMT
    Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment.
    Thousands of sailors were greeted Friday by cheerful friends and family who packed a pier at Naval Station Norfolk to welcome them home from a nine-month deployment.
  • SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

    SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:01 GMT
    SpaceX is back on the launch pad in hopes of making a critical delivery to the International Space Station.
    A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.
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  • Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

    Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:02:08 GMT
    The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.
    The future of Aereo, an online service that provides over-the-air TV channels, hinges on a battle with broadcasters that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week.
  • Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

    Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:02:05 GMT
    Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.
    Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.
  • US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

    US newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 pct in 2013

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:02:01 GMT
    U.S. newspaper industry revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset shrinking demand for print advertising.
    U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell last year, as increases in circulation revenue weren't high enough to make up for shrinking demand for print advertising, an industry trade group said Friday.
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  • More than 10 arrested on heroin charges in WPB

    More than 10 arrested on heroin charges in WPB

    WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Deputies from Palm Beach Sheriff's Office took over a drug suspect's West Palm Beach home and then posed as dealers, netting at least 10 arrests on heroin charges. The Palm

    Deputies from Palm Beach Sheriff's Office took over a drug suspect's West Palm Beach home and then posed as dealers, netting at least 10 arrests on heroin charges.

  • Christ Fellowship opens new location inside Boynton mall

    Christ Fellowship opens new location inside Boynton mall

    BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Area churches are preparing for Easter services, but one local church will be hosting service in an unlikely place. Now, at the Boynton Beach mall, there's a new church where
    Area churches are preparing for Easter services, but one local church will be hosting service in an unlikely place.
  • NASA launches rocket to International Space Station

    NASA launches rocket to International Space Station

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:28:28 GMT
    NASA's SpaceX Rocket is scheduled to launch at 3:15 p.m. Friday, despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station. The unmanned rocket will carry a new spacesuit as part of 5,000
    NASA's SpaceX Rocket successfully launched Friday afternoon, despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station.
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