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  • Female wounded warriors attend Bradenton retreat

    Female wounded warriors attend Bradenton retreat

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:26 GMT
    Fifteen female wounded warriors were gathering together for comradery and counseling during a retreat in Bradenton Tuesday.It's called ‘A Season of Change- You Can!' and it's organized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and Professional Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF
    Fifteen female wounded warriors were gathering together for comradery and counseling during a retreat in Bradenton Tuesday.It's called ‘A Season of Change- You Can!' and it's organized by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and Professional Assisting Military Families and Friends (PAMFF
  • Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Best, worst, 2014 entry-level salaries and jobs

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:16:18 GMT
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
    Do you know someone who is looking for an entry-level job?
  • Hillsborough Co. firefighter rescues Bradenton fire victims

    Hillsborough Co. firefighter rescues Bradenton fire victims

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:12:32 GMT
    A Hillsborough County firefighter on his way to work spotted a duplex fire early Saturday morning, Bradenton Fire Department officials said. Through quick action, he alerted the residents and helped to evacuate them from the building before the firefighting units arrived. Shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday, the Bradenton Fire Department received a call about a structure fire and responded to the 600 block of 21st Street W., a Bradenton Fire Department report said. Smoke and flames were showing. ...
    A Hillsborough County firefighter on his way to work spotted a duplex fire early Saturday morning, Bradenton Fire Department officials said. Through quick action, he alerted the residents and helped to evacuate them from the building before the firefighting units arrived. Shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday, the Bradenton Fire Department received a call about a structure fire and responded to the 600 block of 21st Street W., a Bradenton Fire Department report said. Smoke and flames were showing. ...
  • Palmetto crash sends three kids 5, 7, 17, to hospital

    Palmetto crash sends three kids 5, 7, 17, to hospital

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:56:38 GMT
    This semi-truck was involved in a crash in Palmetto.This semi-truck was involved in a crash in Palmetto.
    Two children and a teen were hospitalized Monday morning after a semi truck slammed into a passenger car in Palmetto.
    Two children and a teen were hospitalized Monday morning after a semi truck slammed into a passenger car in Palmetto.
  • Fuel truck driver involved in August 27th in Sarasota Co. dies

    Fuel truck driver involved in August 27th in Sarasota Co. dies

    Saturday, September 13 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-09-13 18:09:24 GMT
    The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours. The August 27th crash snarled traffic along I-75 in Sarasota and Manatee counties for over 10 hours.
    The driver of a fuel tanker involved in a crash that snarled traffic along Interstate 75 in Sarasota County on August 27th has died.Thomas Leland Grattan, a 71-year-old Brooksville resident, passed away early Friday morning at Blake Medical Center.
    The driver of a fuel tanker involved in a crash that snarled traffic along Interstate 75 in Sarasota County on August 27th has died.Thomas Leland Grattan, a 71-year-old Brooksville resident, passed away early Friday morning at Blake Medical Center.
  • Investigators keep silent on reason for suspending Deputy Police Chief in Bradenton and so does he

    Investigators keep silent on reason for suspending Deputy Police Chief in Bradenton and so does he

    Friday, September 12 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-09-12 18:29:40 GMT
    Bradenton Police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman III. Bradenton Police Facebook photoBradenton Police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman III. Bradenton Police Facebook photo
    The Bradenton Police Department has suspended its deputy chief amid criminal allegations. Chief Michael Radzilowski says Warren Merriman III was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
    The Bradenton Police Department has suspended its deputy chief amid criminal allegations. Chief Michael Radzilowski says Warren Merriman III was placed on administrative leave Monday pending an investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
  • Two giant solar flares head to earth

    Two giant solar flares head to earth

    Thursday, September 11 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 02:09:23 GMT
    Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect. Two large solar flares are rocketing towards Earth but will have little effect.
    Scientists warn, two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years. But what exactly are they? Jeff Rodgers from the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton explains, solar flares originate in sun spots, and are a wave of charged particles blasted from the surface.
    Scientists warn, two solar flares heading our way are some of the biggest seen in several years. But what exactly are they? Jeff Rodgers from the Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton explains, solar flares originate in sun spots, and are a wave of charged particles blasted from the surface.
  • Bradenton Police say teen was abducted at gunpoint

    Bradenton Police say teen was abducted at gunpoint

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:05:19 GMT
    Bradenton Police released this image of the suspect vehicle involved in Monday's abduction.Bradenton Police released this image of the suspect vehicle involved in Monday's abduction.
    Investigators with the Bradenton Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in identifying pick-up truck involved in the abduction of a teenager.The alleged incident occurred Monday afternoon at approximately 4:30 in the 2500 block of 7th Ave. East in Bradenton.
    Investigators with the Bradenton Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a pick-up truck involved in the abduction of a teenager.The alleged incident occurred Monday afternoon at approximately 4:30 in the 2500 block of 7th Ave. East in Bradenton.
  • 9/11 Memorials in Tampa Bay

    9/11 Memorials in Tampa Bay

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-09-10 16:05:33 GMT
    Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office Fallen Heroes Memorial. YouTube imageHillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office Fallen Heroes Memorial. YouTube image
    There are numerous events scheduled throughout Tampa Bay on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
    There are numerous events scheduled throughout Tampa Bay on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
  • FWC finds missing Manatee fisherman dead

    FWC finds missing Manatee fisherman dead

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:52:29 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have found a missing boater dead on Wednesday.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have found a missing boater dead on Wednesday.

  • Bradenton man accused of molesting 3 girls, mother didn't help

    Bradenton man accused of molesting 3 girls, mother didn't help

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:25:42 GMT
    Feliciano EsparzaFeliciano Esparza
    A Bradenton man was arrested for molesting three young girls. And here's what makes this story even worse- the mother knew about it, and did nothing to stop him!
    A Bradenton man was arrested for molesting three young girls. And here's what makes this story even worse- the mother knew about it, and did nothing to stop him!
  • Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking vessel

    Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking vessel

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:33:04 GMT
    Three adults were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew after their 37-foot boat began taking on water eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island Sunday.About 3:50 p.m Sunday, officials at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg were notified via a marine band radio about a boat taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull....
    ?Three adults were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew after their 37-foot boat began taking on water eight miles west of Bean Point on Anna Maria Island Sunday.About 3:50 p.m Sunday, officials at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg were notified via a marine band radio about a boat taking on water from a six-inch hole in the hull....
  • Deputy shoots suspect waving Samurai sword in Manatee

    Deputy shoots suspect waving Samurai sword in Manatee

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:41 AM EDT2014-08-29 08:41:22 GMT
    2013 mug of Terry Sellars2013 mug of Terry Sellars
    A Manatee County deputy has shot a person involved in a domestic dispute in Bradenton Thursday morning.
    A Manatee County deputy has shot a person involved in a domestic dispute in Bradenton Thursday morning.
  • Glass dust bothering Manatee Co. mobile home park

    Glass dust bothering Manatee Co. mobile home park

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:47:25 GMT
    A Manatee county neighborhood has a big problem with dust. But it's not your everyday dirt, it's actually glass!
    A Manatee county neighborhood has a big problem with dust. But it's not your everyday dirt, it's actually glass.
  • Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Crist becomes Democratic nominee, rallies with Nan Rich planned

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:11:41 GMT
    Photo courtesy Florida DemocratsPhoto courtesy Florida Democrats
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
    Florida Democrats appeared poised Tuesday to select former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in a nationally watched race that's part of an unlikely political comeback for Crist.
  • Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Semi driver could face charges in fiery, fatal Manatee crash

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:09:58 GMT
    One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton. One of the vehicles caught fire shortly after the 4 pm crash on Interstate 75 in Ellenton.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
    One person was killed and two others seriously injured Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 75 in Manatee and Sarasota counties.The incident occurred just after 4 pm in the northbound lanes just south of the Ellenton exit.
  • I-75 NB reopens in Manatee County after deadly accident

    I-75 NB reopens in Manatee County after deadly accident

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:52:10 GMT
    Deadly crash in Manatee County.Deadly crash in Manatee County.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers reopened I-75 in Manatee County after a deadly accident shutdown the northbound lanes early Friday evening.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers reopened I-75 in Manatee County after a deadly accident shutdown the northbound lanes early Friday evening.

  • A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    A Sarasota high school remembers slain varsity cheerleader

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:49:47 GMT
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
    It was hard to tell that the team colors of Riverview High School in Sarasota County were maroon and gray Friday night.Most of the crowd was wearing blue.“Her favorite color was blue,” said varsity cheerleader Devyn Kelly. Kelly is talking about fellow cheerleader Teria'le Rawls who was gunned down almost four weeks ago.
  • Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:47:05 GMT
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
  • Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Target to extend store hours, hoping for younger shoppers

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:55 GMT
    Target to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppersTarget to expand store hours, hoping to attract younger, late-night shoppers
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
    More than 900 Target stores across the country will be extending store hours in an effort to accommodate late night shoppers, including more than 70 Florida retail locations.Target says that's what customers want and may be a way to get younger shoppers back in the store.
  • Pillsbury Bake-Off: JoAnn Belack's Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist

    Pillsbury Bake-Off: JoAnn Belack's Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:03:39 GMT
    JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. Photo credit Pillsbury
    JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
    JoAnn Belack, of Bradenton, is one of 100 finalists selected to compete for a $1 million in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off. Her recipe is Pepper Jack-Salsa Flatbread with an Italian Twist. You'll be able to vote for your favorite recipe in the 2014 Pillsbury Bake-Off finals in November in Nashville (get complete details here).
  • 3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    3 Tampa Bay women to vie for $1 million prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:51:02 GMT
    Contestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photoContestants at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest cheer on their fellow finalists. Pillsbury Bake-Off photo
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
    Whip up a tasty recipe and win a million bucks. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. Just ask three talented Tampa Bay women who made it to the finals of this year's Pillbury Bake-Off contest.
  • Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Highest and Lowest Salaries: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:40:43 GMT
    Sarasota. Wikimedia photoSarasota. Wikimedia photo
    We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.
    We were curious to find out what the high and low salaries are in the Tampa Bay area.
  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 28 - Aug. 2

    Friday, August 8 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-08 21:53:07 GMT
    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 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.
    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 28 to Aug. 2, 2014.

  • Anna Maria Island now using beach warning flags

    Anna Maria Island now using beach warning flags

    Monday, June 30 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-07-01 00:08:58 GMT
    Starting this week, island officials are going to start warning beachgoers about conditions before they hit the sand.  
    Starting this week, island officials are going to start warning beachgoers about conditions before they hit the sand.  
  • More chronic pain patients say they're denied medication

    More chronic pain patients say they're denied medication

    Friday, May 16 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-05-16 21:25:06 GMT
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into why legitimate patients can't get their mediation led dozens of other patients to step forward.
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into why legitimate patients can't get their mediation led dozens of other patients to step forward.
  • Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Volunteer attorneys wanted to help veterans

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-05-15 16:16:36 GMT
    Stetson University Veterans Law Institute photoStetson University Veterans Law Institute photo
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
    Stetson University College of Law is seeking attorneys to volunteer civil legal services to military members, veterans and their families as part of its Veterans Pro Bono Initiative Team.
  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations April 28 - May 2

    Friday, May 9 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-05-09 22:00:50 GMT
    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 April 28 to May 2, 2014.
    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 April 28 to May 2, 2014.

  • 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:49:52 GMT
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following hunting dates for the 2014-2015 season.
  • 5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    5 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-08 14:54:17 GMT
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
    Five Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.
  • 15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants honored for perfect inspections

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:25:38 GMT

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.

    15 Tampa Bay restaurants are receiving kudos from the state for not having any safety or sanitation violations during recent inspections.


  • Willowbrook residents in Bradenton displeased with KB Home repairs

    Willowbrook residents in Bradenton displeased with KB Home repairs

    Thursday, March 6 2014 5:00 PM EST2014-03-06 22:00:23 GMT
    Jennifer Montecalvo lives in a construction zone at the Willowbrook condos in Bradenton. Plastic covers her walls and windows. She feels she has little privacy and says the noise makes it impossible to concentrate inside her home. But it's the dust she's breathing in daily that really worries her.
    Jennifer Montecalvo lives in a construction zone at the Willowbrook condos in Bradenton. Plastic covers her walls and windows. She feels she has little privacy and says the noise makes it impossible to concentrate inside her home. But it's the dust she's breathing in daily that really worries her.
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