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8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | July 19-20

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Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

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Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney. More>>

Four-legged duckling hatches

Donald the four-legged duck (Courtesy Facebook) Donald the four-legged duck (Courtesy Facebook)
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A four-legged duckling named Donald has been hatched and is as cute as can be. More>>

One trail to connect 20 Tampa neighborhoods Video included

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A 20-plus mile trail called the Green ARTery is proposed in Tampa. The trail will connect 20 neighborhoods in the city and provide a safe path to walk, bike and jog.
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Polk County teacher wins Teacher of the Year Video included

Picture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy's Picture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy's
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Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County has won the 2015 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award. More>>

West Tampa mural honors cigar history

The water tower is on Himes Avenue between West Cherry Street and West Spruce Street. The water tower is on Himes Avenue between West Cherry Street and West Spruce Street.
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A West Tampa landmark is getting a new look. An elevated water tower will honor the history and culture of the West Tampa community with a mural that resembles an oversized cigar band. More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | July 12-13 Video included

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West Tampa library celebrates 100 years

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On January 1, 2014, the West Tampa library branch celebrated it's 100th birthday.It was the first library in Hillsborough County.Joe Stines, Director of Libraries said for a century, the library has served the community well."It's never been closed, it's always been open to the pubic. the public library was run by the city of west tampa until the late 20 When the city of West Tampa incorporated into the city of Tampa."The actual facility is still the very same building constructed years ago, ... More>>

New Busch Gardens Tampa show features rescued animals Video included

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Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show "Opening Night Critters" opens this summer featuring rescued animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo. More>>

Freedom Summer: Tampa civil rights worker remembers 50 years later

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Ann Porter is a member of Beulah Baptist Institutional Church in Tampa. On Sundays after church, did something she's done for decades in Tampa, register people to vote. More>>

VIRAL: 2-year-old amputee learns to walk, exclaims, 'I got it!' Video included

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Get your tissues ready: You're gonna need them after watching this short video of little Kayden Elijah Kinckle, a 2-year-old amputee who has totally, completely, got this walking thing down. More>>

8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | July 5-6

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Pinellas to open 2 technology magnet schools

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Dozens of teachers crowded into Kings Highway Elementary School to learn a new language: technology.
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Manatee County garbage collector helps woman having stroke

Troy Mercer (Photo: Waste Management) Troy Mercer (Photo: Waste Management)
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Waste Management residential driver Troy Mercer was on his usual garbage collection route June 25 when he saw a woman lying in her front yard. He stopped and parked his truck safely, approached her and she claimed she had broken her hip.
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Tampa Bay students, teachers meet Katy Perry

Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images) Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images)
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Monday night, two lucky Tampa Bay teachers and two students got the chance to meet Katy Perry at her Tampa concert. More>>

Florida's FCATs to end: New FSA tests available online

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Florida's Department of Education has made an online portal available, so students, parents and educators can access information about Florida's new Standards Assessments (FSA) which will replace the FCAT tests next spring. More>>

FCAT Ending: Frequently asked questions

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In the spring of 2015 Florida's FCAT tests will be replaced with a new testing system, the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA). Below are frequently asked questions about the upcoming change from the Florida Department of Education's website.
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    An 8's Army volunteer fields questions from Tampa Bay area individuals in need of assistance. An 8's Army volunteer fields questions from Tampa Bay area individuals in need of assistance.
    Learn about how you can become an 8's Army volunteer, staffing the 8 On Your Side Help line and offering direction to commonly asked consumer questions.
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  • WFLA to broadcast All Children’s Hospital Telethon

    WFLA to broadcast All Children’s Hospital Telethon

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-05-28 18:25:10 GMT
    WFLA-TV will broadcast this year’s 31st Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon live from the hospital on Sunday, June 1. The live 11 ½ hour Telethon broadcast, complete with heartwarming stories, will air from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
    WFLA-TV will broadcast this year’s 31st Annual All Children’s Hospital Telethon live from the hospital on Sunday, June 1. The live 11 ½ hour Telethon broadcast, complete with heartwarming stories, will air from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
  • News Channel 8 Anchor Rod Carter honored at blue tie affair

    News Channel 8 Anchor Rod Carter honored at blue tie affair

    Friday, April 4 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-04-04 21:00:25 GMT
    Gayle Guyardo, Rod Carter, Leigh Spann (Left to Right) at the Gamma Eta Signma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's "Blue Tie Affair"Gayle Guyardo, Rod Carter, Leigh Spann (Left to Right) at the Gamma Eta Signma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's "Blue Tie Affair"
    WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Rod Carter was honored this past Saturday at the Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s “Blue Tie Affair.” The event was held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore and celebrated the chapter’s centennial (1914-2014), which recognized the fraternity’s “unsung heroes” within the Tampa Bay community.Carter received the Alfred E. Dixon, Sr. Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication and contributions given to the Blue Tie Affair itself, whi...
    WFLA News Channel 8 anchor Rod Carter was honored this past Saturday at the Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s “Blue Tie Affair.” The event was held at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore and celebrated the chapter’s centennial (1914-2014), which recognized the fraternity’s “unsung heroes” within the Tampa Bay community.Carter received the Alfred E. Dixon, Sr. Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication and contributions given to the Blue Tie Affair itself, whi...
  • WFLA supports UWSC’s Art of Giving

    WFLA supports UWSC’s Art of Giving

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:21:49 GMT
    United Way Suncoast’s 10th annual Art of Giving will be held on April 4th at the Peter O. Knight Airport. Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and television personality, returns to the event for his second time to raise funds and awareness to the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI).
    United Way Suncoast’s 10th annual Art of Giving will be held on April 4th at the Peter O. Knight Airport. Tim Gunn, fashion consultant and television personality, returns to the event for his second time to raise funds and awareness to the United Way Suncoast’s Early Literacy Initiative (ELI).
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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

    Monday, March 24 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-03-24 22:13:46 GMT
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is a non profit organization that provide a mentor for children facing adversity. The one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children are focused on making a positive difference in the child’s life.Volunteers must live or work in Hillsborough, Polk, or Pasco County.If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or email shaun.mccants@bbbsfl.org for more information.
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is a non profit organization that provide a mentor for children facing adversity. The one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children are focused on making a positive difference in the child’s life.Volunteers must live or work in Hillsborough, Polk, or Pasco County.If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the application or email shaun.mccants@bbbsfl.org for more information.
  • Rays' Joe Maddon seeks help for 'Thanksmas Day of Volunteering'

    Rays' Joe Maddon seeks help for 'Thanksmas Day of Volunteering'

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-06-25 21:28:21 GMT
    Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event.Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event.
    If you're a fan of Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, here's your chance to get your photo taken with him and help out our community. Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event in which he prepares and serves a traditional holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.
    If you're a fan of Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, here's your chance to get your photo taken with him and help out our community. Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event in which he prepares and serves a traditional holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.
  • Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Thursday, May 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-05-15 21:08:50 GMT
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
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  • Rays' Joe Maddon seeks help for 'Thanksmas Day of Volunteering'

    Rays' Joe Maddon seeks help for 'Thanksmas Day of Volunteering'

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-06-25 21:28:21 GMT
    Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event.Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event.
    If you're a fan of Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, here's your chance to get your photo taken with him and help out our community. Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event in which he prepares and serves a traditional holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.
    If you're a fan of Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, here's your chance to get your photo taken with him and help out our community. Maddon is adding a new volunteering opportunity to his annual "Thanksmas" event in which he prepares and serves a traditional holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens at local shelters.
  • Rays pay a visit to All Children's Hospital in St. Pete

    Rays pay a visit to All Children's Hospital in St. Pete

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-06-24 18:06:37 GMT
    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and relief pitcher Jake McGee paid a visit to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on Tuesday morning.
    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and relief pitcher Jake McGee paid a visit to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg on Tuesday morning.
  • Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Pinellas charity needs clothing donations for kids

    Thursday, May 15 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-05-15 21:08:50 GMT
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
    What do you do with clothing that your kids outgrow? You might want to consider donating it. A local charity that supplies clothing to low income children is in dire need of donations. 
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  • FWC officials release rehabilitated panther in Hendry County

    FWC officials release rehabilitated panther in Hendry County

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:36:21 GMT
    Teams check panther before her release (Photo courtesy FWC Twitter)Teams check panther before her release (Photo courtesy FWC Twitter)
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials released an endangered Florida panther on Monday that was rehabilitated after a car crash.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials released an endangered Florida panther on Monday that was rehabilitated after a car crash.
  • Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Tampa on list of top 10 moving destinations

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:47 AM EDT2014-07-17 09:47:38 GMT
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
    Tampa is in the top 10 list of moving destinations, according to CNNMoney.
  • Four-legged duckling hatches

    Four-legged duckling hatches

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-07-15 17:02:23 GMT
    Donald the four-legged duck (Courtesy Facebook)Donald the four-legged duck (Courtesy Facebook)
    A four-legged duckling named Donald has been hatched and is as cute as can be.
    A four-legged duckling named Donald has been hatched and is as cute as can be.
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  • Polk County teacher wins Teacher of the Year

    Polk County teacher wins Teacher of the Year

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:47:41 GMT
    Picture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy'sPicture courtesy of Phelan Ebenhack of Macy's
    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County has won the 2015 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award.
    Christie Bassett, an art teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County has won the 2015 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award.
  • Pinellas to open 2 technology magnet schools

    Pinellas to open 2 technology magnet schools

    Thursday, July 3 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-07-03 15:36:15 GMT
    Dozens of teachers crowded into Kings Highway Elementary School to learn a new language: technology.
    Dozens of teachers crowded into Kings Highway Elementary School to learn a new language: technology.
  • Tampa Bay students, teachers meet Katy Perry

    Tampa Bay students, teachers meet Katy Perry

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-01 19:39:41 GMT
    Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images)Katy Perry, center, with local teachers and students, left to right, Kem Mosley, Adalis Moody, Kye Harris and Stephanie Dershem backstage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for Staples/AP Images)
    Monday night, two lucky Tampa Bay teachers and two students got the chance to meet Katy Perry at her Tampa concert.
    Monday night, two lucky Tampa Bay teachers and two students got the chance to meet Katy Perry at her Tampa concert.
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